You can paint them. Epoxy works well. It gives a good finish and is durable. Be sure to clean up your cabinets well and let them dry overnight before u start with the job. You need to use a primer, and let it dry well. Then go ahead with the painting. You will do decent using a spray paint, rather than a brush on. Take care to dry the paint well.
Eek! Chemical stripping, colour and sealant for sure -- you especially don't want to mess around with painting over or using a colour and sealer in one on a kitchen project. Kitchens are havens for grease, humidity, etc., all of which seek to compromise your finish. So you musn't muck about with an easy fix! And hiring an architect seems like a reallllly expensive option.
Personally, I would remove the doors, strip them with SmartStrip biodegradable paint and varnish remover (paste), then stain and seal with a durable varnish intended for kitchen use (or even heavier use -- when in doubt, marine paint is always a super durable option!)
Sounds daunting, but really isn't so bad. UNLESS you have really detailed woodwork on your cabinet doors (this makes paint stripper removal a pain). But even then, removing the stripper is manageable if you rub the bejeezus out of it using woodchips).
Happy to share step-by-step how to (and ugly lessons learned!) if you're interested.
have you heard about the Rust-Oleum. I have applied this when I repainted my TV stand, and the effect is just the same as what you want for your cabinets. Maybe you can give it a shot. You can easily search it on Google.
Last edited by denyoung; 10-23-2012 at 01:29 PM.
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I think black or white is a good color for kitchen cabinets, or go with the classic wooden brown for it. You can go so many ways but the main concern is how your kitchen actually looks like, because you'd have to base the furniture around the whole room.
I started to do this, and in very short order ran out of time. I ended up removing the face frames, stripped and sanded them down, then ordered new doors, and color matched the old frames to the new doors. I can build the doors, have the tools to do so, and have done so in the past. This time, I lacked the time to do it, and my wife wanted her kitchen back. If you remove the face frames, be very careful not to crack them in the process, take your time and make sure they come out nice and clean. Pocket hole the boxes, and then getting the re-finished face frames back on are not nearly as hard. I used pocket screws and a non-expanding gorilla glue on mine years ago, and they still work great.
Well to get a refinish to your kitchen, in the first place you need to take out the cabinet doors and clean them of the oil and grease so that the paint gets even. You can use gloss or semi-gloss paints for the same. If you going in for water based paints then make sure to have 100% acrylic paints. Its better to go for spray paints as they spread evenly and adds to the look. Oil based primers will do good as the paint sticks to it.
A well thought color with a good texture will add life to your kitchen
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