Painting kitchen cabinets may feel like a no-brainer project, but it is not so. If not done the correct way you may face many potential pitfalls. Wondering what could go wrong? Read on…

Kitchen Cabinet

  1. You think it’s an easy job.

A smooth look is hard to achieve. The grooves are going to show through the paint if the cabinets have a noticeable open grain. Once the paint dries it’s going to be more evident. Using putty you can fill the grain, but it is not all easy.

Painting Kitchen Cabinet

  1. You don't allow yourself enough time.

Painting kitchen cabinets is not a weekend job. It will take at least a week to complete the job.

  1. You don't clean the wood.

Before you start painting you have to clean the cabinets thoroughly with a grease remover. Otherwise, the paint won't stick. A water-based paint is not going to stick on an oil-covered door.  

  1. You don't remove the doors and drawers.

This is an important step you cannot skip. Pull the drawers out, take all the doors off, and remove the hardware hinges and knobs. If you try painting everything while they are still in place, the paint is not going to last long. Within a month your cabinets will start to show signs of wear.   

  1. You skip labelling where your hardware, drawers and doors go.

You need to place each and every part in the same place and it is not easy to remember unless you use numbered labels. To the back of each piece stuck a piece of masking tape with the numbers.

  1. You skip sanding

You have to sand your cabinets even if they are in near perfect condition for the paint to stick. A quick buffing is all you need. Just make sure that the surface is no longer glossy but matte.

  1. Your surface isn't dust-free before you paint

Before you dip that brush in paint, vacuum up any debris. The look will be ruined even if there are a few pieces of dust. It will look as if you have painted over sand. And fixing the gritty look is no easy task. You will have to repaint it after sanding the surface all over again to fix the problem.

  1. You don't prime.

This step is not to be skipped. Otherwise, the knots in the wood can start to bleed through your paint within a few months. To avoid surprise blotches use a primer that can block stain.

  1. You pick the wrong colour.

You can choose any colour. But make sure you get it right the first time. It is not easy to do the repainting as it is a time-consuming process. So test a few colours on a poster board before you start painting the cabinets. Hang the board near your appliances and backsplash, and see if it is matching or not.

  1. You choose cheap paint.

Expensive paints are worth it as they will give a smoother finish. The splurge isn't going to break the budget as most kitchens need very less paint.

  1. You put the cabinets back without the paint drying.
The wait for paint to cure can be a bit annoying. But you have to sand the door and repaint in case if you accidentally smudge the paint. So it is better to wait.