Live Laugh and Paint

Custom Painting Company

About Us

We are a small business that relies on word of mouth referrals, so rest assured that our staff has the experience and helpfulness you are looking for. We are happy to assist you with any of your custom painting needs. 


  • Custom Kitchen Cabinet painting
  • Accent Wall Painting
  • Furniture Painting
  • Wallpaper Removal

1. Wood is the best cabinet surface to paint.
Unfinished, painted, and stained wood all work well, as does MDF, compressed/faux wood. In truth, any material that you can scuff up with sandpaper so that paint adheres is viable. That’s why laminates aren’t a good choice–you can paint them, but it won’t be long-lasting. Note that stained wood and glossy finishes have to first be de-glossed; I use a liquid sander, Wil-Bond, that’s applied with a rag.

2. The prepping is as important as the painting.
Begin by emptying the cabinets completely and then clean thoroughly, making sure all grease and dirt are gone. Remove knobs and handles and check hinges. Remove drawers and label so you know where each belongs. Carefully tape off paint-free parts, such as hinges, countertops, and appliances. Use a wood filler to repair holes and imperfections–I like Elmer’s fillers. Finally, sand cabinets: A rotary sander works well on flat areas. Hand sand the hard parts and don’t overlook the cabinet door edges. If your cabinets are stained, use a 220 sandpaper. If they’re painted and there’s a rough stipple that looks like orange peel, use a 120-grade sandpaper before going to a finer one. And if there’s so much paint that the surface looks like crocodile skin, consider stripping–Rock Miracle is really good.

3. Primer is, well, prime.
After you’ve thoroughly prepped, priming is crucial. All-in-one primer and paint products are to be avoided; they don’t do either job well. However, going from a dark cabinet to light? Consider tinting the primer to match the final color. If your color transition is extreme, you might instead add a coat of underbody, such as Fresh Start, a thicker, less transparent primer that hides more (and can also be tinted). You can have the tinting done in the paint store; I request 75 percent of the final color, so it’s lighter but close.
Also note: After your base coat dries, it’s important to sand the cabinets all over again–just not as aggressively as the first time.

 4. Spring for quality paint. 
Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. You’ll get better coverage and results using quality paint. We use Annie Sloan Chalk paint for all our jobs.  It is the easiest to work with and has low POV.

5. Semigloss, gloss, or satin–the harder the finish the better.
Matte paint on kitchen cabinets is impractical unless it is a chalk paint. You want a surface that’s durable and wipeable, so you won’t be painting again for at least a few years.


We're here to help you with your painting needs. From accent walls to Kitchen Cabinet and Furniture we help with matching existing colors to designing a color scheme to consulting on your fashion dreams for your house, we're here to make your paint dreams a reality.