How do I refinish kitchen cabinet doors? I want to paint some old cabinets and replace the center with frosted glass. It looks like there is a gloss finish on the cabinets and they are old. I don't want to hurt the wood.
By Stephanie from Bokoshe, OK
Go to http://www.thisoldhouse.com and enter 'paint kitchen cabinets' in the search box. I used their instructions on my cabinets and they turned out beautiful. It took me 2 weeks to complete the project. I painted my cabinets white and changed the hardware. I also left off two cabinet doors and glued red & white check fabric to the back.
I need some advice on re-finishing or painting my kitchen cabinets. Here's a look at my kitchen. What do you think I should do with these cabinets?
I have no style, just want something that looks good.
By Sabrina from Painesville, OH
I really like the colors of the kitchen but I think the cabinets need some attention.
What do you think? I'm ok with painting them, but I don't have a clue as to what color would go nice with the current colors of the kitchen.
I'm planning on painting my kitchen cabinets and was thinking of leaving the top cabinets their original off-white colour and painting the bottom cupboards a dark brown. I love the richness of the brown colour, but I don't want to paint all the cupboards with it, because it will make my tiny kitchen seem too small.
My problem is that although I think I like this idea, I'm having trouble finding examples of kitchens that have been painted the same way with the top and bottom cupboards different colours. Does anyone know where I can find any pictures like this, or has anyone painted their kitchen the same way? I'd really like to get a better idea of what it would look like before I spend the time and money. Thanks.
By playingtrix from Toronto ON
Take a picture of your cabinets and go to your local Home Hardware. They can load it onto their computer and show you what it will look like with different colors.
Can I paint over stained wood cabinets?
Make sure they are throughly cleaned. Especially around the handles, as that is where most buildup occurs. I would suggest updating all of your hardware after your painting is complete, that will really add to the look. Here is a complete step by step on how to paint kitchen cabinets.
http://www.how2instructions.com/How ... w/How_To_Paint_Kitchen_Cabinets.html
Our kitchen is so tired and old looking. We would love new cabinets but the expense is keeping us from doing that right now. Plus we want to move in about a year. I know you get your money back with kitchens but here in NJ the real estate is so high to start with I am sure we wouldn't get that much more.
I live in a split level (ugh) but it is as country as I can get it. I would like to just paint what we have. My husband just added a new wood floor so anything will go with it. And then we can just add a new counter top.
Does anyone have suggestions for painting cabinets. I don't want shiny paint, my husband suggested lacquer. I really do not like that look. I love the old look, sanding areas to look worn and all. He does not like that. We need a compromise. Ideas anyone?
Or what do you guys think about stenciling? Or decoupage?
Or paint the doors and drawer fronts one color and the rest another color. Or paint the rest a neutral color and the doors and drawer fronts in different colors that go together.
Or how about some solid color with a metallic color rubbed on in spots?
Or what about some kind of faux paint technique?
Or what about painting it the way he likes, and then replacing the knobs with some that you like?
Removing the doors to expose the shelves can also give you a beautiful country look, but note that your dishes will have to be neatly organized and they will get dustier and greasier than if kept behind doors. (Keep the doors in case the next owners want to replace them.) (08/03/2005)
The part I was proudest of -- the hardware was a copper-toned color, the shapes/designs themselves were OK, but I thought silver or pewter would go better with the new, lighter cabinets -- and then I freaked out when I saw how expensive the hardware was! The fancy pewter handles were $1.39 each, and I needed almost 3 dozen -- plus the hinges. Again, our brilliant neighbor to the rescue! We removed the hardware, spread it out on newspaper, and spray painted it with Rustoleum "hammered finish" spray paint in a silver tone, $2.25 a can. It looks SO GOOD! We even wedged the screws into cardboard so the heads were facing up, and spray painted them. We figured, what did we have to lose? If it looked awful, we would go ahead and replace the hardware -- but it looks great! And it saved us a BUNCH of money! The kitchen looks bigger now with the lighter colors, too! (08/08/2005)
By Becki in Indiana
Kitchens are the MOST important room in a house as far as home sales go, and what occupies most of the space in a kitchen?
However, replacing them isn't the only option. Provided the cabinets themselves are in good shape, why not REFACE them? It's much cheaper and the results of a well-done refacing are nothing less than spectacular!
I can't emphasize enough -- tired cabinets, strange decorating schemes, these things lose a LOT of sales and devalue houses dramatically. As the poster before me advised, get a real estate agent's or broker's advice -- and be sure the person is NOT a friend. You need brutal frankness if you're planning to sell your house any time soon.
Good luck! (10/10/2005)
We had our Kitchen cabinets painted white 8 years ago. Needless to say, they need painted again. I would like to do something different. Maybe, black with yellow walls accented with my red pieces? Any ideas or pictures would be helpful. Also, could I strip the existing paint off and get back to wood and stain? How?
LoLo from TX
Any suggestions on painting kitchen cabinets?
Cathy from Thurmont, MD
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.
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 (06/30/2007)
How can I remove the decorative raised beading on my kitchen cabinets prior to repainting them?
By Jeri O from Chicago, IL
If it is glued or both nailed and glued, it is very difficult to remove. He recommends you use a 50 or 80 grit sandpaper and belt sander. Only sand the beading, not the cabinet door, and only sand until the beading is gone. If the beading is nailed and glued, the sandpaper will also sand the nails down.
After the beading is removed, the doors should be sanded by hand or with a vibrating sander with a fine grit sandpaper. (05/11/2009)
I am painting my kitchen cabinets. After I prime them can I use spray paint? Or should I stay with regular paint?
By memas from Mountain View, AR
The oil paint will leave a nasty smell for weeks! Be sure to use a high-adhesive primer like Zinsser 123 or Gripper. I'd stay away from "Kilz" brand as I've had bad luck with it. If you decide to use a brush, choose a quality natural brush, it will leave less streaks than a nylon one.
The nicest cupboards I've ever seen were covered with a woven matting. In a natural color, then sealed with a water based varathine. They were really nice! (06/09/2009)