Mistakes to Avoid When Painting or Staining Your Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re looking to touch-up your kitchen without undergoing a whole remodel or renovation, you may very well be interested in the potential option to paint or stain your kitchen cabinets. If done right, Painting or Staining Kitchen Cabinets can completely refresh your kitchen and make it feel like new, even if it isn’t.

That being said, there are some major mistakes that people make when they are trying to DIY the project. To help make sure that you avoid these mistakes when undergoing a painting or staining job, we have broken down some of the most common mistakes to help you succeed in your exciting project!

Don’t set unrealistic expectations

The truth is that if you are doing this project on your own, you might end up setting higher expectations than you can hope to meet. Painted cabinets look great, but they are not necessarily going to look smooth.

If your cabinets currently have visible open grain, those grooves will be more pronounced with paint on top of it. So make sure you are okay with that look before you buy all the paint and get ready to go.

Give yourself enough time

Another major error people make with painting or staining cabinets is that they do not give themselves enough time to do the project properly. This isn’t going to take one day, it likely won’t take you two or three either. In fact, doing the job right typically takes at least four to seven days.

For this reason, make sure that you have that time to give. If you have family staying with you in a couple days, or are expecting to have a very busy week or month, now might be the time to hold off until you have a little more extra time on your hands.

You don’t clean the wood

Before you start painting or staining you must clean your wood thoroughly. Wipe everything down with a grease remover. If you don’t, you run the risk of having water-based paint slide right off. This should be a pretty simple part of the job, but you should not take it lightly. Making sure your cabinets are sufficiently cleaned before you start painting is necessary to the success of the job.

You don’t remove the doors and drawers before painting

This is something that should not be overlooked under any circumstances. Before you start painting, you must take all the doors off, pull the drawers out and remove the hardware, knobs and hinges.

If you do not take care to do this, your cabinets and hardware will almost certainly chip and show signs of wear within a very short period of time – a month is not unheard of.

You skip labeling your doors and drawers

This is related to the previous common mistake that people make. As you remove the doors, drawers, and hardware attached to your cabinets, make sure to label them so that you can easily reconnect them once the painting job is finished.