Kitchen remodels are an expensive home improvement project. Just refinishing cabinet doors and drawers can cost almost as much today as a new kitchen cost 20 years ago. Painting your kitchen cabinets is one cost-effective alternative to consider.
Let’s face it, most of us spend a lot of time in our kitchens each day. Who wants to spend that much time in an old, outdated room if they don’t have to? Painting your cabinets will give your entire kitchen a brand new look and the money you save can be used for improvements elsewhere in your home.
Of course, painting may not work if your cabinets are warped, chipped or otherwise damaged, and it isn’t a simple job. To do it right, you first have to remove and label all doors, drawers and hardware. Every surface needs to be cleaned thoroughly to remove grease and grime that accumulates from cooking, then sanded to get rid of old stain or paint. For best results, your cabinets should be primed before painting. Even then they may require several coats of paint to achieve a consistent finish. Once everything dries, it’s time for reassembling.
Having the right tools and experience is important for achieving professional results. Most people will grab a paintbrush to get the job done, but brushes leave marks that mar the finish. A paint sprayer is the better tool for the job, but can be tricky if you’re not used to using one.
Painting your kitchen cabinets can bring a new life to your room for a fraction of the cost, but you may want to consult a professional painter before tackling a job like this for best results.