7 Types of Cabinet Finishes

7 Types of Cabinet Finishes

A kitchen should be a place you want to spend time in. The focus of your kitchen is the cabinets. There are endless choices in design and style but there are basically 7 types of cabinet finishes.

Painted

Painted kitchen cabinets are the trend in Omaha. When professionally done the durability and appearance can’t be beat. Besides durability the big plus with painted cabinets is the endless selection of colors. You can find a color to fit any decor. Much more budget friendly then cabinet replacement.

Stain/Lacquer

Very common in homes. Many new homes still go this route. Most new custom cabinets are built with stain grade wood in the Omaha area. Large selection of stain choices and lacquer is very durable. Cabinets that have a stain/lacquer finish can be painted however it won’t work the other way. Once a cabinet is painted it must always be repainted. You can’t go from paint to stain. Seems obvious but I have been asked.

Glazed

A glazed cabinet finish is a popular trend in Omaha. The cabinets go through the process necessary to paint them and then the Glazing process begins. The final step is a clear coat so the cabinets are both attractive and durable. The finished product draws attention with it’s unique look. It is an interesting look but labor intensive.

Acrylic

Acrylic cabinets are a high gloss finish. Available in many colors. This type of cabinet is durable. It has a plastic looking appearance so many people do not go this route when choosing a cabinet. It will stand the test of time. Fingerprints, stains, and dirt are more obvious with this type of laminate. More frequent cleaning is necessary.

Natural

The natural look of wood. If you appreciate the unique beauty of wood this is a good way to go. It is very important to seal and protect the wood for long lasting durability. Sanding the surfaces and sealing them followed by several coats of lacquer will guarantee a long lasting finish.

Laminates

Laminates are a budget friendly finish for your kitchen. Laminates are hot pressed onto the surface of the cabinet and then edge banding is applied to the edges or sides. This type of finish has many color choices and come in a high gloss or matte sheen. The biggest plus is a nice look without spending a lot.

Veneer

Similar to laminates, veneers are thin slices of wood instead of a man made material. Veneers will have the same beauty and grain of wood without the cost of a solid surface. A more natural look when compared to laminates. This type of finish does require a little more care when handling.

7 types of cabinet finishes

These are the 7 types of cabinet finishes. A finish for every budget and look. Next time your in a home improvement center, make note of the various finishes they offer in their cabinet area.

The Best Of

The Best of paints, primers, sundries. This listing is based on

  1. Performance
  2. Availability
  3. Price

The most important factor for us is the performance of a product. In todays economy we have to also give special consideration to the availability of a product too. Something may be “the best of” but if it is unavailable it doesn’t matter. It has been frustrating sometimes when the products we want are unavailable.

This list is based on the products we use daily and are pleased with. We tend to get a good price based on the volume we use. Regardless, the following are recommended products.

Best lower adhesion premium grade tape. PG29

Best high adhesion premium grade tape. Shurtape Colonial

Best high performance primer. STIX

Best high performance enamel. Command and Breakthrough

Best exterior house paint. Aura

Best interior wall paint. Ultra Spec 500

Best Spackle. 3M patch Plus

Best caulk gun. Albion

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How Often to Paint Your Home

How Often to Paint Your Home

How often to paint your home? I get asked this almost every time I do an exterior estimate. This question is often paired with “what is the best paint?”

If a home is prepared correctly and a quality paint is used you can expect on average 10 to 12 years before repainting in Omaha. There are several factors that can increase or decrease this life span and the good news is most of it is within your control.

Factors affecting the lifespan of your exterior paint project.

  1. Is your home power washed prior to painting? Are chemicals used to kill mold/mildew?
  2. The amount of prep work performed. Caulking, sanding, priming, masking…
  3. The number of coats of paint. The thickness of those coats.
  4. The quality of the materials. Paint, primer, caulk.
  5. The weather conditions when the work is performed.
  6. Surface type. Wood, metal, hardboard…
  7. Condition of the surface. In need of repair/replacement? Damaged siding?
  8. Amount of sun exposure.
  9. Color of the paint. Some colors fade faster then others.
  10. The maintenance to the home after the work is done. Regular washing, bird nest removal, hedge trimming, gutter cleaning, etc.
  11. Addressing issues as they occur. Hail/storm damage…

Sometimes paint failure is due to other factors beyond anyone’s control. For example we did a commercial job once and we did everything right. The Paint we used was something we were familiar with and it was a “high end” product and It failed! No one could figure out why. Manufacture reps came and looked at the job, etc. At the end of the day no one knew why the paint didn’t perform. In fact it failed rather quickly. Within a few months. It was just bad paint so we did what a good paint contractor should. We redid the project with a different product.

