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Kitchen cabinet transformation!

December 9, 2016

It really is amazing what a little bit of paint and some elbow grease can do!  We just completed 

a kitchen tranformation of some faux wood 30 year old  melamine cabinets into a fresh off white paint colour.  This is what we started with

An old kitchen in not bad of shape but in definite need of an upgrade. 


The first thing I wanted to do with this kitchen is thoroughly clean it with a heavy duty cleaner called TSP.   This kitchen had years of grease build up all over and we know grease and water based coatings do not play nice together.   As you can see from the following pic this is where that elbow grease comes into play. One side has been cleaned.

 Now I dont skimp on this step because it makes life a lot easier to start with clean cabinets and saves headaches later on.  Once I clean the grease off with TSP I then rinse all the surfaces down with clean water to clean all the TSP off. Kind of like swallowing the spider to get the fly sort of thing!

We can then give the surfaces a sand to aid in adhesion of the subsequent coatings. I know, so much prep work.  It is very true however that the quality of the end product is due to the prep work before we even crack the paint can.

Once we are all cleaned and sanded we need to remove the doors.  These will be finished at the shop.  Normally we like to label every hinge so we replace it in the exact same spot.  This saves on adjustments. With this kitchen it was decided the hardware needs to go and some beatiful new silver coloured hardware were purchased.  We will still number each door so we know where it goes.  

Last piece of prep work is to tape any surfaces off that we want to keep clean from overspray.  

 We are going to start with a bonding/stain killing primer.  I choose Zinsser 123.  It sticks great and can handle any further stains coming through from the grease. 

I will spray the primer and finish coats.  It speeds up the project and also leaves a flawless finish.  If you dont have a sprayer please call our Calgary painting company for a free quote!

Here is a video from our brand new youtube account of me spraying the cabinets:

  Once the prime coat is thoroughly dry we will finish it off with two coats of semi gloss paint for durability and washability.  We also dap any cracks and fill any holes after the prime. 

As I said before the doors are always finished at the shop.  I like to be able to hang the doors so I can do all sides at once.



 Once all paint has been dry a minimum of 24 hours that brand new hardware can be installed and the doors hung up.