Kitchens are often one of the busiest rooms in the house, especially if you love to cook for the whole family. After many dinners and holiday feasts, you may start to think that your kitchen is a little dreary or dated. But that doesn’t mean you have to paint all the walls or replace any main components to give it a fresh look. Small updates can make it look far more appealing, even if you’ve been living in your house for a long time.
To get you started, consider these two tips to make your kitchen look new since you moved in!
Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets
If you’re trying to make your kitchen look clean and crisp, regardless of the mess you and your family might make during dinner or holiday activities, a fresh coat of paint can make a big difference. You can achieve a more modern look by simply painting them white. However, you can also choose a color that better matches the items already in your kitchen, such as the range, refrigerator or other small appliances you use on a regular basis. This way, the space will look more uniform and if you decide to opt for stainless steel appliances in the future, your cabinets will act as a complement.
To start, make sure you choose the right paint for the job. Traditional wall paint will chip easily and is not a great option for kitchen cabinets. To prevent chipping when cleaning the cabinets, choose an alkyd enamel paint, which has been proven to hold up better in the long-run. You’ll even get a smoother finish thanks to its self-leveling attributes!
Re-stain the Kitchen Cabinets
If you’re not up for painting the cabinets or are currently happy with the color you currently have, re-staining them is an inexpensive way to highlight the beauty of the wood finish. Plus, if they ever get damaged in the future, it’s much easier to touch them up.
To stain your cabinets, start by removing the doors and drawers, which will make the process much easier to approach. Lightly sand the cabinets with 120 grit sandpaper, doing so in the direction of the wood grain. Then, sand the surfaces again but with a 220 grit sandpaper. After sanding, apply a conditioner to the wood and use a rag to work the stain down into its many pores. Make sure to perform one final pass in the grain of the wood to be as thorough as possible. Remember to always use an oil-based polyurethane with an oil-based stain. By the time you’re done, your kitchen will look how it did when you first moved in!
While both of these options are ideal for invigorating your kitchen, sometimes a professional’s touch can make all the difference. It’s always worth getting a professional painter’s opinion before starting your project!
About Platinum Painting
The team members at Platinum Painting only focus on residential homes, meaning their services are easily custom-tailored to your needs as a homeowner. They are both interior and exterior experts, so you can rely on them to get it right the first time. To learn more about repainting your kitchen or get a free quote for your next project, you can contact the team through their website.