Cabinet Painting 101: Answers to Your Top Questions About Painting Your Cabinets

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Flowers Painting Answers the Most Common Questions Regarding Kitchen Cabinet Painting

You can change the entire look of your kitchen by painting your cabinets. This is becoming a popular trend here in the Charlotte area, and Flowers Painting receives lots of questions regarding cabinet painting daily. Let’s discuss some of the most common questions regarding painting cabinets.

  1. Is painting cabinets a fad? What if I want my stained wood cabinets back?

This question comes up a lot when discussing cabinet painting, especially when we paint cabinets white or a light gray. These colors are classics and while they may be what’s hot right now, these colors never go out of style. Also, if you decide you want to change the color in a few years, once you’ve had your cabinets painted the first time, it is much less expensive to change the color; usually about half the original cost. Most of the cabinets we paint are oak. Ask yourself – are plain oak cabinets ever going to make a comeback?

  1. Do I have to paint my cabinets white?

Absolutely not. Cabinets in any color can dramatically change the look and feel of a kitchen. If you are not sure what color to select, a Flowers Painting professional can offer color consultations.

  1. Will painting my cabinets last?

A painted kitchen cabinet can last a long time, if it is done correctly. The key phrase here is “done correctly”. The problem is a lot of painters and homeowners do not know the right way to paint cabinets. There’s a lot that can go wrong with painting cabinets. Flowers Painting stands behind our customer satisfaction guarantee and our warranty. This provides our customers with peace of mind knowing they are getting a quality paint job that will stand the test of time and stand up quite well to everyday life.

  1. Can I keep using my kitchen during the process?

While Flowers Painting is in the home prepping and painting, you will be unable to utilize the kitchen area for approximately three days.

  1. How do you prep the cabinets, so they last?

Properly prepping the surface is the most important aspect of any cabinet painting project. It is the foundation and if it is not solid, nothing on top will last. This is by far the biggest window of error we see with other painting contractors. They try to save time by skipping steps. This is the Flowers Painting process:

  • Dismantle everything. We mark and take everything apart.
  • Lightly buff sand all surfaces. This is not a heavy sand, just a light scuff to break down the finish a little.
  • Wipe down all surfaces with a de-glosser. This is simply a very strong cleaning agent and does two things – (1) Removes all the dust created from sanding, and (2) Further etches into the finish.
  • Prime with a bonding primer.
  1. Can you get rid of the grain I see on my oak cabinets?

Yes and no. Yes, getting rid of the grain is possible, but it is very costly. They make some putties and fillers that will do the job. Flowers Painting has found that most homeowners want to paint their cabinets because it is cheaper than replacing them. If you try to fill the grain and make them smooth, it will cost you as much as if you replaced the doors. Nearly anything is possible, but some things are just not practical!

These are some of the most common questions Flowers Painting receives about painting kitchen cabinets. If you have additional questions or would like more information, we’d love to hear from you. Simply call us at (704) 727-2161 or visit us online at You can also message us on Facebook. Call Flowers Painting today to schedule your FREE in-home cabinet painting estimate.