January 14

4 Reasons Not to Hire a House Painter for a Cabinet Project


There are so many different types of painting that homeowners need to update their property. Wall painting, trim and door painting, restoration, refinishing, fine finishes; the list can go on and on.  There are specific spaces and items in our homes that are used more than others and need repainting.

The kitchen is the heart of a home. It’s where families congregate and spend a lot of time together. When your kitchen needs an upgrade, the most cost-effective way to do that is by painting the cabinets.  The problem is finding the right painter for the job.

All professional house painters are not qualified to properly paint everything in or outside of the house. That’s why you need to find the right cabinet painter to renovate the space, one who is specifically trained in that process, and not just a general house painter. 

Not All House Painters Are Cabinet Painters

Many homeowners feel overwhelmed at the thought of trying to make big changes. The installation of new cabinets and countertops can be an extremely taxing and time-consuming process, not to mention the obscene price tag attached.  Professional cabinet painting is an affordable and efficient way to give your kitchen a brand-new shine without all the extra stress.

Before you let a painter into your kitchen, however, there are a few things you need to know. You don’t want to hire a painter who merely dabbles in cabinet painting.  This will result in a bad paint job and wasted time and money. Your cabinetry repaint is worth the investment, but you need to ensure you hire the right painter who specializes in cabinet painting.

Failing to hire a qualified cabinet painter will produce inferior results. The finish may be streaky or blotchy and may not last as long as it should. Below are some reasons this can happen.

1. Inadequate Prep Work

Every professional painter will agree that prepping the surface is the most important part of the job. When not done right, you will have issues with paint adhesion and longevity. A real cabinet painter should provide you with a thorough explanation of the prep work involved before painting your cabinets. Preparing cabinets needs greater attention to detail than drywall.  

2. Wrong Type of Paint

Using the right products for your cabinetry is essential. House painters can’t use the same type of paint that they use on trim or doors. A true cabinet painter knows which paint will work best for your space and cabinet material.

They also use the right primer and tools to ensure a long-lasting finish.  A high-quality brand of paint and the right types of paint must be used so the cabinets will hold up to routine cleaning and cooking.

3. Lack of Experience and Training

Experience matters when it comes to painting and refinishing your cabinets. When hiring any type of painter, you should always ask for references that you can contact yourself.  If a painter can’t show you any cabinet painting work, move on and continue your search.

Most reputable companies will have photos of projects they’ve done that you can view. Also, check their websites to see if cabinet painting is one of their services.

Experienced cabinet painters will have worked with a long list of customers in the past. Many of them are happy to sing their praises and share their experience with the company you are considering. They often leave online reviews on sites like Google, Facebook, and Angie’s List, and Yelp.

4. Improper Application

A typical house painter can manage to make your cabinets look good initially, but you may be risking durability due to improper paint application. Reputable companies know that you can’t brush cabinets to get a factory-like finish. If a painter says they use standard paintbrushes on cabinet doors, consider working with someone else.

Paintbrushes leave visible streaks along the surface. This ruins the sleek finish and makes the cabinets look unprofessional. A cabinet painter will use a fine finish paint sprayer or a small microfiber roller to leave a smooth finish.

Proper climate control is also necessary to do a good paint job. Without ventilation and airflow with consistent temperatures, you won’t get a true factory finish.

The Best in Cabinet Painting

When you need top-notch cabinet painting services, Walla Painting has you covered. Our team of painting experts is experienced and knowledgeable in cabinet painting. We pay attention to the details to ensure you get the best finish possible. From prep to cleanup, we do it right from start to finish.

If you’re ready to transform your kitchen, let us paint your cabinets. Contact us today to get started.


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