When you’re looking to sell your home, it is pretty normal thinking that you’d try to upgrade the house in order to make as much profit as possible. A do-it-yourself upgrade can be even better as it saves money you would otherwise spend on hiring a professional, you also get the added benefit of learning some pretty useful skills.
Needless to say that upgrading your home could constitute a myriad of things from relatively simple things like painting, to overhauling and changing the entire furniture and other utilities.
However, in this article, we’ll be looking at DIY upgrades that you can apply to your kitchen cabinets. Grab your tools and paint buckets, get ready to assemble kitchen cabinets, and Go!
One of the simplest methods and the usual go-to for a lot of people is painting their kitchen cabinets. A new different color can change the appearance of anything including kitchen cabinets. Although this may seem like a simple enough thing to do, there’s an art to painting correctly and there are certain dos and don’ts when it comes to painting your kitchen cabinets.
Another way to give your kitchen cabinets a facelift is by refacing them. This guide exists for you to make as much profit as you can from the new, higher quality of your kitchen cabinets, and to ensure that you do not end up taking the wrong steps to upgrade your cabinets.
Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets
Alkyd enamel paints are the best types of paints for your kitchen cabinets. They possess the desirable properties of oil-based paints, although they are environmentally friendly. With your paintbrush and roller, you can cover every inch of the kitchen cabinets in water-soluble alkyd paint. Also, you can spray-paint the kitchen cabinet doors to produce a nice professional finish and save time. Some examples of alkyd paints are the Benjamin Moore Advance and the Behr Alkyd Enamel.
Always go for paints that have the following words written on their containers:
and avoid latex and oil-based paints. Latex is more suitable for painting walls and would become flaky and peel off when it is used on kitchen cabinets while oil-based paints have detrimental effects on our environment. Furthermore, there are a couple of designs you can do with painting e.g. crackle, distressed, antiqued, and high gloss.
This is another way of updating your kitchen cabinet that doesn’t involve replacing the whole thing. Essentially, refacing your cabinets means replacing old parts of the cabinets with new parts or adding more useful and aesthetically pleasing compartments to the cabinets. For instance, the surface (drawer front or cabinet door) can be laminated refaced with a wood veneer.
The frames and side panels can also be changed and renewed. It is important to make sure all the pieces match, homogeneity is an added advantage here. Furthermore, old styles can be replaced with modern, sophisticated designs.
Further additions can be added to make your kitchen cabinets even better, such as putting in undercabinet lightings, building a sideboard, and window seats. By upgrading your kitchen cabinets, you are giving your kitchen a whole new look that people would literally pay to see and of course, possess.