2023-02-02 Selah Painting St. Louis MO Living Room Cabinet Painting Mistakes

Living Room Cabinet Painting Mistakes To Avoid In St. Louis, MO

Living Room Cabinet Painting Mistakes To Avoid In St. Louis, MO

Sometimes, people will look around their homes in an effort to see what can be improved — or in some cases, replaced.

Your living room cabinet, for example, might look like it’s quite out of date and your first thought may be to entirely replace it — but often it is much better to give that cabinet a new paint job and it will look as good as new without all of the time, money, and addition to the landfill that is involved when you replace a cabinet.

Painting a living room cabinet is not without its challenges, however — and if you can avoid certain key mistakes in the process of doing so you will make for a much better painting project.

With that being the case, let’s have a look at some living room cabinet painting mistakes to avoid in St. Louis, MO

1. Using The Wrong Sort Of Paint

If you’re going to be painting your living room cabinet, you need to make sure that you are making use of the right sort of paint.

Firstly, you should of course be sure that you are using paint that is meant for the interior of your home and not your exterior — for to use exterior paint on a home cabinet would be a foolish waste of money.

Another important thing to bear in mind is how often you will need to be cleaning the cabinets if at all — and depending on this you should veer towards glossy paint (if you will need to clean more often) as this is as easy to clean as just wiping the surface with a damp cloth.

2. Leaving On The Hardware

Sometimes the biggest mistakes that people will make in the painting of cabinets come from the attempt to save time — and what’s most ironic is how these attempts will often cost more time than they save.

One such effort can be when you have the choice of removing the hardware (the pulls on the doors and drawers) or leaving them on before painting — and the better choice is to remove them.

By removing the hardware, you will be able to easily move the paintbrush along the surface of the cabinets without worrying about colliding with the hardware or getting paint on it.

Even if you cover the hardware with painter’s tape, it will still remain in the way as you are painting and make the whole process more difficult.

3. Not Putting The Hardware Into Some Sort Of Container

Even when you do remove the hardware from your cabinet, you should be putting said hardware into a container of some sort.

The effect of doing this is that you are going to know exactly where your hardware is and there’s little to no chance that you are going to misplace it or even possibly lose it.

As much as you might want to think that you know your hardware well and what it looks like, all it takes is putting it down in the wrong place once and suddenly you find yourself looking for it for hours — hours that could have been better spent doing something else.

4. Not Letting Surfaces Dry

Lastly (for now — we may revisit this subject) if you apply primer or paint to your cabinets without first having allowed the surface being painted to fully dry from the previous step, this is a serious mistake.

Painting over a wet surface will cause painting problems, and attempting to add a coat of paint to a not yet dry coat of primer will just lead to some of that not fully dry primer getting removed while also not properly getting the paint on.

Let your surfaces fully dry before you move on to the next step of the painting process so you can have cabinets that look good for years to come.

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