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Refinishing Your Own Kitchen Cabinets? 3 Mistakes To Avoid

When you have kitchen cabinets that need a few updates, you might be wondering where to start. While you can purchase DIY cabinet refinishing kits, it is important to understand that following best practices is always a good idea. Here are a few little mistakes you should avoid if you decide you refinish your own cabinets and why. 

1. Not Cleaning the Exterior

Over time, grease, dust, dirt, and food particles can build up on your cabinets, especially in areas that are near cooking surfaces and dishwashers. If you don't clean the surfaces of your cabinets carefully before beginning paint preparation, you could end up with a paint job that looks less than stellar. 

Paint may not adhere properly or may not coat evenly, resulting in a finish that looks far from professional. If your cabinets have visible grime, you may even unintentionally trap grime under layers of paint, creating a bumpy look. 

Always clean cabinets carefully and thoroughly before you refinish the surface to give the paint or stain the best chance of adhering properly.

2. Forgetting Primer

The role of a good primer is to create a tight bond between the finish of your cabinets and the molecules in the paint. Without primer, paint may chip off or peel off easily, impacting the quality of the work. Fortunately, primer is as easy to apply as paint and can make a big difference in the end result. Find a primer designed to go over your existing finish, and prepare the wood according to the package directions. 

3. Not Allowing Adequate Dry Time

Paint needs a chance to fully dry in between coats in order to cure properly. If you add additional coats before the coat underneath has had time to cure, you could trap moisture between the layers, creating bloom or a chalky finish. 

Every paint is different, so read the back of the can to see how much time the paint needs between coats to cure properly. Remember that oil-based paints and stains tend to take much longer to cure than other varieties, but waiting for the allotted amount of time could make a big difference in the hardness and sheen of the paint later. 

If you are thinking about doing a little kitchen remodel of your own, remember that working with a professional may be an easier way to accomplish the same result. Expert painters and woodworkers can make short work of large construction projects like kitchen remodels, making it easier to enjoy a fresh space.

For more information about remodeling kitchen cabinets, contact a remodeling contractor in your area.