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Painting my kitchen units - a success story
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Old 28-01-2008, 2:53 PM
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Well! Several weeks ago I asked the lovely people on the forum for advice on several options 1) paint existing solid oak kitchen unit doors 2) replace doors with either wood doors or mdf to paint.

Lots of you gave me advice and I sifted through it and got estimates for replacing doors (15 in total).
In MDF 600 plus cost of paint and all bits.
In wood 800 plus paint and bits.
To replace all units and not just the doors - a minimum of 2700.

After much thought I invested in sandpaper, 2 large cans of primer, a mini roller and lots of replacement sponge rollers, lots of disposable gloves and a pack of brushes. I chose Farrow and Ball oil eggshell paint in Dimity, a lovely ivory shade of white and new pewter door handles and knobs.

Well, I am exhausted. It has, as I was warned, taken 3 weeks of solid work but the results are brilliant.

The total cost for all the materials and bits came to 245.00. Sooooo much cheaper than the other options and probably a better quality result as the basic oak units were good.

I am very proud of myself and as the total cost was so low, I went out on Saturday and treated myself to a new Le Crueset kettle and a few new bits for the kitchen.

Before it was dark and dingy but now it seems so light and bright and cheerful. I love being in it.

If anyone is considering doing the same, providing your doors and carcases are sound and you are fully prepared to do lots of preparation work and not underestimate the time taken to do all the caos and all the drying time, I would recommend doing it.

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Old 28-01-2008, 3:16 PM
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Well done!!
I did mine last year, I used Crown cupboard make over paint and it took 2 weeks but it was worth it!
As you say, don't underestimate the preparation and time taken as it is hard work but there was no way I could afford a new kitchen and it still looks like new after nearly a year.
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Old 28-01-2008, 3:31 PM
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Hi that sounds like the very treatment i could use on my kitchen.

How did you prepare the cupboards before painting?
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Old 28-01-2008, 3:37 PM
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Nice one!!!! Sounds really great, well done!!!
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Old 28-01-2008, 3:39 PM
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Sounds really good -makes me want to re-do mine..............lol
I did them a few years back with a sort of colour wash paint so it looked a bit 'grainy'. The doors were pine anyway so it gave it a sort of 'distressed look'. We'd bought a second hand free standing cupboard and base as well and I did that the same. Getting a bit bored with it now though ..........it needs brightening up.
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Old 28-01-2008, 3:47 PM
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By way of preparation ... I took all the doors and drawer fronts off and removed the hinges.
I scrubbed then all over with sugar soap then rinsed them and let them dry.
I rubbed down with a fairly course wire wool then washed them down again and let them dry.
I gave each side 2 coats of primer, rubbing down lightly inbetween coats, then two coats of oil eggshell. All coats were applied with a mini roller which gives a much better result than a brush.
The most difficult thing was finding space to lay them flat to work on them. As space was limited, I had to work on a maximum of three doors at a time which dragged it on a bit.

The carcasses involved a lot of taping up with masking tape around the edges so I could also give them the same treatment as the doors but not get paint onto the carcass inners.
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Old 29-01-2008, 9:06 AM
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You don't have any pics do you?
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Old 29-01-2008, 10:38 AM
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I used this product "Owatrol ESP" with great results when I overpainted varnished woodwork in my hallway and kitchen. Shop around for best price though not necessarily this supplier.

http://www.diytools.co.uk/diy/Main/ESP.asp
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Old 29-01-2008, 12:31 PM
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well done.
did mine 2 yrs ago. certainly never spent anything like 245 quid though!
just some paint, sandpaper and mini rollers. approx 50 quid
went from a dark wood finish to a cream/oatmeal color.
paint from BQ own brand. cheap.
3 undercoats and 2 topcoats. rubbing down between each coat.
yes it does take time and space. think it took me nearly a week.
well worth doing for the very small expense.
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A lot of people are talked into getting rid of perfectly good kitchen units instead of changing the colour. Personally, the thought of getting a whole kitchen torn out and replaced when it's not necessary freaks me out. Apart from the price, it's too much upheaval.
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Old 29-01-2008, 12:48 PM
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we have a lady friend who bought a house some 6 yrs ago and had a new kitchen fitted.
last yr she had another new kitchen!
she really is crazy. we live in a very decadent society now.

ps. i also know a lady who has had 3 bathrooms in about 6 yrs!!!
more money than sense springs to mind?
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I have tried to insert a photo as requested. Not sure how to do this so hope this works.

PS Still need to do some work round the boiler ... does anyone have any bright ideas for covering up an ugly boiler?
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i once covered up an ugly gas meter by using a normal kitchen double unit with the back cut out. had to modify the shelf to shape. but it wasnt any problem.
looked ok in the end. very neat. and nearly free.
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Old 29-01-2008, 4:18 PM
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Interested in this thread. We are in the process of doing the same thing - in fact my potting shed and summerhouse are currently housing some of the doors drying after their second coat of Farrow and Ball eggshell. It is VERY time consuming as expected but really encouraging to hear of Muppet81's sucess story!
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Yippee! Done it ...

Hi Sandieb ... keep on going. It will be worth it. Good luck.
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wow that looks fab, do you have a before pic?

did you replace the work tops?

and although my doors are wood, my plinths are like chipboard covered how could I do these.....

Im totally inspired... "boss can I go early, need to go to diy store" :-)

Well done you!!!

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well done again. great job.
an inspiration to everyone on here.
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Fantastic! I am just researching this myself and am also looking at Farrow & Ball paints. I was wondering about the plinths - did they cover as well as the doors?
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It isn't often I get called "an inspiration". Thank you kind people

Not too sure about chipboard but if it is melamine coated, as were my cornice and the plinths, I just used a different primer on this .. one designed for use on melamine. They have come up just fine.

I did not replace the worktops as I replaced these about 6 years ago when I also got a new sink and hob and cooker. I just could not run to the kitchen units as well and have dreamt of replacing them with something lighter ever since.

Sorry I don't have any before shots but trust me, it was dark and dingy as dark oak in a long, narrow corrider type kitchen would be.
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