Rescuing DIY painted kitchen Cabinets

Its a brave DIYer that takes on the painting of their Kitchen Cabinets. Many people have attempted to paint their own kitchens and have been left with a streaky, running paint finish that come off when gently rubbed or scratched.

This poor kitchen was in need a rescue, the client had bravely attempted to paint their cabinets but had underestimated the time, preparation and skilled involved and asked if we could help.

To paint your kitchen cabinets in a manner comparable to a professional paint finish could require over several days work on cabinet door and drawer if you’re going to do it right, and several more days for your base cabinets.

There are strict processes professional cabinet painters follow in order to achieve a flawless finish and these steps cant be rushed or skipped. And this is dependent on a number of factors that you might not have considered such as airflow and room temperature as well as the type of wood or materials covering the doors.

Primers, sealers, undercoats and finish coats perform better when the substrate is properly prepared. Cracks, nail holes and other surface imperfections should be filled and sanded smooth. Poorly maintained or damaged surfaces, in particular, need extensive work to prepare them adequately. Most important, the surface should be clean and free of all dust, dirt, grime, loose or flaking paint and other contaminants before any primer is applied.

Priming of the doors, drawers and the carcass is the most important paint coat you'll put on the kitchen, since the primer has 2 very specific roles. Number 1 it prepares the surface of the cabinets for the adhesion of the new paint system and seals and protects the surface ensuring the paint system does not sink in to the wood and stops it ten loosing its coverage and luster.

Selecting the correct quality paint is also very important and you tend not to find these in large brand stores, and expect to pay the best part of £100 for just the paint. Make sure you buy the best quality brush you can find, this should be used not for painting but for laying off the paint. The brushes we use for out kitchen projects can cost up to £100 for a single brush.

And before you start, practice. Dont start on your cabinet doors right away. Get a sample door or piece of wood that you can practice on first.

We completed this rescue in 5 days and the finished kitchen is everything the client hoped for.

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