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Cabinet Painting System

Cabinet Painting System

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A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to restore life to a room, and changing the color of the cabinets gives the area a totally new personality. A cabinet painting system is an inexpensive way to create brilliant new ambiance within a room. Make that dream kitchen materialize into a reality. Transform old, rundown, or boring rooms into areas vibrant with life and color. You can fill in with fun accessories such as curtains, countertop trimmings and wall hangings to match.

In order to get the job done efficiently, you need a cabinet painting system. Working systematically ensures minimal waste of time and money, and allows you to get the job done well the first time.

1: Choose a color for your cabinets. Leaf through some magazines, look at pictures, and imagine in your head what kind of look you are going for. Realize that you have the ability to totally change the personality of the room with this small step. For a kitchen, you might want to go with a rustic or festive theme. Bathroom needs a clean fresh design. Settle on a style, and pick a color scheme accordingly.

2: Decide what hardware items you are going to use to enhance the theme you've chosen, and purchase them as well.

3: Prepare all the necessary tools before you start your painting job. You will need one or two cans of paint, primer, several brushes (it's a good idea to use different brushes for your primer and paint and to have different sizes of brushes for the various surfaces and areas), painting tape, plenty of rags or newspapers, a sheet or table cloth or any other type of large covering for your floor, screwdriver to detach the door knobs and hinges.

With a cabinet painting system, your task stays organized and simple. Now that you have the preliminary steps to your cabinet painting system worked out, let's get started on the technical details.

1: Cover a table or large surface with newspaper. This is where you will be painting the doors. Apply tape all around the edges of the cabinets along the countertops, floors, and any other surface you don't want to get paint on. Lay the sheet across the floor to catch paint splashes from ruining floor tiles.

2: Remove all knobs, hinges, and accessories from doors and cabinets. Keep all small parts and screws in a bag or box; this will prevent them from getting lost.

3: Wash down all surfaces well with soapy water to remove any dirt and dust. (Allow time for wood to dry out after applying even a damp cloth.)

4: Apply 1-2 coats of primer, waiting approximately four hours for each coat to dry.

5: Cabinets should receive several coats of the actual paint (two or three depending on the color and type of material of the cabinets). Again, allow approximately four hours between each layer.

6: Wait twenty or thirty hours after the last coat of paint to reattach doors.

*Bear in mind that this project will take you several days to complete. You must allow plenty of time for each coat to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step. Patience is a key virtue in the success of this project!

*Different materials will require different painting procedures. Smoother woods will need to be sanded down a little to allow for better adhesion for the paint. If your cabinet doors are heavily designed with carved out detail be sure to pay extra attention to these details making sure that the paint is reaching the deepest crevices.

*It is not a good idea to mix latex and oil based paints. If you are uncertain about which your previous coat was, you can use alcohol to determine this. Pour some alcohol on a cloth, and rub against the surface. Latex paint will leave residue, while oil-based will not.

With just a little bit of effort and a few days time, you will transform your home. Enjoy this fun and easy remodeling idea!

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