- by Emma Morgan
RESTYLING YOUR KITCHEN
There are many small kitchen renovation ideas that cost very little and I'll be exploring several of them in this article.
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Part one: Painting
Painting the kitchen is one of the best and easiest small kitchen renovation ideas. It will help bring a much-needed sparkle back to the kitchen. In some ways, painting the kitchen is an easier project than painting bedrooms or living rooms because the amount of wall space tends to be limited.
Most of a kitchen's wall space is dominated by base cabinets, wall cabinets, and splashbacks. On the downside, the small area that remains to be painted usually needs extensive cleaning and prep work. For an unfurnished kitchen, use either a roller or a paint sprayer for the walls. For window and door trim, always use a brush. For a furnished kitchen, use a roller on the large expanses of wall and a brush for the little strips, such as between the splashback and the cabinets.
Tools and Supplies You Will Need
•Interior acrylic-latex paint
•2 1/2-inch paintbrush
•Roller frame and roller cover
•Paint tray and liner
•Canvas drop cloth
•TSP (tri-sodium phosphate)
•Random orbital sander and sandpaper of varying grits
•Dust mask or respirator
•Soft, clean cotton rags
Choose a Kitchen Paint Color
It is important to choose your small kitchen renovation paint colors wisely and with care since this is a room that gets a lot of attention. The best kitchen colors tend to have a high visual impact and align with the idea of food and eating.
Choose the Best Paint Finish
Think of paint finishes as you might the spectrum of colors on a paint fan.
In this instance, though, the spectrum is not colors but gradations of glossiness: matte (flat, non-shiny) at one end and high-gloss (so shiny you can almost see your face) at the other end.
Which is the best paint finish for the kitchen? Satin and semi-gloss tend to be favorites, while matte is rarely recommended because it is difficult to clean and beads of moisture will cause streaks.
Determine the Area to be Painted
Figure out the square footage of your walls so you know how much paint to buy. Usually in a new-construction kitchen, the space will be devoid of everything but drywall. Calculate the square footage of each wall by multiplying room height (likely 8 feet) by room length (variable). Then add up all walls to get the total.
For a kitchen remodel, the kitchen will be fully stocked with cabinets, appliances, flooring, and more. In this instance, you are dealing with far less square footage than in an empty room.
Cabinets take up a majority of the wall space. One method is to imagine that it is an empty room and buy enough paint to cover all walls as if it were an empty room. The extra paint can be saved for those inevitable touchup requirements.
Clean All Surfaces to be Painted
Unless you are dealing with an empty room with fresh drywall, kitchen walls will need a lot of cleaning. Over the years, they will have been coated with smoke and grease.
Assume that areas above and around the stove, oven, and counters need to be cleaned with warm water and TSP (tri-sodium phosphate).
Door trim usually can benefit from the TSP cleaning, too. Remove dust and cobwebs from the tops of baseboards and other trim with a vacuum and a damp cloth.
Mask and Cover
For the empty room with no finished floor, masking and covering is not needed. Paint drips on the sub-floor will be covered up later by the floor covering.
If using a paint sprayer, be sure to drape plastic over doors to adjacent rooms to prevent paint mist from migrating. For the finished room, apply masking tape to the trim before painting the walls. Lay a canvas drop cloth on the floor. Drape large objects such as cabinets, appliances, and tables with plastic sheeting or with masking film.
If a surface has already been painted and the paint is in good, clean condition, it likely will not need priming. Unpainted drywall, bare wood, and painted surfaces in poor condition should be primed. Apply the primer with the roller on large areas and with the brush on areas too small to accommodate the width of the roller.
Roll the Large Areas
One of the great benefits of using a roller is immediate gratification for your small kitchen renovation ideas. Determine which areas are large enough to accommodate the roller. Pour a small amount of paint in the tray, soak the roller cover, then thoroughly roll out the excess. Roll these large spaces of wall in a W-pattern, covering sections of about 4 feet by 4 feet. Bring the roller to about an inch or two of the painter's tape.
Brush the Paint
Let the paint dry for about two hours. Dip the paintbrush in the paint can and manually paint the areas that the roller could not reach. Avoid drips by minimally applying the paint and by re-brushing. Areas that were painted more than a few minutes ago will likely already be filming over. So, confine your re-brushing to areas that were only recently painted.
Apply Additional Coats
Paint colors deepen and reach their full potential by being applied in two or even three coats. At a minimum, let the paint dry for at least a couple of hours, then re-roll and re-brush the paint one more time.
Updating kitchen cabinets
- tri-sodium phosphate degreaser (TSP)
- rubber gloves
- oil-based primer
- paint brush, foam roller or sprayer
1. Remove cabinet doors and drawers. Store hardware.
2. In a well ventilated area, apply a rinse-free, tri-sodium phosphate degreaser to doors and drawers. Scrub with a rag while wearing gloves. Allow cabinets to dry.
