A Kitchen Makeover You Can Afford
If, like so many homeowners across America, your budget has been
squeezed by recent economic problems, you might think a kitchen
makeover is out of the question. Think again. All you need is some
time and a little imagination to achieve a kitchen makeover to make
Paint your Kitchen Cabinets
If you are happy with the existing layout of the kitchen and
your cabinets are in good condition, painting is an effective low
- Remove the cabinet doors and drawer fronts as well
as the knobs and handles before you start painting.
- Use a sander to remove the top layer of existing
paint or lacquer.
- Apply at least one coat of primer before you apply
the new paint.
- For a durable result, apply several thin layers of
paint and allow each to dry before applying the next.
- Finish with a coat of lacquer if you want a glossy
- Start on the least visible surface so you are well
practiced by the time you paint the most visible cabinet
Kitchen Cabinet Refacing
Another low-budget kitchen makeover option is to replace the
drawer fronts and cabinet doors.
- Make sure you order new drawer fronts and cabinet
doors that exactly match the size of those you are replacing.
- Cover all exposed parts of your kitchen cabinets
with a veneer that matches the finish of your new drawer fronts and
- Use a self-stick veneer--it is easier to work
- Trim the veneer carefully with a sharp blade.
Complete your kitchen makeover with new knobs and handles for
your cabinets and drawers. Replace your drapes with modern blinds,
or simply have your drapes cleaned. A good scrub of the whole
kitchen, especially the tile, can work wonders!
About the author: Karin Mangan has
worked as a freelancer for over ten years, writing informatively
about a wide range of subjects. She has a PhD and a background in
education and research.
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