Paint kitchen cabinets

By: Hollis Ashalintubbi

When it comes to working on our homes we generally tend to go above and beyond with our spending. We will throw out thousands of pounds worth of furniture just to achieve that perfect look within our living space.

The amount of money we spend on paint and wallpaper each year is beyond astronomical and to top it all off when we reach the kitchen, rather than looking to see what we can salvage we choose to rip it out and start again.

Why through money to the wind? Seriously, when you take the time to think about it, your kitchen cabinets are nothing more than wooden boxes with fancy doors on them. Why rip all of that out and spend a small fortune on new ones when you can simply re-work what you have to look the way you want?

For some the answer to that last question is a blunt no. The thought of having to do a little work to refresh their kitchen just isn't worth thinking about, but for the rest of us who have a tight budget to work with then re-using the old kitchen cabinets can be a very appealing way to go.

If you look at any supplier of cabinet doors you will probably notice that replacing the doors with a new style can be almost as expensive as replacing the entire units which is obviously what we want to avoid.

So here is another approach. Why not paint them? Painting your kitchen cabinets can actually provide very good results which make your kitchen look refreshed and bright once again like it did all those years ago.

There is an incredible variety of different colours you can choose from, each specifically created for painting your kitchen cabinets, and although admittedly it can be hard work sanding down and then painting, the finished results can make your kitchen look absolutely beautiful.

If painting your kitchen does not appeal to you, then why not think about the distressed wood effect? Distressed kitchen cabinets work really well in larger areas and give the kitchen that country rustic feel which can greatly enhance the warmth of your home overall.

Again you do not need to spend a ton of money to achieve this effect. All you need is some sandpaper and antiquing glaze, and if you really want to get fancy you can buy wooden decals to stick to certain areas to add a little variety. It can be quite a messy job having to sand down all the units but again when you compare that to the price you would have to pay for cabinets which are already distressed then you may not mind having to hoover a couple of times in the day.

Regardless of whether you choose to paint or distress your kitchen cabinets, you will find that you can save yourself a small fortune by doing so and still achieve that brand new kitchen look. It all depends on how much time you are willing to put in.

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