Do I Need to Paint Underneath Top Cabinets?

calander Mar 10 , 2023 user-icon Nash Painting

Do you have upper cabinets in your home that need a fresh coat of paint? You may be wondering if it's necessary to also paint the bottom of those cabinets. Don't create more work for yourself unless you need to, right?

Well, the answer is yes: you DO need to paint those surfaces. Let's explore why it's important and how best to do it.

Table of Contents:

  • Benefits of Painting the Bottom of Upper Cabinets
    • Improved Aesthetics:

    • Increased Durability:

    • Enhanced Protection:

  • Preparing to Paint the Bottom of Upper Cabinets

  • Painting the Bottom of Upper Cabinets

  • Conclusion

Benefits of Painting the Bottom of Upper Cabinets

Painting the bottom of upper cabinets can have many benefits, from improved aesthetics to increased durability. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your kitchen or protect your investment, painting the bottom of upper cabinets is a great way to do it.

Improved Aesthetics:

Painting the underside of your cabinets can add a pop of color and style to an otherwise plain surface. If you’re looking for a more dramatic effect, consider adding a contrasting color that will draw attention and give your kitchen a stylish, custom look.

Increased Durability:

Applying paint on the undersides of upper cabinets helps protect them from moisture, dirt, and debris that could cause wear over time. Kitchens are tough environments!

Enhanced Protection:

Painting also serves as an additional barrier against spills or splashes that may occur in busy kitchens with multiple cooks working at once. By applying paint on all surfaces, including underneath cabinetry, any messes are much easier to clean up since they won't be absorbed into the wood.

Painting the bottom of upper cabinets can provide a fresh and updated look to your kitchen, as well as added protection from moisture damage. For a successful outcome, it is essential to prepare the surface and apply the paint correctly. Next, we'll discuss how best to prepare for painting these surfaces.

Key Takeaway: Painting the underside of upper cabinets can provide an aesthetically pleasing and protective finish that also helps to dampen sound in busy kitchens. By adding a layer of paint, you'll enjoy increased durability, enhanced protection against spills and splashes, as well as improved aesthetics.

Preparing to Paint the Bottom of Upper Cabinets

When it comes to painting the bottom of upper cabinets, proper preparation is key. Cleaning and sanding the surface will ensure that paint adheres properly and lasts longer. Wipe the area clean of any dirt, grease, dust or other debris with a damp cloth or sponge. Then use medium-grit sandpaper to lightly scuff up the surface for better paint adhesion. Be sure to wipe away any remaining dust after sanding before proceeding.

Choosing the right paint and primer can make all the difference when painting cabinets. Latex paints can be simpler to apply than oil-based ones; yet, in wetter spots such as kitchens and bathrooms, they may not be as strong. Oil-based paints tend to be more hardwearing but require an extra step—a coat of primer—before applying two coats of your chosen color.

Finally, applying tape and drop cloths will help protect surrounding surfaces from accidental splatters during painting projects like this one. Use painter's tape along edges where you don't want any excess paint getting on walls or countertops; then cover floors with a plastic drop cloth or tarp for further protection against spills or drips while working on those lower cabinet bottoms.

Proper preparation is essential to ensure the best results when painting underneath upper cabinets. With a few steps and the right materials, you can easily paint these surfaces for a beautiful finish. Now that we have discussed how to prepare for this task, let's move on to applying primer and paint in even coats.

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Painting the Bottom of Upper Cabinets

When applying primer and paint, use a brush with soft bristles that won’t leave streaks or marks on your cabinets. Paint in long strokes going in one direction, making sure you don’t miss any spots or go over areas multiple times as this can cause drips or uneven coverage. Allow each coat to dry completely before adding another layer; usually two coats of both primer and paint are sufficient but if needed you can apply additional layers until you achieve your desired results. Apply a protective topcoat, such as polyurethane, to seal and guard the paint against long-term wear.

By following these steps when painting the bottom of upper cabinets, homeowners can get beautiful results that last for years to come.

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Painting the bottom of your upper cabinets is a great way to add an extra layer of protection and style. Just take your time, prep carefully, and don’t skip any steps.

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