Paint your cup­boards

Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER -

GET READY 1 CLEAR EV­ERY­THING OUT

Move items such as your fridge and any­thing on your kitchen bench­tops out of the way. Open a win­dow or two for ven­ti­la­tion.

2 RE­MOVE HAN­DLES

Re­move all your kitchen cup­board han­dles. The fastest way to do this is with an elec­tric drill. Al­ter­na­tively, use a man­ual screw­driver. It is of­ten rec­om­mended that it’s best to take all your cup­board doors off your in­ter­nal kitchen car­casses be­fore paint­ing them. This is not re­quired. If you do so, you’ll prob­a­bly need to bring a handy­man or car­pen­ter in at the end to put all your cabi­net doors back on and align them cor­rectly. This will just add to your cost. You can suc­cess­fully lam­i­nate-paint your cup­board doors with­out ever hav­ing to re­move them.

3 CLEAN LIKE CRAZY

Thor­oughly clean and wipe dry all of your kitchen cup­boards with tile and lam­i­nate cleaner. Al­ter­na­tively, a mild de­ter­gent can be used. Avoid any other heavy chem­i­cal clean­ing prod­ucts, as they could re­act neg­a­tively with your lam­i­nate paint. Your cabi­net doors need to be squeaky clean – scrub them with a cloth or, if nec­es­sary, a scratch-re­sis­tant scourer. No dirt, dust, kitchen grease, soap scum, mildew or any­thing else is to be left on your cup­boards (oth­er­wise it will show up un­der your lam­i­nate paint).

4 FILL DENTS

If there are any chips or dents in any of your doors, use epoxy putty to fill these im­per­fec­tions. This is a fast-dry­ing prod­uct that you can sand shortly af­ter ap­pli­ca­tion. If any of your lam­i­nate is com­ing off your old cabi­net doors, sim­ply an­chor these parts down by us­ing a strong ad­he­sive, like spray ad­he­sive. If you have any badly dam­aged doors, look to get those re­placed by a cabi­net maker. Once fit­ted, you can then lam­i­nate-paint over to match all your other painted doors. GET SET

5 SANDING

Once your kitchen cup­boards are free of de­bris, it’s time to start sanding. It’s best to wear a dust res­pi­ra­tor to avoid in­hal­ing any fine par­ti­cles. The fastest way to sand all your kitchen cup­board doors is with an elec­tric hand sander. To sand an av­er­age kitchen by elec­tric sander, it will take about one hour and they’re less than $50.

Sim­ple does it Paint­ing these old yet still func­tional cup­boards in a fresh light grey and adding chrome han­dles gives them a mod­ern look. AF­TER

BE­FORE

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