Ask anybody and they would say that the kitchen is the most frequented and used room in the whole house. Sit there and enjoy a cup of coffee while you wait for your food to be cooked, cook up a storm for a get together in the evening, sit and work on your laptop while waiting for the cake to be baked. Your Phoenix kitchen has it all, a small work area, cabinets to store things, an island to help you layout things. While it is being put to more uses than just cooking it is but obvious to maintain your kitchen.
Also, it feels good to be able to give your kitchen in Phoenix a new look. One can easily do it by applying a paint on the cabinets. That gives them a new look and does away with the dark and outdated look. It definitely is an inexpensive way to give your kitchen a new look than having to replace the cabinets. This is a good home improvement project that you can do yourself, or if you are unsure of your handiwork you can get in touch with professionals who can help you do it in less than half the time that you would possibly take.
While painting the cabinets is a good idea, it is also important to know what paint would work for the kitchen cabinets as that is a place that has more spills on an average. Also, the insides of the cabinet need to be protected from dampness and moisture. Typically to get the best results one should opt for oil and acrylic primers and enamels for a tough finish that won’t chip or discolor easily.
One might like to consider the following factors before painting the kitchen cabinets:
Appearance – are your cabinets made of pure wood or pressed wood? Are you looking at covering the natural texture of the wood or is it just a question of a good finish? The color would affect the finish; therefore choose your paint accordingly.
Surface to be painted on – check on the surface before choosing the paint. Some surfaces need stronger paint to withstand the colors. Make sure you choose the right kind of paint to bond with the surface to make it long lasting.
Usage – make sure the paint used is strong enough to withstand wear and tear. As one does all kinds of work in the kitchen with different kinds of apparatus, make sure that the paint does not chip or scratch easily.
While there are number of different paints to choose from some of them could be the right one for your kitchen cabinets:
Oil – oil-based paints are strong and can be used on a variety of surfaces. They are strong enough to be applied on metal surfaces as well. While oil paints also help to protect the base surface from water or other external elements thereby making it long lasting, indoor oil paints may not be as strong.
Water – water-based paint uses water as a solvent instead of oil. These paints are not too moisture resistant but are cheaper than most paints available in the market today. However, it is not a good enough paint for the kitchen cabinets.
Plastic – plastic paints are strong paints and can be made thicker. This is a good paint for kitchen cabinets as most of them are moisture resistant. Plastic paints are often oil or white lead based and needs to be applied with special apparatus.
Varnish and Enamel – varnish is not really paint but provides a colorless coating and is mainly applied to protect surfaces, while maintaining its natural color and texture. On the other hand, enamel is pretty much like a varnish but has a touch of color mixed to it.
Shellac – shellac is a product of resin produced by female lac bugs. It is mixed with denatured alcohol and applied as a varnish or a primer. It is an expensive form of paint and helps to achieve a high gloss finish.
Given the choices, one needs to decide what one wants to achieve and how much they are willing to spend. It is also important to make sure that you choose the paint for your kitchen cabinets that will last for some time and also improves the look of your Phoenix kitchen.