If your Northern Virginia home is like most, the kitchen is the space that gets the heaviest traffic. Meals are made here, snacks are kept here, even the pet’s water and food bowls are most likely located here. It frequently is the unofficial gathering place for family and guests alike. The kitchen gets a lot of use, and over time it shows.
Freshening the kitchen with a new coat of paint is the fastest and most cost effective way to “remodel” the space and create an entirely new look and feel. Our professional painting service can liven up the appearance of walls, ceilings, cabinets, and drawers, and even the kitchen island.
Before any painting or preparation can begin, the kitchen walls and cabinets (and any other space that will be painted) need to be cleaned. Years of cooking results in surfaces with oil and grease residue. A good wipe down with TSP will result in a surface that will allow the paint to adhere.
The kitchen is one interior painting project that requires a significant amount of preparation. Think about it. This is the one space in the home where the walls have furniture (cabinets) attached to them. Between the cabinets, backsplash, and appliances, a great deal of kitchen wall is covered, leaving little blocks of wall to be painted. And those “little blocks” have to be painted without getting paint on any of the cabinets and other “non-wall” pieces that are present.
The challenge for the professional painter is to tape off or drape all the areas not to be painted and to do it in a way that will not interfere with the actual painting.
Selecting colors is almost always the most difficult part of a kitchen project for a homeowner. At All American Painting Plus, we are happy to assist with color selection. As a general rule, kitchens are usually painted a neutral color in a satin or semi-gloss finish. There are some colors you just don’t use, with blue being at the top of the list. One color consultant suggests that’s because there are no blue foods.
Semi-gloss finish is important because it is easy to wipe. There are going to be splashes and spills in the kitchen, and those enticing aromas are eventually going to leave a residue on everything. A semi-gloss paint makes cleanup a much easier job.
The actual painting of the space is the easiest part of the project. Professional painters spend most of their time taping and masking.
If you would like to update your cabinets without buying new ones, an interior painter can transform your existing cabinets into “like new” additions.
After a thorough cleaning, the first step is to remove all of the cabinet doors and drawers and take off the hardware. A light sanding inside and out is followed by a wipe down with a tack cloth. If there are any cracks or blemishes, they will be repaired with a filler or caulk.
Primer comes next. After the primer completely dries, our painter will apply the first coat of the finish color. A second coat finishes the painting or, if the customer wants, we can apply satin polycrylic for extra durability. When everything dries, we reinstall the hardware and reassemble the doors and drawers.
A kitchen painting project is a great way to quickly upgrade the busiest space in your house. Contact us today and we will be delighted to share our kitchen update ideas with you.
All American Painting Plus has been my “go to” company for over 10 years for home and office painting and I’ve been consistently satisfied with the finished product and their professionalism. I’ve found Brian McCracken’s staff to be exceptionally skilled craftsmen and can count on them to do the job well, including taking care to prepare walls and fix problem areas before they paint so that the finished product is polished. Please ask Brian for my contact information if you would like more specifics.
I want to thank you and your team for the work you did on my residence. The men showed up at the appointed time to replace and paint the fascia board. You recommended a change from wood to a more modern substance, which I accepted, at a negligible increase in the price for the job. Thank you for that. You should be extremely proud of the team that did the work. They worked quickly, safely, and without complaint from neighbors on either side of the townhouse. As you know, I have fastidious neighbors, that watched the work on that day, and they told me later, that your crew impressed them as well.
Brian McCracken was courteous, professional and a delight, amazing qualities in a worker you invite into your home. I found him painting a home in my neighborhood. The homeowner had checked him out on Angie’s List and ranted as to the professionalism of the workers. It was important to me that the company was local and not a big, franchised company. Brian’s estimate was spot on. When I added more to the job, Rene – the foreman – consulted with Brian to give me an estimate on the additional work. The painters arrived when they said they would, working efficiently and cleanly. At the end of each day, it looked like they were never here. All of their tools picked up. When they needed to leave the ladders they asked if it would be ok and where would be the best place to leave they were they would be out of our way. All American has come back 2 more times to tackle different jobs for us. I have recommended them to friends. And now recommend All American to you. You will not be disappoint
We couldn’t be more pleased with the work All American Painting did for our home. The team did a wonderful job from start to finish, from sending us an incredibly detailed estimate so there was no guess work, to keeping the work area tidy throughout the project. We certainly will use them again! Cheers!