“The very idea of giving your kitchen a makeover over the weekend without spending more than a couple of hundred dollars sounds so alluring, that people are jumping into it headlong without fully realising the pitfalls. Because painting cabinets requires a fair amount of expertise and without it, you may end up with an eyesore that you will want to get rid of.”
Painted cabinets are ruling Pinterest these days, since intrepid DIYers love the idea of updating their kitchens with only a few coats of a new color. It seems like a no-brainer project, but this undertaking actually has many potential pitfalls. Avoid these blunders to end up with cabinets you can’t wait to show off:
1. You have unrealistic expectations.
Painted cabinets look lovely, but they aren’t going to look totally smooth. “If the cabinets have a visible open grain, the grooves are going to show through the paint,” warns Don Fahrbach, president of professional painting company PNP Craftsmen in New York City. “Even if it wasn’t super obvious when the wood was just stained, it’s going to be more evident once the paint dries.” You can fill the grain with putty, but that can be time-intensive and challenging to…