Updating old painted cabinets

Then it’s nice to wash everything down with a little soap and water to cut the grease and the spills that have built up on the doors and drawers over the years.

Nothin’ like a little sponge bath to get you in the mood to makeover your kitchen… Now it’s time to remove all of your hardware and your hinges (regardless of whether you’ll be reusing it or replacing it- and it helps to store everything in a big ziplock bag so you’re never short a screw).

With cup style pulls and decorative handles, her kitchen looks warm and inviting!

Via Julie Blanner Now the cathedral style door (as shown above with the arched top) is the hardest look to update as a shaker style/square frame is a more modern style.

And of course you can hire a cabinet company to do this for you, but with a bottle of wine and a saw you might be AMAZED at what you can accomplish (it’s how I trim my toenails…)Seriously though, want to know how?

Confessions of a Serial DIY’er has a great ‘how-to’ as does my gal Tamara over at Provident Home Design.

The more colours and metal finishes you add, the more cluttered it can make things look.You might be surprised to hear it, but I’m actually a huge fan of oak cabinets…that’s right, a HUGE fan. Well, unlike melamine, thermofoil and veneers, oak cabinets are almost always REAL solid wood. Potential for and today I want to add to those ideas with a few more thoughts…Antique Brass.If you’re looking for a low-contrast look, antique brass is a beautiful finish with oak cabinets.There are some great oil-based primers and enamel paints out there so it might be possible to get a semi-durable finish (although none as long-lasting as solid wood paint jobs).The key is really roughing up the surface so it’s less glossy and then priming and painting with the best stuff they have (usually oil or enamel based).

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We prefer wool or polyester rollers (Purdy’s a great brand) over foam ones as we’ve found that they rile up the paint and cause bubbles.

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