23 October 2008

You can freshen up your cabinets and don't have to buy the new one by refinishing the cabinets. It's fast and inexpensive way to have a brand new look kitchen!

So, let's check these several methods and you can find out how to start it.

Paint
Paint is a great way to hide imperfections on otherwise perfect cabinetry. So long as the innerworkings are functioning well, a fresh look is just a few steps away. While it's important to speak to your manufacturer or local hardware shop about which specific steps are needed for your cabinets, the following overview should give you a solid idea of the project's scope.

Steps :
  1. First, clean the cabinet's surface.
  2. Fill in any scratches or indentations with wood filler.
  3. Sand with 180- to 220-grit sandpaper.
  4. Apply a coat of shellac based sealer to help the paint adhere.

Suggestion :
  • If you want your kitchen look more attractive and unique, you can use, decorative painting or use a two tone color scheme (painting your moulding a different shade than the cabinet itself).
  • If you're confuse and can't decide which color you're gona use, you can consult to a local hardware store to find the appropriate kind of paint
Sponging
Effect and result of the painting using this method could be various, depend on the way you apply the paint. Contrasting colors pack a punch, while similar shades blend more seamlessly. An easy finish to keep up with, future cabinet dents or scratched can be quickly covered.

Suggestion :
  • Use a natural sea sponge for the best result. Avoid sponge from kitchen sink!
Color washing
This painting produces floating color and if you apply it heavier, it will looks cloud like similar to parchment paper.

Rag rolling
This method produces a rag-like effect, as if moderately-sized patches of paint were applied with a rag.

Pickling
You can highlight the wood's natural grain by pickling The cabinets wood. It is best done on open-pored woods like oak and ash, because the majority of the pigment remains in the pores, making the grain more apparent.
Semi-transparent white or off-white pickling stains can be purchased.

Stenciling
With roots that reach back to Egyptian times, stenciling is a tried and true way to add visual interest to uninspired cabinets.

Stippling/Pouncing
this technique mimics a textured sandy effect. Consider this decorative method for your moulding and trim.

Steps :
  1. Clean the wood before apply the stain.
  2. Apply an even coat to a manageable area.
  3. Don't fuss too much over a perfect application apparent brush strokes won't be a problem.
  4. Allow the stain to sit for approximately 10 minutes to permeate the wood.
  5. Remove the stain in long soft strokes using Using a folded wiping cloth until desired look achieved.
  6. You can repeat the process if you think it's not enough dark.
  7. the final step : to protect the pickling, coat it with two coats of satin or flat water-based topcoat finish.

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