Tips for Painting Cabinets

If you are looking for an effective way of updating the look of your kitchen, painting your cabinets is a great place to start. Though the task of painting your cabinets may appear simple, there are many considerations to keep in mind to ensure that the job is done right. While spray shops are a great option for most cabinets, conventional painting methods can also be highly effective. As leading providers of high-quality interior painting solutions, the team at Dunbar Painting understands how difficult cabinets can be to paint. That is why our professional painters have provided some tips for painting cabinets to help you determine if you should attempt the job yourself or hire a professional.

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Considerations for Different Types of Cabinets

While masking, dismantling larger units, and other prep is common for every type of cabinet, it is important to consider the type of cabinet you are working with. Types of cabinets can include:

Previously Painted Cabinets

Have you painted your cabinets by hand before? If your current paint is damaged or no longer matches the décor of your kitchen, it may be time to paint again. To ensure optimal results, these cabinets will first need to be degreased and cleaned to remove any oils or built-up dirt. After they are clean, each cabinet should be scuff-sanded and panels should be caulked if required. Once these steps are done, the cabinets can be primed as needed and 2 coats of quality paint—like Advance from Benjamin Moore—can be applied.

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Wood Cabinets

Plain wooden cabinets (without paint) can completely change their appearance with a coat of paint. Wooden cabinets must first be sanded and panels should be caulked if needed. From here, cabinets can be primed and 2 coats of quality paint can be applied. Proper brushing and rolling can yield great results, but our team recommends spraying or hiring a professional for optimal finish.

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Cabinets With a Spray/Lacquer Finish

If your cabinets have been previously coated with a spray or lacquer finish, we strongly recommend sending them to a shop to be sprayed with industrial products. Our professional painters often cannot use these products in your home due to high VOC ratings, so a shop can provide the best results.

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To learn more about painting cabinets or to request a no-obligation estimate, get in touch with the team at Dunbar Painting. Our professional painters can be reached through our online contact form or at 604-788-3382 and will be happy to assist you.