Fresh Paint a Great Recipe for Affordable Kitchen Remodeling

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A remodeled kitchen is the fondest dream of many homeowners. But at an

average cost of $56,000 for a “mid-range” upgrade according to Remodeling

magazine, the price is simply too steep for most. That said, if you’re

on a budget, there’s a great alternative: spending $100 or so to give

your kitchen a whole new look with paint.

“Many people underestimate the dramatic change you can make in a kitchen

with a little imagination and a couple of cans of paint,” says Debbie

Zimmer, color expert for the Paint Quality Institute. “But actually, you

can use paint not only to freshen the wall color, but also to totally

change the appearance of your kitchen cabinets.”

The only ingredients you’ll need to cook up a whole new look for your

culinary center are some careful planning, a good eye for color, and a

willingness to spend time in your kitchen with some paint cans as your


Where to begin? Zimmer recommends that you visit the websites of major

paint companies. On many, you’ll find idea centers with paint palettes

designed by professional colorists, and “visualizing” tools that allow

you to pre-test your color choices online.

Once you’ve settled on a color scheme, it’s time to paint. Assuming that

you’re going to do a top-to-bottom makeover, start by removing the

cabinet doors, as well as the hinges and knobs. If you’re going to

re-use the hardware, put these items in a plastic bag so they don’t get


After placing drop-cloths to protect the floors, paint the ceiling

first, then the walls, and finally, the trim. For easy maintenance, use

top quality 100% acrylic latex semi-gloss paint: It will resist stains

and stand up to scrubbing better than a flat paint. Now turn your

attention to the cabinets again.

Scrub the kitchen cabinets and doors with a degreasing solution to

remove dirt and grime. When they’ve dried, sand the cabinets to remove

any loose paint and to provide better “tack” for the new coating. Use a

wet cloth to wipe off any dust created by the sanding.

Next, apply a top quality latex primer to the cabinets. Use a roller

wherever possible, and a small brush where necessary. Let the primer dry


Finish the cabinets in the same way by applying a coat of top quality

100% acrylic latex paint. Here, too, it’s best to use a gloss or

semi-gloss finish, since they are more stain-resistant and easier to

clean. Don’t re-install the cabinet doors quite yet. Wait until the

paint is totally dry.

To put a perfect finishing touch on your kitchen remodeling, consider

purchasing new knobs or handles for your cabinets either online or at

your local home center. They’re readily available in a wide range of

shapes, styles, sizes, colors, and materials. One is sure to strike your


When your cabinets are restored and everything is done, stand back and

take pride in your new kitchen. . . and in the thousands of dollars you

saved by doing your own remodeling!

For more how-to information on home painting, as well as color and

design ideas, visit www.paintquality.com

or blog.paintquality.com.

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About the Paint Quality Institute (SM)

The Paint Quality Institute (SM) was formed by Rohm and Haas Company

(now a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”)) in

1989 to educate people on the advantages of using quality interior and

exterior paints and coatings. The Paint Quality Institute’s goal is to

provide information on the virtues of quality paint as well as color

trends and decorating with paint through a variety of vehicles,

including television appearances, newspaper and magazine articles, and

instructional literature. Please be sure to visit the Paint Quality

Institute at www.paintquality.com

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“Human Element” to passionately innovate what is essential to human

progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the

principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most

challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy

generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity.

Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical,

advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a

broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in

approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as

electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had

annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people

worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at

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