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Common Kitchen Cabinet Painting Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

calander Mar 26 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

Every home interior painting project has the potential to go wrong, and certain surfaces are more susceptible to problems than others. Kitchen cabinets are definitely on this list. If you’ve never painted kitchen cabinets before, you might wonder why these features present an additional challenge.

Let’s dive into the most common kitchen cabinet painting mistakes and how to avoid them.

Uneven Finishes and Missed Spots

Unlike walls, ceilings, and other flat, static surfaces, cabinets have depth and include moving parts (i.e.hinges and doors), so plenty of coverage is needed for a relatively small area. Of course, reaching all the nooks and crannies of cabinets isn’t always easy, and can interfere with achieving an even paint job. Inexperienced cabinet painters and DIYers often miss some spots, coat others too heavily, and fail to properly prep every surface.

The primary way to avoid this common mistake is to detach your cabinet doors prior to painting. It might seem like a pain, but consider how much easier it is to clean, sand, prime, and fully coat both sides of every door when they’re on their own. Plus, with the doors out of the way, it’s much easier to prepare and paint the facing, backing, sides, and trim as well.

Making a Mess

Preventing paint spills and splatters is always a priority when painting an interior, but it’s especially important in the kitchen. After all, kitchens contain valuable appliances and other features that you want to keep clean at all costs. Fortunately, taking the proper steps beforehand can keep messes at bay.

First, always take the necessary steps to prep a room for painting. This includes taking any moveable furniture and features out of the room, laying down drop cloths, covering unmovable surfaces with fabric or plastic, etc. Additionally, detaching your cabinet doors isn’t just important for achieving an even, complete finish -- it’s also crucial for minimizing messes. By removing your cabinet doors, you can paint these surfaces outside of the kitchen so you don’t have to worry about paint dripping or spraying anywhere you don’t want it.

Using the Wrong Type of Paint

If you don’t paint for a living, you might not know much about how one type of paint differs from another outside of cost and color. As it turns out, though, certain types of paint are optimal for certain types of surfaces. Broadly speaking, there are paints for exteriors and paints for interiors, and the distinctions get more specific based on the surface’s material, etc. Plenty of DIYers have made the honest mistake of applying exterior paint on interior cabinets. While this might not seem like a big deal, exterior paint products are often more susceptible to scratches and marks, higher in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and contain additives that might lead to allergies and other health-related issues.

The best way to avoid this mistake is to carefully examine each paint product before purchasing it. If you have questions, ask a store clerk or local painter about which paints are best for kitchen cabinets.

Color Crisis

Choosing paint colors is never easy, especially when you take into account that a room’s lighting will affect how that color looks. Many kitchens feature multiple lighting sources, and some are directly below or above the cabinets themselves. This means that the color you fell in love with might not appear so lovely when actually applied to your cabinets. If so, you either have to grin and bear it, change up your lighting, or start all over with a different color. None of these options are ideal, of course.

To avoid a kitchen cabinet color crisis, always check paint color in the room you plan on painting in various lighting situations. Get color samples and test the ones you like until you’re sure that you’ll be happy with the finished result. Interior painting contractors can help you with this task.

Who knew that painting kitchen cabinets could be so fraught with disaster? We at Nash Painting know, as we’ve seen our fair share of bad cabinet paint jobs before transforming them into something beautiful. Indeed, the best way to ensure that your cabinet painting project goes smoothly from the outset is to hire an experienced Nashville painting company with an eye for detail and a passion for outstanding results.

To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!