Any suggestions on painting kitchen cabinets?
Cathy from Thurmont, MD
I understand! - When I moved in, the kitchen cabinets were hot pink! No kidding! Not everyone has nice wood cabinets!
HERE'S HOW YOU DO IT:
When I painted my cupboards, they were plain, so I glued on woven chair cane, before gluing I painted the cane and the cupboards, then cut molding to frame them out, painted the molding, then framed the cane on the cupboards. The caning and matting can also be stained with wood stain. Be sure to coat cane and matting with a varnish, like urethane for use in the kitchen. Here's a URL to buy cane, woven mats, bamboo etc. http://www.looseends.com/
Another cool idea that's easy to do is to "Skin" your cabinets with either copper or aluminum. You buy the thin metal as roof flashing in the roofing area of the home center. You just, "skin" the doors, the rest of the cupboards you paint with either an aluminum paint or a copper spray paint, that you spray into a paper-cup then brush on. Or you can use "Hammerite". It looks just like hammered metal, plus you don't need to sand OR prime with Hammerite! This way you can get a stainless steel or a pewter look for a great price! It's really easy.
Our house has Quakermade cabinets that date back to the 50's. Originally they were painted in what looked like a robin's egg blue baked on enamel. Over 50 years of use the finish had gotten somewhat scruffy. The cabinets however where in excellent condition. So we thought that we should paint them.
After extensive investigation we hit on the idea of taking them to an Automotive Body Shop. We chose the color right from the car colors (Oldsmobile Almond, I think we used). They were done in less than a week and people are asking us where they can buy the cabinets. They came out that well. So if you can take them out of the kitchen this it isn't a bad idea. Cost wise for the entire kitchen 20 cabinets upper an lower was about $1,800
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