If you're fed up with drab cabinets in your kitchen, there are many ideas that you could put into practice to bring some sparkle back in that kitchen. However, it would be prudent to visit the Australian Business License and Information Service (ABLIS) website to confirm what you would legally be expected to comply with concerning permits and approvals and standards, if any.
In any kitchen, cabinets are an important focal point, though if you're absolutely weary of the ones you currently have, why not go ahead and give them a beautiful facelift with a coat of paint! Granted, painting could be quite exhausting, but if you're feeling up to the challenge, you may soon be the proud owner of a dazzling kitchen. The 2006 Guide to Planning Kitchens and Bathrooms, a publication of the NSW Independent Living Center, makes a fine website to obtain several valuable ideas on designing and planning a home.
Below we take you through several great cabinet painting ideas and steps which have formed the basis for Pete Evans' (Celebrity Chef) awesome kitchen cabinets.
The Basic Groundwork
Once you've ascertained that your cabinets can accept paint, schedule several days to accomplish the painting task and never rush the job. Part of the preparations should entail familiarizing yourself with the Australian Standard (AS 4386) provisions regarding installation of domestic kitchens as they touch on the minimum requirements for a domestic wall cabinet.
To Spray or Brush
Perhaps the next big decision you've got to make is if you're going to spray or brush your cabinets. Spraying will give you a smoother, cleaner and a more professional look. On the other hand, spraying could turn out to be rather time-consuming and may call for buying or renting a paint sprayer. Making use an ordinary brush works well for your less complicated cabinet designs and is certainly the less time consuming of the two approaches.
Painting your cabinets calls for a commitment because the home job will for all purposes render the kitchen almost unusable for a couple of weeks. Whether you decide on a single solid color all through or opt for a base color then topping up with some other complementary shade, paint certainly makes a statement about your individual unique style.
1. If your countertops, walls and kitchen floors are of a lighter shade, then sometimes no color is superior than black in generating contrast. Cabinets that are painted black also work well for near any style, from the traditional kitchen to the trendy contemporary.
2. In case black is not your idea of great, you might think of warm browns and beiges for your painted cabinets. These two flexible colors would work fine with almost any countertop or floor. Remember that different shades of gray would bring sophistication to any cabinet style that you select.
3. If any of the monochromatic looks do not appeal to your style, you may think about 'match and mix' colors for your lower and upper painted cabinets! For instance, blues and yellows go particularly well together.
The Housing for Life, 2001 web page of the Master Builders Association of the ACT would certainly offer you useful insights on home improvements as it has been assembled by professionals.