Before and After Bathroom Makeover with Living Well

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sherwin-Williams®.

This is our downstairs bathroom.

You know.

If you have followed the blog for more than a hot minute you have seen it before.

Just between us?

I love this bathroom.

I love the tile floor.

I love the vintage heater.

I love the painted ceiling treatment that we created in an afternoon.

I love the mirror that I stood in front of on my wedding day.

But again—just between us.

Don’t you think it’s missing something?

Don’t you think it needs a little 2021?

I wanted to give it a makeover.

A new look.

A little before and after to kick off what is going to be an amazing year. I wanted it to be a sanctuary – a retreat from the chaos of the outside world. A place where I can live a little better.

So I changed it up a little.

And now?

The bathroom that used to look like this?

Looks like this.

Wait.

Just to make sure you are in the same bathroom.

Scroll up to the first picture.

And then scroll back down.

Please tell me you love this color as much as I do.

Isn’t it amazing?

It’s Let It Rain SW 9152.

The color is soft and subtle with a depth that the bathroom needed. It makes the tile pop and the molding look classic and crisp and clean.

My husband loved it so much he asked me if we could paint the outside of the house this color. I told him the house and I would think about it.

We remodeled this bathroom when we first moved into the house. See the back room with the shower? It originally went all the way through to the kitchen on the other side. There was a bathtub there with a door that opened up right by the back door.

We removed the door, walled it in, took out the bathtub and made a shower instead. This ended up being the perfect solution for guests that stay downstairs and created a private area for them. This shower room was originally painted Extra White SW 7006.

When we painted the central area of the bathroom, we decided to paint this room as well and we layered in the color Silver Strand SW 7057.

It is the prettiest light gray color that adds another dimension to this tiny space and opens it up and gives it its own personality.

The color gray is similar to the grout color that we used for the tile in the shower.

Even the towels match perfectly.

And as pretty as this paint is?

There’s something even more amazing about it.

You see, these two colors Let It Rain SW 9152 and Silver Strand SW 7057 are part of the

Sherwin-Williams new Living Well™ collection of palettes and innovative paint products designed to help you do more with the spaces in your home.

We painted the bathroom with SuperPaint® Interior

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DIY fan gives outdated kitchen an amazing makeover using Wilko bargains & saves a fortune by doing EVERYTHING herself

A DIY enthusiast has shown off the incredible result of hard work and creativity after completely transforming her outdated kitchen on the cheap.

Rachel Rose wanted a brand new kitchen for her Glasgow home, but wanted to keep the costs down – so took to it with a paintbrush instead giving is a bright, modern makeover.

Rachel Rose gave her kitchen a cheap makeover and it looks incredible

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Rachel Rose gave her kitchen a cheap makeover and it looks incredibleCredit: Rachel Rose/ Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It/Facebook

Opting for a white-wash, modern look, Rachel, who shares her home interiors on Instagram, said she achieved the look by painting the cupboards with Wilko paint and tackled the work tops with modern marble-effect sticky-back plastic.

But the DIY fan thought of everything – even a solution for extra storage.

Rachel said she picked up some storage extenders from The Range for just £3 which helped her declutter and store more in the cupboards.

Speaking of the cost involved, Rachel told Fabulous that she was gifted the Wilko cupboard paint, which normally costs £20 a tin – which meant saving some extra money.

Her and her boyfriend are selling the house and wanted to spruce up the outdated space

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Her and her boyfriend are selling the house and wanted to spruce up the outdated spaceCredit: Rachel Rose/ Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It/Facebook

Before adding a lick of paint, she washed the cupboards down with sugar soap and lightly sanded them before adding a primer and a couple of coats of paint.

Detailing the process, she revealed: “The work top was in good enough condition but just needed updated so we vinyl wrapped it. It was from a company called create your world- total cost for that was £18.

“The accessories I had already got but not found a place for so that saved money there. Shelving was upcycled with the same furniture paint. Luckily the tiles didn’t need upcycled so they just got cleaned and then I regrouted them with a pen that costs £5! “

Rachel also replaced the blinds with new ones from The Range which cost her £22.99, and thought up a clever way to fix her uneven floors without it costing a fortune.

