When you think about redoing your kitchen do visions of remodelling, new cabinets and having to tear up old flooring come to mind? Well, don’t let those thoughts scare you. It’s entirely possible to give your kitchen a completely new look just with paint.
We’re not talking about just painting the walls, although that’s a good place to start. With paint you can completely transform your kitchen’s features, cabinets, shelves and even appliances. Here’s how to get started.
Solidify your Vision
First, solidify your vision. Think about what you want your kitchen to look like and consider what you need to do to get there. You can accomplish virtually any style with paint: traditional, modern, country or something all your own.
You probably don’t want to completely paint your kitchen, but instead you want to paint some parts of it to give it more personality and character. If you cover every surface in paint, your kitchen will be overwhelming and the painted pieces will take away from the room, rather than complement it.
Choose your colours carefully. Pick up some paint chips and tape them to your kitchen walls, appliances or wherever you plan to use them, and leave them there for a few days. Look at the colours throughout the day so you can see what they look like in different lights at different times.
Remember that a colour may look great on a paint chip but when it is covering all your cupboards, might look completely different. Different colours bring different styles and moods to rooms. Light colours make kitchens feel bigger and cheery while darker colours add contrast and warmth.
Once you’ve decided what kinds of colours you want to bring in and what look you are going for, it’s time to start painting!
Remember that the surfaces you paint will all require different kinds of preparation treatments and paints. Check to make sure the paint you choose is labeled for wood, metal or plastic, depending on what you are painting.
There are all kinds of ways you can bring paint into your kitchen to make it come alive and transform it into a brand new space.
Walls and Moulding
You might be surprised at what a difference a fresh coat of paint on your walls can make. If you decide to paint all your kitchen walls one colour, use painter’s tape to protect moulding, appliances, light switches, outlets and anything else you don’t want covered in paint.
But, you don’t have to stick with a regular coat of paint. You can paint just one wall a different colour to act as an accent or to ground one side of the kitchen. Or, you can go with a pattern, like subtle broad stripes or even diamonds on a wall to make it stand out and turn it into an accent wall.
Another way to use paint a little differently is to paint moulding and baseboards a contrasting colour or to install bead board or a chair rail. Small touches like this can make a big impact and add some depth and interest to otherwise boring walls.
Cupboards and Drawers
If you want to keep your existing cabinets, but they are starting to look worn or grungy, update them with paint! This is an easy project you can take on in just one weekend and will give your kitchen a completely new look.
Start by removing the cupboard doors, drawer and hardware. Then, tape off the frames that are installed in your kitchen and paint them first. Then, paint the pieces you removed and wait until they are completely dry before reinstalling them. You can either keep the old hardware, paint it or install completely new knobs and drawer pulls to go with your new look.
To make painting easier you can use a paint spray system. If your cupboards are dark, consider using a primer. You can also get creative by painting the back of the inside of your cupboards a different colour or use contrasting colours on the centre panel and trim.
You can even take this project a step further by creating some open cupboards by leaving some doors off or replacing the centre panels with glass. Add some spotlights inside these or underneath the cupboards to illuminate counters and add depth and modernise your kitchen.
Table or Breakfast Nook
Consider updating your kitchen table or breakfast nook with some paint. You can paint the entire table or you can just paint the top of the table or the legs. Another option is to paint your chairs a contrasting colour for an eclectic look. Adding paint here is a great way to breathe new life into a worn wood table or make something traditional look a little more modern or unique.
If you have a breakfast nook, with cupboards, a window seat and a small table and chairs, define the space with some paint. A fresh coat of paint will finish the area and make it more complete. For example, it can add a theme to the space or set it apart from the rest of the kitchen by including a different but complementary colour.
Believe it or not, it’s possible to paint that old refrigerator or dishwasher. If your models are old, dated and worn, a coat of paint could be the solution. It’s extremely important to use paint that is designed specifically for the surface of your appliance. Without paint that is meant for metal or plastic, your finished piece won’t look professional and the paint could actually start to peel, bubble or crack.
To do this the right way, unplug and empty the appliance. Clean it well with warm water and soap and then tape off electrical outlets and around doors and knobs so you don’t cause damage. A paint sprayer is a good tool for this project too since it will allow you to apply an even coat very quickly.
With just a few buckets of paint and the perfect colours, you can make your kitchen look like new. Give your cupboards, table, chairs, appliances or anything else a makeover and watch how these small updates change the way your entire kitchen looks and feels.
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