How a professional transforms kitchen cabinets
- Furniture Rescues specializes in transforming furniture,
- Owner and decorative painter, Rachel Mongillo walks us through repainting honey-color cabinets.
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Rachel Mongillo: I'm Rachel Mongillo, owner of Furniture Rescues. Today, we're getting ready to start a
So, the first step of this process is the part where we need to be the most organized. We give every door and drawer front a number, and there's a coordinating baggie that has numbers on it, and all the screws, all the hardware, all the hinges, and parts go in each of those baggies. This is important, because when they go back up, everything needs to match. So, once all of the baggies are identified, now all of our doors and drawer fronts are off, and we have what we call a naked kitchen. Now we have to protect all the contents and all the surfaces of the kitchen. Now we're ready to do the work. So, now our surfaces are prepped and it's time to clean,
Kitchens take a lot of abuse. There's grease, there's hands, there's cooking. They need some really serious coatings to be successful. So when you're choosing your kitchen cabinet
Over time, in the summer months and the winter months, as the weather changes, the wood panels on your cabinet doors are going to expand and contract. Caulking plays an important role in making sure that not only you see gaps in your cabinets, but also that you don't deal with cracking when the weather changes. It is important to caulk where the walls or seams of the ceiling meet your cabinet doors.
It's also important to fill in any gaps, because you don't notice things in a wood kitchen, but when it's white, you see everything. So caulking is a little tricky, but it's a very important step. So, as the caulk fills in the gap, you'll notice it's oozing out a little bit. As that happens, to keep it smooth, the best tool you can use is your finger.
These cabinets are in great condition, but a lot of times there's either damage or dings or we change the hardware spacing, and that's where we require wood filler. So, the wood filler is applied with a spackle tool, and you just take a series of steps to make sure everything's fully impacted in the hole or divot so that no shrinkage happens over time. When the doors and drawers leave the kitchen, they come to our workshop. And in our workshop, we have big cabinet racks. After each coat of paint, the doors are left to dry on the vertical racks. These racks are durable enough to hold the weight of the doors, but they're also round, so no debris will stick to them and the paint won't chip. So we put the doors on the racks, and they will stay there for up to two to three hours. After that, we can remove each door, flip it over, paint the next step, and then place it back on the rack. Everything's done top to bottom, so that we don't lose track of place. Sanding happens multiple times throughout the process. So before you add the primer, sanding happens, then the cleanup. Then, after the primer, sanding will happen again. When the first coat of paint goes on, that process of sanding will happen again, for now the third time.
In between coats of paint, you always need to do a quick sand to make sure your finish is as smooth as possible. So, now that the bases have been painted, it's time to bring back the doors and drawers and reinstall everything. Painting your kitchen is one of the best things you can do for the value of your home, for giving yourself a beautiful new look, and for not having to spend the time and money that goes into a formal renovation.
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