How to Refinish Cabinets and Why Hiring Someone Makes It Easier

Industry Observer with RenovationFind

Kitchen cabinets are the most important feature of the entire room. Your cabinets set the tone for the rest of your kitchen. And they keep your space neat by stowing all your cookware out of site.

So your cabinets need some TLC? The best solution is hiring a professoinal company to do your Calgary cabinet painting. Refinishing cabinets is highly labor-intensive and complicated.

Keep reading for our guide on how to refinish cabinets. So you can make an informed decision between a DIY project and professional help.

Set Aside Time

Cabinets painting is more complex than the average 'weekend warrior' project. Depending on the size of your kitchen, it can take anywhere from 50 to 160 hours to complete this massive project.

If you have this kind of time on your hands, go for it. However, if you'd rather save your paid-time-off for a trip to the beach you should hire some help.

Refinishing your cabinets also means your kitchen will be out of commission for a while. So, you need to have a backup option for making meals.

Give Everything a Good Scrub

Years of cooking causes grease to build-up on your cabinets. While the surface may feel smooth to the surface, there is still a buildup of oils coating the exterior. Invest in an inexpensive degreaser and a low grit sponge to properly prepare your surfaces for paint.

The final stage of preparing your cabinet surfaces is sanding down the entire surface with mid-grit sandpaper. This helps remove any old varnish so the new paint can better adhere to the surface.

Dissemble Your Cabinets

Never underestimate the importance of properly disassembling your cabinets before refinishing them. Leaving your cabinets intact may seem like a great way to save time, but you'll get an uneven coat and miss spots.

And make sure to remove all the fixtures from your cabinets, like knobs and hinges.

A lot of DIYers will paint over these fixtures thinking it's a good way to save time. However, the paint on hinges and fixtures chip and give your cabinets a very dingy look. 

Always Start with Primer

You need to properly prime your cabinets before you go begin painting them.

Your kitchen might look great at first but as your paint cures knots and crevices in the wood will begin to show through. Select a stain-blocking primer to prevent surprise spots and blotches from appearing.

It's important to sand your cabinets between each layer of paint, including between priming and painting your first coat. Sanding between coats will give you a more professional finish.

Choose the Right Paint

The kitchen is a high traffic area and your cabinets are constantly touches by greasy hands. You want to make sure that you select a paint that is durable and easy to clean.

You should invest in high-quality paint for your cabinets. Since refinishing your cabinets is such a lengthy process it pays to pick the best paint from the start.

You also need to make sure you select the right color for your space. Painting cabinets is an incredibly time-consuming process and you don't want to have to redo it because you selected the wrong hue.

Read >>> Infographic – 5 mistakes people make when choosing paint colours

Spend Hour Learning How to Refinish Cabinets or Hire a Professional Today

Plenty of people have success with cabinets refinishing themselves.

However, even skilled DIYers will spend an exorbitant amount of time on this project. Just to find there finished product still doesn't look as good as professionally refinished cabinets.

By the time you learn how to refinish cabinets, a skilled professional would have completed the job. Save yourself countless hours and hire someone to refinish your cabinets today!


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John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Renovation Find very valuable list of tips for how to refinish cabinets.

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Thanks for the info. Nice blog

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