3. If the pieces have a high gloss finish, you may need to lightly sand them. Otherwise, apply an oil-based primer with a foam roller or paint brush.
4. For flat-front door, apply paint after the primer has dried. Semi-gloss paint provides a durable finish and works best for kitchens. Use a brush to give your cabinets a hand-finished look. Use a roller or sprayer for a smoother finish.
5. After the paint has dried overnight, attach the hardware, hang the doors and install the drawers.
- Timber stain
- polyurethane finish
- heavy grit sandpaper for your electric sander
- finer sandpaper
- rubber gloves
Staining kitchen cabinets is an easy, inexpensive method for turning a worn, outdated kitchen into something beautiful and warm and modern. With the right stain, a sander and a rag, your kitchen cabinets can be transformed in days.
The first thing you'll need to do is gather your supplies. Once you've got the supplies, remove the cabinet doors, drawer faces, handles and other hardware. Make sure you label each item in accordance with its location on the cabinet boxes; that way, you'll know where everything goes when it comes time to reassemble. Place the hardware in labeled plastic bags.
And then you sand. Sanding off the existing finish thoroughly is the difference between a clean, beautiful, professional look and a messy finish full of drips and bubbles you'll have to refinish again later.
Use an electric hand sander with a heavier grit sandpaper for the first sanding. Wipe all the dust particles off, and then sand again with a finer sandpaper, about 220 grit. This will prepare the wood for the stain.
To apply the stain, use a rag and rub the stain into the wood going along with the grain. Rubbing the stain into the wood permeates the pores and allows for a much deeper saturation. Keep in mind, the stain will darken as it dries.
Also, the more coats of stain you use, the darker it will appear on the wood. This will help you determine how much or how little to use based on the results you want. You can buy blends that combine the stain with a polyurethane finish to protect the wood, or you can buy the stain and polyurethane finish separately. Just be sure to get a stain and finish that are compatible and work well together.
Staining is a great way to get a fresh, new, real-wood look to your kitchen cabinets you just can't get with paint. It's easy and convenient and almost fool-proof as a DIY project. All it takes is a little elbow grease and you'll have a whole new look for your kitchen.
Update Kitchen Appliances with Stainless Steel Paint
Consider using paint to get the high-end look of stainless steel.
Paint-on stainless steel finishes can give you a beautiful and sophisticated look for a fraction of the cost of buying new. But there are some things you should consider before starting.
Kitchen ranges require special high-temperature stainless steel paint, so if your stove is part of your plan, it’s best to paint all your appliances with Liquid Stainless Steel, which is designed for this kind of application.
Note that glass-top stoves shouldn't be painted. ( Products marketed as “stove paint” are intended for cast-iron stoves, not kitchen appliances.)
Spray-on products are best for small stuff: cabinet hardware, decorative items and small appliances that don’t generate heat. (Don’t use them on toasters.) They produce a fairly flat, matte finish.
Liquid Stainless Steel, on the other hand, is a brush-on paint with larger flakes of stainless steel mixed in for a shinier finish. It also comes in a kit with a clear finishing topcoat. The process will take more time, but you’ll likely be happier with the finish. Each appliance manufacturer uses different grades of stainless steel and applies different finishing techniques.
For reference, Liquid Stainless Steel produces a brushed-satin finish rather than a shiny, high-polish finish, because a brushed finish matches more commercially manufactured appliances.
If you’ve decided to take the plunge and do a whole-kitchen stainless steel makeover, here’s how to get the best effect from Liquid Stainless Steel:
Liquid Stainless Steel doesn’t adhere well to plastic panels unless you prime them first. Check panels by seeing if a magnet sticks to them. This is extremely important to get a good final result.
Once the job is finished, you may want to cover electronic control panels on white appliances with a dark static-cling film to make them look more consistent with the stainless steel finish. You can buy the film yourself at a big-box store, but Liquid Stainless Steel also sells small pieces so you don’t have to buy a giant roll. The film is thin enough that the panel will still be sensitive to your touch.
It takes three full coats to cover each appliance, and the first one may look scary-thin. Have faith and don’t glop on extra paint. You’ll use a roller to apply the paint and then drag a special foam brush through it to create the finish — vertically for refrigerators and horizontally for stoves and dishwashers. (Tools are included in the basic Liquid Stainless Steel kit.)
The finish will brighten as it dries and the water evaporates, leaving behind the metal flakes. A final clear topcoat will add gloss. Apply one, two or three coats depending on how shiny you want the final product to be.
Appliances can be used within two hours of applying the last coat.
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