Replace or repaint your Kitchen cabinets?

Can’t decide if you should replace or repaint your Kitchen cabinets?

One of the most cost effective home repair or home improvement items is paint. Adding a new color to a bedroom or repainting some wood trim around the home can add quick value to your home. However, one of the questions we get asked often is regarding kitchen cabinets. Homeowners want to know if they should repaint their cabinets, replace them completely or reface.

It is always less expensive to apply paint than replace, so let’s look at some of the reasons why you might consider repainting your kitchen cabinets and you decide what is best for you. Just about any type of kitchen cabinets can be painted. Typically homeowners are considering painting because they are tired of their outdated stained cabinets. The popular finish of the late 1980s and early 1990s was the whitewashed oak. This was then replaced by more of a natural oak finishes followed by dark cherries, maples and very dark stains.

The latest in kitchen cabinets tends to be more in distressed woodwork and stains (made to look older yet clean), solid colors or cabinets with a faux finish applied to it, typically known as French Country. So, the question remains what should you do with your kitchen cabinets? Price out replacing your kitchen cabinets and painting will look better and better.

The Cost of Painting

The cost to paint a kitchen is typically 1/3 to ½ the cost of replacing. The paints applied to cabinets are also very durable and will last just as long as new cabinets in most cases. If a professional paint company is handling your cabinet project, that has lots of experience with woodwork, you will be surprised at how good the finish product will look.

The only time you really do not want to paint or re-stain your cabinets is when you are tired of the look of the doors and drawers. This is where you can do a combination of replacement and repainting or refinishing. In other words, if you want new doors and drawers, you can typically hire a professional cabinet maker to install unfinished doors and drawers with new hinges and drawer guides; then have your cabinet painting company do the finish work.

When it comes to kitchen cabinets, there are many different options a painting company can offer you. The main thing you have to decide is what you want the cabinets to look like when you are done. Do you want a solid color? Do you want a different faux finish? Do you want them to look “Old World” Whatever it is you want, typically for a lot less than gutting your kitchen and starting over your painter can make it happen. But remember; only a few companies are good at painting cabinets. Don’t go with the cheap guy if you decide to repaint rather than replace. You’ll thank me in the end! If you would like me to take a look at your Cabinets, give me a call at 520-881-0542

Wallpaper, to paint or not to paint?

To Paint or Not To Paint

In this current market many homeowners are finding themselves updating their homes and in some cases they are dealing with wallpaper trends of the 80′s and 90′s, stripes and flowers are no longer in great demand. They find themselves having to decide whether to remove aging wallpaper or paint over it!

Many Experts Agree

There are pros and cons to both sides of the issue, many experts agree that removing the wallpaper is the better choice. Many times walls have layers of wallpaper, or have been “painted over” if this is the case it could very well be time to contact the experts.

Painting Over Wallpaper

It is possible to paint over wallpaper, this is not necessarily recommended. There are several things to consider before painting. The seams should be covered with a coat of wallboard compound to hide them. Next, an oil-based primer may be needed to seal the paper, as latex paint could soften the paste on the wallpaper, which would cause it to bubble. In addition, the wallpapers sometimes have a slight texture that would be more noticeable when painted. Finally, if you paint over wallpaper and then decide to remove it later, the process could be more tedious as the paper may become stiffer over time.

If you are not sure of the correct course of action, talk to us.

Removing the Wallpaper

Removing the wallpaper before painting may be time consuming and messy, but starting with fresh walls will create a finish that may not be possible with wallpaper underneath. Removing the wallpaper without damaging the walls is a slow, painstaking process and should be approached with great patience. There are several options available. While steamers were once popular to remove wallpaper, we prefer concentrated remover solutions that are mixed with water. The solutions dissolve the adhesive backing, making it easier to peel. Before beginning, remove outlet/light switch covers and gather necessary tools (scoring tool, sprayers and 6-inch broad knives for lifting corners of the paper). Mix the solution with hot water and begin by testing a small section of the paper. Work carefully, in small sections and do not force the paper off. If it will not come off easily, spray the solution on the area and allow it to soak into the wallpaper. Once the paper is removed, wash the wall with warm water and allow sufficient dry time before proceeding to the next step. Repair the walls and sand before painting.

If the process seems daunting, we are available to examine your walls and recommend the best procedures for each situation. Give us a call at 520-881-0542.