Kitchen Facelift

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Want to give your kitchen a facelift? If your kitchen is looking more “worn out” than “warm and inviting” you don’t necessarily need to rob a bank, hope for a rich uncle’s demise, or mortgage the homestead to afford a fresh space. Painting your cabinets is a cost effective way to revive a tired space. Now this job can be long on time and fairly tedious for a DIYer but within the realm of tackle worthy. Of course there is always DogGoneHandy to lend a hand….

So here are some step by step instructions for taking some standard store bought or existing cabinetry and turning them into something new. The secret to getting a perfect finish, take time with prep, use tinted primer and buy a good-quality paint sprayer.

Here are some supplies you should have on hand.

ready-made cabinets and knobs
electric sander and sanding pads
quart of tinted primer
spray primer
spray-can handle
semigloss latex paint
paint sprayer
drop cloth
dust mask
drill and drill bit
damp cloth
tape measure, screwdriver and a wrench

When choosing the proper cabinets, focus on styles with smooth, flat fronts. The less ornamentation the better since paint may bubble when applied to rounded, uneven surfaces.

Wearing dust mask, protect surrounding areas with drop cloth, then use electric sander to remove existing finish from cabinet. Next, wipe cabinet with damp cloth.

Use tape measure to determine proper placement of hardware. Mark with pencil, then use drill and drill bit to add hole through door front. TIP: For an unexpected touch, consider doubling or tripling the amount of knobs or pulls needed for door fronts. This adds an extra layer of visual interest and graphic punch.

Wearing dust mask and using paint sprayer and quart of tinted primer or can of spray primer and spray-can handle, add an even coat of primer to the cabinet and door fronts. TIP: Using tinted primers when working with bold colors ensures a better finish and also cuts down on the number of coats needed.

With semigloss or high-gloss paint loaded into paint sprayer and wearing a dust mask, add first coat of bold paint to cabinet, ensuring even coverage of the interior and exterior. To ensure proper coverage, move left and right from top to bottom in a slow, controlled manner. Allow approximately three hours for first coat to cure, then repeat this process to apply second coat.

Once paint is dry to the touch, attach new hardware into the pre-drilled holes using screwdriver or wrench.

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