Does your home have stained wood kitchen cabinets that look old or dated? As you probably know, many homeowners are choosing to have their kitchen cabinets painted these days. If you like the layout of your kitchen and if your cabinets, doors, and drawers are still in good shape, painting them can be a cost-effective way to update the look of your kitchen.
The question then becomes, “Should I paint my kitchen cabinets myself or hire someone to do it?”
Of course, going the DIY route is almost always less expensive than hiring a professional, but when it comes to kitchen cabinet painting, is it the best choice?
PaintGreen, a San Diego house painting company that specializes in kitchen cabinet painting, says there are a few things to consider when deciding whether to paint your cabinets yourself or to hire a professional.
On their website’s blog, they say, “As a professional painting company in San Diego, it’s probably not surprising to you that we would recommend having your kitchen cabinets painted by a professional. But if you know anyone who has ever tried to paint their cabinets themselves, they might also recommend hiring a professional. Painting your own cabinets is doable, but you should know what you’re getting yourself into and the type of results you can expect.”
PaintGreen goes on to describe what goes into a quality kitchen cabinet painting job: “It is a tedious, multi-step process that involves degreasing, sanding, patching, priming, and painting. It also involves specialty equipment like a paint sprayer and drying racks to do the job right. Yes, you can use paint brushes or rollers to paint your kitchen cabinets, but you won’t get the smooth finish you’re probably looking for. Kitchen cabinets painted by a professional, on the other hand, will have a smooth, furniture-quality finish that will last much longer than cabinets painted by an amateur.”
In other words, those looking to go the DIY route in painting their kitchen cabinets should have realistic expectations. It’s not a quick or easy job, and it’s difficult to get great results without the right equipment and experience.
The type of paint you use on your kitchen cabinets is also important. According to PaintGreen, “Not just any paint will do for kitchen cabinet painting. You want something that is durable and that has the right finish. We use a type of specialty paint that looks like oil-based paint, but is actually water-based.”
There are so many paint options at paint stores and home improvement stores that it can be overwhelming for the average DIYer. Those looking to go the DIY route to save some money should definitely take the time to do some research on the various options before going to buy paint and supplies for their kitchen cabinet painting project. The last thing you want is to spend a lot of time and money, only to be disappointed with the results and have the paint start to chip after only a few months.
You also want to do research on the perfect color to paint your kitchen cabinets. If you want them to be white, it’s important to know that there are almost endless shades of white. There are warm whites and cool whites. Some will lean yellow, while others will have a gray or blue undertone. If you go with a professional painting company, they will likely be able to help you select a color that will give you the look and feel you are going for in your kitchen. They will help you take into account things like the style of your kitchen and the lighting in the room.
If you’d like to learn more about professional kitchen cabinet painting in San Diego, visit PaintGreen’s website: https://www.paintgreen.com/