Who wouldn’t love the look of glazed kitchen cabinets boasting a touch of vanilla bean over the raw naked maple which is exposed on the edges. While antique painting kitchen cabinets is a hot trend, the price tag associated with this style is not. It is out of range for many who are hoping to update the look of their kitchen- not rack up debt to the tune of the price of a luxury vehicle.
The kitchen cabinet paint ideas discussed in this article will help you achieve the look of transforming your kitchen from blah to amazing.
Glazing kitchen cabinets gives the newly painted kitchen cabinet an older look which is very trendy now. It also complements the look of your kitchen, while muting the modern look of stainless steel which is so popular in kitchens today.
The one thing to remember with glazed kitchen cabinets is it is not a textbook process. It is one that takes a certain flair for artistry when deciding where and how much glaze to remove to achieve the ‘aged’ look. Before you panic, remember it is also a very forgiving process. Glazing kitchen cabinets allows one to wipe the slate clean if you don’t like the look and start over. Just make sure to work quickly before the glaze begins to dry.
Basically the steps involved are mixing the paint and glaze together to
achieve the color you desire, apply the glaze to the door and wipe off as little or as much as you choose. Let paint dry thoroughly and move onto the cabinet drawers and bases performing the same steps. Let everything dry at least a day to assure the surfaces are not tacky when rehanging doors. For free, detailed step by step instructions in the glazing process, click the link in the resource box below.
Things to keep in mind when painting or staining your kitchen are as follows. Remember your kitchen will not be 100% functional again until the entire project is completed. Do you have a place to prepare and store food and dishes during this time? Plan ahead and decide where you will be doing this.
Remember that you will be removing your kitchen cabinet doors from their frame and will probably have then laid out throughout your kitchen to apply paint and dry, unless you have an enclosed garage or workshop this can be done in during the summer months.
Check the surface of the cabinets you are working with. What techniques have been done previously to these? If they’ve been stained or a urethane coat has been applied you must first apply a base coat of a special primer-sealer to ensure adhesion of the paint you are applying.
If you prefer a more weathered look in your glazing treatment, apply the glaze compound after the paint is fully dried. For this treatment it is recommended to use a light base coat of paint and a darker glaze. Always apply glaze first then a little at a time apply the dark paint color until you reach the desired consistency and color. It’s better to go light by adding a little at a time than to add a lot of color right away. When removing the glaze mixture with a rag leave additional glaze in corners to achieve the aged old world look.
To finish off the look, update your kitchen cabinets with new hardware to set the tone for the style you are portraying in your kitchen. Before you know it you will have a kitchen that looks like a million bucks for not a lot of bucks!