Painting a Kitchen

The thought of painting a kitchen can be overwhelming for most home owners. In these tough economic times, we all try to save where we can. One way to do this is to do some jobs around the house you may have otherwise hired professionals to do.

When planning the job of painting a kitchen one of the first things people think of, is what color you should use. I usually recommend not painting it too dark. Try to pick up on the colors of the countertops, tiles and cabinets. I like to use Benjamin Moore paints. I find they cover very well and are very easy to clean without damaging the color.

In a kitchen it is best to have a semi-gloss, eggshell or other finish that you can wipe down. It must also be treated with a fungicide to prevent mold and mildew. The one paint I like is Perma White especially for bathrooms and you can get this at Benjamin Moore stores and now The Home Depot. This however has limited colors you can tint it to. Benjamin Moore has an excellent paint for kitchens also.

If you are having a hard time in deciding on color, go online and Google you countertop name and you may be able to find matching colors. One website I know of that does this is cambriausa.com. Just click on the Benjamin Moore area and it will take you to your Cambria counter. Click on this and it will give you 3 options. This will give you a designer look in your kitchen.

A little trick I use when painting a kitchen, is to use a little wall paint and use this to mix into a white ceiling paint so it coordinates well and is still nice and bright. You can get more information on how to paint a kitchen by clicking on this link.
The thought of painting a kitchen can be overwhelming for most home owners. In these tough economic times, we all try to save where we can. One way to do this is to do some jobs around the house you may have otherwise hired professionals to do.

When planning the job of painting a kitchen one of the first things people think of, is what color you should use. I usually recommend not painting it too dark. Try to pick up on the colors of the countertops, tiles and cabinets. I like to use Benjamin Moore paints. I find they cover very well and are very easy to clean without damaging the color.

In a kitchen it is best to have a semi-gloss, eggshell or other finish that you can wipe down. It must also be treated with a fungicide to prevent mold and mildew. The one paint I like is Perma White especially for bathrooms and you can get this at Benjamin Moore stores and now The Home Depot. This however has limited colors you can tint it to. Benjamin Moore has an excellent paint for kitchens also.

If you are having a hard time in deciding on color, go online and Google you countertop name and you may be able to find matching colors. One website I know of that does this is cambriausa.com. Just click on the Benjamin Moore area and it will take you to your Cambria counter. Click on this and it will give you 3 options. This will give you a designer look in your kitchen.

A little trick I use when painting a kitchen, is to use a little wall paint and use this to mix into a white ceiling paint so it coordinates well and is still nice and bright. You can get more information on how to paint a kitchen by clicking on this link.

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How to Paint a Kitchen

This video shows how to paint a kitchen by starting to cut in which is necessary when painting any room but especially necessary when painting a kitchen. The gray color however is too dark for most kitchens.

How To Paint a Kitchen

So you choose the perfect kitchen contractor and all went well but you now have to paint the kitchen. Most contractors do not paint the kitchen so you may want to call in a painting contractor or paint it yourself. Painting a kitchen can be difficult especially when the cabinets are installed.

If it is possible prime and give the walls and ceiling one coat of paint before the kitchen cabinets are installed. This will reduce the most challenging part of painting a kitchen which is the cutting in process. In painting terms cutting in is the process of using your paint brush to get to those corners and areas the roller cannot reach.

When considering painting a kitchen after a complete remodel you will need to make sure the walls are well prepared. This is often referred as prepping the area. Light sanding and some spackling may be required. Once the prep work is done you will need to apply a good primer.

Many homeowners have painted other rooms but are challenged when it comes to kitchens. The main difference in how to paint a kitchen and other rooms is that you will need to use some blue masking tape or similar tape that does not damage kitchen cabinets and plastics to drape over the entire area.

The process of protecting the cabinets, counters and appliances is best done by attaching the tape to the top of the cabinets first and then going around and stick the plastic to it. The plastic will now drape over wall and base cabinets, covering appliances, counters and more. A typical drop cloth is good for the floor.

I like to use a brush that is 3 inches. And the bristles have a slope allowing you to get into those small corners. Make sure to allow any paint that gets on the masking tape and plastic to dry before removing it as the wet paint will get on the cabinets when you are trying to remove the plastics. Also make sure to look back and fix any paint drips before they dry. Always remove outlet covers and switch covers

To summarize on How to Paint a Kitchen

  • If possible before cabinets are installed prime and give one coat of paint.
  • Sand and spackle where needed.
  • Use masking tape that does not damage the cabinets.
  • Use plastics to cover the entire cabinets, counters and appliances.
  • Use a good 2 ½ to 3 inch brush that is sloped.
  • Fix any paint drips before they dry. Always remove outlet/switch covers.

