Examples of doors that can be painted.

Painting kitchen cabinets Beds Bucks Herts Northamptonshire

This has become very popular over the last 5 years or so. A typical laminate or vinyl wrapped kitchen getting a new lease of life. The biggest misconception is that it is not possible or it will not be durable enough. The simple fact is "it is possible"! These kitchens give the greatest of transformations as it really is as we are now calling it "upcycling"

The term came from America and has somewhat been adopted by UK based interior designers and specialist cabinet painters. All it involves is using the skills that I personally use on every project to make an assessment on what I believe would be the best adhesion primer. The two main adhesion primers that I use are Shellac and oil based. Both give a fantastic bond to a somewhat tricky surface. The initial clean down is vitally important to. Getting rid of surface residues including oils and foods means that the adhesion primer will grip onto the surface far better. Thus giving that primed surface to begin applying topcoats. Painting kitchen cabinets Beds Bucks Herts Northamptonshire

These are a  few examples of vinyl or laminate doors that can be painted.

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These types of kitchens may have dated in terms of colour, but are still solid enough to be painted. There are several examples on my blog section that show such kitchens getting that new lease of life or upcycled!

As long as the vinyl has not come away from the door, then there is absolutely no reason why these cannot be painted. The main importance is that it is done right. Pointers to look at if carrying this out yourself: Painting kitchen cabinets Beds Bucks Herts Northamptonshire

  1. Identify the door.
  2. Clean down the kitchen using a suitable degreaser.
  3. Choosing the right primer is pivotal.
  4. The finish you want to achieve.
  5. Suitable topcoat paints.
  6. Using the right protection, masking tapes, lining etc...
  7. Possibly choosing new handles.
  8. New worktops or re finishing the wooden worktops.
  9. The right grades of abrasive for sanding in between coats.
  10. Tack rags and cleaning cloths.
  11. Paint extenders, cleaning solutions and diluents.

The above list would be the everyday kit of a professional kitchen cabinet painter, if you can work through this list, you are well on the way to getting that finish that will last. Don't be taken in by a so called cabinet painter that turns up with little or no kit. I have seen on many occasions kitchens that have been left in a terrible state and no attempt made to protect the areas around the kitchen.

Painting kitchen cabinets Beds Bucks Herts Northamptonshire

This kitchen was a relatively small kitchen that had a vinyl wrap door, The doors were removed and finished in my workshop. The tops were re oiled and new knobs were fitted on completion. A tiler applied new tiles to the upstand and backsplash area. As you can see the results are fantastic! A simple but effective upcycle that didn't cost the earth. The kitchen could also carry on being used whilst the work was being done. 

Painting kitchen cabinets Beds Bucks Herts Northamptonshire

Painting kitchen cabinets Beds Bucks Herts NorthamptonshireThe photo below is a laminate kitchen that had taken a very orange look about it. The kitchen was prepared and again the results speak for themselves.

 

 

The choices when doing a project like this are endless. Paint colours, knobs, tops, new tiling, new flooring. You really can make your kitchen look fantastic again. Even going as far as a new sink and oven can truly compete the look. You may be thinking if the paint is durable enough to cope with everyday kitchen life. The products I use are tried and tested. The level of finish is second to none and not a brushmark in sight!

A recent client was convinced that I had sprayed the doors. Even though this is a service I offer, I had actually brushed everything. This gives you an idea on what to expect when you have your kitchen painted by me.

Painting kitchen cabinets Beds Bucks Herts Northamptonshire