Why Painting Your Cabinets Isn’t As Easy As It Looks on TV (And Why We Don’t Offer It)

Why Painting Your Cabinets Isn’t As Easy As It Looks on TV (And Why We Don’t Offer It)

Painting the cabinets in your home may seem like a simple and affordable way to change the look of your kitchen or bathroom. Although the project has the potential to transform the look of the space, it’s difficult to do and it’s not a long-term solution. Before you consider painting your cabinets, it’s important to understand some simple truths about the task. 

There are many challenges to painting cabinets including:

  • The Wood Grain - The most common cabinets that homeowners want painted are oak. The heavy graining of this wood type makes it hard to paint over without the grain showing through. This is why factory painted cabinets typically use maple wood.
  • Time - Painting cabinets isn’t a quick job. You must thoroughly clean the cabinets before starting, patiently wait for the cabinets to dry between coats, and stick to a painting schedule to ensure the cabinets are dry and properly treated before the project is done.
  • Materials - Painting cabinets may seem similar to painting walls but in reality it is much different. It requires specific types of brushes, rollers, and paint.
  • Skill - Drip marks, brush strokes, and even coverage are all challenges homeowners encounter when they attempt to paint their own cabinets.
  • Hassle - Your kitchen may be unusable during the cabinet painting process. Consider this and decide whether you want to deal with the inconvenience of a closed kitchen. 
  • Durability – When you paint anything (with the exception of factory finishes) the surface will be at risk for nicks & chips.

Because painting over existing cabinets is typically a short-term solution with disappointing results, Kitchen Tune-Up doesn’t offer painting as a service. Our redooring and refacing services are great alternatives that provide new cabinet doors & drawer fronts to quickly update the look of your kitchen.  The existing cabinet boxes stay in place saving the time, costs, and mess of a complete renovation.  Redooring and refacing allow homeowners to choose a new style and color for their cabinets.  Choose from new wood doors & drawers, or durable and low-maintenance rigid thermofoil (RTF).

At Kitchen Tune-Up we are committed to offering a variety of different services at different price points to help meet our customers’ needs. Regardless of your renovation budget we have a service that can help transform your kitchen or bath. Kitchen Tune-Up is the leader in Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, Greeley and Windsor for your kitchen cabinet refacing needs. Call us at 970-817-8863 to set up your no obligation FREE estimate today.


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