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What’s the Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets in Oakland, CA?

 What’s the Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets in Oakland, CA?

Should I paint my kitchen cabinets? Should I paint or stain? Can I paint cabinets myself, or hire a professional painter? How much does cabinet painting cost?

And the list goes on and on.

We get it! Cabinet painting in the Bay Area is an investment, and you want to be sure the process is done right and set up for success. Plus, you often hear horror stories of incompetent painters botching the job, or do-it-yourself projects that go horribly wrong.

The good news is that if cabinet painting is done correctly, your finish can be durable, beautiful, and easy to wash and maintain. It’s key to work with an established cabinet painter - one with a proven track record of work and experience.

With all of this in mind, let’s tackle a really good cabinet painting FAQ: what’s the best way to paint kitchen cabinets?

Sprayed cabinet finishes: the best way to go

Before we dig into this, a disclaimer: there are some cabinet finishes that can be done beautifully with a brush. But those are very specific, unique stylistic preferences, and typically used for more country or distressed finishes. Totally doable, but not the most popular right now.

What we see as Bay Area painters is a call for factory-like finishes: smooth, beautiful, and glassy. No brush strokes or lines. And the only way to really achieve this look is by spraying the cabinets with a specialized paint sprayer. It delivers a fine load of paint at high pressure, and when the spray gun is moved back and forth in just the right way, it builds a gorgeous finish that looks like it came right from the factory that way.

Here are a few pictures of our team in action:

 What’s the Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets in Oakland, CA?
 What’s the Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets in Oakland, CA?
 What’s the Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets in Oakland, CA?
 What’s the Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets in Oakland, CA?
 What’s the Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets in Oakland, CA?
 What’s the Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets in Oakland, CA?
 What’s the Best Way To Paint Kitchen Cabinets in Oakland, CA?

Where do you spray kitchen cabinets?

Many painters remove your cabinet doors and drawer faces, then set up a spray shop in your garage or makeshift tent outside. It’s a contained space where they can paint the pieces, then hang them to dry. This works, but you don’t have the same control over the environment, leading to potential dust contamination, overspray, plus a portion of your home is monopolized during the process.

Here at MB Jessee Painting, we’ve invested in a dedicated spray shop, and can transport the items being painted back and forth from your home or commercial space. Having a custom shop like this lets us deliver the best finishes possible, plus it keeps the painting out of your property. It’s also ideal for finishing doors, trim, moulding, windows, etc.

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“The finish on my kitchen cabinets had failed, becoming tacky and grimy around the handles. M B Jessee gave me a reasonable quote, far below some others, and did an outstanding job, striping the original varnish and refinishing with a new lacquer finish. The cabinets look like new. Work was done 1 day faster than estimated. The crew was extremely hard-working, considerate, and neat. Highly recommend M B Jessee.”

— Thama B.
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— Tim Tyson

“M.B. Jessee painted the exterior of my Spanish house over 9 years ago, and they did such an incredible job that they are still getting referrals from me today. The paint is holding up perfectly -- there is absolutely no peeling chipping or any other deterioration. I still remember that my final walk-through list consisted of items written on one side of a 3x5 index card (and I'm REAL picky about my house!) However, when Matt and I did that walk-through over HALF the items were no longer an issue, as his team had noticed them first and they had already been resolved.”

— JoAnn Newcomb

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— Heidi B
Walnut Creek

“MB Jessee just finished our exterior and we couldn't be happier with our experience. The foreman (Pedro) and lead painter (Ricardo) were incredible to work with: they communicated scheduling clearly, Ricardo was a joy to be around every day, the showed up early every day, were incredibly tidy and did great paint work. The final walk through experience was incredible. Pedro pointed out items I missed demonstrating a clear desire to complete another quality project. I highly recommend them. As others have noted they definitely aren't the cheapest but you quickly realize that you're getting what you pay for. The 3 year guarantee is also a nice touch since there are likely touch up items that will show up after the job is done.”

— Joshua Jansen

“I just wanted to send you an email to say that John did such a great job over here today. He is truly a hard worker. He has the perfect balance of friendliness, honesty, and professionalism. I trust him. He takes the time to do the job to the best of his ability and that is what sets him (and your company) apart from the competition. He didn't make me feel rushed. He really made me feel like our job was the most important thing in the world. Thanks again!”

— Jo

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— Kathleen A
San Francisco

“I had my wooden kitchen cabinets painted white. Anabal and Danielle were doing the job. I have nothing but praise for them. They came on time, cleaned up every day, were respective, friendly and helpful. If the rest of Jessee's crew are as great as Anabal and Danielle, this company will go far.”

— Anni S.
Oakland, CA

“Awesome work by highly experienced, professional painters. They were: Conscious about the amount of time it would take. Ours had a lot of pre-work and took 3 weeks. Accommodating when we added a few last-minute changes Understanding when a heatwave hit and we remove some of the plastic sheeting over windows, which they had to put back up the next day. Accessible, especially the on-site crew (Hi Jose & Victor!) -- always answering questions and checking in. The end result is a perfect paint job that makes our 94-year-old house look brand new. I would definitely hire MBJ again”

— Stacey R.
Oakland, CA

“The completed 'Client Satisfaction Survey' we sent in only modestly reflects our total satisfaction with the work. As a retired small business owner, I compliment you on setting 'best practices' that are consistently followed. Everything described in your marketing materials was a reality! The crew is a super bowl team and our neighbors commented on how quiet they were. We are very happy to be a client of MB Jessee.”

— Richard

“It was a great experience working with MB Jessee. The crew was careful and thorough as they painted the house, sealed stucco cracks, repaired dry-rotted wood, stained the deck, etc. Robert, Gersson, Jose, and all of the people involved in the process from the estimate to the job completion were friendly and professional.”

— Mike C.
Livermore, CA