Repainting Kitchen Cabinets
Get all the info you'll need on repainting kitchen cabinets, including a helpful step-by-step guide.
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As seen on Design on a Dime, After 05 of Yu and Buny's kitchen. Casey gave a new life to the outdated kitchen with a fresh Heirloom Glam design style, making it more functional and better suited to entertain friends. New carrera tiles backsplash, chandelier, seating area and more counter space make a dramatic new space.
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If you're embarking on a kitchen redesign project, one of the most efficient ways to update the look of your kitchen is by repainting kitchen cabinets. This fairly simple DIY project can add color and life to your kitchen and make cabinets of just about any age and condition seem new.
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Bright + White
When all else fails, always know that going all white in a kitchen is best for investment purposes. Due to its versatility, white works with every other accent color in the spectrum. Plus it helps reflect light and makes spaces feel more open and airy.
Add drama and height to your kitchen by installing backsplash tile from the countertops to the ceiling. Not only will this create a more architectural look, but it will also make the kitchen feel larger.
Always consider how your cabinets will look when they're open and think of how the entire kitchen will look once loaded and styled. Whenever possible, choose interiors with classic wood finishes which will add visual depth and also help your decorative kitchen elements like ceramics and servingware to pop.
DIY Wine Storage
Integrate wine storage into your upper cabinets by leaving a six-inch gap, then building a box with wooden dowels spaced inside along with holes drilled into the front. Slide the box between upper or lower cabinets, then fasten into studs in the wall and also to the adjacent cabinets from inside.
When it comes to laying out and hooking up a washing station, simple plumbing hookups that have not been relocated from their initial locations may be a fit for DIYers with moderate to expert skills. Because major complications can arise if things are not properly hooked up, it's often worth the expense to leave all plumbing hookups to licensed professionals.
Any time you're updating a kitchen in a home packed with great architecture, it's wise to pursue design elements that acknowledge its lines. This midcentury modern house was a perfect fit for stacked stone in a light, white finish which is true to the '60s era. With seven pounds of weight for each six-inch-by-24-inch tile, the backboard was tackled DIY-style, but the actual tile installation was left to a professional mason.
Create your very own kitchen island in a cost-effective way by configuring lower cabinets in the desired length and integrated maximum storage. Although this island looks custom, it's actually a combination of ready-made cabinetry complete with ample storage in the form of cabinets and drawers.
Got wasted space? Put it to good use as a single wall pantry or as an efficient workstation by getting clever with ready-made cabinets. This tiny pass-through wall was given new identity as a full-fledged workstation thanks to a creative use of upper cabinets used both as the base of the station and along the walls for concealed storage. See the Full Makeover >>
The cabinet surface you're repainting will determine how you approach the job. If you're dealing with flat wood, you're in luck—this is the easiest surface to repaint. Wood laminate and metal are also fairly easy to work with. Plastic laminate may require special paints and techniques, so if you have this type of surface, consult a professional.
The first step in the project is to remove the cabinet doors and hardware. Number all the doors and label their corresponding locations as you remove them.
Next up, you'll need to clean all of the surfaces you wish to repaint. A solution made from one part tri-sodium phosphate and four parts water is recommended. When you're finished applying the cleaner, rinse but don't soak the cabinets with clean water, then allow them to dry thoroughly.
Your next step is a doozy—you'll need to sand all surfaces you intend to repaint. If the old paint on the cabinets is in good condition, you don't need to sand down to bare wood—just roughen the surface so the new paint will adhere more easily. Whenever you do sand to bare wood, feather the edges of the sanding area so the new paint will lay flat. Vacuum the sanding dust from all surfaces when finished, and wipe all sanded surfaces with a tack rag.
Next up, apply primer-sealer to all surfaces you intend to repaint, allow it to dry, and then apply the paint—you can do this final step with a spray, brush or even a roller if you're working with an entirely flat surface. Allow the paint to dry, then re-install all hardware, and hang your brand-new (in appearance, anyway!) kitchen cabinets.
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