5 Tips to know before you refinish your kitchen cabinets
1. Wood is the ideal kitchen cabinet surface to paint.
Undone, painted, and stained wood all work fine, as does MDF, compressed/faux wood. Any material that you can scuff up with sandpaper is viable. That’s why laminates aren’t a good option. You can paint them, but it won’t be as durable.
2. The prepping is as relevant as the painting itself.
Start by emptying the cabinets entirely and then clean completely, making sure to clean all the grease and dirt. Remove the knobs and handles and check the hinges. Remove the kitchen drawers and make sure to label so you know where each goes. Cabinets, as well, can be removed entirely and spray-painted in a commercial setting, but that’s a significant job, and it is difficult to pull off on your own.
Thoroughly tape off any paint-free parts, such as counter tops, hinges, and appliances. Apply a wood filler to patch holes and imperfections. Lastly, sand cabinets. A rotary sander operates well on flat surfaces. Hand sands the problematic parts and don’t miss the cabinet door edges. If your cabinets are stained, apply a 220 sandpaper. If they’re painted, and there is a harsh stipple that looks like orange peel, use 120-grade sandpaper before going to a lighter one. If the surface looks like crocodile skin, consider stripping, Rock Miracle is especially good.
3. Priming is crucial
After you’ve completely prepped, priming is important. All-in-one primer and paint products are to be evaded; they don’t do either task well. In fact, oil primer and paint adhere the best and give the longest-lasting effects on cabinets. A good option is water-soluble waterborne paint, such as Benjamin Moore’s Advance, which is something like a latex-oil combo. But note that it dries fast, so it’s smart to add an extender that provides you to the time to get a fine finish without brush marks. And if you’re painting something plastic or otherwise difficult to paint, Stix is a good primer to use.
Changing from a dark cabinet to light? Consider tinting the primer to even the final color. If your color change is extreme, you might rather add a coat of under body, such as Fresh Start, a thicker, concise transparent primer that hides more. You can have the tinting done in the paint shop; I ask 75% of the final shade, so it’s lighter but close.
4. Spring for quality paint.
Don’t be cheap regarding the paint you use. You’ll get a way better results using quality paint. I recommend Fine Paints from Europe for oils and primers. The one we apply the most is often Benjamin Moore Advance. Two coats of paint are indispensable for cabinets; you are building a surface. To get a superior finish, employ a brush, a 2- to 2 1/2-inch fine hair brush.
Whichever paint you apply, make sure to vent the room. Direct a fan out the door, and use the masks they sell in paint shops.
5. Semigloss, gloss, or satin. The stronger the finish, the better.
Matte paint on kitchen cabinets is not practical. We wouldn’t recommend using eggshell finish. You want a surface that is durable, so you don't have to repaint for at least a few years.
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How frequently you repaint your house depends on many factors like where you live, the type of materials your home is made with, and the quality of the materials you use for the project.
Painting Costs in the Calgary Area will vary when variables such as the brand of paint, the number of layers or coats and the quality of prep job and finish are recognized. You will find that every painting contractor in Calgary will give you a different response to this question.
For Interior Painting Costs you have to weigh several factors when determining the price of a painting job.
An ordinary Bedroom closet costs roughly $50 to paint 2 layers. A flat door is cheaper to paint than a paneled door if done by a roll or brush. Two layers on a flat door would cost roughly $25 per door depending on the quality. A paneled door would be about double the cost to paint by brush because it takes twice as much time to do it. A French door will require even longer to paint because of the many mun tins or glass panels.
Other Factors That Affect Calgary Painting Prices
Removing wallpaper is one of those tasks that can vary with regard to the amount of time it takes to remove it.
Years back, painters used to apply oil-based paint on walls, trim and ceilings. You can't apply a new water-based paint on these painted facades until it is prepared correctly including the use of bonding primers. Be aware of painters who skip this important step and do not apply a primer.
Lacquered Woodwork- Calgary painters used to apply a lot of nitrocellulose, solvent-based lacquers to doors, cabinets, windows, and mill work in the past and this coating require to be primed accurately before top-coating with water-based acrylic paints.
Furniture and Clutter
Furniture and Clutter- A home that is empty is easier to paint and it will take about 25% less time to complete. Now, a house that has furniture filling every corner will take 25% more time to paint for obvious reasons.
Painting your house is the best way to give it a new and fresh appearance. If you are jaded with that aged color on your walls or if it has peeled off, painting your house can certainly make things better.
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When is Time to Paint your House?
Painting your house can be inconvenient and time-consuming, but it’s more straightforward than it looks. It’s a good investment that extends the integrity and great looks of what, for most people, is their single biggest asset.
Paint is your house’s primary defense against the elements and the first impression visitors, and potential buyers get. When the color fades, chips or peels, it’s time to repaint. But there are other vital signs.
1. Peeling, bubbling or cracking paint
These symptoms usually signal dry rot, wet rot or mold created by failed weatherproofing. Intense sunshine, severe winters, excessive humidity, storms, blowing sand and ocean winds can add to the damage.
2. Stiffened caulking
Most caulks are intended to expand and contract along with your home. As your house is exhibited to more extreme weather cycles ex. Sunny days and cold nights, caulking will lose its flexibility. If the beads are solid and resistant when you push down, it’s probably time to hire an expert to re-caulk and check for any damage.
3. Fading Paint
Sun bleaching is frequent, and dark colors tend to fade quicker than lighter colors. Fading on dark sides of the house, however, shows problems with the vapor barrier or with water invasion. Look for apparently mysterious stains dripping down the paint. If water-soluble elements designed for interiors end up outside the house, it’s a symptom of water leaks. If you can’t discover the source, call an authority on the matter.
4. Patching Stucco
To reduce costs without re-stuccoing the whole house, patch stucco cracks and repaint the entire house. Otherwise, homeowners will be left with a patchwork from paint that doesn’t match
5. Because the Paint Color Changed
UV lights cause the paint to pale and, sometimes, change to an undesired shade after painting. Beige can transform into salmon in a matter of weeks. To counteract that, make sure the paint is an EXTERIOR GRADE that can withstand UV effects.
6. To Boost Curb Charm
If your residence looks faded, the trim no longer stands out, or there is nothing to make the house more attractive against its surroundings, a new coat of paint usually will do the trick, making it seem fresh and allowing the value of the home to grow.
7. If your House is Brand New
Usually, painting contractors spray one layer of paint over pre-primed wood. That primer reduces warpage at the wood yard but usually is insufficient to limit swelling or shrinkage. If possible, prime the wood before it is placed. Then think on painting a new house within five years to guarantee a working layer of protective paint, before significant damage has resulted.
8. Before Paint Flakes or Chips
Don’t wait until paint chips are evident from the road to repaint. Painting your house early reduces damage to the exterior of the home and also decreases the need for preliminary work, like scraping peeling paint, caulking seals or repairing wood. Reducing the need for prep work also lowers painting values.
Pretty much every home needs to be repainted every seven to ten years, but the tangible time frame varies by region, and materials used. For example, concrete fiberboard siding requires repainting every ten to fifteen years, but more popular cladding demands repainting more frequently. In regions with intense sunlight, stucco, vinyl or aluminum siding should be brushed approximately every five years. Wood siding may require to be repainted every three to seven years. In regions where sunlight is limited, paint should last four to ten years on wood and twenty years on vinyl or aluminum finish.
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Owned and operated locally in Airdrie, Alberta with our main warehouse based in Calgary by Expert Painter Giovanni Morales with more than 30 years experience in the industry, we are one of the Alberta's most trusted Painting Organizations.