December 30

7 Steps in Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinet Painting

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The kitchen is probably the most used room in your home. It’s the place where family and friends gather to cook, eat, and congregate. The kitchen cabinets are the focal point of the room and may be showing wear and tear. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to replace them, you can have them professionally painted to like new.

With many people spending more time at home in 2020, they are noticing areas that need improvement. ACP Painting has received a huge increase in requests for painting cabinets.

Having your cabinets painted can save you lots of money and disruption over a complete replacement project. Knowing what to expect and how much you’ll have to spend on the project will help you make the right decision.

Our Cabinet Painting Process

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Painting cabinets requires expertise and precision. It’s always best to trust an experienced professional to avoid making common mistakes. The crew at ACP Painting has many years of experience in cabinet painting. We are experts in setting up the project, protecting your home, and cleaning up the area afterward. We treat your home as if it were our own.

1. Before We Arrive

Before we start our process, we ask our customers to remove all items from drawers being painted, and to either remove cabinet contents or move them back at least three inches from the front. You should also clear countertops and any items on top of cabinets.

2. Protect the Area

That’s all you need to do before we arrive. We’ll then begin the process by sealing off the area to prevent paint going where it shouldn’t. We’ll also create a completely protected spray area either in the garage or outside for prep and painting the doors and drawers. We thoroughly cover and protect all surrounding surfaces not being painted, e.g., the countertops, walls, flooring, and appliances.

3. Remove Hardware

Our preparation and painting process includes both sides of doors, all face frames, drawer fronts, and all exposed bottoms and sides of cabinets. We remove all hardware from doors and drawers. If it will be reused on the newly painted cabinets, we will label it for accurate reinstallation afterward.

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4. Prep the Surface

Preparation is very important in all painting endeavors; however, it is especially critical when painting cabinets. That’s because cabinets can be composed of different materials. Each type requires a specific prep process to ensure proper adhesion and lasting quality.

All surfaces to be painted are sanded, wiped free of dust and remaining contaminants, and then primed using a bonding primer before sanding again.  Next, we caulk all cracks, gaps, and seams in cabinets and cabinet trim, filling nail holes using putty.

5. Paint

Only after all the proper preparations have been completed and surfaces are ready, do we paint them using premium quality Sherwin Williams brand Emerald urethane enamel in the color and sheen of your choice. This product is made specifically for painting cabinets. It resists yellowing and withstands many washings without fading or chipping.

6. Reinstall Doors and Drawers

When the paint is completely dry, we will re-mount the cabinet doors and replace drawers. We will either replace the hardware that was removed before painting, or install new hardware, depending on your preference.

7. Clean Up

As with any paint job, we don’t consider it complete until the space is restored to its original condition. That means removing all tarps and covers and cleaning up any debris or mess we created. When we leave, the only thing different will be the beautiful, newly-painting cabinets.

How Much Does It Cost to Paint Cabinets?

Painting contractors use different factors and criteria when pricing a cabinet painting job. Some charge by the measured area or specific item to be painted. ACP Painting basically charges by the door. Here’s how our cabinet painting estimate is calculated:

  • The average cost is $90-$100 per door.
  • Each cabinet door and each drawer counts as a door.
  • Items like one side of a kitchen island or a built-in wine rack count as a door.
  • Types of materials and finishes used can impact the cost.

Since every kitchen is different, there may be other factors that play into the cost of the project, which is why we provide free up-front estimates so there are no surprises.

Hire the Trusted Local Painting Contractor

ACP Painting has successfully painted cabinets for many years. We have the process down pat to ensure a long-lasting finish that looks and performs beautifully for years.

Whether you need cabinets painted, or your entire house, call on ACP Painting to get the job done right. We pride ourselves on the best service and results at a fair price.



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