Updating kitchen cabinets on a budget
We got rid of the brown and black, and brought in whites, grays, and navy blue, with a lot of clean lines.Our new faucet is brushed nickel, so I chose brushed nickel cabinet hardware.When I created my design plan, I wanted to stay as far away from brown as possible!To create my design plan, three things had to happen: Now keep in mind, we’re on a budget.One of the biggest expenses of a kitchen remodel is typically the cabinets, so rather than ordering brand new custom cabinetry, we decided to update our kitchen cabinets, keeping us under budget!Because our floor plan changed a bit, we did have to get a couple new cabinets, but we opted for builder-basic unfinished cabinets so we could fix them up to match the rest of our existing cabinetry.
I wanted to make sure the sight of my dishes wouldn’t bother me.
Our original cabinets were not-so-lovely maple finish with very traditional hardware.
Paired with the black & brown melamine countertops, it made for a very brown, dark kitchen.
Now about the cut-in brush: Choose an angled brush no larger than 2″ in width. Silver banded brushes have cardboard under the silver, and cardboard soaks up paint & water, then disintegrates. Here’s the reality: While painting cabinets is NOT difficult at all, it IS time-consuming. For best results, I recommend taking your time as you paint, creating smooth, even strokes with the roller or paint brush.
Copper banded brushes have plastic under the copper, which won’t disintegrate when wet, thereby lasting a long, long time and washing out much cleaner. You have to go slow, do multiple coats, allow plenty of drying time…and that doesn’t include prepping your surface. I also recommend allowing amply dry time between coats.