Why Home Renovators
Should Paint Wood
Rules of Renovation
• So you’ve got a dated kitchen straight out of the ’70s
with wood paneling on the cabinetry and
everywhere else you turn. Or maybe you’re tired of
the same old kitchen and just want to spruce up and
modernize the space to impress potential buyers.
The quickest—and cheapest—way to update your
kitchen without doing a huge overhaul is painting
the cabinets. There’s no need to throw out sturdy
but outdated cabinetry—painting wooden cabinets
will give you a modern look without having to
replace anything in the kitchen, and is a huge money
saver too. Whether you’re flipping a house, getting
ready to renovate before selling, or just need
something new to look at, painting your kitchen
cabinets is a great idea
• What material are your kitchen cabinets? Some
are made from stainless steel or manufactured
wood, but most are made out of solid wood.
The good news is that when it comes to
painting wood cabinets, the process is simple
and straightforward, the work can be done by a
home-renovation novice, and the results look
great. The not-so-good news is that painting
wooden cabinets can be labor intensive and will
take some time to complete. However, if you set
aside a few days and gather the right supplies,
you can get your old wooden cabinets looking
as good as new. If you are wondering how to
paint kitchen cabinets, follow these basic steps:
• Take the cabinets apart, but be sure to label every
piece so you know how to put it all back together
when you’re done.
• Clean and dry off all surfaces. Remove or tape over
• Sand the wood with 100 grit sandpaper.
• Prime the wood before painting. Check with your
hardware store to find the best primer.
• Sand again after you’ve primed the cabinets.
• Paint with a mini roller and angled brush.
• Put the cabinets back together.
• See your hard work come together beautifully.
• Natural-wood colored cabinets had their day,
but the sun has since set on their popularity.
Today, nothing makes a kitchen feel old quite
like a wall of wooden cabinetry. Home buyers
looking for modern styles will cringe if they walk
into a kitchen with wood colors. Modern trends
in cabinetry include painting wooden cabinets.
Painted cabinets are in style and add an air of
modern sophistication to a kitchen.
• Homeowners these days aren’t interested in
“cookie-cutter” designs. They want
customization and personalization—they want
their house to be different and interesting. The
easiest and most noticeable way to do that is
with color. Painting wood cabinets a color that
fits in well with the house will add personality
to the home. Neutral colors, such as grays or
whites, are generally a safe bet—they are
popular right now, and are sure to please a
variety of design tastes. But don’t be afraid to
go with a dark black or navy, or a bolder color if
it fits in with the style and look of the rest of the
kitchen and home.
• Updating the kitchen is one of the best ways
you can increase the value of your home. If you
are looking to sell a house with wooden
cabinets in the kitchen, many potential buyers
will consider the kitchen outdated and may
figure in costs of renovation when making a bid.
Instead, do the renovations yourself and enjoy a
return on your investment. There’s no need to
do a huge kitchen overhaul if it isn’t in the
budget or within your skill range or time frame.
Just updating the cabinets in a minor kitchen
renovation will still make a drastic difference in
the look of the kitchen and will increase the
value of the property.
• Updating your kitchen by painting wood
cabinets is a great way to go if you want to get
ready to sell your home or investment property.
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