Painting a kitchen using these ideas will make the process easier. It can get expensive to hire a painter to paint a new kitchen as they have to spend a lot of time just preparing the area as described above. If you are up to the challenge it can be very rewarding when it is completed.

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Update a Kitchen

This video from Home Depot talks about various options that will help you update a kitchen.

Sometimes people forget that a small investment can help to update a kitchen. As this video shows you can paint, change out the backsplash, install a faucet and knobs and have a big impact. This video presumes however that your cabinets and counter tops are good.

In a previous article I spoke about how you can update a kitchen by refacing. This is a bigger investment and can have a dramatic effect. If you have a tight budget you can opt for doing small stuff like what is shown in this video. The next biggest impact would be to change the counter tops. Each situation is different so here today I am just showing the least expensive options.

Cambria and Benjamin Moore have come together to offer an online color selection tool that will help you find the paint colors that best coordinate with your countertops and create a amazing look in your home. It’s easy to use. When you click on any of Cambria’s quartz countertops, compatible Benjamin Moore paint colors from preselected palettes will appear on your screen.

Changing the backsplash is a good way to update a kitchen. It is of course more involved than just painting. Removing the old backsplash is possible with some patience. You could do this with a hammer and chisel. Before installing the new backsplash make sure to prepare the area by spackling any uneven areas.

Glass tile is very popular today for back splashes but be careful not to overdo it with color. You don’t want to draw too much attention to the backsplash. It is best compared to wearing a suit with a very flashy tie. Most of us have seen this at some time or other possibly on television.

Knobs may be all you need to update a kitchen but if you are handy with a saw adding some decorative moldings will have a very nice impact. There are moldings on the market that have corner pieces that make it much easier to install. This is usually the biggest challenge when installing the moldings where they connect. There are in-line connectors and most moldings come primed and ready for paint.

So the options to update a kitchen include

  1. Reface the cabinets
  2. Change out the countertop
  3. Paint the walls and ceiling
  4. Add a new backsplash
  5. Change the knobs
  6. Add new molding

The kitchen is the heart of the home and when you update a kitchen it can help create a very nice atmosphere for events and parties. So as you can see above it does not have to take a lot to achieve this. A small update can tie you over until you are ready to do a bigger renovation. You can get the information on the color matching by visiting www.CambriaUSA.com/Benjamin-Moore. There are three color palettes, each consisting of three coordinated colors.

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Best Kitchen Cabinets

Best kitchen Cabinets

A commonly asked question to kitchen designers is what are the best kitchen cabinets or how do I determine the best kitchen cabinets. There are a number of things to look for and I hope the following helps.

There are lots of materials used to make kitchen cabinets from: metal, plywood, particle board, wood in its natural form and so on. Some of these can be covered with veneers of wood, laminate and thermo foil. The best looking kitchen cabinets in my opinion are made of wood.

Wood cabinets can be framed or frameless also called European style. With the framed cabinet the frame blocks part of the open space when you open the door. This will therefore prevent possibly a bigger plate from entering the space which otherwise might fit. The drawer is where you will notice it most. Say you have a 12 inch base cabinet and you want a drawer it will end up being less than 9 inches.

The frameless cabinet is made with 5/8 to 3/4 inch sides with a 5/8 inch back usually. This thicker dimension as opposed to framed 3/8 inch sides and a flimsy back is what make s the frameless strong. The frameless cabinet also allows for a better more adjustable hinge which allows you to adjust the doors so that they are level when you look at them.

The frameless cabinet gives you a truer full overlay door which has a sleek look to it. They are better for under-cabinet lighting also as you are not limited in the lengths for example if using fluorescents. Therefore in my opinion the best kitchen cabinets are frameless.

They:

  • Allow for bigger drawers
  • Have better hinges
  • You are able to put in bigger plates and so on.
  • You don’t have a mid section of wood often seen in over the stove cabinets.
  • You can get a full overlay door

So when shopping for the best kitchen cabinets, look for frameless, plywood construction and also cabinets that have a quality finishing process. By this I mean they are not just sprayed on with one coat of stain and finished with one coat of varnish.

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Glass Tiles Backsplash

Glass tile has become popular recently not only as borders in bathroom tile but in backsplashes also. It can look really good as a full wall as well. Glass tiles backsplash is usually more expensive but if you get the right colors and layout it can compliment you design and really make it pop.

