Believe it or not, sometimes we have to tell clients that painting their cabinets isn’t the right solution. Here are some of the fringe cases where a coat of paint isn’t going to help.
Your Doors Are SaggingThis image from Suzanne McGrath’s awesome blogpost about her kitchen showing some cabinets doors that no longer close properly is a classic problem in older kitchens. If we painted these cabinets as is, within a few days the paint would start to wear away.
Many times this sort of problem can be fixed with some wood putty, new hinges, adjusting the hinges or a combination of those.
Chipped or Peeling DoorsAs Kate over at Retro Ranch Revamp explains, old doors that are peeling or chipped can be saaved, but it’s a huge project – not just a coat of paint.
If your kitchen looks like this, take a minute to read Kate’s blog post about how her doors ended up being 10% wood filler before she started painting. Almost all things are either made beautiful or made so-so during this “prep” stage, so it’s not the right time to cut corners.
Much like the above problem, extra time and effort can cure this problem.
If you have a dog that jumps up on your cabinets, then paint is a bad decision. Unless you have stainless steel cabinets you’re going to be repairing them on a regular basis.
I wish we had a good secondary solution in this case, but sometimes you just have to hug Fido and let them know you love them even if they do occasionally scratch up a cabinet.