Painting kitchen doors

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Hi. Rather than spend a fortune on a new kitchen in order to sell my house I thought i'd do the makeover thing and paint the cupboard doors. However, I'm guessing this is something that will be much more difficult than I imagine. Anyone got any tips on how to make it look good? All help will be appreciated, I'm a complete beginner to the world of DIY (but being forced to learn quickly!)
 
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Preparation is the key here...

But before we can really answer properly...what type of finsh on the doors do you have now...melamine or varnished wood?
 
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Ok...off we go then

Firstly you'll need to give em a good wash. particulrly around the handles on anywhere you touch then....next a rub down with wet or dry paper..used wet..400 ish grade.

Make sure you rinse well to remove any slurry on the surface

Then a coat of melamine primer, Dulux super grip..or similar

then paint with what ever you fancy colour wise...being a kitchen where theres a risk of fire id go fo an acrylic eggshell...put it on with a foam radiator roller.

Dont try and cover it in one coat...use two applied thinly.
 
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You won't fool anyone. They'll think if you bodged the doors - you'll have bodged everything esle. Either leave them or fit new doors. What's a few hundred quid compared to the value of a house?
 
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Hi Katy May,

I agree with Joe's point on this one. If you are new to DIY I have a horrible feeling you will make a pigs ear of the painting. To sell it has to be tip top and the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house. If I were you I would get hold of a chippy and find out if he has a Howdens account. Failing that open one yourself. It costs nothing but you have to be trade. (you supply a letterhead for this, a computer generated one is fine ;) ;) ) You will then benefit from the 60-70% discount that we as tradesmen get. It will work out between £2 and £10 per door not the hundreds that you think :)

Should you go for the other option then follow Zampas advice and take your time. Good luck
 
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Thanks - you are quite right I would botch it (see my post on painting tiles!). I went into Howdens (before I saw your post on the discount) and the cheapest matching doors would come to £675. So have decided to leave them for now but will do as you suggest and find a friendly chippy for a quote.
 
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hi katy, like I said thats the retail price not what you would pay with an account. I have had a few customers that have opened their own account without any probs so if you cant find a chippy give it a go.

Good luck
 
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Did what you suggested, have just had new doors put on and went for a contrasting colour - looks great and at a good price too, something I'd never have thought of. Cheers
 

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