Give your kitchen a lift this Christmas

It’s that time of year again, Christmas is drawing near and the annual clean up and re-decorating of homes all across the country is beginning in earnest. This year however, many families are under increased financial pressures so there may not be the same amount of money available for a large purchase such as a new kitchen. Fear not, help is at hand. The latest trend is hand painted kitchens. If you have an existing solid wood kitchen, why not think about having it repainted or even tackle the job yourself. In fact, there are advantages to repainting an existing kitchen. The moisture levels in your present kitchen doors are completely in tune with the rising and falling temperatures in your home, therefore any movement in your doors is minimal which is perfect for repainting.

It’s that time of year again, Christmas is drawing near and the annual clean up and re-decorating of homes all across the country is beginning in earnest. This year however, many families are under increased financial pressures so there may not be the same amount of money available for a large purchase such as a new kitchen. Fear not, help is at hand. The latest trend is hand painted kitchens. If you have an existing solid wood kitchen, why not think about having it repainted or even tackle the job yourself. In fact, there are advantages to repainting an existing kitchen. The moisture levels in your present kitchen doors are completely in tune with the rising and falling temperatures in your home, therefore any movement in your doors is minimal which is perfect for repainting.

As with all professional jobs the secret is in the preparation. Remember, your kitchen has been in use for some time . Before any painting is attempted, wash all exposed surfaces thoroughly, paying special attention to any mouldings. An old toothbrush is very useful for this purpose. When the kitchen has been washed thoroughly it is important that all surfaces receive a light sanding to give the best possible adhesion for any future coats of paint. A 240 grade paper is perfect for this purpose, which can be found at your local hardware store. Please remember to wear a dust mask while sanding and when it is complete clean down all surfaces to be painted, paying special attention to mouldings.

You will need to prime all surfaces, a good quality all-purpose wood primer should be used on all areas to be painted. Choose your final colour carefully, go for a colour that really “sits” well with a full room. Popular colours at the moment are “Orchid White” or “Pale Grey” but the colour choice is very much down to your own personal taste. Make sure to choose an acrylic paint for your final coat as it is hard wearing and can be washed easily. Acrylic paints dry very quickly, usually within 30 minutes. Apply paint to moulded areas evenly using a small brush, but finish all surfaces with a four inch roller. This gives a even coat of paint which creates a more professional finish. Two coats of acrylic paint will need to be applied. Be guided by the expertise of the assistants in your local paint shop who will always be willing to help you.

To complete the look, why not change the handles on your kitchen. Remember, the beauty of handpainting is that if you wish to change your handles, old holes can be filled, sanded and overpainted. Choose from a wide variety of handles, some can be found locally or there is a great selection to be found on the internet. All major handle wholesalers have their full product range on their websites and with changing times, they are more than happy to sell direct to the public. When choosing, be brave. Remember your handles are the focal point on your new kitchen. Don’t automatically go for a traditional option if that’s the style of your kitchen. Some of our best interior designers combine modern styled handles on more classic designs with stunning results. A very popular trend at the moment is mirrored chrome knobs/ handles but more classic designs can work equally well.

The choice is yours, remember you don’t have to spend the earth to update your kitchen. Sometimes all your kitchen needs is a little TLC, a lift here, a tuck there, a little Kitchen Botox!

For all your improvement queries contact Niall on Facebook as McDonnell Designs or on 086-6082797.