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How To Know If You Should Repaint Or Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

How To Know If You Should Repaint Or Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

How To Know If You Should Repaint Or Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

When you have a kitchen that needs a new look, one of the first places that you might think of looking is your kitchen cabinets — out of everything in your kitchen, it definitely gets the most use.

The question that you will need to ask yourself, though, is if you really need to entirely replace your kitchen cabinets, as some might want to do or to repaint them — a viable second option.

Let’s look at and consider how to know if you should repaint or replace your kitchen cabinets in Denver Metro, CO.

Replace: If Your Cabinets Have Extensive Mold

A good sign to know if your cabinets should be entirely replaced is if there is quite a bit of mold on the surface of the cabinets.

The thing that people often don’t realize about mold on cabinets is that sometimes the mold you see on the surface of the cabinets runs deeper than it looks.

If efforts to remove the mold leave you with what appears to be more mold underneath what you removed, it is likely better to replace the cabinets entirely.

Repaint: If Your Cabinets Are Well Built Otherwise

One thing that will certainly mean that it is better for you to paint your cabinets rather than replace them is how well the cabinets are built.

Specifically, if the cabinets are built well enough, it would be a rather poor decision to replace them entirely as you might be replacing your perfectly well built cabinets with cabinets that are not so well built.

Better to take the time to see in what condition your cabinets are before making such a major decision.

Replace: If Your Cabinets Have Broken Parts

There are some parts to your kitchen cabinets that cannot just be painted over if there are issues that you find.

If one or more of the drawers on the cabinets breaks off entirely such that when you put the drawers inside, it does not stay on any sort of track or railing, that is a bad sign.

Of course, you may want to try to have these kinds of cabinets repaired by a professional, but you may find that this could be a bad idea in the long run as you could end up finding other issues.

Of course, it’s entirely possible that you can find someone who can give your cabinets a thorough assessment and determine if it’s worth repairing your cabinets or if it would be better to replace them.

Repaint: If Your Budget Does Not Permit Buying New Cabinets

It should be fairly obvious, but if your budget does not include the kind of money that would allow you to entirely replace your kitchen cabinets, you should instead look to see how you can repaint them.

There are a lot of factors that people don’t consider when they think about the cost of replacing kitchen cabinets.

These factors include things like the cost of paying someone to break down the existing kitchen cabinets and then haul them away (for they take up a sizeable amount of space.

Depending on the size of the cabinets, it may even require the rental of a large trash bin that will have to go outside your home.

Then you are going to encounter the cost of properly preparing the area where the kitchen cabinets used to be so that new kitchen cabinets will be installed.

This is not to mention the fact that you will then have to pay for new cabinets — but of course in some instances (as mentioned above) this could be well worth it.

Bottom Line: Repaint Unless You Need To Replace

You should really consider repainting — or having a professional painting contractor repaint — your kitchen cabinets unless you absolutely need to replace them.

If it turns out that is the case, you should look to see how you can get well built cabinets that will ultimately only need to be repainted and not replaced.

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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7 Budget Updates To Your Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

7 Budget Updates To Your Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

One of the nice things about having kitchen cabinets is that there are numerous ways that you can change the look and yet not have to replace the entire cabinets.

Some people even have this kind of update because if you look to update your kitchen cabinets, you may encounter a possibly high budget – but this does not have to be the case.

Let us look at seven budget updates to your kitchen cabinets in Denver Metro, CO.

1. Removing Doors

You can update the look of your kitchen cabinets without spending a cent to remove the cabinet doors entirely.

Of course, this is free because you’re taking something that you are already in possession of and modifying it rather than adding something onto it to change the look.

All you have to do is remove the kitchen cabinet doors, and you will quickly see how it opens up the cabinets (pun intended), and you will find that you have a better view of what is in the cabinets.

2. Replacing Cabinet Door Inserts

Another way to update the look of your kitchen cabinets without spending too much is to replace the cabinet door inserts with another kind of inserts — whether it be an opaque insert or even a clear insert

Options for a clear insert include glass or even plexiglass.

3. Stencils

You can update your kitchen cabinets’ look without too much work to apply stencils to the exterior of the cabinets and paint an excellent design to them.

The nice thing about stencils is that there are so many from which you can change — and if you end up not liking the design, you can choose another one.

