Should I Paint or Replace my Kitchen Cabinets?
Painting your existing cabinets can be a great way to update your kitchen and it can be done for a fraction of the cost of what it would to replace and install new cabinets.
It can be quite a lengthy process when painting kitchen cabinets professionally and properly the whole process takes time, patience and attention to small details.
Before the paint can be opened, the most important steps of prep and protection of surfaces must be done first. You will notice below, the necessary prep work is 80 percent of the process.
Removing all cabinet doors and hardware…Taking time to label each piece so everything can be returned to the exact same locations once painting is finished.
Thoroughly cleaning all surfaces to be painted…Cabinet doors, drawer fronts, insides of cabinets if applicable.
Masking off and protecting all surfaces not to be painted…Walls, worktops, splash backs, inside of cabinets, ceilings, floors and any cabinets not to be painted.
Scuff sanding all surfaces to be painted and removing all dust.
Priming using a high quality adhesion primer to make sure adhesion to existing surface is optimized.
Sand primer to make surface as smooth as possible and remove all dust again.
After doing all of the above prep, the paint can finally be applied. Depending on the type and existing surface of cabinets there are several different paints available to use. There are different reasons for using one product over another and this is decided based on the needs of each customer and the existing cabinet surfaces in your home.
Once the paint is applied, all the masking materials can be removed and cleaned up. All the doors and hardware can be re-installed.
Paint requires time to achieve full cure and optimal hardness. This required time will vary depending on product used and can be a week or two and up to 30-45 days. We suggest using care during this final curing process.
The process of painting cabinets in an occupied space of your home can be tricky, but with the right equipment/tools, thorough prep, and quality products, Masons Decorators can deliver consistent and very durable results that will bring amazing new life to your old cabinets.