Let’s face it, many of us like to take on home improvement projects that we maybe shouldn’t attempt on our town. Like when the time comes to refinish cabinets in your kitchen. In most cases, we will leave the big jobs to the experts like refacing or remodeling these storage areas. But when the task is merely giving them a new coat of paint, most homeowners are all too willing to the work themselves.
Unfortunately, the result is a cabinet that looks as if an unskilled amateur took a stab at trying to redo the kitchen. In other words, it’s horrible and ugly.
For those of you who are considering Cabinet Refinishing in La Habra CA, painting your cabinets can be a great way to revitalize the look of the most important room in whole house. But you want to be sure to do the job right, especially if it’s one you plan to do on your own. The best way to avoid mistakes is by knowing what they are first, that way you can ensure your kitchen cabinets look terrific.
With that said, here’s what NOT to do when you’re ready to put paint to brush and get to work:
Underestimate the Size of the Job
Here’s where most of you fail the worst. You walk into your kitchen, take a look at your cabinets, and think to yourself; “no problem, I can finish this off in a day at most”. Uh, wrong.
This is not something you want to finish off in a day or so, you need to take every necessary step for doing the job to the best of your ability. Even if that ability is lacking. Look, painting isn’t rocket science, but if you don’t pay attention to the small details and take it slow, you’re going to end up with a job that looks like it was rushed.
Pro tip: Do you want to know how long it’s really going to take to do the job properly? At least five days. Plan accordingly.
I guarantee your kitchens have years of grease and grime caked all over them. Do not, I repeat DO NOT, start work until you clean them thoroughly with the degreaser of your choice. Wipe down your cabinets, all of them, don’t miss a spot either. If you fail to do this, you’ll be adding a layer of film and oil underneath your new paint and something will just look off the entire time.
Remember, every step taken. Five days or longer to complete the job. Do it right or don’t do it.
Remove All Doors and Drawers
Seriously, if you’re not doing this then just hire someone to do the job for you. In order to effectively repaint everything you need to be able to access it. That means removing the doors and drawers and the hardware. You want an unfettered canvas upon which to add your new coat of paint. If all of those things are still left intact when you paint, you’ll not only miss spots but you may find your paint chipping away in a few months.
Then guess what, you’ll need to do this all over again.