She used cupboard paint and sticky-back plastic to achieve the look

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She used cupboard paint and sticky-back plastic to achieve the lookCredit: Rachel Rose/ Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It/Facebook
They even found a cheap way to fix the uneven floors by watching Youtube clips

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They even found a cheap way to fix the uneven floors by watching Youtube clipsCredit: Rachel Rose/ Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It/Facebook

To avoid the extra costs involved in replacing the floor, Rachel said: ” We saved money by buying the self levelling concrete x2 bags for £20 each from wickes and followed youtube videos to lay it ourselves.”

And added: “The underlay was from b&q it was £7.50 per pack we got 3x packs but only needed 2x so we are using the rest for around the flat.

“The flooring is deco click vinyl which is super easy to lay and cut yourself as it clicks into place. That was on offer at b&m and we got it for roughly £22 per box

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Hannah Green’s stroke rehabilitation garden at Maidstone Hospital gets a makeover

A garden which is used by stroke patients as part of their rehabilitation process has been given a make-over thanks to an army of volunteers and generous donations from the community.

Hannah’s Garden, at Maidstone Hospital, was created seven years ago after former stroke patient Hannah Green raised £5,000 to transform what was then a small grassy area next to the Stroke Unit into a tranquil space so that patients had somewhere to have some of their physiotherapy sessions outside or just to sit quietly and enjoy the sunshine.

From left, Maria Fabian from MTW NHS Trust, Hannah Green, Andrew Green; with to the rear contractor guests
From left, Maria Fabian from MTW NHS Trust, Hannah Green, Andrew Green; with to the rear contractor guests

Over time, the area had started to look a little tired and it was decided to give it a spruce-up.



The renovated garden has two new benches, multi-surface paths, plants and landscaping work, and a bespoke mural of a natural landscape painted by artist Luzia Jordan, with John Cabean creating a video of her at work on the creation.

The garden was officially re-opened today by its founder Hannah Green who returned for a small, socially distanced ceremony. Mrs Green was accompanied by her husband, Andrew, with other guests including contractors who had provided gardening and construction services for the garden.

Mrs Green, from Maidstone, said: “I know only too well through my own personal experiences that patients who are undergoing rehabilitation in a hospital setting following a stroke want to be able to go outside and enjoy the sunshine, have the opportunity for some peace or be able to have some of their physiotherapy sessions outside.

“During my long recovery in hospital it was difficult to get my wheelchair over the rough grass outside the Stroke Unit.”

Video by John Cabean

“I wanted to be able to create a tranquil area away from the ward and put in some beautiful plants to make the area as attractive as possible. Gardening can also be a really useful therapy for stroke patients.

“The stroke garden includes two benches in memory of my mum and dad that were kindly donated by staff at Notcutts Garden Centre, where my mum used to work.

“This will create an attractive seating area for patients, their family and friends, and staff to enjoy.”

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75 Home Improvement Tips – Easy Ways to Makeover Your House

Your home, like life, is a series of evolutions and special moments. Tackle these mini projects yourself — and sometimes with help! — and you’ll create a space that’s truly your own. Flaunt your “after” pictures on Instagram by tagging #MyHouseBeautiful — we’ll publish our faves this spring!

1. Restyle your bookcase. Strip off those garish dust jackets, assemble an arsenal of pretty like-colored objets, and paint the back wall of the shelf a calm — or glamazonian — hue to make it all pop.

Jonny Valiant

2. Wrap books in shimmery marbleized paper. Available at craft stores, it makes even the fluffiest beach read look smart. Luxe much?

Lara Robby/Studio D

3. Good lighting changes everything. This update doesn’t require an electrician: Mount a plug-in sconce to spotlight a painting or your nighttime reading. Illuminating! ($595, Serena & Lily)

Serena & Lily

4. Class up cabinets with knobs that wow you. You can swap out the pulls yourself in minutes.

5. Visual mishmash out, big beauty moment in! Take down all the pictures in a room and rehang them as one statement-making gallery wall. 

cylinder coffee table

Jonny Valiant

6. Upgrade your shower nozzle. It’s not your water pressure, it’s your showerhead. Switch it out for Waterpik’s Torrent PowerSpray. It feels like a downpour. In the Maldives. ($35, Waterpik)

7. Paint the ceiling. A.k.a. the fifth wall. Blue is as calming as the sky, silver reflects light, jewel tones are bravely bold — and just might work.

