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Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Fairfax

Painting kitchen cabinets in Fairfax
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Painting kitchen cabinets this light and fresh blue color
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Painting contractor painting white and blue kitchen cabinets from HGTV
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In most kitchens, the kitchen cabinets take up the largest amount of space on the walls.  Therefore, painting your kitchen cabinets in Fairfax, or anywhere else, can quickly change the look of the room without busting the bank. 

While we are mentioning price, if you also add in a backsplash and new kitchen hardware we can typically keep the price around $5,000.  

That’s no small investment, but keep in mind most kitchen remodels are about eight times higher ($40,000)!  

Of course if you do the work yourself you will save much more, but these are not the simplest of tasks.  It’s similar to golf:  it’s harder than it looks. 

Why Is Painting Kitchen Cabinets So Hard?

One issue is the quality of the finish should look like a piece of furniture, not a wall or a door.

The kitchen cabinets arrived at your house with a factory finish.  Consequently, if you see brush marks or roller marks, it just won’t look the same.

The kitchen cabinets came from the factory with a clear coat of lacquer for protection.  Any latex or oil primer will bond initially, but over time, can fail.  The best choice is to use a shellac-based primer. 

In short, there is more to having beautifully painted kitchen cabinets than just priming and using premium-grade paint.

In the picture on the far right, the paint started to scratch after ten short months.  At Klappenberger & Son, we follow best practices that eliminate these issues – guaranteed.

Painting kitchen cabinets in Fairfax VA show that if they are not primed properly than they will peel.
These cabinets will need to be stripped down in order to resolve the peeling and have a factory finish.
Painting Kitchen cabinets in Towson show the beautiful white cabinets
These modest kitchen cabinets received several coats of white cabinet grade paint which will give them a durable finish for years!

What Makes Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Fairfax Difficult?

Two Factors:  

First, most cabinets come out of the factory with a lacquer finish.  While many primers stick to lacquer for a while, once the oil from our hands penetrate the paint and reach the lacquer finish, the paint scratches off easily. 

Secondly, to really achieve a true factory finish the cabinets should be sprayed.  Then choose a premium grade cabinet grade paint like C2, Ben Moore Advance, or PPG Ultralast and add a latex conditioner.

With over 30 years of painting kitchen cabinets in Fairfax and beyond, we learned what works and what doesn’t.  We are so sure of the durability of our painted kitchen cabinets that we offer a 5-year warranty.

FYI – If you do not own a sprayer and have never operated one this is not the best time to try.

PPG Manor Hall does not self level very well
PPG Manor Hall id a standard premium grade paint that is not made for kitchen cabinets. The brush strokes are very visible.
Advance Satin Self Levels very well
Ben Moore Advance self-levels very well.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets & Vanities

Painting kitchen cabinets in Fairfax is a great way to transcend your kitchen for a fraction of the cost of replacing them.  

I believe adding a backsplash plus painting your kitchen cabinets can have a dramatic effect.  I’ve seen it so many times, and usually, the cost is under $5,000.  

In addition, with over 30 years of experience painting kitchen cabinets, we offer two things that most companies can not say.

First, your newly painted kitchen cabinets’ quality has a smoothness similar to a factory finish.

Secondly, we offer a 5-year warranty when you have your kitchen cabinets or vanities painted.  No other painting contractor offers such a generous warranty.  Why do we?

The short answer is because our paint and procedures are done properly.  For example, we use the right primers and topcoats.

Professional Cabinet Painting
Having a backsplash added when painting kitchen cabinets gives the feel of a brand new kitchen.

Our Warranty on Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Fairfax

5 year warranty by Klappenberger & Son

The confidence in our products and process has allowed us to give 5-year warranties on kitchen cabinets against chipping and peeling.

The Klappenberger & Son Cabinet Warranty covers all labor and materials necessary to repair damaged areas to cabinets due to improper paint application or adhesion.

You can be confident that if you choose Klappenberger & Son to paint your kitchen cabinets, you are covered under our 5-year warranty.

Klappenberger & Son Cabinet Painting Process

With cabinet painting and staining services from Klappenberger & Son, your cabinets can look new again. 

