Refinish Your Cabinets
Save thousands by painting cabinets instead of replacing them
Nothing makes a kitchen shine like new cabinets, but buying new kitchen cabinets is a pricey proposition. Painter Philip Hansell suggests saving money and a trip to the landfill by repainting kitchen cabinets so that they look as good as new. Hansell recommends spraying instead of brushing to apply paint. Spraying is costlier than brushing because of the additional prep work, but a skilled spray technician can leave a smooth, flawless finish. To start, Hansell preps the kitchen by covering the countertops and floor with kraft paper and appliances with plastic sheeting. Next, he removes cabinet drawers and doors, making sure to label them carefully for their location and to label their associated hardware so that the kitchen can be reassembled properly after the paint is dry. Surface prep takes care of dents and dings, and sanding prepares the cabinets for the new coat of paint. Hansell recommends oil-based paint because it bonds and coats better.