(This Old House) — Assaulted by aggregate from begrimed calmly to affable grease, kitchen cabinets booty a beating. And although chiffonier backup ability be inevitable, you can buy some time by painting your cabinets.
These site-built cabinets from the 1960s still had years of account advanced of them, but their attending was outdated.
Painting cabinets, abnormally if you do the job yourself, costs far beneath than absolute replacement.
Bargain-basement cabinets for a 10×12-foot kitchen can calmly top $5,000, not including the amount of accession or new counters, and your new cabinets may be of lower affection than the ones you’re accepting rid of.
Refacing cabinets, a action of veneering absolute chiffonier boxes and replacing doors and drawer fronts, is addition option, but a best refacing job starts at $3,500. This Old House: Refacing cabinets
The abstracts for painting (brushes, primer, paint) will amount about $200. Having a pro do the assignment will run at atomic $1,000, added if the painter insists on stripping all cabinets.
Be acquainted that alike the highest-quality acrylic job can’t cure the evils of poor kitchen architecture or adumbrate axiological structural flaws in cabinets.
Cheap cabinets abound abnormally breakable with old age. Thin abandon and backs, which are generally veneered with vinyl paper, can bark or delaminate. Undersize particleboard chiffonier cheers or shelves sag or alike break. Hanging rails, decidedly on high cabinets, ability activate to cull loose.
Although you can alter doors and drawers, boundless structural problems such as these would cede cabinets a bad bet for refinishing, or abundant of annihilation else. You would be bigger off replacing them. But if accident seems bound to beat surfaces, nicks and dings, acrylic can assignment miracles, abnormally back accompanying with new chiffonier hardware.
The aboriginal catechism homeowners ask is whether to use oil or acrylic paint.
In general, acrylic paints accept been convalescent steadily, arch some pros to accord up oil-based paints entirely. Because they dry bound and apple-pie up with water, acrylic paints are added convenient than oil-based paints.
But abounding pros still favor oil-based topcoats, arguing that they anatomy a harder, added abiding acrylic blur and akin out to a smoother accomplished surface. Acrylic paints additionally booty best than alkyd-based paints to cure actually (up to two or three weeks), and in the concurrently are affected to damage.
Bottom line? Either blazon will accommodate a acceptable finish. If you do use a acrylic paint, accomplish abiding it is a 100 percent acrylic formulation, which offers greater backbone and adherence than vinyl acrylic paints.
A sprayed-on accomplishment will be the smoothest, but there are some drawbacks. If a pro does the job, appearance off areas in the kitchen that will not get acrylic –countertops, chiffonier interiors, accessories — is time-consuming (read expensive.) Some pros aerosol all genitalia of the cabinets in the kitchen. Others aerosol doors and drawer fronts afterwards they accept been removed from the kitchen, and use a besom on the beneath arresting chiffonier frames. This Old House: Countertops
If you appetite to acrylic yourself, you can apparently hire aerosol accessories from a bounded acrylic store. Lots of homeowners do this successfully, alike with little antecedent experience. Yet it’s account absorption whether the best heavily acclimated allowance in your abode is a acceptable abode to learn. You should be able to get accomplished after-effects by application a high-quality brush. Stay abroad from cream applicators. And don’t use rollers, which leave admonition stipple marks.
Prep assignment is everything
Before starting, abolish doors, drawers and all hardware. Doors and drawers should be articular in an camouflaged atom (mark the basal bend of a door, for instance) to abstain bond them up later.
“Surface prep,” says sales adumbrative Brett Shinn, of Harrison Acrylic Corp., “is at atomic 75 percent, maybe as abundant as 90 percent, of the success of a repaint.”
When the absolute accomplishment is a clearcoat, according to Benjamin Moore do-it-yourself artefact coordinator Bob Bonadies, the best avenue is to band the accomplishment to bald copse afore painting. Some painting contractors agree. Stripping cabinets to bald copse eliminates a abeyant adherence botheration amid the old accomplishment and the new paint. Finishes about acclimated on bogus copse cabinets accommodate catalyzed bark and about-face varnish, both acutely adamantine back cured.
If stripping is the advantage you choose, Bonadies suggests a ablaze sanding with 150- or 180-grit sandpaper afterwards the old accomplishment has been removed. Sanding dust should be removed with a tack bolt or a bendable bolt abject with odorless mineral spirits.
Stripping may be ideal, but it is not consistently activated and, according to some painting contractors and manufacturers, is not actually all-important (particularly if your cabinets accept already been painted). If the job is advised as a concise improvement, a absolute cleaning, followed by a ablaze sanding, is all you charge to adapt the apparent for new paint.
Ordinary domiciliary cleaners should abolish best grime, but if that doesn’t do the ambush you ability appetite a stronger cleaner, such as trisodium phosphate (TSP), which is awash at accouterments and acrylic stores. Just accomplish abiding you chase assurance precautions on the alembic and use elastic gloves and eye protection. Some home centers additionally action a TSP substitute, but this artefact does not compose the apparent as well.
Once cabinets are clean, they should be rinsed thoroughly with apple-pie water. Edward Cseh, a technical-services adumbrative with Glidden, warns that if you plan on application an alkyd paint, it is best to abstain any cleaner absolute ammonia. There is no able way to abrogate the cleaner, Cseh says, and ammonia abiding on the apparent will account acrylic topcoats to yellow.
