Decorating a kitchen can be expensive and time consuming job. If you’re decorating on a budget, one of the fastest ways to transform a kitchen space is to paint the cabinets. While is does take a little time and effort, a kitchen can be made to look new again in a weekend. Painted furniture is an up to date way to deal with builders cabinets, or cabinets that need to be rejuvenated.
Step 1 –
Clean the cabinets well to remove all grease and grime, then sand with a medium grit sandpaper. You may wish to remove the doors from the cabinets.
Step 2 –
Prime the cabinets with a good quality primer such as Kilz or BIN. Follow the directions on the can, but I let the primer cure for at least 24 hours.
Step 3 –
Paint the cabinets with latex enamel semi gloss paint, in your chosen color. Use quality brushes to avoid bristles in your finish. Unless you are an adventurous decorator, you may wish to stay with neutrals. This way you can change the decor over time, without having to repaint the cabinets.
White gives an airy, clean look. Black offers a sophisticated style and beige or creams blend with almost any decor. Charcoal grey or deep brown create a more contemporary kitchen look.
Step 4 –
If desired, you can topcoat the cabinets with a clear, water based polyurethane to protect it and offer years of easy cleaning.
You also have the option of using decorative paint finishes to create a custom look. Try dry brushing, glazing or aging techniques for a one of a kind look on a budget. Stenciling or stamping is a great way to bring a motif into your kitchen decorating.
Other options to dress up your kitchen cabinets are adding molding to the top edge of the cabinets, or changing out the cabinet hardware. Both can be found at home improvement centers and are easy to install.
Also consider removing the door of one cabinet and use as a display area. Paint the inside of this cabinet a different, but coordinating color to set off your best dishes and collectible.
With a little bit of elbow grease, any kitchen can be transformed with paint! Painting cabinets when you’re decorating a kitchen instead of replacing them can save you thousands of dollars.Image Credits: Home and Decor, BHG, Hooked on Houses