How often to paint your home

Pick an experienced paint contractor, use a high quality paint and maintain your home. You will get the greatest return on your painting investment.

Should you Paint Outside in the Heat

This is a common question. I am also often asked what the best time of the year is to paint outside. The best time in my opinion is late summer or early fall. The weather is more predictable and there are fewer temperature swings then in the spring.

The biggest problem with painting outside in the middle of summer is flash drying. If you paint in direct sun on a hot day this will occur. The surface of the home (siding) gets hot in direct sunlight. If paint is applied in this condition it will flash dry. I have actually seen steam raise from the surface when the paint is applied.

When paint dries too quickly it will create problems. The paint needs to be allowed to cure and have the solvent (water) evaporate over time. This allows the molecules of the paint to align and form a strong coating with good adhesion.

If painting is done on a hot day in the middle of summer then the paint should never be applied in direct sunlight. The painting should always be done on a side of the home opposite the sun.

How Do You Paint Cabinets Perfectly?

How do you paint cabinets perfectly? Well it starts with what we call Best Practices. Best practices is a commitment to using acquired skill and the best products available. I believe we use the best products but that doesn’t mean we are not open to new technology, primers and paints as they become available. Constantly striving for improvement.

Perfect!

A fine attention to detail and being prepared to do what is necessary for a successful outcome is key.

If you want a perfect cabinet project hire a seasoned pro. If you would like to save money and are willing to put in the time then effort we have many tips in our blogs for what you should do and not do.

Basically you need to set aside the time to do the job. Mask, sand, caulk, putty as needed and choose the best primers and paints available. Stick to paint stores not big box stores. There are many tips in this blog that will help you to do a great job.

Where most people fall short is not realizing the time commitment involved on a cabinet project. Most of our standard kitchen projects run about 150 man hours plus. We put multiple painters on a project so we can do most projects in a week or so.

Fixing Painting Problems

Fixing Painting Problems

Fixing painting problems is something we are called in to do for customers all the time. These are things we are asked to take care of after a DIY (do it yourselfer) or amateur has done some painting. We just finished a post on this and were asked for more.

Cissing

This is when paint does not want to adhere to the surface. This can be because of something being on the surface like grease, oil or something else. Sometimes this is because someone is trying to paint with a latex paint over an oil base product. This is common in older homes that have been painted with an oil base product. To fix this you want to make sure the surface is clean. Depending on what is on the surface you may need to clean it with a solution of TSP and water (trisodium phosphate) or denatured. Sand the surface down and make sure to wipe it free of any sanding dust. A quality bonding primer is a good idea before you paint.

Bubbles

This is the paint not sticking to those areas where the paint bubbles. More often then not this is because of moisture. With latex paint on the exterior of a house you can sometimes see where the surface looks fine but then after the sun hits the area paint bubbles appear and then disappear after the sun is no longer on that area. There are many possible causes for this from the paint being applied below the dew point, moisture issues in the siding, contaminates on the siding, the previous coating no longer adhering, etc. It is important to determine the cause so it doesn’t reoccur.

Bubble cut out

When this happens you want to cut the bubbles out, sand the area, prime it and then skim the area over with drywall mud on the interior or exterior grade patching compound on the outside to fix the scar. Sand it, prime it and paint.

Bubble Repair

Stuck Tape

New tape that is stuck because of the paint is easily removed if you use a razor knife and lightly cut the line between the paint and the tape. Old tape that has been forgotten can be removed with a hair dryer. it will soften the brittle tape glue and it can be rubbed off the surface.

Bad Cut Lines

If you have the original paint the fix is simple. If your not accustomed to cutting paint lines then take the time to tape off the areas you need to redo. Press the tape down well. Repaint the areas and pull the tape before it is completely dry.

