Things are easier to be talked than to be done. What most people perceive from painting kitchen cabinets is probably the painting project, which is so true, but could be so wrong. In fact, this project requires a series of steps that should be all done to get the best results. Consequently, many people get stuck in unfortunate situations, while doing the project.
By presenting what common mistakes people usually do during the repainting process, it is expected that you can learn not to do as they do.
Wrong Time Estimation
This point is closely related to most people’s presumption that painting kitchen cabinets is merely about painting project. In fact, it requires days to finish the whole project. So, it is not like you can start the plan by Saturday morning and get the cabinets reinstalled in the evening. It may be possible, if you just replace the pulls of the cabinets. But mostly, people do not only do that. Therefore, if you have made a decision of beginning to work on this painting plan, then you should have been ready to allow yourself enough time.
Not Removing Hardware
Though it is basic, but some people still cannot figure out the importance of removing all hardware before painting their kitchen cabinets. Not removing them will cause you a great loss at the end of the day because of the easily-worn paint. It is because the paint does not thoroughly coat every part of the cabinet body, so the paint itself would likely be more vulnerable to damage.
Not Labeling Matched Hardware
If you have decided to reuse all or several of the hardware to your repainted cabinets, then you surely need to label those hardware after being removed. It would ease you to reinstall them to where they belong. Unfortunately, there are still some people out there missing this step. Consequently, they spend hours to get the matched hinges for the particular spots.
Not Cleaning and Sanding
Dust-free cabinets surface would actually give you even better result. So, try to remember this step and really implement it to make the paint adhere well to the surface. Also, sanding is not less important than cleaning. It is not only aimed to smooth the surface but also remove stains left by previous finish on the cabinets’ surface. Use 15 or 200 grit sandpaper to help you do this step.