The Kitchen Cabinet Painting Process

Step #1: Hire An Expert

Step #2: Remove Hardware, knobs, doors and drawers.

We will remove all hinges, knobs, doors and drawers. We label them carefully so that there is no mistake as to what goes where when it comes time to re-install them.

Step #3: Take Inventory of Your Life

At Kitchen Cabinet Painting we don’t charge any money for Step #3. The cathartic nature of this step is worth a million dollars yet you pay not a dime. It’s a great opportunity to take inventory on what you have been eating or to see if there is anything you want to rid yourself of that has been hiding away for months or years. Instead of a compartmentalized take on things you are able to see with a single cursory purusal exactly how you’ve been living. Now that your cabinets are gone for ten days you get to view your life in a way hitherto unseen. Time to remove that old faded and torn shelf paper? Time to start cutting down on junk food? Time to buy more spices? Time to throw out half of your spices? Time to treat yourself to a new rice maker? That grill doesn’t look like its been in use for a while. You bought that juicer but wheres the juice? Do you really need eight bags of chips? Are the poisons below the sink really our of harms way for those toddlers not yet in the know? Why has that jar of bacon grease been there for five years? You have beautiful dishes that you don’t use because you want to save them for “special occasions” but isnt every day above ground a special occasion? Regardless of what you do exactly there is no doubt that a purifying or figurative cleansing of the emotions is at hand. Again, no charge. And you thought you were just getting your cabinets painted. Please take advantage of this rare opportunity to take inventory of your life

Step #4: Examination of Cabinets

Not all, but a lot of the kitchen cabinet jobs that get done at Vancouver Kitchen Cabinet Painting in the Vancouver and Greater Vancouver Area involve transforming the wooden cabinet look to a white or an off white paint, melamine or lacquer finish look. While the ‘wooden look’ has its place it can also look and feel dated and out of sorts in a lot of newer homes. Nothing opens up a dark kitchen more than painting your kitchen cabinets a white or an off white colour. Older homes that are subject to an upgrade reno and newer homes as well typically have as its starting point for change the oak, cherry, etc…kitchen cabinetry.

Step #4 involves a quick examination of the cabinetry to be painted to take note of any knicks that need to be filled, any cracks that need to be caulked and any grease etc that needs to be cleaned.

Step #5: Examination of Cabinets

Before any priming or painting begins with your kitchen cabinetry, first scraps off anything that would interfere with the spray pattern and that comes off easily. Typically, a lot of cabinet doors have a small contact lens shaped piece of waxy plastic substance in the corner so as to protect the cabinet door from hitting the fixed pieces. Kitchen Cabinet use to paint this little knubby thing but found that in a month or two the paint would become a bit brittle and peel off quite easily, leaving a bit of an eye sore for our customers. It would behoove any customers who have their cabinets repainted done to purchase a package of these ‘stoppers’ from Home Depot to prevent the cabinet doors from rubbing up against the on-site fixed pieces.

Step #6: Step six involves *not* taking these plastic insets off.

Step #7:

Cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning. You might be surprised at just how much ‘stuff’ we clean/scrub off prior to the priming. Proper cleaning is essential to encourage proper adhesion of the undercoat.

Step #8:

At Kitchen Cabinet Painting we consider ourselves the best cabinet refinishing company in the Vancouver and greater Vancouver area. Indeed, we are one of the few companies that will paint kitchen cabinets to perfection. We use only the best oil based primers on the market to seal in all oils and resins so that there is no yellowing of the cabinetry at any point in the future.

Step #9:

After cleaning all cabinets we spray one coat of primer then allow to dry. We then caulk all the cracks to seal and protect the wood as well as make the cabinets look as aesthetically pleasing as possible. After only one coat of primer the grain is still not completely sealed until we get a few more steps along the way.

Step #10:

After the first coast of oil based primer we use 220 grit sandpaper to sand in preparation for the next coat of primer.

Step #11:

The second spray application of primer is applied. This is the end of the priming stage, unless we are doing oak, in which case we have to apply a third coat to totally seal the substrate. This cabinet door depicted here looks like its completely done yet this is only the primer we see. Its about to get much nicer. Stay tuned.

Step #12:

This involves a simple dry brush to clean off any dust after sanding between coats. A damp rag goes a long way.

Step #13:

It cost a bit more to paint these cabinet doors since the glass has to be protected perfectly. A ton of taping. Takes a long time.

Step #14:

While we are spraying all your doors and drawers off site we take a day or two to do the on site work. Sometimes that means spraying and other times brush and roll.

Step #15:

Now we have some fun. Fifteen steps into it and we finally get to spray some finish coat. We love the look of newly sprayed cabinets in the morning…looks like victory!

Step #16:

Removing tape means we’re getting close to the end.

Step #17:

Delivery with each piece individually wrapped with thick bubble wrap to protect you sparkling new cabinets.