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Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Washington DC

Kitchen cabinet painting in Washington DC
Off-white kitchen cabinets and new handles!
Kitchen cabinet before and after
Two-tone kitchen cabinets adds interest!
Painted Kitchen cabinets in DC
SW Ink Blue Satin Finish
People gathering in the kitchen in Washington DC
When our friends and family gather, we migrate in the kitchen. Having a beautiful kitchen makes the party all that more special!

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.

 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 save, you might as well add new cabinet hardware $300.00 – $1,000.00, and a backsplash for 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.  

Search No Longer For The Best Kitchen Cabinets Painters In Washington DC

Klappenberger & Son painting kitchen cabinets
Klappenberger & Son has been painting kitchen cabinets for over 30 years.

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.

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 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.

The Process for Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Dc starts with sanding
These modest kitchen cabinets received several coats of white cabinet grade paint which will give them a durable finish for years!

Step 1

A. Clean and Sand

The first step in painting the kitchen cabinets is to get the grease off.  Use a strong degreaser like Spray Nine or Krud Kutter.  Your kitchen cabinets have all types of oil on them, from cooking to touching them with your grubby little fingers.   Clean first and then sand.

B. Sand On, Sand Off

 Next, sand only to scuff 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.  You do not need to sand anything off, rather scuff the surface.

Prime Time

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

Step 2 Choosing The Right Primer

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.

Other primers, such as oil and latex, may or may not bond, but I’m not aware any of the primers fuse with the lacquer finish.  For more information, visit Nine Easy Steps To Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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.

Step 3 Choosing The Right Top Coats?

Kitchen cabinet before and after

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.

Kitchen cabinet before and after

Top Coats

 Choosing the right cabinet paint isn’t intuitive.  The more costly the paint does not equal a better quality paint.  But that’s okay we tested them for you!  Check out this Klappenberger & Son video called What Is The Best Cabinet Grade Paint?

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 help the paint self-level even more.

If you are interested in learning more about painting kitchen cabinets yourself you can visit How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets In Nine East Steps.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets & Vanities

Kitchen cabinet before and after
Having a backsplash added when painting kitchen cabinets gives the feel of a brand new kitchen.

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.

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 and; 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. 

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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