Remodelling your kitchen cabinets is no small feat and can take a lot of preparation. When done right, your paint job can make your kitchen cabinets look refined and exquisite. 

Unsurprisingly, this is a process that requires plenty of attention to detail and incredible patience. Kitchen cabinet painting can either be the star of the show or the disaster you never saw coming!

Most homeowners usually hire a professional to complete the job, but if you feel like you’re up for the task, here are a few common mistakes to avoid so your cabinets are the pièce de résistance of your kitchen!

Forgetting to label your cabinet doors

To paint your cabinets well and uniformly, the doors must be taken apart from their hinges. When you do, just remember to number and organize your doors. This is so you can avoid having to scramble around trying to fit the right doors to the appropriate frames! 

To keep this process simple, just attach a piece of masking tape with the corresponding number on each door. If you still think you’ll forget, you can always draw up a diagram and label them accordingly! 

Take it from me—having a system to number and remember which cabinet door goes where will save you a lot of time and energy😁

Skipping the sanding process 

To give your cabinets the best look and finish, getting rid of any residue that might be splattered on your cabinets is a step you should NOT skip! 

Sanding your cabinets also allows the wood to absorb the paint well, especially if you are using a water-based primer, giving it a smoother finish. 

To get one step closer to both durable and beautiful cabinetry, remember to vacuum or wipe off those fine dust particles. Particles left behind can contaminate or even ruin your finish as debris and dust that are not wiped off properly will be visible under light at an angle!

Leaving out the primer 

Most DIY cabinet painters assume that if their cabinets are in top-notch condition, they can overlook applying a primer😖

The repercussions of avoiding this step will only be seen three to four months down the line when the knots in your wood start to bleed through the paint! 

On behalf of all my fellow painters, let me tell you that skipping this step is a big no-no. Primers act as a base that prevents the paint from chipping off and gives your cabinet doors a base coat so that the color of your choice is seen the way it’s supposed to. 

Additionally, your primer helps you cover up those minor imperfections that may occur during the painting process and make your cabinets more resilient towards scratches and wear and tear.

Putting the cabinets back up too early

Another practice I highly recommend is making sure the paint on your cabinets is completely dry before attaching them back to their hinges. Even though this part is the most time-consuming of the lot, it’s one of the most crucial because it prevents you from getting finger smudges or blotches on your otherwise flawless paintwork!

Having the patience to pop them back when they’re completely dry will prevent you from having to repeat the whole process from scratch sooner than you expected—and by the whole process, I really do mean sanding, cleaning, priming, and repainting! 

Good things take time. When it comes to kitchen cabinet painting, it’s much, much better to wait a little longer rather than jumping the gun and ruining all that hard work!

Complete your kitchen cabinet painting project like a pro

Kitchen cabinet painting

Painting your cabinets does require meticulous attention and care but when done correctly, it can leave your kitchen looking like a Pinterest post! 

If you’re still at a crossroads about cabinet painting or giving your kitchen that makeover it deserves, don’t hesitate to check in with the pros!

Happy painting!😇