When it comes to selecting glass tile backsplashes, the tile normally comes in sheets of 300mm x 300 mm or 12 inches x 12 inches. These sheets have a mesh backing so that it makes it easy for the installer to cut to size when installing. The decision for the homeowner is whether they want a glass border in the back splash or a complete glass tiles backsplash.

I have used glass tile from many places but for those of who like things delivered you can <a href=”http://“>get glass tile here. A word of caution though, it is very important that the tile you choose and the counter are both not busy. When you use glass tile backsplashes it is best to have a mostly solid color counter.

Glass tile while there is more grout is usually easy to clean as it is shiny and smooth. It is best not to use harsh chemicals like bleach that will temporary clean it but in the long run it will dry out the grout and then the grime only goes deeper. Of course using bleach will also strip the granite shiny seal, so be careful.

In closing

  • Glass tiles backsplash looks really good but it is more money.
  • Decide if you want a border of glass tile of have it full
  • Don’t have the countertop and backsplash clash
  • Cleaning is easy but don’t use harsh chemicals because of the grout and counter.
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Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

Kitchen Backsplash ideas

 

When it comes to the kitchen backsplash it is my opinion that less is definitely more. You don’t want you attention to go only to the backslash when you have spent thousands on your cabinets. There are many ways to do a backsplash. You can use tin, Formica, Granite, Quartz or whatever materials you use on the counters.

There are many kitchen backsplash ideas on the above website. I love this site as it helps us all visualize the finished result. The space between the counter and the underside of the wall cabinet is in good practice about 18 inches. This can be 17 to 19 depending on the ceiling height or how tall the homeowner is may be a consideration.

When looking at kitchen backsplash ideas you may be thinking of using smaller tile. Personally I prefer either 3 x 6 inch in a subway or 4 x 4 inch tile. You can also use 6 x 6 which I personally like if laid in a diamond pattern. There are so many options. You can mix and match. I definitely like the 2 x 2 inserts to add a splash of color to the back splash.

The backsplash ideas shown here are great. I usually do not recommend a side splash unless the stove is close to the wall or there is a natural a way to run the tile into the side of a window or doorway. There are many kitchen backsplash ideas out there especially now that we have access to the internet. As I said above less is more.

In closing

  • Choose smaller tile for the backsplash
  • Only use side splashes if necessary
  • Using small color inserts are great maybe 2 X 2 inches
  • Subway and diamond looks good to most people in my experience.

The backsplash ties the kitchen design together and careful consideration is needed when researching kitchen backsplash ideas to get the look you want.

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Helpful Backsplash Tile Ideas

I am asked often to help select the backsplash for kitchens. This is best done after the 2 main items in the kitchen are selected namely the cabinets and the countertop. I like to also have the floor selection to within possibly 3 choices and then you can tie it all together with the backsplash.

There are many backsplash tile ideas but the most common material used still is a ceramic or porcelain tile. This can be installed in many different ways to create a unique look. There are a few things to bear in mind when choosing a backsplash like if you have dark cabinets and counter it would be best to have a light backsplash.

I do find in general a light backsplash works best. During the day the top area of the backsplash does not get much daylight. Unless you have under-cabinet lights at night it is also dark on the top section of the counter. If you want to break up the lighter look you can easily accent it with possibly some small pieces of 2×2 tile maybe 3 feet apart.

You can become very creative with backsplashes by installing small inserts, borders, deco tiles and of course the way you lay the tile. Tile could be laid on a diagonal, straight or depending on the size in a subway/brick pattern. A word of caution though, when it comes to researching backsplash tile ideas, I believe the old saying holds true “Less is more” . In other words don’t have it too busy.

So in conclusion there are many ideas out there on backsplash tile ideas. Don’t have it too busy and make sure it does not compete with the counter. In general I find lighter back-splashes work best especially with wood cabinets as they are usually darker than painted.

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Kitchen Cabinets Painted vs Stained

As a kitchen designer in NY, I get the question very often today as to whether the customer should install stained kitchen cabinets or painted ones. Most people are unaware that most of the pictures we see in the magazines are painted doors. Since wood does not come white the doors are either covered with Thermofoil, Formica or are painted.

When deciding whether to have kitchens that have stained cabinets or white kitchens/painted, consumers should consider the pros and cons listed below. If you are choosing white kitchens to help make your small kitchen look bigger maybe you could consider a light maple cabinet.

The pros to painted cabinets

  • Having kitchen cabinets painted white makes the kitchen look bigger
  • Gives a crisp refreshing new look.
  • Allows you to have that darker counter without making the kitchen look dark.
  • Can contrast nicely with appliances.

