Whether it's the house you've owned for years or one you recently began to call home, one of the first rooms people lean towards when it comes to fixing up a home is the kitchen. It's the center of the house that ties everything together, and you want it to look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks,
One of the most expensive things to replace is your kitchen cabinets. According to HGTV, entire new cabinets can take up over 50% of the average kitchen renovation budget. If your cabinets are made of low quality material or are damaged, then unfortunately you may not have any other option but to invest in replacements. However, if they are made of quality wood or have been previously painted, there are other options that can still make a huge difference in the look of your home.
The top option that provides the best value is to paint them. But it's not as easy as opening a bucket and spreading it around. The cabinets must be properly prepared before painting begins. First they must be scrubbed with soap and water to remove any grease or residue. Next comes a vigorous but efficient sanding of both the inside and outside of the cabinets. Then, the current hardware must be removed and the holes plugged with a wood filler. Re-caulking the parts where the cabinets meet the wall or floor is also essential to producing a quality finished look. Only after all this is complete can the painting process begin. Even then, a small roller or brush can't get the job done with ease. The most efficient route is to use a spray painter, but these can be tricky to use if you're inexperienced.
Many people don't realize the amount of work it takes to get the job done right. However, an experienced professional can do this work quickly and effectively and will save you some big bucks over the replacement option.
If you want to make a big change without breaking the bank, consider painting the interior and exterior of your kitchen cabinets.