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Painting Kitchen Cabinets - Sell a Home - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

When you put your home on the market, our real estate agents may suggest some upgrades to help compete with other Wichita homes for sale. At the top of the list, offering the greatest ROI, is painting. After painting the walls, consider the kitchen. Nothing revives an older kitchen like new cabinets. Why replace when you can simply paint? Here are some important steps to ensure the best results. 

  1. Plan Carefully 
    The two possible methods have dramatic differences in cost, energy, and result. The choice of professionals is spray painting, while most homeowners choose the brush method. Spraying means a smoother finish, quicker drying times, and more durable results. Lacquers applied with a gun dry quickly, decreasing work time, and stand up to cleaning much longer than brush-on paints. Lacquers require application by spray gun and a compressor. It's necessary to protect everything from overspray. Adequate ventilation is vital. Brush-on paints are generally less expensive and require normal masking and drop cloths without clouds of overspray. Drying time between coats averages 24 hours, and they require more sanding for a smooth finish.

  2. Prepare thoroughly 

    • Remove hardware. If you aren't replacing it, carefully collect each piece and the screws that secure them. You'll need to clean them before you reassemble the cabinets.

    • Remove drawers and doors. Sketch a map showing where each belongs, numbering the space and the corresponding piece. Label each piece as you go in a space that will be covered by the hardware. Then put a small piece of masking tape over the number so that you don't paint over it. 

    • Take all the removable elements to your work area. Set up a table or bench and cover it with plastic to prevent drips and overspray. It's critical that this space be free of dust and wind so that your work will not be damaged, but it must also be ventilated for your safety.  

    • Protect all kitchen surfaces from drips or spray by covering them with plastic or rosin paper. This is the heavy paper available in the paint section of the home improvement store.  

    • Clean each surface to be painted with a strong degreaser to ensure adhesion. 

  1. Sand and Prime the Surfaces 
    This step is vital for a professional result. Sanding eliminates the tiny scratches, flaws, and bumps that prevent a smooth surface, while priming ensures good adhesion. Use an orbital sander with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum the dust and use a tack cloth to remove the finest dust particles. Apply primer, starting with the backs of the doors, then allow to dry thoroughly before flipping to paint the exterior. Allow 24 hours for each coat to dry. 

  2. Buff and Paint 
    Using 220 grit sandpaper, buff the primed surfaces. Wipe with the tack cloth and apply the first coat of paint. Paint the backside and allow it to dry thoroughly before flipping and painting the front. The brush method will require about 24 hours to dry, while lacquer requires about 30 minutes. 

  3. Buff and Paint the Second Coat
    After the paint is thoroughly dry, buff with 600 grit paper. This light buff must be done by hand. Remove fine dust particles with the tack cloth. As before, paint the inside surfaces with a second coat of paint, allow to dry thoroughly before turning over. 

  4. Reinstall
    Wait 24 hours to allow the paint to cure and reinstall drawers and doors. Replace the hardware as you go. Clean up the mess and stand back to enjoy your handiwork! 

If buying or selling a home is in your future, contact us for assistance with your next steps.

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