Don’t Replace those Outdated Cabinets — Repaint Them!

  • March 17, 2020

The cabinets in a home’s kitchen or bathroom get a lot of use. They can become scratched or chipped. The finish becomes dull with years of use. If they are older, they may have a finish that is not the desired color. Get a fresh new look without replacing them by having them professionally repainted instead.

Repainting Cabinets Saves Lots of Money!

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The cost to completely replace the cabinets can be considerable. In fact, the cost to repaint them is typically 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of replacement. If the right paints and correct preparation are used, the finish will be very durable and will last just as long as new cabinets in most cases. 

If the cabinets are still in sound shape and are functioning properly, and the homeowner is happy with the layout of the kitchen and the look of the doors and drawers, having them repaint can make them look as good as new!

Is Cabinet Painting a DIY Job?

Individuals who consider themselves handy may consider repainting the cabinets themselves. But painting cabinets properly takes expertise and know-how, especially with the preparation required. It takes more than just following instructions on Pinterest. Neglecting the required steps in preparation may deliver results that look streaked and gritty. The paint may also chip and crack if it doesn’t adhere properly.

Preparation Is Key

There are several preparation steps to take before even opening the paint can. It’s important to follow them to get the best, longest-lasting results.

  1. Check existing surface. If the cabinets are painted, and the paint is in good condition (no chips or scratches), they can be painted over.  If the surface is not smooth, the paint will need to be stripped. That requires applying a stripping compound, scraping off the paint, then sanding it smooth.
  2. Remove doors, drawers, and hardware. This eliminates the need to tape around them. It’s a good idea to label them for later re-installation.
  3. Clean surfaces. Use a cleaner like trisodium phosphate (TSP) to remove built-up dirt, grease, and grime from the surfaces. 
  4. Repair damage. If there are any dents or deep grooves or scratches, fill them with wood filler and smooth it out with a putty knife. Allow to completely dry.
  5. Cover surrounding areas. Use painter’s tape around cabinets to avoid getting paint on countertops, floors, appliances, and other adjoining surfaces. 
  6. Sand the surface. Use medium-grit sandpaper to smooth out the cabinet surfaces.
  7. Get rid of the dust. Use a vacuum and tack cloth to remove the remnants of the sanding.
  8. Prime. Apply primer with a brush or roller to all surfaces to be painted. After the first coat, go over the surface again to get rid of any excess primer.

Only after all of these steps are completed, can painting begin. 

Leave It to a Professional 

Painting cabinets properly with high-quality results is a difficult task. It requires a lot of time and effort. Professional painters are knowledgeable in the proper procedures so that the end result will look great and last for years.

About HBP Painting Contractors

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HBP Painting has been around since 1983 as a locally owned and operated painting contractor. They offer residential and commercial interior and exterior painting, cabinet painting, and can apply beautiful unique faux finishes.

HBP Painting is a proud member of Angie’s List, Home Advisor, the Painting Contractors Association, the BBB, and local Chambers of Commerce. They provide free consultations for all painting projects.