Inexpensive Ways to Update Your Kitchen Cupboards
Updating your kitchen cabinets need not be expensive, and our handy painter pros will walk you through some of the steps needed for kitchen cabinet renovation and other kitchen updates on a reasonable budget. In addition to making the cabinets more colourful, you may want to add extra features to the existing design. This can include handy storage like a free-standing island, a pull-out shelf, or even building a window seat complete with cabinets.
Kitchen cabinets are a feature of every home that can become dull after constant use. This does not mean that you need to replace them every time a chip appears but it may call for some regular maintenance. Updating kitchen cupboards may involve simply adding or changing hardware components such as the veneer, knobs, and pulls, or refacing, repainting, refinishing, re-lacquering, or re-staining.
Depending on the condition of the cabinets, the amount of work and cost will differ. At Home Painters Toronto we have carried out several kitchen cabinet updates, with some of our budget-friendly options including:
Cabinet Refacing by Replacing Kitchen Cabinets Doors
This is also known as cabinet re-surfacing and is a way to transform the appearance of the existing kitchen while still maintaining the original layout. If your cabinet boxes are still in good condition you can simple replace the doors with new ones of a different design. The drawer fronts are another part that can be replaced. In addition to these replacements mentioned you can also add a veneer over the cabinet sides and frames.
- Giving your kitchen a fresh and modern look (the doors are about 80% of what people see of the cabinets)
- A low budget
- A shorter project time meaning little to no inconvenience to your life
You can add a more personal touch to the existing paint or simply repaint the cabinets in the same colour once the finish has become dated and dull. When painting the cabinets you may opt to use two contrasting colours, one for the lower half and the other for the top.
Repainting your kitchen cabinets is an inexpensive way of restoring their colour, and means that you are adding a fresh coat onto an existing one, which requires some preparation. To carry out the repainting properly you need to follow these steps we’ve laid out for you:
- Protect the floor with drop cloths or cardboard.
- Clean the surfaces to be painted with a detergent and wait for it to dry. This is to remove grease and dirt.
- Use a sanding block (100 grit sandpaper) to go over the surface and roughen it up slightly (but don’t sand to the bare wood!). This helps with adhesion.
- Clean the dust left by the sanding using a tack cloth.
- Plan to carry out the repainting in phases so that you can continue using the kitchen to cook and prepare food.
- Use a good paintbrush, sprayer, or roller to apply the paint.
You may not get the expected look after repainting the kitchen cabinets, and may need to refinish them instead. This is almost the same process as painting except that you have to first strip off all the paint. That will require establishing what type of paint is on your cabinets and buying the appropriate stripper. Handyman Painter Toronto also recommend the gel or semi-paste strippers for vertical surfaces because they do not drip as much. Ensure that the floors, countertops, and appliances are all covered.
Re-staining will enable you to change the existing colour of your old kitchen cabinets while also giving it a fresh look that will allow the wood to show through. The process involves a clear finish and eco-friendly inexpensive coating to be applied, but this often requires the hand of an expert.
To re-stain your kitchen cabinets you will need to strip the old varnish using a removing chemical, sand the wood down to its bare state, and then apply the stain and two coats of varnish.
Lacquer is a wood finish available in either a coloured or clear form. It dries either by the solvent’s evaporation or by a curing process, both of which result in a hard, durable finish. The sheen level of the finish ranges from matte to high gloss and can be polished to the desired feel and look. It can be found in a variety of colours, and is both eco-friendly and fairly cheap.
Your kitchen cabinets can be re-lacquered at any time, enabling you to change the colour of your kitchen cabinets easily and without breaking the bank. This allows you to keep up with the seasonal fashion changes of modern kitchen cabinets.
The advantages of re-lacquering include ease of application, a number of colours to choose from, and a strong, distinctive look.
All of the above recommendations will achieve good results and will save you money that you would have spent on replacing all your kitchen cabinets. In fact, when done professionally a combination of these techniques will make your kitchen look like you have just bought new modern kitchen cabinets. While our list may look simple and easy, to achieve the best results it is important to engage a professional. We, at Handy Painter Pros, have the expertise and experience in carrying out kitchen cabinet updates and renovations. We guarantee you a professional job with minimum interruptions to your other activities.
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