Kitchen Cabinet Painting Kennett Square, PA: Critical Steps Required

May 16, 2020
Kitchen Cabinet Painting Kennett Square, PA_ Critical Steps Required

Kitchen Cabinet Painting Kennett Square, PA: Critical Steps Required

When it comes to kitchen cabinet painting in Kennett Square, PA, there is no shortage of questions: how to clean them before painting? Which paint to use? How much does it cost?

No need to worry. It is simpler than you might think
In today’s blog post, we share some tips on how to prepare and paint your cabinets successfully while avoiding much higher replacement costs.

Flat Surfaces and Space Required For Drying

The key to restoring your kitchen cabinets is to work on a flat surface.
Remove drawers, doors, and all hardware.
Then choose a place where you will have enough room to work and let everything dry for as long as it takes.


To repaint cabinets, here is the first rule of thumb: check that the cabinets and doors are clean and dry.
Use a mild degreaser to remove dirt, then rinse with clean water to make sure there is no residue left on the surface.
Wipe one last time with a damp sponge and allow it to dry thoroughly.
After cleaning, it’s time to move on to sanding.
Most cabinet finishes are too smooth or glossy for the new coat of primer and paint to adhere correctly.
So use medium-grain sandpaper (preferably 100-150), making sure not to remove the existing finish altogether.
The goal is to lightly roughen the surface so that the primer can stick to it. Then wipe off all dust with a slightly damp cloth, then allow to dry.

Protection of Surrounding Surfaces

Before applying the paint, be sure to protect the countertops and surrounding work surfaces with a canvas or other protective elements.

Applying the Primer

When it is time to prepare your cabinets, it is good to know your surface well. In the case of wooden cabinets, use a good quality primer for excellent paint adhesion.

Once you are done, take a break: the primer should dry for at least 24 hours before proceeding.
Note: If you are applying a dark color to your cabinet doors, use a tinted primer.

As soon as your primer is completely dry (at least 24 hours in a perfectly ventilated place), it is time to sand again.
This time use fine-grained sandpaper (220) or a block to lightly sand all surfaces, emphasizing where the paint may have dripped or accumulated (e.g., in corners and on adjacent edges).

Make sure to level the surface as much as possible so that the paint spreads evenly. Remove dust with a damp cloth, then allow to dry.

Apply the Paint

Using premium nylon and polyester brush, apply the first coat of paint.
Tip to save time: you will go faster if you use a foam or microfiber roller to paint the doors (and other large surfaces) instead of a brush.
As with the primer, you must allow the first coat of paint to dry completely before applying a second coat.


The more time the paint has to dry, the more durable the finish, and the less it will tend to stick when reinstalling.
Let the cabinets dry in a well-ventilated area for at least 24 hours and, if possible, up to three days. Once everything is perfectly dry, you can replace the hardware in your cupboards and put them back in your newly refreshed kitchen.

Get FREE Kitchen Cabinet Refinishing Quote

If your cabinets are looking a little worn out but still physically intact, you don’t have to replace them, our team at Left Moon Painting can help.

At a fraction of the cost of replacement, we can repaint, re-stain, or reface your kitchen cabinets to a brand new look.

We have years of experience offering cabinet refinishing and repairs, along with residential repainting services in Kennett Square, PA, and West Chester PA.

If you would like to give us a try, request a FREE estimate below to get started or call us at (484) 757-5295 for more information.

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