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11 Mistakes You Probably Made In Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

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We can found many painted or colored kitchen cabinet pictures in Pinterest nowadays, since adventurous DIYers prefer the idea for updating their kitchens using only a small number of new colors. It seems to be an easy project, yet this project actually has a lot of potential pitfalls. Avoid these stupid mistakes so it results into cabinets you can show off to your friends:

 

1. You have high and unrealistic expectations.

Painted cabinets indeed look charming, but no matter what you did, they will be not going to be appeared totally smooth. “If in your cabinets there’s a visible and open rough surface, the indentations are still going to be visible through the paint,” said Don Fahrbach, the president of PNP Craftsmen located in New York City. Furthermore he said, “Even if the indentations was quite hidden after your cabinets received some new painting, it will look more obvious once the new paint dries”. You can put some putty on the rough surface, but it would need a lot of time as well as challenging.

2. You don't give your project enough time.

"This is not your typical lazy weekend project," said Sherry Petersik, a blogger who published many projects of kitchen painting on her very own blog. She said people often treat this project as a Sunday job, but actually it takes four, five, six, or seven days if you count the proper preparation time.

3. You are not cleaning the wood beforehand.

"No matter you think how clean your own kitchen is, still, you better wipe down every cabinet you have using a good grease remover," said Fahrbach. If you don’t do that, when you brush a paint that is water-based into your oil-painted door, the oil paint would not stick to that wooden door. Fahrbach further recommended using a paint preparation degreaser named TSP.

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4. You don't first remove the drawers and doors off your cabinets

Some people try to save time by painting everything — hinges and all — while they're still in place, but Petersik warns that it's not a long-term fix.

This first step is very important: take off every door in your cabinet, pull out the drawers, and don’t forget to remove the hinges and knobs. A lot of DIYers didn’t do this in the first place. To save some of their time, some people paint everything while the hinges, the knobs, and all are still intact. Petersik gives a warning that that is not a correct solution for the long-term. "Your hardware and cabinets will begin to crack and look obsolete within the first month or worse, immediately."

5. You don’t put labels at where your hardware and drawers and doors go.

As every piece that have been detached  will then be placed again to its original place, it is better to use numbered labels, as they can help you to track back where every piece goes. Just put the labels at the back of every piece.

6. You don’t do the sanding part.

Although the condition of the cabinets of yours are near perfect, you still need to sand the cabinets  so that the paint can stick. Just give the surfaces some quick polishing at the center part by using sandpaper. "You don’t need to polish the surfaces that hard," as Petersik says. "This job is only to change the surface of your cabinet; from glossy surface into matte surface."

7. You don’t clean the dust beforehand

Clean any dust before you brush the paint on your cabinet. The dust, even if it is only a few, can spoil the look. "The finishing will look gritty and it will look like painted on sandy surface," as said by Fahrbach. "To repair the gritty look, you must sand your cabinet’s surface and after that repaint it again."

 

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8. You choose not to prime.

You might tempted not to do this very step, but you should consider this following advice. "Your kitchen might be looking amazing after finished, but two weeks or maybe two months after, knots inside the wood could start bleeding through the new paint," said Petersik. You may use an anti-stain primer, so that the blotches wont appear after the paint dries.

9. You don’t choose the correct color.

The way you pick your kitchen’s color is down to your own preference. As subjective as it is, there is no color should be called wrong or right when being applied for your very kitchen. But for your cabinets, it is principal you get the color right from the start.  "It is an easy project but it is not a work you want to spend your time redoing it everytime you hate the color you choose," as said by Petersik. She proposes to paint a large printed-size poster with only colors you like (you can get one small can of tester for about $5). "Place it beside the backsplash and the kitchen stuff. Make sure that is the color you desire the most.".

10. You use cheap paint.

Petersik suggests to use the paint from Benjamin Moore Advance to get the most satisfying results. The paint’s price is about US$53 per gallon. It is more expensive compared to other brands, yet the product is worth the price. "The finishing is smoother if you use a reliable paint," says Petersik. The average kitchen required one to two gallons; it won’t kill your wallet. An extra point if you do the painting job by yourself.

 

11. You’re too hurry to place your cabinets back.

It can be annoying waiting several days for the paint on your cabinets to dry. But if in some circumstances you accidentally smear the paint, you need to redo the sanding and repainting job. "Eventhough it pains me waiting for the paint to dry, I would rather hold back than take a risk," says Petersik.

 

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