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Painting Kitchen Cabinets to save Money

by AccentPainting on May 30th, 2012

If replacing your cabinetry is too expensive for your kitchen cabinet design budget,  painting kitchen cabinets after refacing them is the least expensive option and can really transform your kitchen. Plus, this kitchen remodeling job can be accomplished over a long weekend, about 3 days, with the right kind of preparation and planning. Depending on the area of the country you live in, it is probably not a good idea to do this type of job in the winter months because you will need to have windows and doors open to release the fumes from the paint and primer.

Kitchen cabinet design principle: Kitchen cabinets usually take up most of the wall space in most kitchens and, because of this, you can greatly improve the look of the entire kitchen by making a change in the look of your kitchen cabinets.

Whether your kitchen cabinet design calls for you to lighten up dark cabinets or brighten them up with bold colors, paint can provide an instant makeover for almost all types of cabinets. Because of the problems of paint adhering well to laminate and melamine cabinets, it isn’t recommended to paint these types of kitchen cabinets.

Painting your kitchen cabinets can be the fastest and easiest method of kitchen cabinet design to update a tired, worn-out looking kitchen and increase the value of your home. Painting the cabinets is a simple and low-cost alternative to an expensive kitchen-remodeling job. Painting the kitchen cabinets is a smart kitchen cabinet design strategy; it will also save you money while making it look like you spent a lot on remodeling your kitchen.

Another idea for kitchen cabinet design is to change the kitchen cabinet accessories, such as the cabinet knobs and handles. You can leave the insides of the kitchen cabinets alone except the insides of the doors to save even more money on the job and the hassle of having to take out everything that is inside the cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinet Design – Preparing the Kitchen Cabinetry for Painting

First you can begin by taking off the doors and removing any screws and all the hardware from the cabinets. Make sure to clean the cabinets thoroughly before starting to paint with a wood cleaner containing orange oil. This type of cleaner is good for removing grease. If there is any grease, oils or even a little dirt, the paint may not adhere to the wood surface correctly and your kitchen cabinet design may not end up looking as you wish. Make sure the surface is totally dry before applying the primer.

Now check for any rough areas on the doors and the cabinet base, sand them down, and wipe away any dust or sawdust from the surface.

Apply an even coat of primer-sealer to the cabinet doors, starting in the center and following the grain of the wood. By using primer-sealer you will not have to sand down and degloss the wood before painting it.

Kitchen Cabinet Design – Painting the Cabinetry

When it comes to the choice of the type of paint either a high-gloss or a semigloss paint are recommended for kitchen cabinet design. Some people, however, feel that semigloss can provide a richer finish however. Use a good quality brush for applying the paint. This will ensure a more superior finish. As with the application of the primer-sealer, you should start in the center and follow the grain. Two or three coats are required to achieve a good quality finish. The paint should be given adequate time to dry, about four hours per coat. Using thin coats make for fewer brushstrokes and less time for drying.

Once you have all the doors painted, start on the bases. Follow the same steps you did for the doors: sand, clean, seal, then paint. You will not have to worry about doing the inside of the cabinets as part of your kitchen cabinet design. It will only be necessary to tape off the edges for a clean finish and just leave them as they are. However, you might want to start thinking about replacing the hardware for the drawers and doors to totally complete your new kitchen look.

If you proceed carefully and follow all the necessary steps, you should have a like new kitchen with a fresh look to be proud of.


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