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A painted kitchen

Using paint to renovate a kitchen allows you more money to spend on buying new appliances to modernise and update the room without spending too much. Painting kitchen cabinets gives you a bit of leeway to save up the funds necessary if you want to totally rip out and replace these later on.

Using paint to renovate a kitchen allows you more money to spend on buying new appliances to modernise and update the room without spending too much. Painting kitchen cabinets gives you a bit of leeway to save up the funds necessary if you want to totally rip out and replace these later on. You will find advice and tips in our Kitchen Craft and Improvement sections for painting or renovating a kitchen.

When deciding to paint your kitchen cabinets, first assess whether this will be worthwhile or not. If the cabinets and frames are not in good nick, the finished result will not be as appealing. Sometimes it might be necessary to replace old doors with new ones and simply paint the cabinet frames to match. Even this will save you a small amount of money.

The first step in this dramatic kitchen makeover was to replace outdated appliances with energy efficient models. This included the refrigerator, a gas stove, microwave and several smaller appliances

The next step was to remove cabinet doors and sand everything down to de-gloss the surface and prepare for painting. Pay particular attention to any repairs that need to be done at the stage, as you don't want to fill in dents and dings once you start painting. Use wood filler for small cracks and repairs, and wood epoxy putty to fix dents and chips.

Unless you are using a chalk paint, such as Rust-Oleum Chalked, it's a good idea to apply wood primer to cabinet frames and doors. A primer acts as a blocker and also ensures a good bond between the surface and new paint, ensuring a good paint job lasts longer.  You will find advice and tips on various painting options in our Kitchen Craft and Improvement sections.

GOOD TO KNOW: You can use pine moulding and trim to add affordable detailing on kitchen cabinets.

The previously too-small kitchen island was increased in size with the addition of a breakfast bar counter. Now there is space to sit and enjoy breakfasts and snacks in the kitchen without losing too much floor space.

The money saved on ripping out and replacing kitchen cabinets not only went towards new appliances, but allowed the homeowner to upgrade to quartz countertops.

The drab brown floor tiles were still in good condition and could easily be tiled over without ripping these out. You can tile over tile, as long as existing tiles are not loose or breaking. This is also a great way to update without the mess and hassle of ripping out old tiles, which can be a nightmare!

GOOD TO KNOW: Before you take the step to tile over existing tile, check that the new floor level - which will be higher - will not interfere with doors and openings.

To enhance the freshly painted white cabinetry and black quartz countertops, a medium grey colour was chosen for painting the walls in the kitchen and adjoining dining area.

DIY box pelmets, upholstered in the same fabric as the kitchen stools, add a dramatic impact to windows in both the kitchen and dining area.

 

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