Cabinet painting & Refinishing in Vancouver BC
Does your kitchen need updating, but you’re not sure if cabinet painting ever looks as good as new cabinets?
We’re one of the few residential painting companies in Vancouver, BC who use lacquer finishes (rather than oil- or latex-based paints) for their beauty and durability. And we spray our finishes for a smooth look, to avoid any brushstrokes or roller marks (the classic signs of DIY or amateur work). The result is a truly gorgeous factory finish. Your cabinets will look like new again!
Why Laquer and Not Paint?
We want your kitchen to look as beautiful as you do, so we always spray our finishes, for a smooth look free of brush strokes or roller marks. This is a big reason why painting cabinets isn’t always a great option for a DIY project. It takes serious paint skills to apply a finish by hand that doesn’t leave roller marks or brush strokes – there aren’t even many pro painters that can do it! And without professional spray equipment, it’s almost impossible to get the smooth, “factory finish” look of new cabinets.
And pro cabinet painters use products that aren’t easy for a homeowner to master over a weekend or two. We usually use professional-grade lacquer because it has a lovely, silky-smooth feel to it, and is what cabinet manufacturers use. We think it’s the best paint for cabinets, hands-down. Nothing else quite matches the gorgeous look and feel of lacquered cabinets, in any color or sheen. But sprayed finishes, and especially lacquers, can be tricky to master. The wrong pressure or setting on your spray gun, or the wrong distance you’ve got the spray tip from the surface, or the wrong speed that you’re moving your arm . . . All these things can cause paint to sag, drip, or go on so thin it doesn’t cover well or last long. Since we’ll be spraying a gorgeous finish on your cabinets, we’ve made the process as fast, reliable, and stress-free as possible, so your cabinets don’t look like an amateur did them over the weekend!
Every kitchen is different, of course, but most of the time, pro painters like us follow these steps when they’re painting cabinets:
1. We disassemble your kitchen by removing the cabinet doors and drawer fronts.
We remove all the hardware such as drawer pulls and door handles. Then we pop off or remove the cabinet doors and take off the hinges. Each individual door hinge gets labeled, so we can put each one back in the right place when we reassemble.
2. Next, we mask off your kitchen to get ready to spray the base cabinets.
We cover everything that won’t get painted – countertops, backsplash, appliances, floors – with either masking paper or plastic. If we’re not painting the insides of your cabinets, we tape paper or plastic over the openings where your doors and drawers go, protecting the insides from any overspray. And we’ll “tent off” your kitchen with plastic, to contain any dust or odors while we’re spraying. We put in walk-through openings in the plastic “walls”, so you can still enter your kitchen when we’re not working, and access your refrigerator, sink, and pantry.
3. We’re not painting cabinets yet! Next is the “prep”, and it’s critically important.
Let’s face it, most kitchens can get pretty beat up! Everyday cooking grease, dust and grime accumulates over time, even with the best of housekeepers. Every surface that we’re going to paint gets cleaned, degreased, and “scuffed”. (Scuffing is a quick, light sanding to remove the top glossiness of the existing finish.) This helps the primer bond to your cabinets, and is a critical step! If there are any light repairs that need to be done, such as dings or deep scratches in your cabinets, we address them after priming, when they’re easier to see.
4. We prime everything.
Here’s where you’ll start to see a difference! Regardless of the final color chosen, your kitchen cabinets will now look white after priming. It’s always exciting seeing the transformation start to happen!
5. We take care of any obvious surface imperfections.
Dings, cracks, or other imperfections are easier to see after priming, so we take care of them now. Everything we’ve primed gets inspected, including the cabinet bases and both sides of the doors and drawer fronts. We fill dings and sand out rough spots, taking extra care on the “fronts”, or visible sides of your cabinetry. And if your project estimate includes filling any existing hardware holes, we do that now too.
6. We sand and then typically apply a second primer layer.
By the time we’ve fixed any small imperfections and sanded the primer layers, your cabinets will feel smooth as butter!
7. Now for the most exciting part of painting cabinets: We spray the color on!
We always use 2 coats of a pigmented, water based laquer. Sheen and colour can be customized, but we have our reccommendations!
8. The “messy” part of painting cabinets is over. Now we reassemble everything!
First, we remove the plastic. Then your newly-painted cabinet doors go back up, we put your drawer fronts back in place, and we reinstall your cabinet hardware (drawer pulls, door knobs, and handles). Since we had already labeled the hardware hinges earlier, this step is pretty straightforward.