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Should you REPLACE, REFACE or PAINT your kitchen cabinets?

Before you decide you might want to read this

Not sure what to do? Read this before you make a decision. It could save you thousands of dollars.
Let’s face it your kitchen is one of the most visited areas of your house. We start out there in the morning for breakfast and end up there for dinner. In fact we spend more time in the kitchen than any other room in the house.
So what do you do when your kitchen cabinets that look like this?

Cabinets Before with signiture

• Do you install brand new cabinets? (This kitchen would cost about $15,000)
• Maybe you thought about re-facing them? (That estimate was $9,000)
• Have you ever considered just painting them? (Your DIY cost would be around $400 or about $2000 if you hire a professional)
I guess that would be up to you to decide. If you have a disposable income that would be great, if you don’t I have a solution.
Ask anyone and they will agree that kitchens are the most expensive upgrade in your home. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can take your tired worn out kitchen into the 21st century with durable finishes that look beautiful and save you thousands of dollars.

I’m going to show you step-by-step how to

Transform This

Before with signiture

To This

After with signiture

Step #1
Remove all the doors, hinges and screws. If the hinges are old and dingy clean them with Krud Kutter, it really cuts through the Krud. Then once they are dry, spray paint them with a primer spray paint. Don’t forget the screws. I used a piece of Styrofoam to hold the screws while I painted them. This saved $250 vs buying new hinges.

Clean your hardware signiture

Paint your hardware signiture

Step 1 sand siginture

Prep is the most important step so make sure you don’t skip this part.
Lightly sand all the doors to give it some tooth (that means something for the paint to grab)

Step #2
step 2 signiture

I added molding to the doors because as you can see in the picture above it was peeling back and exposing the wood underneath, in this case it was pressed wood. The only solution I could come up with was to cover it up. The quickest and easiest way to do that was to give it a shaker style look.
I measured each side and cut it accordingly. Then I applied the wood with a nail gun. This was the first time I had ever used a nail gun. I felt like Bob the builder.

Step #3

Step 3 fill in gaps signiture

After I applied all the wood there were some gaps that needed to be filled in so I used a wood filler that goes on pink and turns white when it dries. Love this stuff.

Step #4

Step 4 sand filler signiture

When the wood filler dries sand it down until it’s smooth.
Then wipe all doors with some tsp to get all the dust off before you start painting.

Step #5
Step 5 prime doors signiture

Prime all the doors, I use a cut in brush to get in the corners and then sponge roller to smooth it out. Allow to dry

Step #6
Step 6 paint doors signiture

Apply the paint the same way you apply the primer. Paint two coats of paint allow it to dry between coats.
Here’s a before and after of the cabinets and the Faux granite counter top. I’m not going to get into the step-by-step on how to do a faux granite in this blog, but I did want to show you how amazing it looks. And YES! You can paint your counter tops. I’ve been doing it for many years. It’s durable, looks like granite and can save you thousands of dollars.

Before Cabinets & Counter Top signiture
After cabinets and counter top signiture

Can’t have a total transformation without doing the back splash! I used raised wallpaper to give it a tin look. I applied 4 coats of sealer to protect it.
After Back Splash & Counter top

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Cheryl PhanShould you REPLACE, REFACE or PAINT your kitchen cabinets?