4. Add Molding

You can also add a nice new look to your kitchen cabinets without spending too much to add molding to the top of the cabinets.

This creates a new look for them and additionally gives new depth to the cabinets.

Another benefit of adding molding is that you can add a new color to your cabinets without painting your entire cabinets.

5. Contrast Colors

If your kitchen cabinets are all painted one color, another exciting way to change up the design without spending too much is to add a contrasting color.

You will, of course, have to take the same efforts that one would have to take to add the new color to your kitchen cabinets, but it still should be considerably less costly than it would be to change the color of them entirely.

The important thing to bear in mind is that you should likely choose a color that will contrast with the one you already have selected.

6. Change Up The Hardware

A more subtle way to change up the look of your kitchen cabinets on a budget is to change up the hardware.

You can do this by removing the pulls on the drawers, or even the cabinet pulls and replacing them — not necessarily with new pulls but perhaps with those from secondhand stores.

The good thing about hardware from secondhand stores is that you can sometimes find hardware that looks nice and not have to pay too much for it.

7. Add Ribbon Lights

Lastly, think about adding ribbon lights under your cabinets — this will do more than update your cabinets’ look.

Adding ribbon lights under your kitchen cabinets can also help you see better when cooking or preparing your food in the kitchen.

This additional benefit can make for a better kitchen experience.

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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7 Color Combinations For Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

7 Color Combinations For Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

When you’re looking at painting your kitchen cabinets, whether you are painting them for the first time or you are repainting cabinets that were looking for a new look, one of the important questions that will come up is the color — and if you have more than one color, what will they be?

Choosing to paint your kitchen cabinets more than one color typically requires some forethought because you will want to have a couple of colors that go well together and complement one another — that look good, in other words.

With that being the case, here are seven color combinations for kitchen cabinets in Denver Metro, CO.

1. Blue And Black

Blue and black are colors that go really well together, certainly depending on the shade of blue that you will choose to use — and how much black will ultimately go into the combination.

The thing to bear in mind is that you can’t overwhelm the blue with the black — in any case, you could not have them split evenly or even try for a sixty forty split.

When you’re putting blue and black together, the black on the cabinets will be there more as an accent for the blue and highlighting the nature like feeling that you will typically get with blue paint.

2. Green And Blue

You are going to find a few colors that go together nearly as well as green and blue.

This is because both are popular colors that can be found in nature, and as such, they just inspire a certain sort of tranquility.

Of course, you have to be careful when choosing your greens and blues to make them actually natural and not too odd looking.

3. Purple And Yellow

Purple and yellow are colors that don’t seem like they would go together well, but they are rather complementary if you think about it.

The trick to this is that you have to make sure that the purple you choose for this combination is not too bright and that the yellow is similarly not all that bright.

4. Gray And White

When you use gray and white, you are looking at a couple of neutral colors that really complement one another.

The good thing about using gray and white is that you have gray, a calming sort of color, and white, making other colors stand out better.

When you put them together, you don’t overwhelm the senses, and you also have something pleasant to look at in your kitchen.

5. Pink And White

Speaking of things that look good with white, have you thought about using pink and white together to paint your kitchen cabinets?

You may think that pink is the kind of color that could only look good in the home of one’s dreams, particularly if one is a blonde doll, but this is not the case.

Indeed, a pink and white color scheme for your kitchen cabinets can greatly improve your kitchen’s overall look.

6. Blue And Red

Another great use of the color blue comes in combination with the color red, which can add a fiery tone to your kitchen.

The combination of the two opposing forces in nature makes for a great look for your kitchen.

7. Orange And Black

Some would say two colors have no business ever coming together, especially for your kitchen cabinets, are black and orange.

Of course, the name of a certain prison related television show may come to mind, but orange and black indeed have a good relationship if you put them together.

When you’re pairing orange with black, the important thing is to make sure that the orange that you choose is not too overly bright as that could overwhelm the person spending time in the kitchen.

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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7 Ways To Update Your Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

7 Ways To Update Your Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

When you are in the process of remodeling your home, you might look to your kitchen as a good place to start as it is a frequently used room.

The cabinets are a good candidate for your remodeling, as they do need a periodic update — and there is more to fixing up your kitchen than just painting the walls or replacing the cabinets entirely.

With this in mind, let us look at seven ways to update your kitchen cabinets in Denver Metro, CO.

