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January 29th, 2020 Four Tips for Repainting Kitchen Cabinets

Repainting kitchen cabinets is one of the most inexpensive ways to transform the look of your kitchen. There are many how-to videos and articles available to steer you in the right direction. Here are four time-tested tips that we recommend:

Create a System

Take the time to remove doors and drawer fronts after degreasing them. To avoid a headache later be sure to take pictures of the cabinet layout, create a labeling system to identify which doors belong to which cabinets, and draw a diagram. The doors and hardware may fit just right where they were, so having a system for putting them back will save you time and frustration. 


 

Be sure to sand between coats

Sanding creates “tooth,” which invites the primer or paint to bond with the surface. Plus, it smoothes out brush strokes and other imperfections. If you prefer a sleek finish, it is well worth the time and effort. Once all surfaces have been lightly sanded, be sure to remove the dust (use a vacuum and tack cloth) before applying the next coat.

Invest in a quality paint brush

If you are completing your own kitchen cabinet repaint, you may be motivated to save money on the project. The extra $10 spent on an appropriate brush can make a day and night difference. Ask the professionals at your local paint store for assistance, and they will lead you to brushes that are the right size, stiffness. They can also recommend brushes that are constructed of the appropriate quality materials for the paint you are using and for the scope of your project. Take the time to clean and store the brush correctly, and it will be ready for your next project.  

If hanging, place hooks strategically

You can save time by painting both sides of the cabinet doors at once rather than painting one side, waiting for the coat to cure, then flipping over to coat the other side. To speed up the process attach small hooks so that after painting one side, you can hang the door before painting the opposite side. For a lower cabinet door, make sure to insert the screws on the edge closest to the floor. For a higher hanging door, place the screws on the edge nearest the ceiling. This will keep these holes out of sight once the project is complete. 

We hope these suggestions are helpful as you transform your kitchen. We would love to hear about your experience and answer any questions you may have. If you are in the New Orleans area and would like a quote for a professional job, just give us a call! (504) 239-1302.  

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