The Cons

  • They will show smudges and dirt more easily
  • They usually get yellow over time that is if they are very white
  • They are usually more money to buy
  • Hairline cracks may develop are not considered a defect, and therefore are not warrantable.

I am still finding in NY anyhow that stained cabinets are what consumers want despite most magazines having white kitchens.. The stained wood has a rich look and shows off the beauty of the wood highlighting the grain. Stained cabinets give the home a warmer feel and can compliment other furnishings in the home.

So in conclusion while we see mostly white kitchens in magazines, consider the above pros and cons before having kitchen cabinets painted. Hairline cracks typically will be found on painted cabinets due the fact that wood and paint contract and expand differently. If this is a concern then you can choose a painted MDF cabinet or a MDF cabinet that is covered with thermofoil. If it is a busy kitchen it may not be a good idea to use a light painted door as it is difficult to keep clean.

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Refacing to Update a Kitchen

This video shows you how you can update a kitchen by refacing your own cabinets. It can save you money but if you are picky this may not be the best option for you.

Refacing kitchen cabinets has been around for quite a while now. It is a cheaper option to a complete remodel. It basically consists like you saw of covering the outsides of the existing cabinets and installing new doors. There are different options and finishes. Plastic laminates, wood veneers and rigid thermofoils (RTF) are used. Unless it is wood veneer in my opinion it does not have that classic rich look to it. If you are looking at the cabinets from about 10 feet, it is hard for the average person to tell if it is veneer or real wood. Refacing with wood will cost about 15% more than laminates or thermofoils.

Refacing works if you are happy with the layout and just need to update a kitchen. If your walls need insulating, floors need redoing and you need to upgrade your wiring, it may not pay to reface. Make sure you are not allergic to the glues used. Remember that a lot of refacing companies also make new cabinets and can add things like lazy Susan’s, tilt out for sponges, roll out drawers and spice racks.

In this industry the workmanship varies widely. You will see jobs where the laminates are coming off and also you will see unfinished ends of wood. It is best to go with a well established company. The best companies that come to mind are Kitchen Magic in New Jersey where I once worked and Sears. Always check if the jobs are subcontracted out that the crew you get have enough experience.

In closing, when you decide to update a kitchen you can reface, refinish (I did not go in to that here but it involves sanding your existing cabinets and applying a new finish) or replace. If you can afford to replace in my opinion this is the best option. If your kitchen is new and you just want to change the color of the cabinets then that would be different.

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Kitchen Makeovers Make a Huge Difference in a Home

This video shows us how you can make the very best use of space when you update a kitchen. I love the layout here as it gives the most counter space and storage possible for the size of the space.

When considering kitchen makeovers, it is critical to layout the space so you can get maximum benefit. The use of 36 inch cabinets with a nice crown molding is good. I think he used Ultracraft cabinets with a slab door which gives a contemporary look with a very contemporary handle. I love the Ultracraft cabinets and their service is great. These cabinets look like they are maple wood with a golden stain. The maple cabinet is great for lighter stains but can get blotchy when a darker stain is used.

When you update a kitchen it is important also to look at what countertop to use. He used Silestone which is a brand name Quartz countertop. The Quartz is great as it is incredibly strong and no maintenance. It is usually more consistent in how it looks but they are now bringing out quartz countertops that look more like granite. Cambria does this I know. This kitchen is typical of what I design each day in New York. Of course the styles will vary but the layout is very similar.

I use the D shape sink and the trash compactor is also great. I have both of those in my store and recommend them to most of my customers. The D shaped sink works very well as it does not take from the counter space and uses the space in the back that is usually wasted space. When cleaning pots it is curved at the back and this gives more space around the pot to clean.

I really enjoy meeting customers who are looking for kitchen makeovers and after I design their kitchen, they become very excited as a lot of people have a hard time visualizing their new kitchen. It may not be possible for everyone who is considering kitchen makeovers to be able to take down walls. It you can do it and it is not too expensive I would recommend it.

On previous post I spoke about having the pantry and refrigerator at the end of a run of countertop and this is what is shown here. The full extension soft close drawers are great and having rollouts, I love them in my own home. Personally if I was doing my own kitchen again I would do the heated floor. When I was doing my own kitchen I was taking on more than a kitchen and the budget would not allow for the heated floor.

In closing kitchen makeovers can be a lot of fun when well planned and you get maximum benefit from the new design. The kitchen is the heart of the home and it is definitely worth taking the time to get professional advice.

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