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Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Washington DC

Kitchen Cabinets Painting in Montgomery CTY can have dark cabinets such as these that were painted on HGTV
Photo by HGTV
Kitchen Cabinets Painting in Montgomery CTY can have dark cabinets such as these baby blue that were painted on HGTV
Photo from Rethink
Painting contractor painting white and blue kitchen cabinets from HGTV
Compliments of HGTV
Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Montgomery CTY by Klappenberger & Son
Getting a smooth finish on these kitchen cabinets is a combination of experience and the right tools.

Are You Looking to Have Your Kitchen Cabinets Painted in Washington DC? 


Whether you hire a professional painting contractor or DIY, painting kitchen cabinets in Washington DC will dramatically change your kitchen for a fraction of the cost of replacing them.

I want to share some tips and tricks on making your cabinets look great, or you can hire us to do it for you. 

Before I get started with tips, let me say that having them painted is a much cheaper alternative than replacing them if your kitchen cabinets are structurally sound.  New kitchen cabinets run anywhere from $12k-80k or more, and painting kitchen cabinets in Washington DC is typically between $3k-8k.

With the money you are saving, you might as well add new cabinet hardware $300.00 – $1,000.00, and a backsplash around $40.00 a square ft.

If you are a DIYer, give yourself about two weeks to complete all three projects.  However, if you hire a professional, it can be done in about a week.  Why the difference?  A learning curve and the right tools.  

Are You Searching for a Contractor Who Paints Kitchen Cabinets in Washington DC?

If so, great!  You are at the right site.

Whether you are a customer looking to hire us to paint your kitchen cabinets in Washington DC, a DIYer, or a painting contractor looking to learn, you are at the right site.

The Good News!

The good news is painting kitchen cabinets is a fraction of the cost of replacing them.  Furthermore, once you replace the cabinets, you will likely replace the countertop, sink, faucet, flooring, and everything else.  The end cost could easily tally north of $34.962

However, we can often paint the kitchen cabinets, install a backsplash and install new hardware on your cabinets for around $5,000.  And man alive does that transform a kitchen for pennies on the dollar.

The Bad News

The bad news is painting kitchen cabinets is not as easy as painting a room. Why?

Your kitchen cabinets have a smooth factory finish lacquer applied.  However, the walls and trim in your house do not.  Therefore, painting your kitchen cabinets as if they were walls and trim will result in two major problems, namely:

  1. The paint will not stick
  2. The factory finish will be lost.


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.

Klappenberger & Son painting kitchen cabinets
Klappenberger & Son has been painting kitchen cabinets for over 30 years.
Many Paint peels on kitchen cabinets in Montgomery CTY because of 4 reason. Pictures show paint scrapping off easily,
These cabinets will need to be stripped down in order to resolve the peeling and have a factory finish.

The Process for Painting Kitchen Cabinets

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!
When spraying is not an option for painting Kitchen Cabinets, Klappenberger & Son will roll and back brush before the paint dries.

The first step in painting the kitchen cabinets is to get the grease off.  Use a strong degreaser like Spray Nine or Krud Kutter.

Sand On, Sand Off

 Next, sand only to scuff up the surface using 150- 180 grit sandpaper.  Sand in a circular motion.  The goal is to create an abrasion so the primer can bond better.

Prime Time

Every step is essential, but this one is so easy to dismiss.  One type of primer is the best when painting kitchen cabinets, and it’s a shellac-based primer.  Shellac fuses to the lacquer; the other doesn’t.  Don’t bother trying to clean the brushes or roller; discard.  The shellac spray cans are great, but only spray outside.

Mr. Sandman

Sand lightly with 220 grit sandpaper.  Vacuum clean, and use a tack cloth.  It’s essential to make sure they are free of dust, etc.

Top Coats

I recommend any one of these three paints for your kitchen cabinets in DC.

C2 with Hardener

Ben Moore Advance

PPG UltraLast

Regardless of whether you use a HVLP or a Airless Sprayer with a fine finish tip, you will get terrific results painting your kitchen cabinets.  However, if you do not own one of these two sprayers, you can roll and brush. 

I do not recommend learning how to spray on your kitchen cabinets.  It would be like having the first cake you ever make be your wedding cake. 

If you roll and brush, remember these two simple things for painting kitchen cabinets:

First, roll what you can and go over it with an expensive brush before it dries.  You want the brush to knock down the texture from the roller.

Secondly, add latex conditioner to the paint.  The latex conditioner will give you more working time, and it will help the paint self-level even more.

Choosing the Right Paint for Your Kitchen Cabinets

This pictures shows paint not self leveling. When painting kitchen cabinets in Montgomery CTY you can not get a professional finish with a paint that does not self-level.
PPG Manor Hall is a premium grade paint, but is not made for kitchen cabinets. The brush strokes are very visible.
Ben Moore Advance self level's very well which makes it an ideal paint for painting kitchen cabinets in Montgomery County
Ben Moore Advance self-levels very well which makes it an ideal paint for painting kitchen cabinets in Washington DC.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets & Vanities

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

Furthermore, 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 $5,000.00.  

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 do this?

The short answer is experience and product knowledge.  For example, we use the proper 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 Washington DC

5 year warranty by Klappenberger & Son

The confidence in our products and process has allowed us to include 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 Washington DC 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 Washington DC?

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 Washington DC 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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