The glossy barrel ceiling in the master bath is painted in Farrow & Ball's Skylight. P. E. Guerin tub fixtures. DeAngelis chair in Empress Satin by Fret Fabrics.

8. Add a little bling. Have your framer gild a lamp, table, or chair in gold leaf (or silver, or copper, or metallic hot pink).

9. Restock your linen closet. If you wouldn’t show your current bath towels and bed linens to your visiting mother-in-law, ditch ’em and start anew. You deserve better.

10. Contain your kitchen. Under-counter swing-out corner storage helps organize a clutter zone — ideal for heavy, rarely used pots, or the collection of Tupperware we all inevitably amass. (Hardware Resources)

11. Invest in a great mattress. Something that gets to sleep with you for years should be worthy! Stearns & Foster’s Estate line is cashmere-wrapped for winter warmth and summer cool. 

12. Make an opening statement. Buy house numbers with (ahem) character. ($25 each, Nak Nak Design)

Nak Nak Design

13. Find your crowning glory. Hire a contractor to add crown molding, a chair rail, or wainscoting to a room or two — it’s a one-day job with architectural pow.

14. Dress your windows. The Shade Store can install anything from ripple-fold curtains to wood blinds just 10 days after you order. 

15. Add tassels and tiebacks. Or glam up what you’ve got with silken accessories — tassels, once a talisman against evil spirits, are timeless and touchable.

16. Paint your muntins black. Or order Marvin Windows and Doors’ powder-coated beauties, which can match any color. 

17. When in doubt, go for linen curtains. Restoration Hardware’s Belgian linen is beloved, thanks to sustainably grown flax

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This Kitchen Makeover Makes the Case for Bold Color Blocking

AFTER: The mint green wall balances the deep tones of the teal cabinets and the yellow shine of the brass backsplash and hardware.

So Camille and Carole set about reorganizing the space, focusing on relocating elements and circulation so that their client’s living-dining-cooking spaces flowed better and centered around an unexpected multifunctional feature: “two back-to-back benches, one for the dining table and the other for the living room,” says Camille. By placing the bench so that it serves both the kitchen/dining and living rooms, it also acts as a de facto divider between the two spaces. To further delineate this separation, they placed a partition with clear glass and a black frame that stretched from the top of the bench to the underside of the ceiling. The glass partition was a specific request from the client, drawing the eye up to the high ceiling while still maintaining views across the spaces.

The wall in the kitchen is painted with Farrow & Ball’s Teresa’s Green.

In the kitchen, Coci Studio further emphasized the ceiling height with two different strategies: “We extended the cabinets up to the ceiling along one wall, using the verticality of the space, and then along another wall only used lower cabinets. The two opposite strategies play with a single characteristic of the space,” explains Camille. When it came to deciding on a material palette, the idea was for the kitchen to be “a composition of elements in brass, marble, and light,” Camille says. A white marble countertop with undulating yellow-gray veining contrasts with a shining brass backsplash, cabinet hardware, and toe kick—all set against a mint background, free of upper cabinets that would clutter the space. The lower cabinets and an adjacent wall with full-height cabinetry were outfitted with wood doors, but rather than leaving them with a natural finish, Coco Studio selected a deep green stain that employed a dramatic color choice without totally masking the movement and organic nature of the wood.

The ash wood cabinets contrast with the Portuguese marble countertop, which has grooves cut into the countertop for drainage.

A key element of the kitchen was the ventilation hood, which Camille notes “is usually not the most attractive object in the kitchen. It’s often overlooked, camouflaged.” But, she determined, it has the potential to be a beautiful focal point, “giving character to a kitchen,” and so Coci Studio clad it in the same shining brass as the backsplash and gave it a strong, sleek geometrical form. It sits almost like a piece of sculpture on the wall, simple yet evocative.

The spice shelf was custom-made with hooks and a towel rack.

The table in the living area marries the marble of the kitchen counters and the metal of the glass partition.

