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DIY or Hire Professional Cabinet Painters?

DIY or Hire Professional Cabinet Painters?

Feb 28, 2019

Your kitchen is not only one of the most used areas of your home, it should also add to the aesthetic style that you have worked to achieve. If you are a handy DIY-er and enjoy working on projects around your home, you may be tempted to tackle the kitchen cabinets.

As styles change, you may find your cabinets becoming less of a visual asset, and more of an eyesore. If you love the layout of your kitchen, and are only looking to update your cabinets, repainting is a viable option to explore.

Is this as easy as it looks, or is this a project you should leave to the pros?

Choosing colors and finishes for your cabinets

When it comes to choosing the best color and finish for your cabinets, the options can quickly become confusing. There are a host of finishes, not to mention endless color choices. To make things even more complicated, colors look different as the light changes throughout the day.

Your trusted painting pro works with paint, light and surfaces every day. They are up to date on the latest interior design trends, and can recommend colors that will look best in your room. Utilize their seasoned experience in the field, and let them help you choose colors that you will love for years to come.

A deep level of product knowledge and experience is also crucial, as picking the wrong paint can lead to expensive and unsightly adhesion failure.

Careful preparation is crucial

Painting is only one step in the process. Without a proper understanding of the preparation needed before the first coat of paint is applied, your cabinet paint will not withstand the test of time.

To start, each cabinet door will be removed, every surface needs to be scrubbed, and the surfaces will all be sanded.

After the surface is properly stripped, scrubbed and sanded, the next step is to add a primer coat. Priming allows the finish coats to really adhere. This means the cabinets will be sealed for maximum durability.

If this prep work is skipped, or done incorrectly, your outcome may not look so great! Repainting your kitchen cabinets is a great option for updating your home, unless it ends up looking like a DIY project gone wrong.


Make no mistake..

This leads us to the next point. Once you add the first stroke of paint to your cabinets, there is no going back. The only way to remove this paint is to completely strip the surface, sand and paint (again!).

This is not to scare you away from cabinet painting, but to remind you that if you haven’t ever painted kitchen cabinets, it’s probably best leave it to the pros.

At the end of the day, your goal is to have Pinterest-worthy cabinets to show off. Not only are well painted cabinets visually pleasing, they also increase your home’s overall value. Why risk botching your cabinets when a professional painter can offer you peace of mind?

Let’s talk about tools

When you hire a professional, you are capitalizing on the years of experience that come with the position. You are not only paying for the materials and time, you are also paying for the skills needed to get the job done right. Plus they have another advantage: using high quality tools!

When your project is complete, you will be left with clean lines, and no bleeding edges. The room will be cleaned for you, and you will be left with cabinets that are properly finished for maximum durability.

Time equals money!

Let’s face it. We could all use a little extra time. Repainting cabinets is not a quick process. If you are a weekend DIY-er, this means that the process could drag on for weeks and weeks!

Between the prep work, application process and final reassembly, you are looking at a time consuming (and messy) project. Since your kitchen is used 3 times a day, this is not an ideal situation.

Your local pro will bring in an entire crew, and can finish the project in a much shorter period of time. You don’t have to do any of the work, or clean-up, and are left with a beautiful, professionally painted kitchen.

If it seems too good to be true...

We would be remiss if we did not offer a final word of caution. While shopping around for cabinet painters, it is wise to remember to do your research before signing on the dotted line. As professionals, we have seen our fair share of bungled projects.

A higher up-front investment may mean less headache and heartbreak at the end of the project. Make sure that your pro specializes in kitchen cabinet painting. You can ask for samples and referrals to help you make the best decision.

Central Valley’s first choice for quality painting services

Lancaster painting has been serving the Central Valley area for over thirty years. We have earned the reputation for offering dependable service and superior craftsmanship.

See some of our most recent cabinet painting projects over on our Facebook page, and request an estimate today!

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Manteca, CA


Our home just got painted and we're very pleased with the quality of the work. Thanks to Andrei, Julian, Jeff and Robert. They were all real pros and did an excellent job. They were always on-time, and more importantly we communicated well throughout the job to ensure we got what we wanted. We've never had painting done before, and were impressed with their attention to detail. Were sun and weather beat up our original paint the most, they made sure to apply extra coats. Great work!

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Riverbank, CA


We just had the exterior of our home in Riverbank painted by Lancaster Painting. The process from stat to finish was a very professional experience. The office staff that worked in creating the bid and walking us through the process was very professional. The painting crew, led by Kurt, did an outstanding job. There were very professional in dealing with my family. They were extremely knowledgeable about the painting process and thoroughly answered all of our questions. And they were punctual and complete the job ahead of schedule. I would highly recommend them to anyone considering having their house painted.

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Modesto, CA


I just had my whole inside of my houses painted. They exceeded my expectation .
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Mabel S.

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Modesto, CA


I recently used Lancaster to paint my two story house. I could not have been more pleased! I had Toby as an estimator, Sergio was the foreman and his crew Jaciel and Donald were fantastic. Their attention to details was excellent. I had shutters installed and they did a great job painting and installing them. They were on time and very professional. At the end of each day they would clean up, which was great.

Lancaster take pride of their work, now I understand why they have a high rating. I would definitely recommend them!

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Turlock, CA


The crew from Lancaster recently completed interior painting at my home and I could not be happier with their work. The project leader, Raul, was friendly, professional and super helpful. The price was reasonable for the amount of work done. I was astonished on how well the house was prepped, how quickly the work was completed, and how clean the crew left my house. It is clear to me how they received top reviews from my family who had exterior work done by Lancaster in the past. Amazing job, thank you for the excellent customer service and the beautiful, fresh walls!

Darla C.

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Escalon, CA


This is my second review. I had lancaster back to paint my ceilings, master bedroom and living room. The painters were very professional and accommodating while they were in my home for 2 days. They moved furniture as needed and even vacuumed up before they left! They have a warranty program for 2 years :)

Thank you so much for making my home feel new again!

Alex S.

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Anaheim, CA


Lancaster painting is the go-to paint company! They do excellent quality work and are more than friendly and accommodating to your needs. We recently had our kitchen cabinets repainted and they turned out better than we imagined. Our project leader assured us on everything, and they even finished when they said they would. QUALITY YOU CAN SEE! Kim the receptionist is a sweetheart, our consultant was extremely knowledgeable and very well versed on how to convey our needs in terms we understood. Most of all or painter Ashoor was awesome. Super friendly, excellent painter, made sure our brand new home stayed in new condition while he painted, and even made sure an extra touch ups we saw or he saw were taken care of immediately. He didn't leave our home until he knew his work was completed to our and his quality standards. Would HIGHLY recommend this company if you need any painting done, especially cabinets.

Pictures below are before and after. Before was brown, after is Swiss coffee white and restorative blue.

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Turlock, CA


Lancaster just finished repainting the exterior of our business. The price was very reasonable and the employees are all top notch. Our building is a historical building and we had it painted the same colors to maintain its history. The results from Lancaster were perfection!