When it comes to painting kitchen cabinets, we know there are questions, some of which are, how long will they last and what does it cost? We can help answer any questions and ease any doubts you may have.
Our proven 9 step process ensures your cabinets will last for many years.
We start by removing hardware, /labeling each door & location of exact hinge placement. Then carefully load up the doors & drawers to be taken back to our wood finishing shop located in Waukesha, WI
Step 2: Masking & Set up
We then mask our working area, to include floors, countertops, ceilings, walls and create a makeshift dust barrier and ventilated spray booth, ideal for servicing the cabinet bases on site if being sprayed. Not as much masking if being brushed & rolled.
Step 3: Prep! Prep! Prep!
The first rule of cabinet repainting: Making sure the cabinets and doors are clean and dry. We use a gentle grease remover and a damp sponge to wipe them clean, and let everything dry thoroughly. After cleaning, it’s time to roughen things up! Most cabinet finishes are too smooth or glossy to prime and repaint, so using a medium sandpaper (we like 150- to 180-grit), sand down the surfaces a little, not enough to sand away the current finish entirely, but enough to give the primer a little more grit to stick to. Then we wipe away/ shop vac any dust.
Step 4: Priming
We apply one solid coat of our secret super duper primer which has great adhesion that provides the proper foundation for our Choice top coat. It's not latex and has a slight odor. but nothing overwhelming. This will dry in 45 min give or take.
Step 5: Filling & Caulking
We then wood fill/ spackle paste any visible imperfections, let dry, sand again followed by caulking needed gaps.
Step 6: Time to Paint!
We apply one coat of our secret top coat, either by brushing and rolling or sprayed application. Let dry.
Step 7: Repeat step 5
Sand a third and final time with 180-220-grit sandpaper.
A second coat of our secret sauce gives the surfaces complete coverage and allows the finish to cure evenly.
Step 9: Let It Dry!
The longer the paint dries, the more durable its finish will be, and the less likely it will stick during reinstallation. At minimum, we let the cabinets dry in a well-ventilated area for at least 48 hours—however, three days is even better. Once everything is fully dry, We carefully wrap each door in moving blankets, load up and deliver. We then will begin installing the hardware and setting doors/drawers. Lastly we install new bumpers to each door and drawer.