Revitalize Your Kitchen with Freshly Painted Cabinets
Do you feel tired of your kitchen cabinets but don’t want to make the large investment in buying new cabinets? Kitchen cabinet painting might just do the trick to breathe new life into your old kitchen! Painting or refinishing your kitchen cabinets is a lower cost alternative to new cabinets and can be finished in much less time and with less disruption to your home.
Purchasing new kitchen cabinets can cost an average of $10,000 to $30,000, while painting your existing cabinets would likely cost under $5,000. Think of what else you could do with that extra $5,000 to $25,000!
Kitchen Cabinet Painting Tips
In addition to cost savings, painting your kitchen cabinets opens up a world of custom color possibilities that generally do not exist with pre-made cabinets. Current color trends for kitchen cabinets are hues in the white, cream, grey, beige and greige families to provide a neutral but rich color backdrop in your kitchen. You can also experiment with dual tone cabinets (one color on top and one on bottom) which often allows you to choose something a little more thrilling and unexpected such as teal, turquoise, blue, red, yellow or green, usually on the bottom cabinets.
Play with hints and subtle pops of color by painting the insides of your shelves and cabinets a bright, bold color while keeping the exterior finish neutral. Alternatively, painting only your kitchen island with a fun and playful color can add a dose of excitement while keeping the primary areas neutral.
Cabinet Painting and Refinishing Process
To ensure a high quality finish on your newly refinished kitchen cabinets, proper preparation of the cabinets is critical. The old cabinets must first be cleaned thoroughly to remove grease and kitchen grime before any surface treatment is applied. Once the cabinets are properly cleaned and dried, all holes and divots must be filled with putty and sanded smooth. The correct primer must be applied to fill in the grain in the wood and get the cabinets ready to accept the paint. The primer is then sanded and reapplied and sanded again to achieve a smooth, grain-free base coat.
To finish, use a high quality oil or acrylic based paint for the topcoats of color. The benefit of the newer acrylic based paints is the lower volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which reduce the fumes and strong smell in your home and are generally safer materials from a long term indoor air quality perspective.
Complete the job by adding the hardware handles and pulls and…voila – your new kitchen awaits!