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Painting Kitchen Cabinets: The Top 6 Amateur Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Whether you’re a kitchen cabinet painting pro or not, there are some mistakes that even the most experienced DIY-ers make. If you avoid these common mistakes while painting, you can save time, money, and a lot of frustration.

So before you start painting your cabinets in John’s Creek, read on for the top 6 mistakes every amateur makes when painting kitchen cabinets. In this blog post, B.I.G. Painting lists the most common cabinet painting mistakes, so you know what to watch out for!

Common Mistake #1: Failing to Do Surface Prep:

One of the most common mistakes is not adequately preparing the surface before painting. Failing to do surface prep can cause the paint to not adhere to the surface or, worse, peeling and flaking paint.

To avoid this, make sure you sand down your cabinets and remove all the grease and grime build-up before painting.

Common Mistake #2: Skipping the Sanding Process:

Another big mistake is skipping the sanding process (or not sanding correctly). Leaving out sanding can leave your paint job looking rough, with a finish that isn’t smooth.

It’ll be worth taking the time to sand down your cabinets until they’re nice and smooth. You get a better base for painting, but it is also aesthetically pleasing!

Common Mistake #3: Not Using a Primer:

Not using a primer before painting is also a mistake. It can result in poor adhesion of the paint to the surface and make it harder to achieve an even coat of paint.

Use a good-quality primer before painting your cabinets to avoid this issue. A primer will help ensure that your paint job looks its best.

Common Mistake #4: Not Using the Right Paint:

Using the wrong type of paint on your cabinets will result in a shoddy finish. If you want to get fancy (and who doesn’t), use a high-quality product for the best results!

Use high-quality latex paint specifically designed for kitchen cabinets to get the best results. It will give you the best chance of achieving a smooth, even finish that will last for years to come.

For wood cabinets, you can use either oil-based or water-based paint. Just ensure you choose the right type of paint for your specific cabinets.

Common Mistake #5: Not Removing Hardware:

The hardware on your kitchen cabinets can gum up the works when painting, so be sure to remove it before getting started. The hardware includes things like handles, knobs, and hinges.

These things make it more difficult to paint around them, but it also increases the chances of getting paint on the hardware itself. So, remove all hardware before starting to paint.

Common Mistake #6: Not Applying a Second Coat:

A second coat is especially important if you’re using light-colored paint, as it will help achieve even coverage and prevent any dark streaks from showing through.

So be sure to allow the first coat of paint to dry completely before applying a second coat.

Avoid these common cabinet painting mistakes to get a good finish on your cabinets! They will look amazing by following our simple tips.

If you need professional guidance or painting services, B.I.G. Painting is only a call away– we would be happy to assist with your cabinet painting project.

Schedule a free estimate today, and let us show you what we can do!