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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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