Paint on Carpet

This one happens more often then you might think. All professional painters use a drop cloth for a reason. If the spot or spots are not too large the following will work. There are two different approaches to take. If the carpet is light colored then your best bet is to use a razor blade to shave or cut it out of the top layer of the carpet. If you wet the area to soften the paint you risk having the tint in the paint separate from the paint and stain the carpet. On medium to darker carpet try putting a wet rag on the spot to soften the paint. Leave it there for awhile. Let time do the work. Then pick at it and try to run it out of the carpet. You may need to use a razor blade again when done.

Brush Marks

Brush marks are the sign of a low quality brush, poor brush technique or brushing back into paint as it dries. The simpleist fix is to sand the areas with the brush marks and brush the areas out with smooth even strokes of the brush. Do not go back into the paint as it dries.

Fixing painting problems is usually not difficult if you know how to do it. Hope this information is helpful.

Fixing Mistakes

One of the nice things about most paint jobs is if something goes wrong fixing mistakes is easy with a little know how. The following is some of the more common mistakes people make and how to fix them.

Paint splatters

Paint can splatter just about anywhere. That is why you will see a professional painter spend time to mask areas off and work on a drop cloth. Sometimes that isn’t enough. If you have paint splattered on to glass (window) the easiest way to fix this is to use the edge of a razor blade to shave the paint off and then glean the glass with a window cleaner.

Drips and runs

Drips and runs usually occur from an overloaded brush or roller frame. It’s an easy fix. Let the paint completely dry and then shave as much of the paint as you can with a razor blade. Sand the area smooth. Sometimes the area may need a little spackle or drywall mud. Let dry. Sand and prime/paint.

Paint on the ceiling

If this occurs while painting your walls then wipe as much as you can with a rag while the paint is wet. If this happens on an unpainted drywall ceiling then wipe the spot then let it dry, you can scrape a bit of the drywall compound away with any of the remaining paint spot. If the ceiling is unpainted it may blend in.

If this happens on a smooth painted ceiling, wipe the spot with a damp rag before it dries.

If what you are dealing with is a bad cut line between the wall and ceiling (the wall paint has creeped up onto the ceiling) then depending on how much you are dealing with you may be able to scrape it clean on an unpainted ceiling and have it blend in. If it is a painted ceiling and you are lucky enough to have the ceiling paint or know what it is you can do a reverse cut around the ceiling to clean up the lines.

Uneven roll on the walls

If the wall finish seems uneven or there are lap marks, pole sand the wall down. Pay special attention to any lap marks or “fatties”, tape off the trim, cut and re-roll. Keep a wet edge and roll out a nice even finish.

Hopefully the next time you tackle painting a room these tips will help with fixing mistakes you may have.

Paint That Works Best on Cabinets?

The Kitchen is the Heart of your Home so you want your cabinets looking great.

Knowing the paint that works best on cabinets is perhaps the most important thing for a successful job. There are many choices out there for cabinets but in reality there are really only a handful of quality coatings that perform over the long haul.

There are paints designed specifically for the abuse cabinets get. I have seen both homeowners and “painters” alike pick paints that are very bad choices.

Benjamin Moore, Pittsburg Paint are two companies that have trusted products for high performance. There are others as well. Painters get attached to their brand and paint. If you ask several trusted paint pro’s they will each have their favorite.

kitchen cabinet paint
Beautiful

We have evolved over many years to what we use today. We look for adhesion, durability and recoat windows. There are a small handful coatings that fit this criteria. There are many coatings that exceed in one regard but fall far short in another. For example a paint may have high adhesion but comes with a 24 hour recoat window. That is tough to deal with as a professional painter. That is several days for multiple coats of paint.

Many of the professional grade coatings can only be sprayed. That is the only way to do a set of cabinets and a factor to consider for the DIY homeowner.

There are three types of paint for cabinets.

  1. Oil base paint. Old School. It is tough, durable and wears well. It smells, is tougher to work with and tends to chip and yellow over time.
  2. Latex (water base) paint. User friendly. Low odor. Limited durability.
  3. Hybrid Coatings. A combination of the best of oil base and latex paint. Urethane modified alkyd polymers suspended in latex paint. Smells more then traditional latex.

We use a waterborne acrylic urethane (Hybrid Coating) on our cabinet work.

The paint that works best on cabinets is a hybrid coating. Some of the more user friendly ones are Benjamin Moore Advance and Valspar oil enriched enamel. Another user friendly one is BEHR Urethane Alkyd Enamel.

For sheen I would suggest a satin or semi-gloss. Pick a sheen you like and can live with.