In the living room, Camille and Carole continued elements found in the kitchen, designing a small coffee table with the rest of the marble from the countertop and continuing the same metal used for the glass partition frames. “We imagined this space

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Mum shows off dream Alice In Wonderland-themed ‘revenge’ bathroom makeover after leaving husband who refused to decorate

A MOTHER has revealed how she “took her life back with both hands” and revamped her downstairs bathroom after separating from her husband.

Nicola Bullock, 44, from Bracknell, turned her “drab and dreary” bathroom into a quirky Alice in Wonderland themed room with a twist following her marriage breakdown. 

Nicola was inspired to revamp her bathroom after her marriage broke down

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Nicola was inspired to revamp her bathroom after her marriage broke downCredit: Supplied

The mother and customer services employee shared her DIY transformation project on Facebook and claimed her “ex husband refused to do any decorating.”

Posting amazing before-and-after photos, Nicola added: “He left and this is my first ever room revamp.”

The post instantly raked up nearly 9,000 likes and over a thousand comments from strangers praising Nicola’s bravery as well as her impressive DIY skills.

Nicola said her former marital situation at home prevented her from decorating the house so the day she separated from her husband, she started her “DIY mission”.

Her Facebook post has racked up over 9,000 'likes'

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Her Facebook post has racked up over 9,000 ‘likes’Credit: Supplied
Nicola said she wanted to 'decorate him out of her house'

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Nicola said she wanted to ‘decorate him out of her house’Credit: Supplied

The mother said not only has she “washed that man out of her hair”, she has “decorated him out of her house”. 

She said: “The day I separated from my husband was the day I took back my life with both hands and started my DIY mission on my house.

“I just wanted to show others even if you have never done anything like that before be brave and have a go, as I was made to believe that I would never be able to do anything well. 

“The past several months have taught me that sometimes we have no control over what happens to us but we can control how we react and that is where our power and strength lies.’

Nicola started by stripping off all the wallpaper and repapering it with a funky Alice in Wonderland styled pattern. 

She fitted new flooring, took off the radiator and repainted it, boxed in exposed pipes, put a new toilet seat on, replaced the flush and repainted an old mirror. 

She began by stripping the wallpaper

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She began by stripping the wallpaperCredit: Supplied
The mum was fed up with the 'drab and dreary' room

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The mum was fed up with the ‘drab and dreary’ roomCredit: Supplied

The mother said: “The downstairs toilet was the room I started on. It was my first time doing anything like this, so I have basically not washed that man out of my hair, I’m decorating him out of our house. 

“The decor in that room was the previous owners’ and I found it drab and dreary. 

“It did seem like I had a big challenge ahead of me but I take part in 100km ultra challenge events for fun, so the decorating seemed like a much easier and less painful challenge.’

However Nicola admitted she does have a newfound respect for professional decorators after attempting the hot and sweaty work during the UK’s recent heatwave. 

Onc she stripped the wallpaper off, she put up the lining

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Couple give ‘scabby’ bathroom a DIY makeover ‘saving thousands’

A couple have given their ‘scabby’ bathroom a modern makeover – and saved themselves ‘thousands of pounds’ in the process.

It’s their third transformation project during lockdown, having created a cosy garden hangout for £200, a country-style kitchen, and now a bathroom fit for a stylish hotel – which they say was their ‘toughest project yet’.

Ben Wright, 36, and his wife, 37, spent just £600 on completely overhauling their old and tired bathroom using bargain finds from Amazon, The Range, and B&M.

The multimedia designer, who taught himself how to tile on YouTube, said: “Bathrooms are no mean feat. I have a newfound respect for plumbers and tilers after doing the whole thing myself.

“It was arguably the toughest project yet.”

Ben installed a brand new waterfall shower, toilet, and vanity unit, completing the ambitious renovation in less than four weeks.

Posting the impressive results in the DIYOnABudget Facebook group, he added: “Turned my dingy, scabby, little bathroom into a hotel inspired bathroom. I reckon we’ve still saved thousands by shopping around and doing it ourselves!”



a sink and a bath tub: The Wright's family bathroom before the renovation


© Ben Wright
The Wright’s family bathroom before the renovation



a close up of a sink: The process during - which Ben describes as 'no mean feat'


© Ben Wright
The process during – which Ben describes as ‘no mean feat’

“At times, we doubted the decision to do it ourselves. There were hurdles, many of them along the way! Leak after leak!

