Kitchen cabinet repainting is the easiest, cheapest and most effective form of remodeling you can offer your kitchen. When kitchen cabinets start looking dated and tired, many homeowners often starts worrying about the cost of replacing them. However, if your cabinets are still in good physical condition, you don’t have to throw them away for a new set, simply have them painted.
If you’re a DIY enthusiast, this might seem like a perfect weekend project, however, if you don’t have the training, skill, experience, and tools, you’re better off hiring a professional kitchen cabinet refinishing company. This will ensure that the final results look professional, last longer and the project doesn’t take forever.
Having said that, here are some quick tips you should keep in mind when considering repainting your kitchen cabinets.
Choose Your Colors
If you’re hiring a painting contractor, let them worry about the type of paint to use, your major part will be picking the paint colors. Love your current colors? Simply ask the painter to use the same color theme. Otherwise, when updating your colors, you need to decide whether you will be going light or dark.
Many homeowners nowadays are going with neutral and muted tones that don’t easily go out of trend, and blend effortlessly into other color themes. But don’t be afraid to go bold if that is your thing. Just make sure the cabinet colors compliment and coordinate with the kitchen wall colors, and there is enough contrast so that the cabinets don’t disappear into the walls.
Quality Paint is Key
If by any chance you will be making a decision on the type of paints to use, make sure you go with high-quality durable paints from reputable companies like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams. Some homeowners tend to choose low-cost paint with the hope of saving on the cost of painting, but most of these paints offer poor coverage and don’t last long.
Surface Prep is Extremely Important
Chances are your painting contractor already knows this, but how much prep have they actually included in the estimate? A few painting contractors tend to include lean prep work as a result of having offered a low-priced estimate –hopefully, to outbid other applicants. Depending on the surface condition of your cabinets, the painter may need to strip the paint, sand the surface, fill in holes and do minor surface repairs before proceeding with painting. Thorough prep work is the key to a quality and durable paint job –don’t accept shortcuts.
The Primer is Prime.
Again, professional painters understand this, yet some might present priming as an option if you want to shave a few dollars off your budget. Indeed, skipping the primer will save on labor cost and the cost of buying extra cans, however, the paint job might not be as flattering and the durability will be compromised. When the primer is applied as the first coat, it improves paint adhesion and reduces the chances of premature paint failure.
Consult the Professionals
Professional cabinet and woodwork refinishing experts can be of great help, not just with the actual painting but with numerous decisions that happen before painting. For instance, they can offer valuable insights on paint colors and sheen to use based other surrounding colors and textures, and how you use your kitchen. They can also advise you on the best type of paint to use (latex, oil-based, etc.) and reputable brands that offer consistent quality.
At Serious Business Painting, we have years of experience in cabinet and woodwork refinishing, serving the areas of Louisville, Shelby County, Oldham County, Anchorage, Prospect, and Jefferson Town, Kentucky. If you would like to use our professional painting services, book a free estimate with us below or call us on 502-641-7969, if you have any questions.