One of the best ways to breathe new life in an old, worn out kitchen is to replace old appliances with high-end models, to re-do the floors by replacing dated linoleum with beautiful hardwood, and to update the cabinetry. Unfortunately for many homeowners, doing all these at once can take a real chunk out of the household budget.
One way homeowners can reduce the cost of a kitchen remodel is to re-paint the existing cabinetry. Replacing cabinets is sometimes necessary, like when there is water damage, however, if the cabinets are in good condition, painting them may give you just the updated look you are hoping for, at a price you can afford.
While many industrious homeowners casually assume painting kitchen cabinetry is something they can easily accomplish themselves, most are surprised to discover (often halfway through the task) that painting kitchen cabinets is laborious, time-consuming, and involves more than just slapping paint onto surfaces.
Before kitchen cabinets are painted, they should be adequately cleaned. Grease, dust, and other residue can build up on any kitchen surface. Unlike countertops, which are regularly wiped clean, over time, the surface of your cabinets can acquire a build-up of residue that is substantial enough to interfere with good paint adhesion. A homeowner who does not properly remove this residue from the surfaces to be painted will most likely be disappointed in the end result.
Not only do homeowners underestimate the time it takes to properly prepare the surfaces to be painted, they also underestimate all the surfaces that are included in kitchen cabinetry. Cabinets have many angles, nooks, and crannies that cannot be quickly rolled by a DIY homeowner who is armed with a paint tray and roller. Getting paint evenly distributed on the many surfaces and in the many corners takes a significant amount of time.
If you are considering taking on the task of painting your own kitchen cabinetry, think again. The kitchen is the one place in the home that generally has the most detail and the best lighting. If you are going to put all the effort into upgrading your kitchen, have it done right. Don’t let a poorly done DIY painting project inhibit the look of your new kitchen.
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