You know all those weekend makeovers in blog land of painted kitchen cabinets? They look great after, right? I'm wondering if they might look better from a distance than they do close up. Here's why: They were done in a weekend. That's two days. If you'd suggest such a timetable to a
painting professional, I'm guessing you'd get a hearty guffaw, and it wouldn't necessarily be because they're trying to dissuade you from attempting a DIY job. No. My guess is because they know better.
Pro painter Rich O'Neil's explains how cabinets should be painted over at TOH (video included). Here's the Cliffs Notes version of the how-to: Clean, machine sand, hand sand, dust, wipe down, prime, sand, wipe down, apply one coat of semi-gloss paint, apply second coat of semi-gloss paint, apply coat of water-based polyurethane, sand, apply second coat of polyurethane.
Does that sound like something that can get done in two days? How about if you include drying time? No. And speaking of drying time, although latex dries faster than oil-base enamel, it has a longer cure time. You know what that means. Those quick makeovers might not looks so hot in a week or two after use because the paint simply didn't have enough time to cure.
So, sure, these quick makeovers look great in pictures, but I'm thinking they might set others up for a disappointing outcome. In the case of painting kitchen cabs, which get a considerable amount of abuse, it might be best to follow a pro's advice and not the weekend DIY warrior.
What has your experience been with quick cabinet paint jobs? Have they done the job of hiding unattractive cabinets or did they make an unfortunate situation worse?
(All the photos used in this post were from pro cabinet refinishers, Signet Painting.)