1. Remove The Cabinet Doors

One great way that you can update your kitchen cabinets is to remove the cabinet doors — therefore making them open cabinets.

There is much to be said about having open cabinets, including that you can more easily know what you have in the cabinets without opening them first.

Removing cabinet doors doesn’t have to be an all or none sort of deal — you can choose to remove only some of the cabinet doors and perhaps even make a sort of pattern from those that you choose to leave.

2. Replace Opaque Inserts With Glass Inserts

The cabinet doors that you typically see on a kitchen cabinet  will have opaque inserts — typically these inserts will be made of the same material as the rest of the cabinets.

A fairly simple update that you can make to your kitchen cabinets is to remove these inserts and replace them with glass or Plexiglas inserts.

This is the sort of thing that you can use to improve the look of your kitchen cabinets without having to do too much work to them — your cabinets will fundamentally be the same other than the glass inserts on the doors.

3. Add Roll-Out Shelves

Roll-out shelves are a tremendous addition that you can make to your kitchen cabinets that not only make them more functional, but also just a better set of kitchen cabinets overall.

Roll-out shelves will make it possible for you to put things away into your cabinets with greater ease, and arrange things that are going to be going deeper into the cabinet.

Roll-out shelves can ultimately boost the overall value of the shelves, which will be useful later on if you decide to sell your home.

4. Lid Storage For Cabinet Doors

One of the simplest updates you can make to your kitchen cabinets is also one of the most important ones for people who regularly are losing or misplacing their pot and pan lids.

You can install lid storage on your cabinet doors and thus make it so much easier for you to store lids in the cabinets without taking much cabinet space.

5. Adhesive Wallpaper

Cabinets can get a whole new look with the use of adhesive wallpaper, which can be applied to the front of the cabinet doors with relative ease.

The really nice thing about updating the look of your kitchen cabinets with adhesive wallpaper is that it is just about as easy to remove it as it is to put it on, so when you have an inspiration for a new design, you can replace the existing one with a newer one with nary a problem.

6. Stencil Design

Here’s another fun way to update the look of your kitchen cabinets — adding a stencil design to the cabinet doors.

Of course, adding a stencil design is a bit more complicated than just applying adhesive wallpaper.

It comes down to taking a design that you can make for yourself or find online, get it printed onto contact paper and then apply it to the cabinet door and paint it — and then remove the contact paper.

When you do this, you will be left with a nice design on your cabinet door.

7. Add A Spice Rack To A Cabinet Door

Lastly, you can add a lovely spice rack to the inside of one of your kitchen cabinet doors.

Having this kind of rack on your cabinet door can do wonders for your storage and organization of your spices — both in terms of having easy access to them and knowing which ones you have.

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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7 Tips For Painting Melamine Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

Melamine is a synthetic paint that is often used to paint prefabricated cabinets or cabinets that are made of particleboard.

When you have cabinets that have melamine on them, you may come to want to give them a fresh paint job so that they don’t have that melamine look to them — but it’s not quite the same as your ordinary cabinet painting work.

With that being the case, let’s look at and consider seven tips for painting melamine cabinets in Denver Metro, Co.

1. Drop Cloth On The Ground

The process of painting your melamine cabinets can be quite a messy thing, and the last thing you want is for the paint you use to get onto the floor, where it may likely remain for an indeterminate time — removing paint from the floor being one of the harder things to do.

A good cloth drop cloth with a plastic lining will be just the sort of thing to make sure that you won’t end up with any of the paint you’re trying to get onto your cabinets on the floor.

2.  Liquid Deglosser To Dull And Prepare

You will find that if you try to paint your melamine cabinets straight away without any preparation, you’re going to generally have what people would say is a bad time.

This is because the surface of a melamine cabinet is so slick and shiny that you’re going to have a really difficult time getting the new paint to properly be applied.

Applying a liquid de-glosser to the surface of your kitchen cabinets can be just the thing to dull them without any use of sandpaper — though, of course, if you prefer using sandpaper, you can also use sandpaper to rough up the cabinets.

3. Remove Sanding Dust If You Sand

Of course, if you do end up sanding, you should be aware that there will be sanding dust that spreads about after you use the sandpaper.

Once you have finished sanding the surface of your melamine cabinets, you will want to take some kind of cloth (perhaps tack cloth) and get all of the sanding dust off of the cabinets lest it causes an awful mess.

