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Painted vs Stained Kitchen Cabinets – How Do You Decide?

You love your home. But there’s always room for improvement, right?

And if you’re like a lot of people, chances are the one area you’d like to see change in more than any other room is the kitchen. Why? Because the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the place we spend the most amount of time.

So you start looking through the home decorating magazines. And very soon you start pulling together images that show you exactly how you want your kitchen to look. But when you look a little closer, you may find you have one big question that has to be answered before you move any further.

Should you choose painted or stained kitchen cabinets?Painted vs Stained Kitchen Cabinets – How Do You Decide?

The choice you make will have a huge bearing on how the cabinets look, and how they will hold up over time.

Most manufacturers provide stained cabinets because it’s the easiest application method in their warehouses. Your current cabinets probably entered your home pre-stained and ready for hanging and use. If you like the stained look, purchasing pre-stained cabinets may be your best option. But there is always cost involved in a complete remodel.

When you choose to have painted cabinets, you have a couple of options. Yes, you can visit your kitchen dealer and install cabinetry ready made for paint.

5 Painting Tips That Will Remodel Your Kitchen Cabinets In No Time

But if you have good bones and structure already in your kitchen, you may be able to use the cabinets already in your kitchen (saving you both time and money).

The kind of paint used on your cabinets will impact how they look, how they wear, and how much they chip and peel over time. It also will determine how durable they are to the normal wear and tear of the kitchen environment, including its susceptibility to water.

There are many paint options – oil based and water based paints. Even in these choices there are some that have a better overall impact on the durability. High glosses and varnishes will give you better wear when it comes to clean up. And if you visit the paint store, you’ll notice there are wide array of “green” options as well. If off-gassing is an issue you’re worried about, a lower VOC may give you the results you are looking for.

Remember, your cabinets aren’t like your walls; they do take extra effort to completely cover every nook and cranny in a smooth, professional way. The type of paint, the type of application method, the amount of prep work all matters in giving you the best coverage possible. Working with a professional can give you the professional results you desire.

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5 Painting Tips That Will Remodel Your Kitchen Cabinets In No Time

Ready to change your home up a bit this year? Want to start in the kitchen? It is after all, the number one room that people remodel.

Yet if you visit with a remodeler and start pricing out all of the options you would love to see in your new kitchen, you can get overwhelmed very quickly. Did you really want to invest in the mid-five figure range for all of your dream features?

There may be another way.5 Painting Tips That Will Remodel Your Kitchen Cabinets In No Time

If your kitchen cabinets are still in great shape, they are good quality wood installed by a brand name manufacturer, you may be able to paint your cabinets instead.

Keep in mind that painting your cabinets isn’t as easy as some of the other projects in your home. A can of paint and a paint brush may work on some projects, but not your kitchen cabinets. They will be on display for all to see. They will be used every day. And nothing says “amateur” more than a sloppy job on the intricate details that make up your cabinetry.

Painted vs Stained Kitchen Cabinets – How Do You Decide?

Spray on or Paintbrush?

There are many painters out there that can give you great quality results with either method. It isn’t so much the method you use as the professionalism of the job in the first place. Cabinetry has detail; from multiple angles and corners, to hinges and accessories. If you don’t prep properly, provide the proper coats of paint, or leave a sloppy mess inside or out, it will look anything but professional.

Proper Prepping

As with any paint job, the key to success isn’t in the painting process, its in the prepping process. Dirt, grease and grime can be imbedded into old cabinets; if you don’t remove it first it will cause problems down the road. It may mean sanding out rough patches. It may be fixing cracks and problem spots. It may be taping to avoid spills and drips. Before you start the project, make sure you are completely ready for the paint to be applied.

Labeling is crucial

You can’t paint your cabinets the way they exist in the kitchen. Each drawer front must be removed. Each door must be taken off the hinges. And all accessories – hinges and handles – must be taken off and set aside (or replaced). Yet when all of these things are scattered across the room, its very easy to lose sight of which piece goes where. Make sure you label every piece so you know exactly where it returns after the painting is completed.

Remove the existing paint

No matter what your current cabinets are made of, they have a high gloss coating used to protect the finish. Paint doesn’t adhere to this coating; try it and you’ll quickly find paint chipping, cracking and peeling. You must remove it with a liquid deglosser or even a sander in some cases to get down to the material that paint will adhere to.

Paint thoroughly

Nothing says amateur more than half a paint job. Painting cabinets means covering every inch of the cabinet completely. Drawers, doors, shelves, walls, backs, sides, tops and bottoms. If any of the old color shows through, your professionalism deteriorates quickly. This applies to the entire process – from paint to finish.

Your final presentation will last for years. Make sure you do it in a complete way. The finished results will be worth it.

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Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Want to make a dramatic change in your kitchen without the dramatic price tag to go along with it? Why not transform your kitchen’s look by painting your kitchen cabinets.

One of the most expensive and time consuming tasks in a kitchen remodel is replacing the kitchen cabinets. But if your cabinets are in good shape, a high quality wood – just an old, out of date color – painting them may be the perfect opportunity to give your kitchen a fresh new look.Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

While it might seem to be a simple DIY project, there is a key point to keep in mind. Most cabinets have a lot of intricate detail; woodwork that can be hard to finish and have it look professional too. Kitchen cabinets are covered in a glossy product designed to be wipeable, scrubable, and take the daily use you give it. That high glossy look is what prevents paint from sticking to it. Which means if you don’t use the proper prep work and the proper paint, your look will be anything but professional.

Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

If you’ve decided to go the DIY route, where do you begin?

Take a door or drawer to your local paint supplier; he or she can help you find the right paint for your surface.

Remove all hardware and hinges. Thoroughly clean surfaces before starting. Kitchen cabinets can have stuck on grease, oil, wax and grime. Paint is a very forgiving material, but it won’t adhere to a dirty, greasy surface.

You should also sand the surfaces to be open to paint. If there are any dents or marks, now is the time to fill them in with a good wood filler first.

Then prime the surfaces with a good primer designed to block the stain and adhere to paint. Finish the cabinets with at least two coats of paint, depending on the paint and the color you’ve chosen. Always remember to allow each process to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next.

Have a system in place for each drawer, door and hardware. While you may think it will go back easily, nothing is more frustrating than having hardware that simply won’t match up.

While painting your kitchen cabinets may seem like a quick, easy job, nothing says “DIY” more than an incomplete or unprofessional job. Your kitchen is the one area that is always on display when guests arrive.

Make sure you have the time to devote to the job, and the patience to see it through. If you feel unsure, look into hiring a professional painter instead. They can save you time and money in the long run, and give you a high quality look and feel every time.

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What You Should Know Before Changing Colors On A Wall

“I once lived in an apartment where the tenant before me went crazy with wall color. All down the hall, in the bedroom and living area I could see remnants of red paint. There were red patches down by the base boards, around the trim, and even a little left over color around the wall plates.

It was an apartment; I lived with it.What You Should Know Before Changing Colors On A Wall

But now that I’m in my own home, I realize how tacky that truly looked. The previous owner also liked color – color I’m not fond of. But I’m scared to paint it. What if I have those same remnants like in my apartment? I want my home to be beautiful.”

Oh, the wonders of paint.

When you go from white to white, every time you paint, even a little drip here or a missed spot there really won’t show very much. But forget to cover a spot of red when you’re changing back to white, and it might as well have a spotlight on it. Everyone that enters your home will see it. Or at least you’ll think they do.

When you’re ready to go from a bright or dark color that penetrates your walls back to a subtle color like white, it takes a little more work that one coat of paint.

Clean walls and painting tools – Before you start painting your walls, clean them first with a mild dish detergent to remove accumulated dirt, grease or grime. Also make sure your painting materials are clean with no trace of the red you painted the walls with in the first place. Its happened many times before; you assume the paint brush or roller cover is clean, you dip it into the white paint, and it goes onto the walls in a sickly color pink.

Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

Primer – If you listen to the marketing for paints that you can buy at the big box stores, one of their biggest benefits is that the primer is included – only one coat necessary. That’s fine when you’re painting white over white. But when you’re making severe changes – white to red, or red back to white, a little more work is needed. That’s where a primer comes into play. A primer covers the existing paint and gives it a clean coating for the new paint about to be applied.

Paint – Yes, paint matters. If you use a low quality paint, it will provide poor results when hiding the bright or dark color beneath it. What’s worse is it sometimes takes a day or two to show. If you’re in a rush – painting before you move out of an apartment, lets say – your landlord may be upset by the red and white walls left behind.

Drying time – This is one of the most important parts of the job. Its easy to want to rush through and get everything cleaned up and back to normal. If you don’t allow each coat – primer too – to dry completely, it may contribute to poor color and color showing through in certain areas on your walls. Temperature, humidity, type of paint – all matters in drying time. When in doubt, give it extra time.

Want an easier way for guaranteed results? Hire a professional painter instead. Your walls will be the perfect shade of color – whatever you choose – with results you can be proud of every time.

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Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

You love your brand new wall color. But nothing can be more frustrating than creating that first mark on your walls as you’re putting your room back together.

Just because your walls have had a chance to dry doesn’t mean they are “cured”. Even when your interior walls are dry to the touch, time is still needed before your walls can take the use and abuse of every day living.Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

An applied latex paint will be dry to the touch within a matter of minutes, but waiting time for certain activities can take considerably longer.

Re-coat Time

In general, you should allow at least two hours of time between coats of paint. However, certain factors will result in needed additional time, including:

  • Conditions that hinder drying time, such as high humidity or a low temperature
  • Heavily tinted paints
  • A heavy application

If you paint another coat too soon, a variety of problems can occur, including blistering, wrinkling, or an uneven sheen.

How To Choose Color With Paint Samples

Cleaning

Invariably you’ll wind up with sticky hands on your newly coated walls. Beware of cleaning it too early, however, or you could find yourself dealing with a variety of problems, including blistering, paint removal, removal of sheen, or even a crack in the color.

Typically you should allow at least two weeks dry time before you clean the surface. Gloss level will be a factor – high gloss paints have more co-solvents to evaporate, thus require more drying time. Some manufacturers require 30 days, so be sure to talk with your professional painter before he finishes the job.

Applying Tape or Other Sticky Product

If using masking or painters tape is on your decorating to-do list, be sure you allow at least 30 days dry time before applying to newly applied paint. Otherwise tape may pull up the paint when removed. An extended dry time is needed because paint must attain maximum adhesion to its surface, and should have sufficient time to bond with the surface its been applied to.

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