Trans­form your home

Whitsunday Times - - INSPIRE -

LOOK­ING to up­date your kitchen with­out spend­ing a for­tune? Paint­ing your kitchen cab­i­nets is a sim­ple and in­ex­pen­sive DIY pro­ject that’ll leave the space feel­ing as good as new. Ma­te­ri­als you will need: Gog­gles, rubber gloves, plas­tic sheet­ing, painter’s tape, sandpaper, primer and paint.

Step 1 – Pick your paint

Al­ways use a semi-gloss paint, any­thing flat­ter will make clean­ing dif­fi­cult and any­thing higher such as a high gloss as it will high­light each and ev­ery brush stroke you do.

Step 2 – Clean and cover

Prepa­ra­tion is key. Clean out your kitchen cab­i­nets, tape plas­tic sheet­ing to counter tops and floors to help pro­tect fin­ishes and avoid un­sightly stains. Clean all sur­faces with a de­greas­ing prod­uct and re­move any han­dles or knobs from cup­boards or draws.

Step 3 – Sand and prime

Once your cup­boards are clean, give them a light sand with 220 or 400 grit sandpaper, de­pend­ing on the fin­ish of your cab­i­nets. Af­ter sand­ing, re­move your cup­boards, lay them flat and start brush­ing on the primer. Once the primer is dry, give the cup­boards a light sand­ing to smooth out

brush strokes.

Step 4 – Time to paint

Ap­ply a thin coat and let your kitchen cab­i­nets dry flat to avoid drip marks. Once they’re dry to the touch, turn them over and paint the other side. Wait a few hours be­fore ap­ply­ing a se­cond coat.

Step 5 – Con­sider chang­ing the hard­ware

For a new look, con­sider chang­ing the pulls and knobs on your cab­i­nets.

NEW LOOK: Paint your kitchen cab­i­nets for a com­pletely new look. Photo: Con­trib­uted.

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