How to refinish a kitchen on the cheap?

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12-29-2010 09:12 PM

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Our kitchen needs to be refinished.
The cabinets are in good shape and the doors are OK, not great.
The color is like a dark oak.
I am planning on to refinish these cabinets and to replace the ugly hardware.
Of course I could strip everything but I would prefer to not have to do that.
I saw, in magazines, people painting their cabinets.
Do you have any experience with that?
If not do have another way to go?
Thank you.

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12-30-2010 04:56 PM

I just finished doing my kitchen cabinets a couple of weeks ago and painted them because they are so old.I sanded them rather than strip them because I hate all that chemical smell and gooey mess with stripping.They were varnished before I think and whomever did that did a really messy job.Then I put a couple of coats of Bullseye primer on them and they painted up nicely.I went with C.I.L. kitchen and bath paint which is more expensive but is a great paint to use and lasts a long time.Here is the blog.


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12-30-2010 05:14 PM

Dustygirl, thank you for your reply and your job looks fantastic

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12-30-2010 05:24 PM

Thank you b2rtch.I hope this was helpful for you.It could have been finished a lot faster but I only worked at it for a couple of hours a day and I let the paint dry for a full day between coats.

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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01-04-2011 01:49 AM

I paint alot of cabinets…i degloss them light sand, use a very good primer(pro block by SW), then 2 coat with Benjamin Moore… after that dries completely…Mohawk 3 coats of Mohawk lacquer ..dull….seems like alot of steps but you cant beat the finish!!!...good luck

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01-14-2011 11:31 PM

Spraying paint with HVLP is the best way to get a great finish on your project. Low overspray, high efficiancy, easy use and cleanup are the best features of HVLP. They have also come way down in price. You can find systems anywhere from $100 up.
About twenty minutes of practice with HVLP will make you an expert. Spraying anything from latex paint to lacquer to stain and HVLP will make it easier to get a professional finish.

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01-16-2011 12:41 AM

I already have one of your HVLP.
I have used it extensively to refinished my upstairs last year.

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03-23-2012 08:20 PM

LOTS of people are going to disagree with me here, but I hate the look of painted cabinets. Citrustrip works pretty well, and no noxious fumes in side the house to knock you out either!

Spend a little bit more, and replace the doors and drawer fronts, leaving you to only have to strip and refinish, or veneer and finish the face frames… That would give you a great chance to change the entire look of the kitchen. Maybe go with raised panel doors or something…

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03-24-2012 12:31 PM

Looks great! dbhost, I agree with you, I do not like the look of painted cabinets either. Have seen several projects where a lot of time was spent on this and really did not turn out very good.

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03-27-2012 03:49 AM

I washed my cabinets with TSP and then sanded lightly to rough the finish. It worked great for me. Need to clean that cooking oil off everything first.

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04-10-2012 04:02 PM

I’m not against painted cabinets, but painted oak does not look very nice. The big open pores will show even more once you paint it. I’ll agree with db on changing out the door and get a new look, painted or stained. You can get CNC’ed MDF doors fairly cheap from a number of online suppliers if cost is an issue and you plan on painting. MDF will need to be primed, sanded, primed again, sanded again to get a nice top coat finish.


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05-08-2013 08:28 AM

Make sure to use light colors for your kitchen. It bring a great felling and energy to have lighter colors. The materials should be of good quality so that it will last long. Make sure to maximize the energy of the sun and wind so that you can have less expenses.

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05-08-2013 06:43 PM

I posted this 860 days ago and I still received replies.
I started to work on our kitchen for our anniversary last year.
I keep the cabinets and doors “as is”. I stripped them down with Citrustrip which worked fantastic and I refinished them with Rustoleum Satin Polyurethane.
The wood under all the previous mess is ash, it is beautiful but a little too busy for my taste.
I finished it natural color which gives a light golden brown color, very pretty.
I replaced all the hardware.
I went with granite counter-top, backslash and window sills that I got for cheaper than Formica at HD or Lowes.
We replaced all the appliances, I had to bring a gas light for the range and I installed a laminate oak floor
We painted the whole kitchen/dining area and we replaced all the lights.
All together my wife and I are very happy and we “love” our re-newed kitchen.
Doing everything myself it still cost us almost $8000.00.

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06-01-2013 06:24 AM

It’s good to hear that you are celebrating the anniversary after renovation and congrats to you. Can you post some pics of your renovation here so we can get an idea also.

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06-01-2013 12:20 PM

Here are the pics, I still have to refinish a few doors.

I replaced the floor and sub-floor, which was rotten, and I bring a new gas line from the furnace for the stove.

Doing everything myself, except of course for the granite top, my cost is between $6000.00 and 7000.00

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06-04-2013 02:04 PM

Thank you.

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06-09-2013 02:40 PM

getroofingquotes, thank you but in fact this kitchen is not a large kitchen it is fairly small.

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07-17-2015 12:13 PM

AbbeySmith, thank you very much, that was a few years ago.

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