Out with the Old and in with a Magical Kitchen Remodel

Pretty much everyone I know is a huge fan of kitchen remodeling.  If you are anything like the national average, you’ve wanted this to happen gloriously for a gajillion years.  If it’s been that long for you too, clearly, something is wrong.

Recently, I pulled out a 2017 list of things I wanted to clean and/or remodel and, of course, it was almost exactly the same list I had made in 2003.  I asked myself, “Do I really not want a kitchen remodel to happen? Do I really want to live this way for another 10 years?”

And you know what my answer was?  No. Immediately following my answer was, BUT, how do I actually begin to tackle one of the highest trafficked areas in my home?

Then I made a list.  

  1. My kitchen remodel will add value to my home. Check.
  2. I’m not going to get too personalized. Check.
  3. I’m not going to over do my redo. Check.
  4. I’m not going to let this remodel price my home out of my neighborhood.  Double Check.

Now, if your home isn’t that dated and already at the top of the market, a fun remodel for your kitchen is simply painting your kitchen cabinets.  

Never painted kitchen cabinets before? Perfect!  Here are the DIY steps to get you going:

Prep.  Completely clean your cabinets removing the grease.  Tape off paint free parts. Use a wood filler to fill in holes and imperfections.  Lightly sand them to ensure paint will adhere.

Prime.  A good rule of thumb: priming won’t hurt.  You will definitely want to prime if you are painting non-wood, a glossy surface, or going from dark to light.  Ensure the primer is dry before lightly sanding and then painting.

Quality paint.  Use a quality paint that provides even coverage.

Color.  With the kitchen being one of if not the most valuable room in your home, consider color wisely.  Neutral colors are always a good choice. If you want to use two colors, consider going with a darker color on the bottom and a lighter color on the top.  

Topcoat. In any high traffic area, a topcoat is a must.

Hardware. Consider updating the hardware to go with your fresh new coat of paint.  

Painting kitchen cabinets isn’t hard and anyone can do it.  You don’t have to be a painter to conquer your kitchen. Just remember to follow these steps.  If you need help or have any questions, please feel free to contact us, we’re here to help!

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