Painting Timber Kitchen Cabinets: Do-it-yourself or Professional’s Job?
You’ve seen them. Terribly painted timber kitchens–some turning that dreadful yellow colour, whilst others look like an afternoon art project gone wrong! You’ve silently cringed while promising to never subject your family and friends to the same horror.
Now, the time has come. You’re ready to revamp your timber kitchen cabinets, but you need to do it without breaking the bank. Painting your timber kitchen is the most cost-effective way to update, as long as it looks good when it’s finished. The big question is… should you paint it yourself or leave it to the professionals? Here are some ideas to consider before making your decision.
You’ve got the paint! You’ve read the DIY blogs! What could go wrong?
It will stick the to paint before you even realise it’s there. Think of how quickly dust and pet hair accumulate in your house. It will collect on the newly painted surface before it has time to dry. Turning on an air conditioner and running a vacuum, circulates it even more in your home. That’s precisely
The Trifecta of a New Painted Kitchen
You’ve had it–you’re ripping out your old kitchen and starting over. After countless hours considering your options and leafing through home design magazines you’ve decided you want a new painted kitchen. Now that you’ve decided on what you want, here are tips on how to get it without the headaches.
When building a new painted kitchen there is a trifecta for success: a knowledgeable cabinet maker, a quality manufacturer, and an experienced polisher. If any one of these key players fails to produce quality services or products, the others can’t complete their jobs successfully.
Take This Example:
A cabinet maker plans and designs a kitchen but buys low quality medium-density fibreboard (MDF) panels that are not moisture resistant. Even if the cabinet maker cuts them well, they won’t be smooth and they’ll require more coats of paint, costing more money in the end. Also, the panels will easily sustain water damage causing the homeowner to replace them sooner. In the end, it doesn’t matter how well the kitchen was designed
Gloss Levels: Which is Right for Your Project?
You’ve decided you are ready to repaint those kitchen cabinets or the front door. When it comes to deciding on colour, you also must decide on gloss level. Here’s a guide to help you figure out which gloss level is right for your project.
Manufacturers use different words to describe different gloss levels. Here at Dianella Polishing, we use this scale:
In order to minimize confusion, refer to the percentage, e.g. 10%, instead of the name of the gloss level when placing orders with different manufacturers.
Uses: Although Matt is the least shiny level of all gloss levels, it shows fingerprints the easiest. It is most commonly used on ceilings and walls. It’s best for surfaces with many imperfections. Since Matt doesn’t reflect light, it is also ideal for home theatres.
Care: Matt is a great finish because it can generally be touched up without having to repaint the entire surface. However, it is hard to clean.
Caring for Wicker Furniture
First things first– What is wicker? “Wicker” refers to woven furniture that is made from pliable materials such as vines, grasses and plants. Wicker is the name of the woven furniture, or the act of weaving. Wicker furniture is made of four main materials: rattan (cane), reed, bamboo and willow. The current trend is painted wicker. The most popular colour is white as it goes with all other colours and allows easy changes in decor. Wicker furniture is sturdy and decorative, but when caring for wicker furniture, keep in mind that it is made of a natural material. Painted or raw, wicker furniture needs to be cared for properly so it lasts for many years.
Dust or vacuum with a brush attachment regularly. Make sure to get all the crevices as this is where dust builds up. Spills should be cleaned immediately with soap and water.
Every year or so, your raw wicker furniture needs a deep cleaning. First, dust furniture. Then, wash thoroughly with soap and warm water. After, rinse with a garden hose. Finally, dry quickly
How-to: Clean Kitchen Cabinets
A kitchen is not just heavily used, it is heavily abused: there’s heat, there’s moisture and there’s grease. These things cause havoc on your kitchen cabinets. There are ways to clean kitchen cabinets, but every finish requires a little different TLC.
Wood & Finished Doors
When you clean kitchen cabinets made out of wood, clean with a damp cloth in the direction of the timber grain. After, dry with a clean cloth in the same direction.
For stubborn grease build-up, use vinegar and water to remove the sticky film on your cabinet exteriors. Vinegar and water is not only cheap, it’s also a natural cleaning solution. Start with ⅓ vinegar to ⅔ water. For more stubborn stains, use more vinegar.
For a commercially available cleaners, we recommend an emulsion-type cleaner (such as Murphy’s Oil Soap). These are free of wax and silicones. Using silicone polishes (such as Mr. Sheen) can damage your cabinet’s finish. Using wax polishes over time will result in a build-up of wax.
Keep in mind that if you do use an oil or wax on your cabinets, it may be difficult in the future to re-coat your cabinets because of the build-up on the surface of the