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gghrt000 01-19-2014 02:26 AM

wanna improve kitchen cabinets, is painting an option?
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I am doing as much improvement as i can for my recently purchase condo. Kitchen and bath area is quite old although clean. I am painting walls and replacing the carpet and buying brand new freezer, stove and washer and drier. Also replacing all window sliders and possibly some of the track doors. After that place will see a much improvement. However the old kitchen cabinets are eye sore. It is probably the original cabinets when the place was build (1990). It looks definitely old and interior is dusty and old wood stuff. Hinges are dark. I thought about tearing apart everyone one of them and just complete remodel but i think it might be way too expensive. Plus, counter tops are pretty nice. So I am wondering what if I just paint them with very nice color. Do you think it will improve? Could it rival the brand new ones?

I put the picture below, please let me know if you are unable to see.


beachguy005 01-19-2014 05:01 AM

Painting is an option but it needs to be done almost perfectly because of the light level, scrutiny, and attention kitchens get.

Maybe paint the frames and not the doors. I had one I painted the frames dark green and had oak stained doors with SS bar pulls. Looked great.

You may want to consider just changing the hinges to concealed European style and adding pulls to the doors and drawers.

If you're changing out the appliances, you may want to consider tiling the backsplash area.

havasu 01-19-2014 09:06 AM

If that was my project, I would have no problem painting the cabinets a nice off white color, adding a backsplash as mentioned above, and spending a few bucks on some new stainless steel appliances. Since the protrusion of the fridge seems too much, consider purchasing a cabinet depth style.

DFBonnett 01-19-2014 11:00 AM

If you do go the paint route, meticulous prep is the key with no shortcuts.

gghrt000 01-20-2014 10:30 PM

Thanks all, I looked in the web there are lot of instructions on the youtube. Looks like it involves sanding or using some kind of agent (i forgot the name) to remove the grease and other residual. Since the doors has a finel bewels, i think this is going to be too much work. And it is not my favorite style eiher. I might just replace the whole doors with another new set. Plain rectangle ones with handle that covers the entire front area of each cabinet looks great. Which is what I have in my currently rented apartment, I will post the pics. As a prep, I went to home depo and info and looks like they can do an appt to make measurements.

For interior I might just paint it with white. This is also the case with my currently rented apartment.

nealtw 01-20-2014 10:55 PM

The other option is to find a small wood shop or cupboard out fit that might paint the doors for you, leaving to only painting the boxes. Auto body shop will some times paint stuff like this too.

KDPaintingCT 01-26-2014 12:21 PM

wanna improve kitchen cabinets, is painting an option?
Looking at those cabinets, painting is an option and will improve the look of the cabinets drastically. They do require some expertise and will look better if sprayed. Hire a pro to be safe.

JasmineColroe 01-29-2014 11:20 PM

Painting is a Good option to work on. It will change whole look of your kitchen and your cabinets. Select a color which suits your tiles and other furniture.

gghrt000 02-10-2014 03:11 AM

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WELL, picked up rust-oleum kit with cabernet red color for ease. Here is my progress. I could not say it is professional job but it looks much better especially after second coat. You can see the messed up wall however I will be putting the freezer there so I was kinda skimped on this one. I thought about putting painters tape but paint was still leaking through tape (during mixed color wall painting) so this time I jsut decided to do without painter's tape and really concentrate on edges with extreme care. So visible edges adjoining with walls are looking ok.
For the next step I 'd be putting glaze and finish coat.

nealtw 02-10-2014 05:35 AM

Looks great!!

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