There is a definite sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a DIY home improvement project. However, some tasks are better left to professionals who know how to do the job right the first time, which ultimately saves you time and money. Painting your cabinets may sound like one of the easier tasks for kitchen renovation projects, but detailed surfaces and difficult shapes amp up the difficulty. Even savvy DIY-ers can struggle with the job, and that’s before accounting for common mistakes that amateurs make. While we can’t list them all, here are a few of the steps that are frequently skipped or neglected.
Leaving Drawers and Doors in Place
Every cabinet has doors or drawers that cover bits of wood. A common DIY mistake is to leave them in place and try to paint around them. Removing the drawers and doors before you begin any other step makes it easier to paint them properly and to hit the hidden spots behind them.
Forgetting to Sand the Surface
The wood exterior of cabinets is typically either treated with a glossy finish or already painted before the DIY project begins. Neglecting to remove the outer layers with a sander can cause colors to go on unevenly, and the paint will begin chipping and peeling far sooner than if you had taken the proper steps. Sanding too much or with the wrong grain can also damage the wood, so entrusting a painter who knows how to work with interiors can save you from ending up with discolored patches on your cabinets that require delicate repairs or outright replacement.
Not Tinting the Primer
While tinting the primer is not strictly necessary, adding a touch of the final color to it can reduce the number of coats necessary to get a solid coloring on the cabinet. Using a smaller number of coats makes it easier to get an even application of color and remove the paint later if you decide to renovate again.
Painting in a Dusty Environment
After sanding the cabinets alongside any other renovations that stir up dust, the disruptive particulates can settle onto the surface of your cabinets. If you try to paint over the dust, it can be just as bad as for the paint’s ability to latch onto the wood as if you had never done any sanding in the first place.
Renovate the Right Way
There are many other small details that a skilled interior painter knows that are time-consuming to replicate by a DIYer. While we’ve witnessed a variety of mistakes with DIY projects, we always recommend having a professional assist you. Contact us at The Painting Company before you start your next painting project.