4. Trisodium Phosphate For The Ultimate Clean

What you really need to understand about painting your melamine cabinets is that it’s just about impossible to paint them if they’re dirty.

A simple dusting and wiping are great, but if you really want to get them properly clean, you can’t do any better than using a diluted solution of trisodium phosphate and water — follow the directions on the bottle for best results.

Once you have given your cabinets a good wipe with the solution, you will be able to wipe it clean with clean water and then allow it to dry prior to proceeding with the painting project.

5. Make Sure You Let It Dry

A bit of advice that is often given and frequently ignored is to make sure that things properly dry prior to moving on to the next step.

After you apply a coat of primer, for example, you need to wait for it to dry prior to applying the first coat of paint.

6. Use The Right Paintbrush

Not all paintbrushes are created equally, and in the case of painting your melamine cabinets, you’re going to want to make sure that you use a paintbrush that is specifically tailored for painting them.

When you are in the market for paintbrushes, you can specifically explain that you are going to be painting over melamine and be guided to the right kind of paintbrushes.

7. A Second Coat Of Primer May Be Needed

it is often found after applying the primer that you will find some imperfections on the surface of the cabinet — and those need to be taken care of with some gentle sanding.

After you have done the sanding, you will want to apply a second coat of primer — and no further sanding will be necessary unless you see more imperfections.

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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5 Mistakes To Avoid While Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

5 Mistakes To Avoid While Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

5 Mistakes To Avoid While Painting Kitchen Cabinets in Denver Metro, CO

When you are looking to repaint your kitchen cabinets, there are quite a number of things that can easily go wrong if you are not careful.

Some of these things are just accidents that cannot be easily avoided, but some of them are just done if you don’t know what you are doing or if you are not sufficiently knowledgeable in the area of kitchen cabinet repainting.

With that being the case, let us now look at and consider five mistakes to avoid while painting kitchen cabinets in Denver Metro, CO.

1. Not Allowing Enough Time For The Painting Project

On average, painting your kitchen cabinets can take anywhere from three to four days depending on how large they are, how many of them there are, and how many people are helping you with the operation.

What a lot of people don’t realize is how much time it really takes for paint to dry — sure, people do like to talk about the boring nature of watching it happen (as opposed to watching grass grow, for example) and it can be quite a while — and that’s not even to say the time that you actually have to spend preparing the area and then sanding, priming, and painting.

By realizing how much time it will be, you will set aside the appropriate amount of time in advance and not ultimately waste more time

2. Not Sanding Before Painting

A big mistake that rookie painters make when they are painting just about anything in their home, whether on the exterior or interior, is to skip the sanding phase of the painting job.

The sanding of kitchen cabinets is a crucial step in getting your cabinets ready to be painted because it helps with getting the surface of the cabinets as smooth as possible.

Without the sanding, you will still have painted cabinets but they won’t be painted nearly as well, and the paint job will not last as long on your newly painted cabinets.

3. Choosing A Paint Color Based On How It Looks In The Store

There are many ways you can choose your paint color for your kitchen cabinets, but choosing it strictly based on how paint strips look in the store is definitely not the one that you should use — unless you are the gambling sort of person.

The reason this is the case is that while a paint strip might look fantastic in the store, the way that it will actually look in your home can be entirely different depending on your lighting conditions and the time of day.

Better to get a small paint sample and put it on in the kitchen and then to see how it responds to these various conditions — the small amount of money you spend on the sample is worth not getting the wrong color.

4. Not Removing The Cabinet Doors And Drawers Prior To Painting

When you leave the cabinet doors and drawers on while you are in the painting process, you are setting yourself up for a very difficult painting process, one that may take considerably longer than it should.

This is because leaving on the cabinet doors and drawers will keep them in your way as you are painting the rest of the cabinets and will overall make the painting process more difficult for the doors and drawers.

5. Not Planning The PaintWork Beforehand

Lastly, the biggest mistake that people make is to not plan their paintwork beforehand.

This includes things like not trying to figure out how much paint will be needed, what kinds of hardware, etc.

You can just imagine how difficult it would be to paint your cabinets if you underestimate the paint need and run out halfway through.

Don’t settle for just any painter when you can get the attention to detail and professionalism from Imhoff Fine Residential Painting in Denver Metro, CO. Call us today to speak with one of our professional color consultants.

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