5 Mistakes To Avoid While Painting Cabinets In South Florida
Painting your cabinets can upgrade them to the next level and get your kitchen looking fantastic.
There are things you can do that will make a cabinet painting job an outright disaster and should be avoided.
You’ll want to consider how to paint your cabinets best to save money and increase efficiency.
Here are five mistakes to avoid while painting cabinets in South Florida.
1. Leave The Cabinet Doors On While Painting
Leaving the cabinet door on before painting is one of the big mistakes that you can make.
It’s essential to remove all the cabinet doors for optimal painting.
Ideally, you will remove the doors and then lay them flat before painting them.
When you remove the doors, you will have fewer issues with painting around the various pieces of hardware that come with cabinets — hinges, knobs, etc.
2. Don’t Label Anything
Everything related to your kitchen cabinets has a particular place in the kitchen where it belongs, and when you remove things, it is important to be able to put them back.
If you label none of the various parts of your kitchen cabinet set up — the doors, the knobs, the hinges, etc. — you won’t know how to put them back exactly where you got them, and you will spend countless hours trying to match them together like you’re assembling a complicated LEGO set with no instructions.
Do yourself a favor and label everything as you are taking apart your cabinets.
If you want to take it one step further, you might put the smaller pieces of hardware in a labeled resealable plastic baggie.
3. Don’t Sand Before Painting
Before applying the primer to your cabinets, some people would think sanding is unnecessary — this is a mistake.
Every time you paint your cabinets — and if all goes well, it should not be a process that you all too often — sand every piece of the cabinet that is going to get painted.
Sanding cabinets prior to painting them prepares them to take the primer and paint better.
100 grit sandpaper is ideal for starting the sanding project, but you can finish with a 150 grit or 180 grit sandpaper, or even a medium-fine sanding sponge.
4. Don’t Clean The Cabinets Before Painting Them
As hard to believe as it may be, some would start painting their cabinets with no prior preparation, including a simple cleaning of the cabinet.
Not that there will be actual food or a collection of collectibles that you might keep in your kitchen — it should probably go without saying that you should remove things from the cabinet before painting them.
This, more specifically, is about the grease and grime that can sometimes accumulate on cabinets from the mere process of using a kitchen in a usual manner.
Use a degreasing solution to remove all of this disgusting grease before you consider starting your paint job.
Make sure to scrub the surface thoroughly to remove all the grease.
5. Leave On The Dust Before Painting
Dust is one of the worst things that can be on the surface of a kitchen cabinet before you paint.
Dust and the residue that can come up from a proper sanding will mix with the paint you apply to the cabinet and make an awful mess.
After you are finished sanding, use a towel to remove the dust, so you are best able to apply paint to the kitchen cabinets.
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