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Am I Mad... Considering Painting My Kitchen Units Myself

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Lorien Rock, 24 Feb 2020.

  1. Lorien Rock

    Lorien Rock

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    Hi there,

    I would like to change the colour of my kitchen units to a matte black. I have attached a photo below of my current kitchen, and an inspiration photo below that of what I would like it to look like.

    I'm struggling to get a painter that can start anytime soon, as most are quoting 6-8 weeks minimum.

    My better half and I are considering to take it on ourselves this weekend, however I have some questions that hopefully someone can help with:

    01 - Would a hand painted job still give a good finish, in comparison to a respray finish?

    02 - Can anyone recommend what type of paint would be best for this job?

    03 - Any other advice would be greatly appreciated.

    CURRENT KITCHEN

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    DESIRED LOOK

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  2. sparkwright

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    It might look good if you are both skilled with a paint brush, and do a good job without cutting corners. If you rush it, it will look awful.

    There is a wide choice of kitchen paints out there. Some require a special primer. Some if not all will require sanding the old kitchen down first to get a good key.

    Are you sure you really want to put yourself through all this work?
     
  3. opps

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    I used to specialise in painting bookcases, wardrobes and kitchen units.

    I would guesstimate that it will take about three weeks to hand paint the units in photo 1, particularly if painting booth sides of the doors (which will need to be removed).

    IMO, shaker style doors look better when hand painted (to a high standard).

    With regards to paint types, what are the doors made out of, where they definitely sprayed previously?
     
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  6. Lorien Rock

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    Thank you for all of the feedback and suggestions... I can gladly say I won't be doing this myself :)
     
  7. OchAye

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    Only to say, that the photo you posted is not of "black" units but some dark grey/charcoal [at most] colour. Black will be a lot more in your face. Find some samples of what you think you like and remember, that is a one way trip.
     
  8. plastic_peanut

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    Glad to hear you aren’t taking it on. Painting a dark finish can look awful if you get it wrong.

    Personally I like your existing kitchen but would change the worktops which will transform it anyway.

    The render appeared to show dark worktop so likely you were going to change them?
     
  9. martin hill

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    Kitchen looks amazing but if you want to freshen up

    Zenith compact laminate worktops and splash backs and some new handles and a different colour on the walls and ceiling perhaps.
     
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