Kitchen and Bath Cabinet Painting Tips

Painting cabinets isn’t quite as easy as painting a wall or even a ceiling. The correct type of paint needs to be used, the cabinet material must be thoroughly prepped, and mostly importantly, the cabinets need to be completely dry before being rehung. Before starting the process, check out these helpful tips to save yourself time, money, and aggravation down the road. 

Prepping Tips

  • Empty the cabinets. While most people don’t paint the cabinet interior, you will be sanding and don’t want your foodstuffs, dishes, and cleaning supplies to get covered with paint dust. Now is also a good time to purge your cabinets and drawers of expired and unused items.
  • Draw a diagram of the cabinets and drawers and number the spaces. Then as you remove the doors and drawers, mark them with the corresponding number. Write the number where a hinge is located and cover it with a piece of painter’s tape for protection from the fresh paint. 
  • It is important to have the cabinets as clean as possible in order for the paint to adhere properly. Using a good quality degreaser thoroughly wipe down all doors, drawers, and cabinet frames. For tough spots you may need to use a sponge with an abrasive surface. Rinse with clear water and wipe dry.
  • Tape off any areas that will not be painted and lightly sand all remaining surfaces. Wipe carefully after sanding to remove any remaining dust. 
  • The pros recommend using a quality primer. This is especially important if the wood grain contains open pores, as they show through both varnish and paint. If the pores are deep, more than one coat of primer maybe necessary, sanding between each coat. After the primer has dried, wipe all the surfaces down one more time to avoid painting over the sanding dust. 

Painting Tips

  • Select the correct paint for the cabinet material. Most cabinets are constructed from wood, metal, or wood with a laminate overlay. Using the right paint will ensure a more even, streak free and long-lasting finish. 
  • Acrylic paint works well and dries quickly but provides a super glossy finish that may be a bit too bright and bold. Oil based paints leave a beautifully smooth and durable finish that repels stains. If you go with oil-based, make sure your primer is also oil-based. Just remember, anything oil-based will have a longer cure time. 
  • Selecting a finish depends on several factors. A semi-gloss or satin is generally used in both kitchens and baths. While gloss is pretty, and will make your cabinets shine, it will also show any and all imperfections. Matte finish paints may not hold up under the amount of wear and tear cabinets are subjected to and is difficult to keep clean. 
  • Paint both the front and back of the cabinet doors, but painting inside the cabinets and drawers is generally a personal preference. 
  • Don’t rush the process. Each coat needs to dry thoroughly including the initial primer coat(s). While everything is drying take this time to clean the drawer pulls, cabinet handles and hinges. Or consider recycling the old hardware and invest in new. Nothing perks up a kitchen or bath like stylish modern cabinet and drawer knobs, pulls and hinges. 

Ready to update your kitchen or bath? Closing Contactor has you covered. No job is too large or too small and we have the professionals to get your project completed on time, on budget, and to your satisfaction. To schedule an appointment please complete our secure online form, or give us a call today at 864-326-2640 for more information. 

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