Are you looking to spruce up your kitchen, bathroom or laundry room without committing to the cost of new cabinetry installation? Consider painting or staining your cabinets for a wallet-friendly style upgrade. If the cabinetry itself is in good shape, there’s no need to start from scratch.
Now for the door and drawer fronts: Do you like the style? Paint and stain can do a lot of the heavy lifting for a makeover, but it won’t alter the profile. If you’d rather update the drawer and door fronts, consider refacing your cabinets instead of painting.
And little nicks or gouges don’t necessarily mean a replacement is in your future. Reach out to a Furniture Medic expert to learn more about cabinet repair services.
The good news? Almost any finish is a good candidate for a paint refresh. Unfinished or previously painted or stained wood, MDF or other compressed wood material can all be updated with a long-lasting finish. For updating previously stained cabinets (or glossy paint), a special surface preparation process is used first.
When it comes to finish styles and colors, you have lots of options. Technicians at Furniture Medic use professional-grade paint finishes, including oil, catalyzed lacquer, enamel and waterborne acrylic. Experts recommend avoiding matte or eggshell finish, and instead choose satin, semi gloss or gloss for easier cleaning and longevity.
And stains are almost as varied. Oil-based stains dry slowly, allowing more time for workability. Water-based stains can be sprayed or padded on, and absorb quickly into the wood grain. Combination stains include a top coat with the stain color that’s applied at one time.
Depending on size, materials, and other location-specific circumstances, the refinishing process may look a little different. But as a general guide, here’s an at-a-glance look at the steps for painting or staining cabinets.
Depending on your DIY skills, schedule and kitchen size, tackling this project yourself could take weeks. When you select a professional to refresh the finish on your cabinets, they have the tools, know-how and time to get it done right the first time — and in a lot less time, too.
Get a professional cabinet-painting estimate from your local Furniture Medic technician today. Find a cabinet-painting expert near you.