You don’t need to have a kitchen as outdated as the Brady Bunch to want to update the cabinets to something more stylish. Painting your old kitchen cabinets might be the perfect solution.[Read more…]
Even though it’s obvious that painting your kitchen cabinets would be a huge win, usually you have one more person to convince.
We hear from a lot of customers who tell us that their husbands were very reluctant because “the cabinets are fine.”[Read more…]
We know that sometimes people make a decision based on a small amount of money. We once heard that we lost a job because another painter quoted the homeowner $20 less! We heard that story when they later called us in to fix that job a few months later.
We hate the idea of you choosing a cut-rate painter for the most important and visible room in your home. In an effort to help even more homeowners in the Triangle see their dream come true, we’re going to try something crazy – Price Matching.
There are some serious advantages to becoming the well-known leader when it comes to painting cabinets. Most of those advantages were completely hidden from us until we got here.
If you’re considering painting your kitchen cabinets yourself, you should consider taking this master class for advanced DIYers conducted by two of our master cabinet painters for advanced DIYers.
Time to make your kitchen look brand new? Thinking about some renowation, adding appliances mentioned by productspy reviewing the best oil filled radiator – to maybe feel warmer while cooking? If you’ve been researching cabinet refacing in the Raleigh area there’s a good chance you’ve seen a company called Cabinet Cures. Cabinet refacing is a completely different project then painting your cabinets is.
How much will it cost to have my kitchen cabinets professionally painted? That’s what almost every discussion starts with. Although not a complicated question, the answer is generally, “it depends.” It’s like asking, “how much does a car cost?” or “how much does it cost to build a house?” Moreover, proper interior painting can increase your home value. You can read more on how simple touch ups can sell your home.
I have learned that the real secret of a company’s secret sauce is that there really isn’t any secret sauce. With remarkable regularity, the best stores attract the most customers and the best-selling products are a combination of value and quality.
“Will it look like a factory finish?”, everyone asks.
If you don’t want to read on, the short answer is yes.
We get a lot of questions about using Sherwin William’s ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd or Benjamin Moore’s Advance Interior Paint. We have used both in the past, and here’s what we learned.
Who doesn’t love the beauty of oak?
The truth is, a lot of people don’t. As a professional cabinet painter, I’ve started to worry about oak cabinet jobs because some customers aren’t ready for the end result. They like the color, they like the quality of the work, but they almost always say, “I can still see the grain.”
Yes, oak has a very strong grain that requires extra attention to fully cover with paint, but the actual topography of the wood will not be changed by adding paint. Think about the last time you painted a wall and missed one of the old nail holes – the paint doesn’t fill in holes or repair things.
Over the past five years, I’ve learned so much from my customers. The most important thing I’ve learned is what’s important to them better be important to me too. Here’s a short list of the questions anyone hiring someone to paint their cabinets should ask.
I am so happy that almost everyday I get at least 1 or 2 people contacting me for a quote. About 10% of the time, I hear back from the person telling me that they received a quote from someone else for “a lot less.”
When I was first starting out, those calls concerned me. Was I over pricing my services? Were my costs too high? Was I paying my people too much? Should I be doing less prep work?
The flip side is that my customers are really happy with the results. Most tell us that it turned out better than they ever imagined.
If you’re painting cabinets in a home you’re already living in, use a waterborne alkyd paint. This paint creates a glass-like finish that doesn’t show brush or roller marks and will hold up to your day-to-day wear.
We loved the Benjamin Moore Advance Waterborne Alkyd Paint for kitchen and bath cabinets. Benjamin Moore recommends this paint formula for giving cabinets a furniture-like finish. There are also very similar products from Sherwin Williams and Behr. Since we first wrote this post in 2016 we’ve found an even better paint for painting your cabinets!
Alkyd paints feel like an oil-based paint when you’re using them, with a nice smooth flow and self-leveling. They also have the benefit of low VOCs like latex paints and clean-up with soap and water. I’ll be fine if I never have to use paint thinner or mineral spirits again.
The Best Paints for Painting Cabinets
|Benjamin Moore||Sherwin Williams||Behr|
|ADVANCE® Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint||ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd||Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel|
If you have any specific questions or out of the ordinary applications, leave a comment below or contact us and we’ll try to help you make the right choice.
I’m lucky, my husband has been working on the web since 1995 and has been helping big brands with their digital marketing for the past 10 years. So when my little business received a 1-star review from Yelp, he reminded me that it’s not the end of the world.
When we started this venture, it was my friend and I painting my neighbor’s cabinets in my driveway. I never thought it would grow over the next few years to include 15 people and 2 crews booked three months out. With that success, I’ve learned some important lessons.
Mostly what I’ve learned is to make sure I keep the homeowners in the loop at every step and set expectations as clearly as possible. I believe that not over-communicating is where my negative Yelp review came from.
I started off painting my own cabinets, and they looked like it. To save you from that fate, I’ve decided to write down the step-by-step process we’ve honed since 2014 if you want to try it on your own.
Pre-Step 1. Take pictures
This process isn’t quick, but it is exciting. Take photos of your journey and document it. If you’d like to share them with me, I’d love to include them in the page and will continue to update it.
We’re now listed as a Pro at Houzz.com. Go check it out!
One thing we have noticed since we started painting cabinets is that the process can be confusing. Nobody knows what expect to see each night when they come home and see what has accomplished each day. I’m not sure why this was such a surprise to us, but it was. It’s one of those things where, when you’re really familiar with something, you assume that everyone knows what you know. But the fact is, they don’t. Otherwise we’d all be cabinet painters!
Painting kitchen cabinets is a very specific process. There’s lots of (tedious) steps involved. And all of them are either dirty, messy, or both. As careful, neat, and organized as we are, we still go home covered in paint each day – but you’ll look marvelous.
So if you’re going to have your cabinets painted, here’s what you can expect to see: