Cabinetry Painting – We know it. We love it. We want it.
This month, we are going to focus on Cabinetry. You know, the most surface area in your kitchen other than the floor? Or perhaps your bathroom vanity is feeling like it could use a refresher (hello fresh new summer look!). Either way, this month the focus is cabinetry painting and the processes we use. We all know that painting itself is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to give a room, or your whole house, a makeover. It becomes even easier when you hire pros to take care of the work for you, so you don’t have to worry about selecting the right paints, buying all the tools, and making sure you keep those floors and walls free from errant paint bits. Don’t worry if you’re more of a DIY-er – we will get into selecting paint and more of the nitty-gritty how-to info later this month, so buckle up. Cabinets are prime home real estate for a change in color! Cabinet refinishing can dramatically change the look, feel, and atmosphere of your kitchen or bathroom – with little downtime during the process, getting you back to using (and loving) your space in no time.
Okay, before you paint, you need to figure out what you’re starting with. This is home improvement 101– know what you have to work with. There are generally two situations for cabinets that are going to be repainted. Regardless of the cabinets you’re starting with, we prep the space the same way – we take care of everything for you. We cover the floor, ceilings, walls, and countertops to keep the paint where you want it and not sneaking into where you don’t. To protect the rest of your house, we section the room off with a plastic curtain. Although you may love navy blue counters, your living room carpet might not look great with navy blue paint flecks all over it! Let’s figure out the process!
1. CURRENTLY STAINED CABINETS
Did you know that this is the most common reason to paint cabinets? Now you do! When cabinets are currently stained but you want them painted, we employ a process called “stain to paint.” During this process, we lightly sand and de-gloss the cabinets in order to allow for the best adhesion/bond of the paint with the cabinets. We then caulk all of the joints on the cabinetry. After caulking, we apply a stain blocking, oil-based primer to your cabinets. This keeps your cabinets safe from paint leeching into them and staining them permanently and also helps to bond the paint to the cabinetry. Skipping this step means you’ll want to see us more often – without this, most cabinets will wear quicker and some may even experience peeling and blistering of the topcoat! We’d love to see you more, but lets do your cabinets right the first time.
2. CURRENTLY PAINTED CABINETS
If your cabinets are currently painted and you want to refresh the color or they look a bit beat-up from continued love and use, then your cabinets would be ready for a repaint. Fortunately, this process is pretty simple. Once your space is protected and everything is covered, just as with stained cabinets, we begin to lightly sand and de-gloss all of the cabinets to allow for better paint adhesion/bonding. After this, we re-caulk all of the joints of the cabinetry and finally get to the fun part – painting.
The part you've been waiting for! Painting! When it comes to painting we typically will spray cabinetry. Spraying cabinetry gives them a smoother more even coat of paint that's meant to last. In some situations customers can opt to have us roll and brush their cabinetry however this can leave some minor brush and or roller marks in the paint once it cures.
As mentioned before, we will dive into paint selection, trends, and more as the month progresses. Tune in next time so we can help bring your kitchen back to life with a fresh new color!
Photos from: Sherwin Williams
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