at all costs!

Literally, all of these cabinet painting mistakes are easily avoidable. The thing is, you need to follow a process, and don’t skip any steps! All of these pictures (except 1) were taken at an Air BNB that we’re staying in. You can imagine how it makes me crazy not being able to sand down all these cabinets and do the job right.

cabinet painting mistake #1: drips

I’m sorry…but this is unforgivable. Like I said, these cabinets are in an Air BNB we’re staying in. This work was done by a contractor that does general interior painting. And they obviously doesn’t take any pride in their job. How do I know they are general painters? I can tell the cabinets were not cleaned before spraying. And they were not primed. In this case: sand between coats. I can tell primer wasn’t because if primer was used, you wouldn’t see the wood grain so clearly. If you’re going to paint your cabinets, you can always add an extra coat of primer to fill that in (only if you don’t like to see the grain – most people don’t mind, cause then you can tell they are quality wood cabinets).

cabinet painting mistake #2: not sanding between coats
another picture of a cabinet painting mistake

It’s a fact of life that sometimes a fuzzy from a roller or paint crumbs gets on the wet paint…the amount on these cabinets are absurd. Keeping an eye on your work and sanding will solve this issue.

cabinet painting mistake #3: gaps

During the prep step of cabinet painting is when you can fill in gaps like this, and make it perfectly smooth. That also goes for any gaps, like at corners when the trim seams don’t meet right. It’s also the perfect time to fill in nail holes (usually in the trim).

cabinet painting mistake #4: strips when spraying

Spraying takes a little practice. But here’s how I do it…I practiced on a piece of plywood. It’s also a good time to check the spray volume – you don’t want it to come out too heavy or too light. So adjust the spray nozzle in the direction you are spraying, like side to side. then spray in an even pattern – with a light spray. Then follow that with a light spray vertically. I do the second coat of spray while it’s still wet from the first coat. This way, you don’t have to sand in between the coats. If you’re going to try this, definitely practice – the key is the light coats, otherwise the paint will be heavy and “pull” downward and pool. Did that make sense?

cabinet painting mistakes: there’s a bunch here…

This is from one of my first cabinet painting jobs. The homeowner thought she would paint her cabinets with chalk paint like she had seen in so many YouTube videos. You can tell the cabinets were not cleaned and degreased, weren’t primed and that the appropriate paint specifically made for cabinets (for hardness and durability) wasn’t used. This is the job that made me realize I needed to hire help (I’m still thanking God for Linda – so grateful, cause there were about 50 cabinet doors!) We had to sand all the way down to the wood, and start all over again. Moral of the story: if you’re going to paint your cabinets, do your research, ask questions of people who do it professionally (you can email me or ask on my Facebook or Instagram pages) before you start otherwise having to redo them is borderline overwhelming! Also…cabinet paint is usually self leveling, meaning you won’t see brush strokes. No one wants to do a job and have results less than AMAZING!

Here’s a quick tip sheet for how to avoid costly mistakes when painting your cabinets:

These are a few mistakes I’ve run into. Please let me know if you have any questions – I’m happy to help!

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