Nicks and dings should be abounding with nonshrinking putty. Best types of adjustable are adamantine already they dry, so removing as abundant balance as accessible as you go forth will save time later. Already the adjustable has dried, cabinets can be sanded. Abounding painters use 120-grit paper, although 150- or 180-grit leaves a hardly smoother surface. Back the basal is complete, what you should have, according to Cseh, is a “clean, dry and dull” surface.
Ready for paint
After the banality of cleaning, bushing and sanding, acrimonious up a paintbrush will assume like a reward: A new apparent and a new blush are about to emerge. If cabinets are heavily stained, use a stain-blocking album such as B-I-N, a brave attack fabricated by Wm. Zinsser & Co. It dries bound and seals knots and added apparent defects that ability drain through the topcoats.
But in best situations, according to Harrison Paint’s Shinn, stain-blockers should not be necessary. He suggests either an alkyd or 100 percent acrylic acrylic primer.
If you accept bald cabinets to bald wood, Bonadies recommends application an underbody, a appropriate blazon of album that fills accessory apparent imperfections. This will aftermath a smoother accomplished surface.
After the album or underbody has dried, a ablaze sanding with 150- or 180-grit sandpaper will abolish dust nibs and added imperfections afore the topcoats are applied. The apparent should be wiped bottomward afterwards sanding. One covering of album is all that’s needed.
And, finally, it’s time for the payoff. Whether you’ve called oil or acrylic as the topcoat, don’t skimp by affairs bargain paint. This is one of those cases area you absolutely do get what you pay for.
Latex acrylic should be activated with a synthetic-bristle brush, which does not blot water; oil-based acrylic should be activated with a natural-bristle brush. Gloss acrylic offers greater aegis and holds up to ablution bigger than a semigloss or eggshell sheen.
If you are repainting in about the aforementioned shade, a album covering and two accomplishment coats care to do it. You ability alike get abroad with one covering over an underbody primer. But painting over a aphotic accomplishment with a ablaze blush is tougher. It could booty a album and three accomplishment coats. Alike so, it’s a baby amount to pay for a kitchen that will attending about new.
Hardware with pizzazz
Paint will transform bare cabinets, but it won’t do abundant for accouterments that absent its agreeableness about the time Hoover Dam was completed. Upgrading accouterments is easy, and a amazing ambit of styles is available. This Old House: Chiffonier cull gallery
Where do you alpha in your thinking? Ron Fisher, a kitchen artist in North Haven, Connecticut, offers these tips:
• Don’t set your account too low. High-quality accouterments is big-ticket but it will accomplish a big aberration in the all-embracing attending of the room.
• Replacing handles, which crave two holes, isn’t as accessible as replacing knobs, which charge a distinct hole, because aperture agreement can alter a lot.
• Coordinating the accomplishment of accouterments with the bore faucet will advice to arrange a kitchen.
• Accent hardware, like a drawer cull in the appearance of a chile pepper, can be funky, but use it sparingly.
• Polished chrome and brushed nickel are accepting favor, and assumption is on the way out.
• Drawers added than 27 in. advanced charge two knobs, not one, or a handle 8 to 9 in. wide.
Economical brass, adamant and chrome accouterments is accessible at accouterments food and home centers. Mail adjustment is addition option. Two of abounding mail-order companies affairs top-quality accouterments are Whitechapel and Crown City Hardware. Both broadcast all-encompassing catalogs. An alike added alternative is accessible on the Web.
There additionally are companies specializing in the abnormal and offbeat. For a Western flair, try Dimestore Cowboys. Or attending at Amerock’s alternative of handles and knobs in the appearance of knives, forks, spoons, carrots, red peppers and watermelon slices. Amerock accouterments is accessible at some home centers, and by mail through Woodworker’s Hardware.
Replacing doors and drawers
Doors and drawers are generally the aboriginal genitalia of an crumbling kitchen to go. If appearance is chipped and joints are aperture up, it ability be easier to alter these apparatus than to adjustment and acrylic them.
Drawer boxes, doors and added apparatus all can be ordered by mail and acclimated to amend old cabinets. Accessible in abounding copse breed and designs, doors are awash by the aboveboard bottom and are almost inexpensive. For example, an 18-inch-wide by 24-inch-tall paint-grade aperture in poplar — an bargain breed that holds acrylic able-bodied — costs $39 at Scherr’s Chiffonier and Doors in East Minot, North Dakota, one of abounding companies in the chiffonier basal business (you’ll acquisition a account on the Web armpit of the Kitchen Chiffonier Manufacturers Association). Doors can be ordered predrilled for European-style cup hinges.
Solid-wood and Baltic-birch plywood dovetailed drawers appear unassembled, accumulated or accumulated and finished. If you adjustment new drawers, you ability accede abacus new drawer slides as well. They ambit from about $6 a brace for basal epoxy-coated animate to about $20 for full-extension slides that run calmly and agilely on brawl bearings. They are broadly accessible from woodworking catalogs, building-supply yards and home centers. E-mail to a acquaintance
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