Home Improvement Tip: Painting Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re getting tired of staring at the same old kitchen day in and day out while you prep your meals, but you aren’t ready to commit to a full remodel, here’s a tip: paint your kitchen cabinets! It may not do anything to spice up your cooking, but it will definitely inject some character into the room.

Why, you ask? Because painting kitchen cabinets is an easy way to make a big difference in what is probably one of the most frequently used rooms in your house. Say your kitchen is small, and your dark cabinets are beginning to make it feel like the walls are closing in—a bright makeover will open up the space at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets, let alone a full renovation. And that’s just one option!

Here are the steps:

  1. Clean your cabinets with a grease remover. Even if you can’t see it, even if you don’t think it’s true, grease gets EVERYWHERE in the kitchen. Grease splatter, greasy fingerprints—you name it, it’s there. It’s important to remove all of the grease before you start, because water-based paint will not stick to grease-covered cabinets. (And even if it did, would you really want to trap that cooking grease in there?)
  1. Not only will this help the paint stick, but smoothing things out is important if you are trying to paint over a deep wood grain.
  1. Use a primer. In addition to allowing you chosen color to shine, it will also help fill in small grooves for an even finish.
  1. Be patient. Allow the primer and paint to dry thoroughly between coats, and be sure to leave the cabinets on a level surface so that the paint doesn’t run.

And that’s it! With a little effort and a lot of patience, you can give your old kitchen cabinets a beautiful facelift; you could even go the extra mile and change the hardware as well! But if that still sounds like too much trouble, allow HandyCrew Services to send a contractor to do the job for you. You won’t be disappointed!

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