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The Art of Hand Painting Cabinetry and Furniture

Sprucing up your kitchen cabinets and furniture can save you money. If you have tools already, it'll cost even less. The total cost depends on how big your kitchen and furniture are, how much primer you need, and the paint you choose. Usually, it costs between £400 and £1,000.

What You Need for a Makeover

You need the right tools for a professional look. It's good to try them out in a store to see what you like. If you can't go to a store, look online for the best reviews and trusted brands.

Choosing the Right Paint

The right paint is important for changing your cabinets. Go for the best quality paint. Paints made for cabinets are best, but any high-quality paint will work. Choose acrylic paints because they last long and are easy to clean.

Think about the finish you want. Matte looks soft and low-shine, while high-gloss is shiny and reflects light. Satin is in between.

Here’s how to get a pro look:

  • Pick tools that work with your cabinet material, like wood, laminate, or metal.
  • Follow the paint can’s instructions.
  • You can paint wood cabinets easily. Any surface that can be sanded is good for painting.
  • Use a special primer for laminate.
  • Glossy finishes show imperfections. Semi-gloss or satin are better for kitchens.

Getting Ready to Paint

Painting cabinets takes a few days. Wear safety gear and make sure the area is well-ventilated. Take the doors and drawers off and paint them separately in a space like a garage.

1. Check Your Cabinets

Look at your cabinets. If the paint is good, you can paint over it. If it's flaking, you might need to strip it first.

2. Take Everything Off

Empty the cabinets and take off the doors, drawers, and hardware. Label everything to make it easier to put back together. Keep the hardware in a safe place.

3. Clean and Fix

Clean everything with a cleaner called TSP to remove grease. Fill any holes with wood filler. Don’t fill holes if you’re using the same hardware.

4. Sand and Prep

Cover your area with drop cloths. Sand everything with medium-grit sandpaper, especially detailed spots.

Painting Your Cabinets

Use the right technique whether you're using a brush, roller, or sprayer.

1. Frames First

Start with the cabinet frames. Use a good brush for small spaces and a foam roller for bigger areas. Keep your strokes even.

2. Doors and Drawersē

Paint the back of the doors first. Let them dry, then do the front. Use a foam roller for a smooth finish. Put doors and drawers on supports to paint the edges easily.

3. Second Coat

Add a second coat for durability. Let it dry well before putting everything back together.

Refreshing Hardware

If you're reusing hardware, clean it and maybe repaint it.

  1. Wash with soapy water and dry well.
  2. Buff lightly with fine-grade steel wool.
  3. Mount on cardboard for easy painting.
  4. Prime and paint with light coats to prevent drips.

With these steps, you can give your kitchen cabinets a fresh new look without spending a lot.

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