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What To Expect When Painting Your Cabinets

Kitchens are the heart of the home. They’re where we spend most of our time, where we eat and where we gather. Whether you are cooking breakfast, having a coffee, meal prepping for the week or whipping up appetizers and cocktails while you entertain your guests, the kitchen is where it's at. Since we spend so much time in our kitchens, it’s often one of the first rooms that we have the urge to renovate in our home. Having said that, the cost of appliances, countertops and new cabinets is often not for the faint of heart. The good news, however, is that you still have the opportunity to transform your kitchen by simply refreshing your existing cabinets. They do make up most of the visual space in your kitchen, so giving them a makeover can make all the difference.

We’ve all seen those photos of painted kitchen cabinets before and after -- but how do you achieve that dramatic reveal? At York Painting Group, we have put together some handy tips and guidelines for painting your cabinets. Whether you choose to tackle the project yourself or hire professionals, we hope you find this information handy.

What Cabinet Surfaces Can Be Painted and How Do I Get Started?

You can pretty much paint any surface that can be sanded down so that paint will properly adhere to it. This includes unfinished, painted, stained and compressed wood, as well as MDF.

Painting your cabinets will put your kitchen out of commission for a little while, however. As such, it’s always a good idea to set up a temporary kitchen or prep area that you can use while the project is underway. The general process for painting your cabinets will be to clean, sand, prime and then paint. If you are doing the project yourself, you’ll need to gather some supplies in order to do the work properly. Primer, paint, a sanding medium, brushes, rollers, drop cloths and possibly a sprayer are the most-used tools. If you’re not the hands-on type or the project just seems a bit daunting, contact York Painting Group today and we’ll be happy to take care of everything for you.

What Colour Should I Paint My Kitchen Cabinets?

At the end of the day, the colour you choose for your kitchen cabinets is your decision -- but lighter colours tend to make a space feel larger and fresher. You should also consider the colours, materials, and textures that are already in your kitchen. This includes your appliances, countertops, backsplash and flooring. The options for paint colours for kitchen cabinets and walls are endless and there are even various techniques that you can incorporate. It is often recommended to select a glossy paint, as it will make wiping it down much more practical and your cabinets will last much longer. In the end, you’ll want to have a cohesive, reinvented feel to the overall kitchen.

Cabinet Hinges Add Another Dimension If Done Properly

When painting your kitchen cabinets, it is likely that your hinges will also need a makeover to ensure they match. Learning how to paint cabinet hinges can add a lovely touch to your finished project, not to mention that it’s also less expensive than purchasing new ones.


An added bonus is that the hinges will already fit your cabinets exactly, making reassembly a breeze. First, you’ll need to remove all hinges and screws and wipe them down with alcohol to remove any grease or dirt. Next, sand the visible surfaces of the hinges and lay them all out on newspaper. You should then proceed to spray them with primer, paint and a clear coat, in that order. Contact York Painting Group

If you have a cabinet painting project in and around Nobleton or the Greater Toronto Area, feel free to reach out to York Painting Group today! We would be happy to offer suggestions, advice or simply take care of the whole project for you. We service both residential and commercial clients and have the knowledge and experience necessary to take on any painting project. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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