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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.

Have more questions about cabinet painting in San Francisco?

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As always, please feel free to contact us at MB Jessee Painting! We’re here to help, every step of the way.

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“Hello Matt,Just another notice of thanks to your wonderful crew, Rigoberto, Javier and John. They did fantastic work, with Rigo providing meticulous and conscientious attention to the details and excellent woodwork finishing, as evidenced by the beautiful fireplace. Javier did a fantastic job in the bathroom especially, it looks "brand new," and John always does quality work, both with the interior and exterior. I can tell they care about what they do. Rigo's "punch out" was very thorough, too. I will call again when I need some more work and will definitely recommend your company and fine crew. I also felt as a homeowner, I could leave my house in their good hands during the day and that took a lot of worry from me, they were honest, prompt and reliable. They were also very kind, respectful and clean in their work, very professional. Thank you.”

— Beth Marx & Melissa Kirsch
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— Alicia R.
Oakland

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— Ken Morrison
Oakland

“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

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— Daylan
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“Matt, We are very happy with how all of the painting worked out. We were extremely impressed with the quality of the work in the bathroom. I liked working with Victor, he and Marvin were extremely conscientious about doing a great job, not just the minimum. I know the front door took a lot longer than you'd expected. But they did it PERFECTLY. We never thought it could turn out like that! Thanks again for the great work. We'll be calling you again in the future!”

— Craig
Alameda, CA

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Piedmont

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— Heather Jordan

“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.
San Francisco, CA

“Just had MB Jessee paint the interior of our house and they did a wonderful job. They tackled some crazy wallpaper as well as painted some very high ceilings and walls. The whole process was quick and they did a great job! We are very pleased. I was also very impressed by the crew. They were very personable, kind and actually took pride in the work they were doing. In one of our conversations with the lead Ricardo, he actually told me he was very proud of how the rooms had turned out. I agree sir! It turned out great and it's not often you hear someone thinking of your home like they would theirs, and putting that level of work and quality into it. That made a huge difference in how I viewed this company. Ricardo, you were fantastic and thank you for the great job, we will be using you again.”

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Danville, CA