Painted cabinets may seem like a no-brainer project, but this undertaking actually has many potential pitfalls.

Some of the tips i found in actually helps to avoid mistakes so as to end up with cabinets you can’t wait to show off

You have unrealistic expectations.

Your painted cabinets will look lovely, but they aren’t going to look totally smooth. If the cabinets have a visible open grain, then the grooves are going to show through the paint.

Even if it wasn’t that obvious when the wood was just stained, it is going to be more evident once the paint dries.

You don’t allow yourself enough time.
People often think painting cabinets is a weekend job.

However, it will take you at least four to seven days when you build in the proper prep time.
So, it is important to know that this isn’t a lazy Sunday project.

You don’t clean the wood.

No matter how clean you think your kitchen is, you have to wipe everything down with a grease remover, otherwise, the paint won’t stick when you add a water-based paint to an oil-covered door.

You don’t remove the doors off and drawers.

This is very important and should be the first thing you do before painting your kitchen cabinets.

Take off all the doors, pull out the drawers and remove the hardware knobs and hinges.
Some people try to save time by painting everything, even with the hinges, while they are still in place but this is not a long-term fix.

This will make your cabinets and hardware to start to chipping and showing signs of wear within a month.

You didn’t label where your doors, drawers and hardware go.

Because what everything will need to go back in the same place that it was removed, it is worth using numbered labels to help you in remembering where everything goes.
You can just stick a piece of masking tape stuck to the back of each piece.

You skip sanding.

You still have to sand your cabinets even if they are in near perfect condition, so that the paint will stick.

All you have to do is use sandpaper in the middle of the spectrum and just give all of the surfaces a quick buffing.

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