SOURCE: CertaPro Painters

CertaPro Painters

May 03, 2011 19:42 ET

Recycle Materials in Your Kitchen Renovations and Save Money

OAKS, PA--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - If your kitchen is like a lot of kitchens across the country, you have nice sturdy cabinets, but they appear dated and clash with new appliances. Resurfacing kitchen cabinets can allow you to turn your oak kitchen cabinets into a rich mahogany or take those discount cabinets and make them look like a beautiful walnut. So why spend money on brand new cabinetry when you can achieve your desired look with paint or stain?

The professionals at CertaPro Painters recently took part in a kitchen restoration project that would both pay homage to the rich heritage of a Victorian era home and complement the contemporary feel the homeowner wanted to achieve.

CertaPro Painters cabinet expert Patti Lank headed the design team with her knowledge of the latest in painting ideas and designs. "Today's first and foremost area of the home for family living and entertaining is the kitchen," says Patti Lank. "Personally, I love tackling a kitchen makeover when my client is open to blending old world charm with 21st century functionality. There was a lot to make new, but seeing the existing cabinetry, I felt that saving and restoring them would lend a beautiful finish to the modernized kitchen."

So when the time came for Lank to recast the cabinetry, she took an approach that was time-tested and far easier than the homeowner imagined. "Rather than toss the dark oak cabinets, we decided to restore them -- but without labor-intensive sanding and without smoothing to perfection any and all surfaces with materials. We removed cabinets from the walls, cleaned them up, and then primed the surfaces with a base coat of paint. With the base applied, we added top coats of a two-color glaze finish creating a unique blond tone and low sheen that adds warmth to the entire room." This technique of interior house painting works to mimic a stained wood appearance, rather than base wood which gave the homeowner a beautiful finish.

"An added benefit of reworking cabinets in this fashion is that they don't look completely uniform -- we aren't seeking perfection, we're seeking a variegated coloring -- and since they're sealed and preserved, they wear like iron. Spills and marks wipe easily away from the hard finish top-glaze," says Patti.

Wall paint colors were determined based on the resulting cabinet glaze, with a lighter shade for the ceiling and a warmer, full-bodied tone for walls. Demolition had revealed interior 1880s rough brick, and that was left exposed in strategic areas.

Granite counter tops became an interesting challenge. "The island granite was an online bargain find, but a match was impossible to locate, so we mirrored the colors as opposites -- dominant black granite with coral highlights for the island became dominant granite with black relief for the working counters around sink and stove," explains Lank.

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