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Kitchen Redesign on a Budget – Painting Kitchen Cabinets

If your kitchen it tired and worn but money is tight, why not consider painting your kitchen cabinets and changing the handles to transform the look? This is an accessible makeover that doesn’t cost much and can be easily done over a weekend. Want to know how? Read on!

Painting kitchen cabinets is a great way of renewing a kitchen without having to spend thousands of dollars on a remodel job. This way, you can transform tired kitchen cabinets for not a lot of money and eke a few more years out of otherwise serviceable cupboards.

The assumption here is that your kitchen is in good condition and works fine, it’s just tired and in need of some love. Painting won’t work on laminate or melamine surfaces, so if you have this kind of finish on your kitchen cabinets, you’re out of luck I’m afraid. Otherwise read on.

Begin by removing all the cabinet doors and handles. Clean them and the frames thoroughly using wood cleaner with orange or lemon juice in warm water. You need to break down and remove the oil and grease that will inevitably be on the surface. The cleaner the surface, the better the finish.

Once clean and completely dry, remove the handles and hinges and lay somewhere flat. Apply a layer of primer-sealer onto each door and allow to dry. This coat negates the need to sand or rub down before painting. Take your time and get the coat as even as possible as it will provide the key for the surface layer. Repeat with the frames.

Once the primer is dry, prepare for the surface coats. Use a high quality brush and choose a high- or semi-gloss paint. The choice is completely up to you and the look you’re trying to achieve. Just make sure the paint is also of a high quality.

Begin painting from the middle and work with the grain of the wood. Apply carefully and ensure there are no brush marks or paint puddles when you finish. An average kitchen cabinet will need 3 coats to ensure adequate protection and a decent finish.

While you’re doors are drying, paint the carcasses in exactly the same way. Use thin coats and careful brush strokes to achieve a finer finish. Leave at least 4 hours between coats, more if the paint instructions say so.

Once everything is painted and dried, put the handled and hinges back on. Either clean up the old ones, or if you can afford, replace them. It’s a small thing that makes a lot of difference. New kitchen cabinet handles can turn an okay kitchen into an exceptional one.

Put everything back together carefully and ensure all the doors are square and work properly. Then give everything a final gentle wipe down and admire all your hard work. For the price of some paint, a good brush and maybe some new metalwork, you can transform a kitchen for a fraction of the price.

About the author

Steve Walker Steve Walker is a custom cabinet builder that works at JWP Inc. in Naples, Fl. You can read more about him here.

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