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• “Choose a colour that will show off the end re­sult to best ef­fect. Don’t be afraid to ex­press your in­di­vid­u­al­ity,” says Ca­rina. Lisa agrees, adding that you shouldn’t get too hung up on trends. “Rather use the colours and com­bi­na­tions that ex­cite you. In this way, you can cre­ate some­thing unique and put your per­sonal stamp on it.” • It’s a good idea to get a pro­fes­sional to do the paint­ing, es­pe­cially when it comes to a big project such as kitchen cab­i­nets, says Lisa. “If you do de­cide to tackle the project your­self, start with a smaller sec­tion. You’ll soon know if you’re up for the en­tire job.” • Lisa also says that al­though it is pos­si­ble to paint al­most any sur­face, she wouldn’t rec­om­mend paint­ing a kitchen coun­ter­top, un­less it’s a sur­face on which not much prep work (such as all the chop­ping and slic­ing) will be done. • “Vir­tu­ally any sur­face can be painted suc­cess­fully if it is pre­pared prop­erly. But the smoother the sur­face, the more vi­tal the prep work.” A good sand­ing, the ap­pro­pri­ate un­der­coat, high-qual­ity paint and var­nish or wax all con­trib­ute to a neat end re­sult that will last well, Lisa says. She prefers to use Du­lux PVA be­cause it is thin enough for paint­ing cup­boards and great for cre­at­ing a weath­ered look. • With re­gards to paint tech­niques, Lisa has this to add: “Not ev­ery­one likes us­ing tech­niques on kitchen cup­boards be­cause the sur­faces won’t all look the same. If you pre­fer a uni­form ef­fect, it’s bet­ter to spray-paint cup­boards.”

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