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Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Fairfax

Let’s face it.  Painting kitchen cabinets can be daunting if you have never done it before.  I remember the first time I painted a customer’s kitchen cabinets in 1992; I was nervous and didn’t do a perfect job.   However, we have learned something about painting kitchen cabinets and have even reviewed the nine popular cabinet-grade paints.  I’m proud to say it is one of the internet’s most watched cabinet paint videos!

And if you want to paint your kitchen cabinets, I have a video on how to do just that without using a sprayer.  

We typically spray our cabinets to get the best finish, but brushing them is the second best option if you have never sprayed before.

Recent Kitchen Cabinet Jobs

painting kitchen cabinet in Fairfax
Painting kitchen cabinets in Fairfax
Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Fairfax

5 Year Warranty On Painting Kitchen Cabinets

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.

Why Is Painting Kitchen Cabinets So Hard?

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.

One issue is achieving the desired outcome.  The quality of the finish should look like a piece of furniture, smooth to the touch, and durable.

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

The kitchen cabinets came from the factory with a clear coat of lacquer for protection.  Any latex or oil primer will bond initially but fail over time.  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 left, the paint started to scratch after ten months.  At Klappenberger & Son, we follow guaranteed best practices that eliminate these issues.

What Makes Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Fairfax Difficult?

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!

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 penetrates the paint and reaches the lacquer finish, the paint scratches off easily. 

Secondly, the cabinets should be sprayed to achieve a true factory finish.  Then choose a premium grade cabinet grades 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 – This is not the best time to try if you do not own a sprayer and have never operated one.

Backsplash and Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets Is A Great Combo!

Painting kitchen cabinets and a backsplash

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 many times, and the cost is usually 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 is smooth like 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. 

Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Fairfax Is Fast & Convenient

cabinet Painting, Klappenberger & Son painter painting kitchen cabinets
When painting kitchen cabinets, we start with priming with a shellac primer.


At Klappenberger & Son, complete kitchen and bathroom remodels can be time-consuming and messy for homeowners.  That’s why we also offer cabinet painting options. 

Painting your kitchen cabinets takes a fraction of the time of replacing them. 

Our trained painters take excellent care to make our services as clean and non-invasive as possible. 

Our cabinet painting process is so convenient that we complete your project on-site to reduce the risks of damaging your cabinets or home. 

In addition, eliminating cabinet removal and transportation can save our customers time and money.

Klappenberger & Son Cabinet Painting Process

in the process of painting kitchen cabinets in Fairfax

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:

Kitchen Cabinet Painting Ideas

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. 

Watching paint dry anyone?
Spraying gives the best possible finish.
Painting Kitchen cabinet Island makes the cabinets look custom
Painting the kitchen island a different color makes cabinets more custom.
Painted kitchen cabinets from a stain to a dark taupe
Darker colors like these can have a dramatic affect.
Adding custom handles to the freshly painted kitchen cabinets has a huge impact.

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
Rachel GriceGoogle Reviewer
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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.

Choosing The Right Cabinet Paint

PPG Manor Hall does not self level very well
Using a standard premium grade paint that is not made for kitchen cabinets won't give a smooth finish.
Advance Satin Self Levels very well
Ben Moore Advance self-levels very well.

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.