How to re­fresh ‘tired’ kitchen cabi­nets

Lesotho Times - - Property -

THERE are var­i­ous paint­ing meth­ods that one could use to re­fresh their kitchen cabi­nets. But be­fore you start your project, it’s im­por­tant to note that the most im­por­tant step is to take the time to pre­pare the fin­ish. Get tips...

Pre­pare A painted fin­ish needs to be able to bond prop­erly to the sur­face. Any dirt or grease that cov­ers the cabi­nets and frames will in­ter­fere with the paint­ing pro­cess.

There­fore, cabi­nets must be lightly sanded down with 120-grit sand­pa­per to en­sure a good bond for the paint. This ap­plies to both solid wood and melamine.

Be­fore sand­ing, take the time to do any re­pairs or touch-ups that will show up once the cabi­nets have been painted. You can use wood filler for small re­pairs or Al­colin QuikWood to fill dam­aged ar­eas.

When it comes to sand­ing, you have the op­tion of hand sand­ing the cabi­nets with sand­pa­per, us­ing a sand­ing block and sand­ing sponge to get into de­tailed ar­eas or us­ing an or­bital san­der.

A small multi-san­der like the Bosch Primo is ideal for this type of project, and is rea­son­ably in­ex­pen­sive. The de­sign al­lows this com­pact yet pow­er­ful san­der to sand in cor­ners and hard to reach ar­eas, and cuts down on la­bo­ri­ous hand sand­ing. Af­ter sand­ing, make sure to wipe down your cabi­nets to re­move all traces of dust.

The Dremel Mul­ti­max is an­other handy sand­ing tool that comes in use­ful when sand­ing cabi­nets with frames or de­tail.

Pick a paint There are var­i­ous paints that can be used for kitchen cabi­nets, how­ever, it is im­por­tant to choose a paint that is not only durable but one that is also easy to keep clean.

Kitchens are hard­work­ing rooms that need to be wiped down on a daily ba­sis, so it’s key that you pick a paint that al­lows for easy care.

It’s easy to be con­fused about which paint to choose and of­ten home­own­ers end up us­ing a paint that sim­ply doesn’t meet up with the de­mands.

When de­cid­ing to paint your kitchen cabi­nets, you should also de­ter­mine whether you want to hand paint them, use a spray sys­tem or spray paint. Know­ing how you want to ap­ply the painted fin­ish will nar­row down the type of paint you need. Here is a se­lec­tion of paints that can be used on kitchen cabi­nets…

Oil- or wa­ter-based enamel Of th­ese two, oil-based enamel pro­vides a long-last­ing fin­ish that is easy to clean. How­ever, it needs to be ap­plied with a paint­brush and takes longer to dry.

If you’re go­ing to use an oil-based enamel paint, look for one that is gel for­mu­lated or non-drip, as th­ese pro­vide a smoother fin­ish. Oil-based enamel is avail­able in eggshell and gloss fin­ishes. wa­ter-based enamel is the eco-friend­lier al­ter­na­tive to oil-based paint, and can be ap­plied man­u­ally or us­ing a spray gun. Wa­ter-based enamel dries to a satin fin­ish and can be tinted in a wide range of colours.

Gloss enamel spray paint As with oil-based enamel in a tin, gloss enamel spray paint of­fers a hard wear­ing fin­ish, with the ad­van­tage of easy ap­pli­ca­tion.

Added ben­e­fits of us­ing an enamel spray paint is that it cov­ers sur- faces with­out leav­ing brush strokes and cov­ers de­tail and frames too.

Uni­ver­sal spray paint Al­most as durable as gloss enamel spray paint, uni­ver­sal spray paint is easy to ap­ply and comes in a large se­lec­tion of colour op­tions.

Chalked ul­tra matt paint If you want a cot­tage, shabby chic or dis­tressed fin­ish for your kitchen cabi­nets, then chalked paint fin­ished with a top coat is an­other op­tion to con­sider. How­ever, do bear in mind that any chalk paint is not a fin­ish that can be scrubbed reg­u­larly and may need to be touched up over time.

Paint your cabi­nets Be­fore you crack open the paint, be sure to put down drop cloths to pro­tect your floors and sur­faces. Use mask­ing tape and news­pa­per to cover up fit­tings and make sure you have space to move around.

If you’re spray paint­ing doors and cabi­net frames, you can re­move the doors and paint th­ese sep­a­rately. En­sure the room is well-ven­ti­lated be­fore you be­gin.

When us­ing oil-based enamel or gloss enamel spray paint, you’ll also need to stock up on lac­quer thin­ners for clean­ing up af­ter­wards. This is where us­ing a spray paint prod­uct is bet­ter, since there are no brushes to clean.

Pro­tect the fin­ish Painted kitchen cabi­nets are just that... painted. Care should be taken to avoid scratch­ing the paint­work by clean­ing the cabi­nets with cloths and a non-abra­sive liq­uid cleaner.

When looked af­ter, there is no rea­son why painted cabi­nets should not look good for a long time, and the nice thing is that you can eas­ily touch them up later if re­quired. Home-dzine.

When looked af­ter, there is no rea­son why painted cabi­nets should not look good for a long time.

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