5 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Painting your kitchen cabinets is an undertaking that has the power to transform your kitchen entirely. Taking that into consideration, it’s imperative that you don’t end up making any mistakes you’ll later regret. One of the first mistakes is not acknowledging the hard work that goes into painting your cabinets. Painting your cabinets correctly means you’ll have to make sure you have the right materials, patience and a plan. Once you have those in place, these five steps will help make painting your cabinets a breeze.

  1. Not Cleaning Your Cabinets Before You Paint
    Your cabinets have accumulated lots of dust and grease over the years. It would be a huge mistake not to thoroughly clean the cabinets before you start the process of painting. Typically, paint won’t stick to cabinets that have grease. Its best to take a solid 15- 20 minutes to give your cabinets a thorough cleaning before painting. Consider using  water or baking soda if you have stains that are particularly hard to get rid of.
  2. Not Labeling Where Your Doors, Drawers, Hardware, etc.
    It’s easy to make a mistake when placing doors on your cabinets when you don’t label them. The most inconvenient thing about misplacing the doors on your cabinets is that you’ll have to take them apart only to take another guess on where they should go. It could turn into a never ending process, without labels. All it takes is a small marker like a sticky note or tape on the back of each cabinet to mark where they should go.
  3. Choosing the Wrong Color Paint:
    It may seem like it goes without saying, but choosing the wrong color paint is relatively easy. Unfortunately, that’s another mistake you won’t know that you’ve made until its too late. Before you commit to a color, you should make sure that you’re 100% sure it’s a color you’re comfortable with. Try getting paint chips from a local store, then taking them home to see if you can picture that color on your cabinets. Another tip in making sure you buy the right color paint is by making sure that you use a high- quality paint!
  4. Not Properly Priming Your Cabinets:
    If you don’t prime your cabinets after you paint them properly, they can be harder to hold and grab. You’ll also run the risk of allowing blotches and spots to appear once the paint settles in. There are certain types of primers you should use to avoid those spots from appearing. Each part of the cabinet that you plan on painting should go through the process of being primed first. Also try to keep the primer dry before handling the cabinets further.
  5. Not Properly Sanding Your Cabinets:
    Sanding your cabinets is essential to making sure the paint sticks. Not sanding your cabinets will eventually lead to the undoing of all of your hard work. You can use sandpaper or an industrial sander to get the job done.

Remodeling your kitchen cabinets is a huge project. If you’d rather put the job in the hands of the professionals, not to worry! If you’re looking for one of the most reliable remodeling contractors in Colorado Springs, feel free to reach out to Aspen Kitchen’s today!