As a professional residential and commercial painting company serving Greater Boston, we are asked at least once a week to price a kitchen project. This used to mean a small and quick project – ceiling, minimal walls, maybe a few windows and a door or two. These days, however, kitchen projects almost always start with “I want to paint my cabinets.” Since a well built cabinet should last generations, painting your kitchen cabinets offers massive savings over replacing them.
There are some good reasons to paint your kitchen cabinets. Since most kitchens include stained cabinets, this can effectively freeze your kitchen in time. Updating the colors in the rest of your home to remain contemporary, but allowing your kitchen to retain its cherry cabinets, may give the aesthetically-minded owner the equivalent of a style coronary.
Wear and tear eventually shows up on the high use cabinet doors and drawers (e.g. beneath the sink, around the stove and fridge, etc.)
Hinge and hardware envy – a quick visit to a friend’s new kitchen reveals soft close hinges and cool pulls.
Appliance upgrades can drive style changes, too. Hiding a fridge behind applied cherry cabinets was de rigueur – now the fridge and other appliances take center stage as functional and stylish tools of the serious cook.
Regardless of your motivation, this quick and effective update of your kitchen cabinets can make a significant transformation in one of the most used and visited spaces in your home.
Once you’ve made the decision to paint, the process of properly painting kitchen cabinets requires multiple steps:
Prime with a high bonding primer. We like a water based product called Stix – it sprays and brushes well with virtually no odor
Nigel Costolloe is the president of Catchlight Painting, a full-service residential and commercial painter serving Boston. He is active regionally and nationally in the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) as a leader, speaker and mentor.
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