Dreaming of giving your kitchen a full-scale remodel? Though such a project can give a kitchen an entirely new look, that look doesn't come cheap. According to Remodeling magazine's 2013 " COST vs VALUE REPORT," homeowners can expect to spend more than $53,000 on a major kitchen remodel and recoup just below 70% of that cost at resale! So while the idea of a full-scale kitchen remodel might be a dream project, the cost of such an undertaking is beyond many homeowner's budgets.
If you can't afford a full remodel, you can still give your kitchen a new look and can do so for relatively little money. Painting cabinets a new color, giving fading cabinets a fresh coat of paint can immediately add life to a kitchen without breaking the bank. Below are tips for homeowners planning to paint their kitchen cabinets:
1. Assess existing Cabinets: Some materials like wood and metal can be repainted without much of a fuss. But other materials, including plastic laminate, are less cooperative and will likely require specialty paints. For these materials try spot painting with a sample paint to see if it takes. Be sure to choose a spot that's concealed in case it doesn't work. This process to find the right paint will be about trial and error. However, if this becomes frustrating or you become unsure, consult a professional to find the paint that's a better fit and right for you.
2. Remove the doors: when painting cabinets, it's best to disassemble them, removing the doors, handles, knobs, latches and any additional hardware. Be sure to set them aside in clearly marked plastic bags so it's easier to reassemble once the fresh coat of paint had dried. Tip: number each door as well for its corresponding location to make it easier to reassemble and this ensures the cabinets & their hinges will align properly once you've finished painting.
3. Don't paint dirty surfaces: Older surfaces have collected dirt, grease and grime over the years, so you want to clean these surfaces thoroughly before painting. Once they've been cleaned, rinse them off and give them ample time to dry before painting.
4. Sand surfaces: Now that they've been completely cleaned and dry, it's time to start sanding them. Lightly sand the doors, working to create a firm base to which fresh paint can easily adhere. Areas most exposed to wear and tear may require some extra elbow grease, as well as some areas that may be especially flaky. When old paint is flaking, this means the previous finish did not adhere very well to the surface, which is not necessarily uncommon in kitchens, where moisture and grease residue can make it harder for paint to stick to the surface. If this happens, sand the flaky areas to the bare wood before spot-priming with a primer or sealer designed for areas of heavy staining. Vacuum the surfaces to ensure there is no leftover sanding dust present before painting.
5: Apply primer-sealer: Primer-sealer ensures the fresh paint will bond well to the surfaces, preventing conditions like flaking in the future
6. Reassemble the cabinets: Once the final coat of paint has fully dried, carefully reassemble your cabinets and then enjoy the fresh and inexpensive new look that your freshly painted cabinets have created.
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