Cabinet Painting 101: Everything You Need to Know

Professional cabinet painters providing top-notch cabinet painting service for a complete cabinet refurbish

Finding cabinet painters who understand the intensive process and offer quality service is essential. This process is highly involved and requires thorough attention. While we do not suggest you try to DIY this project (more on that below!), it is important to understand the process as a homeowner.

Take a look at your home; when was it built? If you look around your kitchen or bathroom and see it was designed multiple decades ago, you may consider an update, upgrade, and renovation.

There’s no denying that the remodeling process is tedious and grueling, and the whole ordeal isn’t for everyone. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be for everyone. In many situations, it’s unnecessary to completely gut a kitchen or bathroom to have a jaw-dropping and eye-popping makeover. 

So often, you can slap a new coat of paint on your existing cabinets and call it good! A cabinet refurbish project is a cost-effective and time-saving way to give your home a fresh look and feel without ripping out the entire space (not to mention emptying your wallet).

Before diving into any project, you must know exactly what you’re starting, so our team has prepared an everything-you-need-to-know guide. Below, you’ll find everything you need to know, what you should expect, and a list of criteria that will help you find the ideal cabinet painters for your home or business project.

Keep reading to learn more.

Everything you need to know about cabinet painting

Cabinets are a huge component of any bathroom and kitchen, so giving them the makeover and facelift they need will significantly change the look and feel of the space. This process is exciting for any homeowner, and knowing what to expect, details about the process, and more can help you feel confident and settled during the project. Here’s a bit more on cabinet painting:

  • Communication is crucial — The first thing a reputable painting company will do when meeting with a client is have a thorough discussion so they understand their needs, wants, and what results they expect.
    Any client-contractor relationship needs a strong foundation; a major part is communication. From the painting company’s perspective, it’s essential to inform the client of the process and set proper expectations based on what the client is looking for.
  • Client requests and services — When it comes to your cabinets, you have countless options. Sometimes, this decision feels overwhelming, so if you need inspiration or help brainstorming ideas, our team is here to show off our portfolio. 
    While there’s an entire range of services to choose from, here are two of the most common requests received by cabinet painters in the industry:
  • Some clients want to change the color of the stain on the cabinets to something lighter or darker but keep the same finish. In these situations, the entire cabinetry is stripped down to bare wood. Prepping the cabinets for staining includes cleaning, chemical stripping, and light sanding. Molding and other small details also get the same treatment.
    Then, we apply two layers of the stain color selected by the client, a lacquer clear or polyurethane clear, to seal the cabinets.
  • Another common request is when the client wishes to change the stain to a solid color. Whether you use a paint color or hard coating finish (lacquer), the process consists of a light cleaning of the cabinets and molding and sanding, sanding sealer, two coats of primer, then two coats of solid lacquer or paint.
A paint brush and can of paint on white background - ideal for cabinet painters and refurbishing services
  • Lacquer vs. oil vs. alkyd — One unique attribute of our services is that we are qualified and experienced in spraying various types of cabinet coats, such as lacquer, oil, and alkyd finishes.
    Our team almost exclusively works with alkyd finishes because, in many cases, we have found that in refinishing scenarios, lacquer falls flat compared to an alkyd finish. This is due to the brittle nature of lacquer, which leads to its tendency to crack. 
    Additionally, lacquers cannot be touched up by hand. While alkyds are more expensive than lacquer, they are also thicker, equal in durability, not as brittle, and can be touched up. Alkyds are also a bit more challenging to use, which is why many other cabinet painting service companies won’t (or can’t) use them. When it comes to the initial look and feel, there is almost no difference between a lacquer and an alkyd. The difference comes over time.   
    That said, we are happy and qualified to oblige when homeowners want lacquer or oil-based paints for their cabinets.
  • Choose the right color— Kitchen and bathroom remodels are exciting but a total gut and demo job. If you’ve decided to make small, significant changes, like painting your cabinets, it’s important to remember the other components of the space when making color selections.
    The materials used for your floors, appliances, and countertops aren’t likely to change, so choose something that complements these parts of your space. White is a timeless classic for your kitchen because it brightens up any room, but bolder and bright color options might be a great fit, too.
    Interior designers are leaning into dark cabinet colors like greens and blues. But mid-range and muted colors are having a moment, too. Whatever direction you decide to go in, it’s wise to consider which parts of your space won’t change and choose based on that information.
  • The process and timeline — As mentioned above, communication is key for Allen Brothers Cabinet Painting, and explaining the process and timeline to our clients is essential to instill confidence and set proper expectations. 
    While every project is different because of the size, shape, and specifics of the project, we are not your typical contractor. Our team guarantees we will complete your job within the week of your start date. Here is an example of a typical timeline:
  • Day 1: We arrive at your home between 8 and 9 a.m. We’ll spend the first day preparing your space for its makeover.
  • Day 2: Complete prep work and apply two or three coats of primer.
  • Day 3: Next, we’ll sand and smooth the primer layers, fixing imperfections so we can apply the finish coats with precision and ease.
  • Day 4: Today, we will reinstall doors, add new bumper pads, clean up, and give you your space back.
  • Day 5: Hopefully, we will finish on Day 4, but if not, today’s the day.
  • Note: We will pick up your cabinet doors and drawer fronts one week before your start date, and they will be in our shop for seven or eight days to be painted at our warehouse.
  • Don’t try to DIY — A homeowner can complete many things, especially home-improvement projects, after watching a few how-to videos on YouTube University. One of those projects you should skip is DIY cabinet painting. 
    You may be a decent painter or even have some experience painting walls. But we’re here to tell you that painting cabinets and cabinet boxes is a whole different game. A cabinet refurbishment project is highly involved and complex, and hiring a professional will save you time and money in the long haul.
  • These projects are time-consuming and tricky and bring up serious considerations, such as: 
  • Where will you paint cabinet doors? Do you have enough space?
  • Where is a “sterile” place to avoid dirt and dust contaminants? 
  • How do you get a smooth finish?
  • Do you have enough time for doors and bases to cure?

These questions are all answered when you hire a trusted and experienced team to do the job.

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Looking for Cabinet Painters? Call Allen Brothers Cabinet Painting!

Finding the right cabinet painters can be the difference between loving and disliking your newly painted cupboards, and the professionals at Allen Brothers Cabinet Painting are here to make your dreams come true.

Whether your kitchen or bathroom cabinets look dated, dingy, or simply want an update, a cabinet refurbishment is a great and cost effective way to get the look you want. The Allen Brothers team specializes in making your existing cabinets look brand new, so you won’t waste your hard-earned money replacing them. If you’re going to refinish, paint, or restore your kitchen or bathroom cupboards, you want our cabinet painting service team.

We provide high-quality cupboard painting services for residential and commercial properties in Bluffdale, Centerville, and neighboring cities in Utah. With years of industry experience, we are knowledgeable, qualified, and skilled in spraying several different types of cabinet coats, including oil, lacquer, and alkyd finishes. 

If you are looking for a cabinet painting service company for your Salt Lake City home or business, choose the experienced and trusted team at Allen Brothers Cabinet Painting. Don’t waste your money, time, or effort with a botched paint job with an inexperienced painter or a DIY project. Hiring a skilled professional like us ensures your results are great!

Contact Allen Brother Cabinet Painting today for your free quote. We aim to get you an accurate bid by the end of the day or within 24 hours.