Painting and Kitchen Remodeling

by J on September 30, 2009

If you’re kitchen is just begging for a redo but you’re a little short on cash, a fresh paint job may be all you need to put some spark back into the room. Whether you update the color completely or stay in the same color family and add some pizzazz with wall painting techniques, the new paint job will make the room feel like a different space.

When deciding upon a color, keep a few basic facts in mind. Dark colors make a room feel smaller, while lighter colors make a space feel bigger. If you have your heart set on a darker color but your kitchen is a bit cramped on square footage, try painting just one wall in the darker color and the other walls in a lighter color. Also remember that color can influence the mood of a room, so depending upon the ambience you are trying to create, choose a color that will match the mood.

Once you have chosen your color, you’re probably ready to jump right in and slap some paint on the walls, but first you have to do your prep work. Fill in any holes or cracks with a filler. After that has dried, take some fine grit sand paper and sand the spots until they are flush with the walls. Next, wash the walls with some mild soap and water, removing any dust and dirt that have accumulated, going lightly over the freshly patched spots. If you have any stained areas or if you are putting a light color of paint over a dark color, you may need to put a coat of primer on the walls. Tape off any woodwork or outlet covers that need to be protected from the paint, get some tarps to protect the furniture and you’re ready to start.

The following techniques are popular remodeling projects.  Keep in mind if you’re unsure about trying these techniques or just don’t want to deal with the mess and the hassle, a kitchen remodel expert will be happy to complete the job for you. Whichever technique you choose, first apply your base color.

  • Sponge painting simply involves dipping a sea sponge into your chosen color and applying it in a random pattern on the wall. Mix faux glaze to your paint (check your brand for the correct ratio) and apply it gently on the wall starting at the outside of the walls and working your way in. You can practice on a piece of poster board a few times to get a feel for what you’re doing.
  • Rag painting can affect a marbleized look on your walls. You simply dip the rag in the paint, shake off the excess and dab it on. The dabs should be fairly close together to simulate the marble look. Usually in this technique, the base coat should be a few shades lighter than the color you are dabbing with.
  • Stenciling can allow you to create simple or complex borders along the edges of your walls or murals in the center of your walls. You can place the stencil on your wall and paint over it, or place the stencil on the wall, trace the design with a pencil and then paint in your sketches. If you opt for the first method, be sure you wipe off any stray paint splotches on the stencil before you move it to the next spot.

Whether you choose to do the work yourself or enlist help with your kitchen remodeling project, you’ll soon be enjoying your reinvigorated space.

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