“The plumbing work hadn’t been touched in over 40 years which meant every time I so much as breathed in the direction of some of the old joins, they’d happily just start leaking! At one point the ceiling collapsed in the room below!

“I’ve picked up many skills in the last six months so it wasn’t a huge deal and wasn’t long before it was patched up. Hugely stressful though!”



a glass shower door: The project took less than four weeks


© Ben Wright
The project took less than four weeks

Ben, who shares his renovations on his dedicated DIY Instagram page, managed to build the vanity unit by sourcing old scrap wood from Facebook Marketplace for free.

The DIY-lover told the M.E.N.: “It feels beyond amazing to have a bathroom we can be proud of and somewhere we can enjoy and relax in.”

He’s written a rough cost breakdown of everything that was bought, as well as where it was purchased from.

Shopping list

Tiles, adhesive, grout, backing boards, edging = £310. Tiles are from Wickes: City Stone, Grey.

Bath taps = £45 – Amazon

Rainfall shower = £26 – Amazon

Bath screen = £10 – Facebook Marketplace

Vanity unit = Free. Built from scrap wood – Facebook Marketplace

Vanity unit handle = £2 – Toolstation

Vanity basin and tap = £15 – Facebook Marketplace



a sink and a white tub sitting next to a window: Ben built the vanity unit with old scraps of wood for free from Marketplace


© Ben Wright
Ben built the vanity unit with old scraps of wood for free from Marketplace

Toilet = £50 – Screwfix

Radiator paint = £8 – Screwfix

Kitchen ceiling = Free. Left over from a previous job

Caddy and hook = £13 – The Range

Toilet roll holder + towel ring = £15 – The Range

Mirror = £20 – Dunelm

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Inner city kitchen makeover

Remember the love affair with all things country in the 1990s? That was what confronted interior designer Monique Sartor when she and her husband bought a large but largely unloved terrace in Glebe.

“It was a country-style kitchen with a terrible layout,” Monique says. “There was a fireplace which was where they put the stove and then there was a tiny bit of benchspace and then the sink.”

When she found herself holding some of the cupboard doors together with wood glue, Monique realised it was time for a full renovation.

“I wanted the kitchen to have a more functional layout,” she says.

“The old fireplace took up more than half that wall and there was no space to eat in the kitchen, or do homework. You had to go into the dining room.”

The east-facing kitchen was gutted and windows on the southern side were replaced by doors, offering access to a deck.

Monique designed a kitchen along one wall with a long island bench and breakfast bar through the middle, and an upholstered seat under the window.

The old hallway was converted into a separate pantry and powder room while Monique also created a sunroom on the other side of the dining room.

With close attention to natural light, Monique went to town on pattern and colour, using bold fabrics, wallpapers and floor tiles. Black and white floor tiles connect the sunroom, kitchen and powder room while wallpaper from Osborne & Little and Casamance fabric bring the spaces to life. While Monique was confident in her choices, other family members took a little longer to get on board.

“I told my husband I was going to wallpaper the powder room but I didn’t show him which one,” she says. “There was some initial negativity but now anytime anyone comes over, that’s the first place he takes them.”

Appliances such as the fridge and dishwasher have been concealed to make the space feel less clinical, along with an artwork Monique created herself. Black and white photographs she took and framed make a striking display in the sunroom.

Although the rooms are unapologetically colourful, with a white Corian benchtop and blue/grey joinery, the base is quite neutral, making it surprisingly easy to change up. She now uses her kitchen to show clients how colour can work for them.

“It helps people visualise how it will look,” she says.

Pictures: Aaron Busch

THE PROJECT

Owners

Interior designer Monique Sartor, her husband and their two kids

Designer

Sartorial Interiors, sartorialinteriors.com.au

The brief

To replace the country-style kitchen with a harder working, more functional space and connect it better to the other rooms

The site

A large terrace in Glebe that had seen better days

Design solution

To create a colourful, streamlined eat-in kitchen with easy flow to the dining room, sunroom and outdoors

How long did it take

Three months

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Beautiful Kitchen Makeover in a Gorgeous Way

The kitchen is the heart of every residence and that place must be designed and decorated with all necessary features. The place should be kept hygienic always; hence top quality material should be designed within the kitchen to make it appropriate for cooking. But, to do that every homeowner should be aware of different areas relating to decoration and designing of a kitchen. Budget is also another significant factor which is also to be taken into consideration once you are planning to renovate the kitchen. Different types of tiles and marbles are available in the market and these are available at different prices too. Here you just need to calculate your budget and select the marbles or tiles accordingly.

