For many homeowners the one project around the home that they would love to get off the ground is a makeover for their kitchen. people spend so much time there these days – hanging out as well as cooking – that the fact that they would want to space to look as nice as possible only makes sense.

The two biggest elements in most kitchens are the kitchen cabinets and the kitchen counter tops and a change in either can often make a huge difference to the way a kitchen looks and “feels” but both projects can also be rather expensive.

If their kitchen cabinets are an issue many people consider kitchen cabinet refacing over kitchen cabinet replacement to save money. But kitchen cabinet refacing can even mean a couple of different things. In terms of cost when it comes to kitchen cabinet refacing painting the old cabinets and drawer fronts is often the cheapest option but is it a good alternative to having the old cabinet fronts replaced altogether?

Kitchen Cabinet Refacing Painting Facts

There are times when all that a homeowner really has to grumble about when it comes to the appearance of their kitchen cabinets is their basic color. They like the shape of the doors and their basic construction they simply cannot stand the color or it may even just be that the doors are scratched and damaged and certainly look as if they have seen better days.

In this kind of situation a simple repainting job can indeed make all the difference and it is a relatively inexpensive way to give kitchen cabinets a new lease on life. You do have to go about such a project in the right way though in order for it to be as effective as you want it to be. Here are a few tips:

Choose Your Colors Carefully – When it comes to interior design in general there are certain colors that are timeless while others are “hot” for a while but then tend to look rather dated rather quickly (think the avocados and browns that were so trendy in the 1970s that look very old fashioned now) By sticking to “classic” colors you will ensure that your kitchen cabinets’ new paint job looks great (and relevant) for years to come.

Choose the Right Paint – Most experts agree – if you are going to repaint your cabinets latex paint is the best choice as it is more durable, goes on quite easily and is usually very easy to keep clean.

Do Your Prep Work – There is more to refacing kitchen cabinets by painting them than just slapping on a couple of coats of paint. Preparing the cabinets surfaces properly is very important. If the surface is already painted the old paint needs to be stripped off and a layer of primer applied before the new paint goes on. If the doors and drawer fronts are varnished wood on the other hand they should be properly sanded and prepared before you begin to paint.

Get Creative – You can do more when painting cabinets than just slap a couple of coats of new colour on. Stencils – which are easy to find at home and craft stores – can help you create something pretty extraordinary even if you are not the most artistic soul in the world.

To give you a hand on the design inspiration front, we have assembled the gallery below.