Kitchen and Cabinet Residential Painters Sydney
A full remodelling of a house, or even a room, is often beyond our budget. But we can get very good results by repainting the room, and perhaps changing the curtains and rugs.
We can perform a low key renovation of a kitchen by repainting the cabinets. This also works for a playroom or workshop, or any room with cupboards, cabinets and shelves.
Changing the colour of the cabinets will change the whole look of the room. So we either choose a new colour that suits the present decor, or we might change some other elements of the decor to suit the new cabinet colour.
So we should choose both the colour of the paint carefully, and make sure it is a type of paint resistant to stains and other issues such as fading.
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White or cream paint on kitchen cabinets can give the classic, slightly old-fashioned look. This works well to match with most wood grain or stone surfaces. It also suits most floor colours. White and cream are a safe and versatile choice.
A bold colour for kitchen cabinets can work very well. But we have to make sure this complements the rest of the decor. If the kitchen is already based on white we could have bold blue, red or orange for the cabinets. This looks very lively. Alternately, we could have a pale blue, pink or lime for a calm, cool looking kitchen. Match the furnishings accordingly.
Oil or Latex Paint – Residential Painters Sydney
Oil based paints are quite resilient, and are easy to wipe clean, especially if they have a glossy finish. So this is one good option for cabinets, as any sticky fingerprints can be wiped away. Oil paint also tend to cover up slight imperfections in the surface, as it goes on thick and smooth.
The disadvantage of oil paint is that is takes 12 to 24 hours to dry, while leaving a lot of chemicals in the air. This will be doubled if we paint with two coats. And we need to keep children and pregnant women away from the paint till it has completely dried.
Oil based paints can also turn slightly yellow with age.
Latex paints, at least modern varieties, are now quite durable and easy to clean. Older latex paints had a reputation for being less durable and prone to oil and grease stains. But newer latex paints have resolved these issues. So Latex is a good option for cabinets. It is also fast drying and emits minimal chemical odour.
The disadvantage of latex paint is that it will not cover up scratches or dents in the surface. So you will have to prepare the surface, filling in imperfections before you paint. You will also have to make sure the surface is completely free from oil and grease.
Latex is fine to use over old paint, even old oil paint. It will bond well as long as the surface is clean. Oil paint, by contrast, will not bond well to latex paint unless the surface is given some special chemical treatment.
Tips for Painting Cabinets – Residential Painters Sydney
- Use a synthetic brush with latex paint. Or use a small roller.
- Remove handles or any other fitting before painting.
- If you can remove the cabinet doors and take them outside to paint it can make things easier.
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Repainting is a relatively inexpensive way to improve the look of a room. Bring your home to its potential with professional repainting.