Among different designs, kitchen backsplash is known to be one of the most exclusive ways to give your kitchen a special appearance. Here one can use subway tiles and these tiles will give your kitchen an exclusive look. Here we can take a look at the required designs for your kitchen.

Dimensions: For flooring, it is necessary to take a look at various types of tiles or marbles which can meet your demand within your budget. For backsplash designing, you can opt for porcelain tiles which are available at a reasonable price in the market. Here you need to consult with professionals who can guide you to have the best quality tiles which are available with great mix and match.

Dove Gray: Dove Gray Arabesque has become one of the most exclusive designs for backsplashes. This design does not involve lots of tiles but this will generate a big impression. For kitchen countertop and backsplash wall, these tiles are just perfect for designing the backsplashes. This will cover one wall and one particular section and here you should not invest in all the walls. These backsplashes will surely give become a focal point of the room.

Classique White: white is always known to be one of the most popular designs since the past and if you install white tiles inside the kitchen, you will get a luxury design. The Classique White Carrara is less expensive and these are easy to use and these tiles are free from scratch.

Fossil Canyon: for renovating your kitchen, it is always suggested to go with glass mosaic tiles. The Fossil Canyon Blend mosaic Tiles are extremely necessary for all types of backsplash designs.

Arctic Storm: This is another great way to design the countertop and backsplashes and this will automatically make your kitchen elegant and more classic. Here you can opt for Arctic Storm Bamboo Pattern which is a great option for giving your kitchen an excellent appearance.

Here it is suggested to take necessary details from the professional companies to take necessary details regarding how to carry on the necessary kitchen renovation work. The professionals will guide you to make the kitchen more ethnic and elegant.…

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Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets For a Great Kitchen Makeover

One of the more costly items in any kitchen remodel is the replacement of the cabinets. Many people face living with their present out dated kitchens simply because spending ten thousand dollars or more on new cabinets is simply not within their budget. However, there is a way that you can get that fresh new looking kitchen without having to replace the cabinets. Refinishing kitchen cabinets is a project that almost any homeowner can accomplish themselves for just a few hundred dollars and also face no lost time when it comes to the use of their kitchen.

If you look at your kitchen cabinets and the only thing you find you dislike about them is the finish, then you can easily remedy the problem. While the process is simple and easy, it does require quite a bit of work do be done properly. The doors will need to be removed from the cabinets, all surfaces cleaned, sanded and primed, along with the application of the new finish. Depending on whether you choose to refinish your cabinets by applying a new stained finish or a painted finish will determine the exact process you will follow.

Once you decide that refinishing your kitchen cabinets will provide you with the results you are looking for, you need to evaluate the condition of your cabinets to determine if they are structurally sound enough to last for several more years. Take a look at the cabinet boxes paying particular attention to the areas where they are joined at the corners. Insure that these joints are tight, or if not, make sure that they can be repaired and made tight once again. Check beneath the sink for any signs of water damage due to leakage from the plumbing supply or drainage systems. Now check that no doors are warped and all drawers operate smoothly and close tightly. If you find all these items to be satisfactory, then you can proceed with refinishing your kitchen cabinets.

To achieve the best results possible in this process, first take a trip to a local kitchen design center or home improvement store and choose a finish that you like. Obtain a sample of the finish color and head for your local paint store. I like to purchase materials for this product from a paint supply store because they will normally have employees that are knowledgeable about the exact products that will produce the best results. You will spend a little more money there, but you want the best quality paint, stain, and application supplies that are available if you want to produce great results. Remember, you are saving tens of thousands of dollars by not replacing your cabinets, so spend a little more to get quality materials.

In addition to purchasing high quality primers, paints or stains, and applicators, be prepared to take your time when you undertake this process. While there is nothing at all fun about refinishing kitchen cabinets, taking your time and completing each step thoroughly, will …

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