Painting Kitchen Cabinets
It would be remiss not to devote a blog to painting cabinets. Kitchen or bathroom cabinets can either be painted if they were previously painted or if they currently have a wood finish and the homeowner is looking for a change. Because of the expense of remodeling, cabinet painting is one of the most economical means of making a significant change to the appearance of a kitchen or bathroom. Today, we’ll be primarily talking about the kitchen.
A homeowner should strive to balance the color and style of the kitchen, countertops, floors, walls, and appliances when choosing a color scheme for the cabinets. The paint can have a matte or glossy finish. White is still a favorite, and creams and greys are sweet, neutral finishes. Earthtones such as tan, rust, and brown will blend in, too. All shades of blue are fashionable and timeless.
But bright colors are coming back into play again, too, including purples, oranges, greens, and yellows. If you want to go retro, try choosing something vibrant such as neon colors or bright red.
There are other things that can help guide your choice of paint colors. Smaller kitchens look bigger with lighter colors, but black can be stunning. If you have children or are a particularly prolific cook, consider that when you choose a paint color, as well.
Once the color choice and sheen are chosen, it becomes time to get down to the job of applying it.
The Prep Process
Cabinets and drawers take quite a beating from splattered food, grease, and sticky fingers, so surface prep may include cleaning. All drawer pulls, handles, hinges, and other hardware has to be removed. We sometimes remove and transport the fronts of cabinets and drawers offsite to prepare and paint them in the shop. But we keep meticulous track of which pieces go in each spot, so you can be assured that we will return each piece to its rightful place.
We will mask and seal off the cabinet to protect the interior of the cabinet, as well as mask all counters, walls, appliances, trim, and floors. Oak cabinets will have heavy wood grain and may require filling.
Each surface to be painted will need cleaning, sanding, and dust removal before the coats: a prime coat and then the color coat.
The Painting Options
Priming and painting can be “Hand Brushed” or “Spray Applied Finish.” Two coats are the minimum amount, and there is a drying period between each layer so the paint can cure properly. We are meticulously careful to pay attention to this detail, as nothing will ruin the look of a kitchen more than having unsightly cabinets as the result of the top layer of paint damaging an undercoat.
Finally, everything is returned to its rightful place, reassembled, and tightened. The amount of time required depends on the size of the kitchen, the type of preparation needed, the paint which is chosen, and other factors. We won’t rush a job just to finish or skip on details because we know the homeowner will enjoy the quality of the work for years.
Premier Painting and Coating provides stellar service and excellent work for all residential and commercial exterior painting, interior painting, cabinet painting, texture work, and popcorn ceiling removal in the Tampa Bay area. For a free consultation, call us at (727) 440-9393 today!