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Painting Over Cherry Cabinets

Do you have cherry cabinets?  Do you hate the look or feel of them?  Have you ever thought about painting over those cherry cabinets?

If you are like many of our customers, the kitchen is the number one place for you and your family to hang out. Like most of our customers, the kitchen gets the most attention. This attention is from you, your family, and your friends when they come over. But like so many people, the thought of replacing the kitchen cabinets is too overwhelming and too expensive. So- have you considered painting over your cherry cabinets?

If you have seen other posts and YouTube videos we have posted, you will see how we are transforming kitchens, changing how you feel about your home, so you can love the space you’re in!

If you are selling a home, the kitchen is the number one place people consider when buying a home, so it may help you get more money from the sale with a updated kitchen.

Our Step by Step Process for Painting Over Cherry Cabinets:

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This is the latest project we started. Before painting cherry cabinets

Painting Cherry Cabinets

If you don’t like the color or the feel of the kitchen -good!! Because we will help you make the change you want.

Painting over cherry cabinets is a relatively painless process and we guide you all the way through it. I’ve painted the wooden cabinets in my own home so I know stressful how it sounds. For the past 10+ years, we have refined our cabinet painting process, found the best materials and have the needed experience to make this remodeling easy for you.

1. Prep Work

We start with the cabinet painting prep work by covering floors and countertops.

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Cherry Cabinet Prep Before Painting
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Protecting Counter Before Painting Cabinets

Covering the floors and counters makes sure that no dust, debris, cleaners, dirty residue from the cleaning and or painting process gets on your floors or counters.

  • For the counter tops we use a self-stick film as it is waterproof
  • The floors get covered with a builders grade paper that is laid down, then taped to the floor surface so no paint or dust gets on the floor.
  • The walls and ceilings will get masked with a combination of plastic and paper to make sure we are not painting your walls.
  • Then the insides of the cabinets will get masked to prevent any dirt, overspray etc. from getting in the cabinets and on your dishes.
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Here is a kitchen masked before the spraying begins..

2. Clean Everything in the Kitchen! Prime. Paint.

We use Dawn, TSP, sandpaper, degreaser and denatured alcohol for the cabinet cleaning process.

  • Once everything is removed, we start cleaning.
  • Heavy grease or oil actually comes off with diluted dawn dish soap.
  • We also may need TSP to clean as well, it just depends on the level of dirt or contamination.
  • Wet sanding is our preferred method as there is no dust.
  • Once cleaning is done, wipe with a clean rag and denatured alcohol to remove any residue left.
  • Then, we wait for it to dry.
  • After allowing it to dry we prime with a coat of Stix primer, wait for it to dry, then scuff sand each piece before we prime it a second time.
  • For the primer, we usually allow it to dry overnight, then give it the final paint, Sherwood or ChemAqua.
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Here are the kitchen cabinets after it has been sprayed

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Cherry Cabinets Being Painted White

3. Spraying Cabinet Doors.

All the kitchen cabinet doors and drawers are taken off-site to our shop where we have a spray booth. We repeat the same process of cleaning them, sanding them degreasing- denatured alcohol as we did with the cabinet boxes.

We actually hang the doors when we spray on end so we can be sure to get all sides at once, helping speed the application process. Here is a video of some spraying while hanging..

Once all the doors are painted, they are allowed to dry overnight then we load them up and bring them back to your home.

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Cherry cabinets painted white

There you have it…a brand new kitchen! Check out this painting cherry cabinets video!

Call us at (847) 553-1726 with your questions and schedule an estimate on painting your kitchen cabinets! We are here to help you love the house you live in.

How Much Does It Cost to Paint Cabinets

One question we are asked several times a week is how much does it cost to paint cabinets?

Painting cabinets are the most effective ways to renovate your kitchen space. However, making sure that it is done the right way with the right products is the key to enjoying the look of painted cabinets.

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How do you determine the cost of painting kitchen cabinets?

There are several factors when we price out cabinet painting.

  • What type of cabinets do you have? (solid wood oak or maple, veneer plywood, MDF?)
  • Have the cabinets been painted already?
  • Are the cabinets stained?
  • Are you removing hardware?
  • Is there any water damaged cabinets?
  • Do you want a solid color paint or are you looking to have them glazed?

Each of these questions affects the price of the cabinet painting job.

So, how much does it cost to paint cabinets? We start out at about $125.00 per door/box set. (this equates to about 1 hour and 40 minutes per box and door set of work needed to prep, clean, prime and paint) A door/box set consists of both sides of the door and the frame on the cabinet. The cost of a drawer is about $55.00.  The cost can increase to about $150.00 per door/box set depending on the questions above, such as filling in oak grain.

What is the process you use to paint cabinets?

We recently posted a few small videos on YouTube about the painting process of cabinets. It is a good introduction to the process we use.

  • We start with cleaning. Cabinets gets cleaned with a de-greasing agent
  • Each cabinet is sanded to scuff the surface in preparation for the primer
  • Rubber gloves are used at all times when cleaning and painting
  • The cabinets are wiped clean before the primer is applied
  • Primer is sprayed on, allowed to dry, then we sand it to remove any uneven areas
  • Finally, we paint!

What products do you use to paint cabinets?

One of our products of choice for priming is Stix bonding primer. It is a heavy bodied product and has some of the best adhesion properties available. When we are painting Oak doors, two coats of this primer will fill in quite a bit of the oak grain.  Once we finish priming we will use Chem Aqua, or Sherwood paint, the color will determine which product due to the tinting Process. This paint is a true cabinet grade paint hybrid lacquer. It dries ultra smooth and hard. It resists stains, it touches up well, and it is water clean up. There is some smell but what paint doesn’t?

Damaged Cabinet doors?

If any of your doors or drawers have water damage we have some extra work to do.

  • MDF cabinets with water damage are difficult to repair. MDF swells once water is introduced. It swells like a sponge but does not go down again. The area must be sanded smooth to the existing door surface. We then use a shellac based primer or problem surface sealer which will seal the damaged area from further damage.  If a filler is needed we use glazing putty to make smooth. Then we are ready to prime and paint.
  • Doors that are cracked, broken, or other wood damage are repaired using wood glues, putty or other fillers or repair materials.

Other ways to improve the look of your kitchen

Hardware!! Aside from new paint, new hardware is the last factor you need to consider. If there was no hardware previously, we need to drill holes to mount them. That adds about $7.00 per door.

A few other things you can do:

  • Changing out your hinges to a soft close style…pretty cool!
  • Change out your counter tops
  • Add or update your backsplash
  • New appliances
  • New sink/plumbing fixtures

That, in a nutshell, is a basic course on how much it will cost to paint cabinets. It is a lot to take in and digest, so if you want a quick ballpark figure, text us some pics of your cabinets to 847-553-1726 and we can give you an idea of what to expect. If you have any other questions, give us a call!

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No More Golden Oak Cabinets!

What were golden oak cabinets and yellow walls are a new modern looking kitchen at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets.

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Give us a call to see how we can transform your kitchen by painting your kitchen cabinets.

How to Really Clean Your Kitchen

When we get into some homes, there are often locations in and around the kitchen that have stains, foods, or grease that is impossible to paint over. Help is in a little jug called TSP.

1 to 4 mix ratio, this stuff really cleans what in on a wall, appliance, or cabinet.

Follow the directions and you will be all set!

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