How to give your kitchen a makeover in 10 (easyish) stages
With the cost of moving escalating, many people are preferring to stay put and give their homes a makeover instead. Let's start with the kitchen, which is often described as the 'heart of the home'. According to Ideal Home magazine painted Shaker style kitchens "have a timeless look that never seems to go out of fashion"
Could your kitchen be given a new lease of life with a couple of cans of paint? As well as presenting large financial savings, having an existing kitchen hand-painted is an attractive option if you are basically happy with the design and layout of your kitchen but it looks "tired" or out dated because of its wood finish or colour. Wooden worktops can be restored or you may choose to have them replaced and this can be an opportunity to add character in terms of changing cupboard and drawer handles. Wall tiles can also be painted any colour to give a durable finish, and of course the ceiling and walls can be redecorated to give the look and feel of a totally new kitchen – for a fraction of the price of replacing it and with far less disruption and mess.
Whether you want to do your makeover yourselves or perhaps invite me in to give you a quote, here are some simple tips to ensure you get the best quality finish for your 'new' kitchen, with minimal disruption to the household.
1. Think about how you are going to manage your lives whilst the work is being undertaken. Ideally children and pets should be barred from the area. What appliances are absolutely essential? Can you rig up a temporary kitchen somewhere else in the house with a kettle, camping rings and microwave?
2. All fixtures and surfaces including the floor and areas not to be painted (eg, the inside of cupboard carcasses, drawer sides etc.) are masked off using high-grade masking tape designed to allow crisp, clean edges and protect from dust.
3. All doors and drawers should be removed and numbered, along with their handles if they are to be kept the same. By now you will hopefully have decided if you want to change the handles, so they can be delivered to the site and checked that they will fit the newly painted doors/drawers without modifying the holes.
4. All surfaces are now thoroughly cleaned and degreased using a powerful citrus based cleaner, then rinsed and allowed to dry. Now begins one of the most important phases of the process – sanding. Every surface is sanded thoroughly, mostly using a dust-free sanding machine, in stages. Detailed areas are sanded by hand and then all surfaces are thoroughly vacuumed and wiped with a tack cloth to remove all traces of dust.
5. Before any paint can be applied it is important to seal any knots in the wood. When dry, these areas are then spot-primed. Any obvious splits/cracks/holes can be filled also at this stage, then sanded, dusted and spot-primed. If a kitchen has been previously painted there might be brush marks and nibs of paint on the surfaces. These should be obliterated to allow a flawless finish.
6. After a further wash down, the painting process can now begin. I would advise that a first coat of specialist adhesion primer paint is applied to all surfaces and allowed to dry. As well as providing a sound base for further coats and also preventing any tannin bleed-through from certain wood types, this reveals any remaining areas that require filling, after which they are sanded again and all dust is removed.
7. Choose your paints carefully. It pays to invest in quality paints for finish and durability. I favour the use of Tikkurila paints for priming and finishing kitchen refurbishments. Originating from Finland, they are widely acknowledged to be one of the most durable products for furniture painting and in addition to their own colour range, they have the advantage of being able to be mixed to match any colour available by any paint manufacturer in the UK – including Dulux, Crown, Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, Paint & Paper Library, Mylands, Zoffany, etc. I have a vast library of colour charts for you to peruse!
8. If necessary a second coat of primer is now applied. When dry the surfaces are once again sanded using a very fine grade of abrasive paper and all dust is remove.
9. Two to three coats of the finish paint are now applied, with light sanding and washing between coats. Drawer and cupboard fronts are stacked carefully between coats.
10. Finally, when everything is dry, the doors and drawers etc are replaced and adjusted to ensure proper closing and that everything is level. The handles are replaced, all protective sheeting is removed and the kitchen is left clean and tidy, ready for you to enjoy!
Have a look at some of the pieces of furniture that I have transformed with a fresh coat of painted. Fitted and free-standing wardrobes, office units, chests of drawers, bedside cabinets and beds, tables and chairs, shelving units and built-in cupboards, even loudspeakers! Almost any surface can be painted with the right know-how, skills and products.
Give it a go or better still give me a call.
John Worsley, on 07878 464902 to discuss how I can help with your decorating needs.
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