Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets for a Quick Kitchen Facelift

by Allison Millar
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

Over time, kitchen cabinets suffer a great deal of abuse from spattered food and constant touching, which accelerates the aging process. Eventually, no matter how much care they receive, kitchen cabinets eventually start to look their age and reflect the life they've lived. Rather than completely replacing or refacing them, which can be costly, you can give your kitchen cabinets, especially wood cabinets, a new outlook on life with a simple fresh coat of paint.

Don't Paint Yourself into a Corner

Painting kitchen cabinets is not necessarily a complicated process, however a number of details need to be taken into account--from the materials the cabinets are made of to the type of paint that adheres to and looks best on your type of kitchen cabinets. If you are unsure of these details, ask a contractor to help you decide how to proceed. A cabinet contractor can show you how different types of paint, such as latex or oil, work on your cabinets and provide the best finish. Each type has its own benefits, but look before you make a wrong choice, ask for help from a professional who can help you get the job done right.

Solids or Stripes?

If painting kitchen cabinets is a better option than replacing or refacing them, you can then decide what exactly you want to do. Will you paint them the same color they are? Will you decorate them with stencils or a hand-drawn design? Depending on the style of your kitchen, adding a little life to your kitchen cabinets is easy with a little bit of customized design work. Because the kitchen is a one of the highest-profile, heavily-used rooms in the house, you may want to talk to a paint professional about how to 'put your best face forward.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer. She has been a writer of home improvement columns for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and on home improvement web sites.

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