Our trained painters follow a careful step-by-step process to ensure your cabinets do not chip or peel.

To make sure all our painted cabinets can withstand heavy-duty use for many years, we follow a detailed, complete process:


  1. Prepare and clean all surfaces with light sanding.
  2. Apply a high adhesion primer to ensure proper paint application and long-lasting finishes.
  3. Repair any cabinet damages like gaps and nicks with caulk to create a uniform, professional result.
  4. Finish the cabinets with a second layer of primer.
  5. Add hardener to cabinet grade paint for additional protection.
  6. Add paint conditioner for exceptional smoothness and self-leveling.
  7. Use a sprayer to add two coats of paint to the doors and drawers.
  8. Hand-paint the cabinet frames to ensure precision and attention to detail.
cabinet Painting, Klappenberger & Son painter painting kitchen cabinets
When painting kitchen cabinets, we start with priming with a shellac primer.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Fairfax Is Fast & Convenient

At Klappenberger & Son, we know complete kitchen and bathroom remodels can be time-consuming and messy for homeowners.  That’s why we also offer cabinet painting options.  This reduces the hassle while reinvigorating the look of your home.  Our team of trained painters takes excellent care to make our services as clean and non-invasive as possible.  What makes our cabinet painting process so convenient is that we complete your project on-site to reduce the risks of damaging your cabinets or home.  In addition, by eliminating cabinet removal and transportation, we can save all our customers time and money.

Cabinet Painting: Pick a Color, Any Color

We can handle any type of cabinet painting project, including antiquing, color matching, distressing, staining, clear coating, and refinishing.  We encourage all our customers to schedule a free in-home consultation.  Our team will work closely with you to understand your long-term expectations and budget. 

painting kitchen cabinets in Westminster a dark green color
Cabinets like these are painted with a cabinet grade satin finish.
Cabinet Painting with antiquing added on top of yellow painted cabinets
These kitchen cabinets have a glazing added to the top coat.
Painted kitchen cabinets from a stain to a dark taupe
Darker colors like these can have a dramatic affect.
White is a popular color for people to choose for painting kitchen cabinets in Miami.
Adding LCD lighting to glass doors looks awesome.

Customer Reviews for Our Painting Franchises

Want to know what it’s like to work with us on your professional interior painting project?  Just ask our happy clients!
John Carpenter
John Carpenter
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From the front office to the painters, they were 5 stars. So, if you're considering painting your home, please give them a try. Also, they are a pleasure to work with and cleaned up.
Deborah Gomes
Deborah Gomes
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As a property manager, I have many vendors that I contract for services; however, Daniel is always my first call. Why? Because he is professional, prompt, and provides me with an itemized estimate.
Rachel Grice
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Arturo provided an estimate, and the crew got started quickly. They were prompt, and I am thrilled with the final paint job and the work ethic. All crew adhered strictly to COVID guidelines and wore masks the entire time. In conclusion, Arturo was a pleasure to work with, and I give them 5 stars.

Adding New Hardware Is the Fun Part

Clemet's Hardware has a great selection of kitchen cabinet hardware
Few hardware stores have the hardware selection that Clemet's Hardware has. Plus they sell the items 40% off list price!
After painting kitchen cabinets in Miami add some hardware and finish off the project with a n entirely new look.
After painting the kitchen cabinets, take advantage of the opportunity to get new hardware.
If you like a lot of reflection chose a high gloss paint like these.
If you like a lot of reflection, choose a high gloss paint like these.

Why Choose Klappenberger & Son for Your Kitchen Cabinet Painting in Fairfax?

When you trust Klappenberger & Son for all your cabinet repainting and refinishing needs, our team of highly trained experts will leave behind only the most professional, durable products that make you excited to show off the kitchen cabinet painting of your Fairfax home.

The Process

Our 30 plus years of best practices ensure both consistency and quality. Also, our training program gets everyone singing out of the same hymn book.


We Itemize, so you can pick and choose what you would like us to do.

Our Team

We get it right the first time because our techs are trained and have a minimum of 5 years of experience!


The #1 reason problems arise is poor communication, and that is why we provide contact information plus daily updates.

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