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Our food producer needed help updating her kitchen in two days and with a budget of only $500.  DIY expert Wendy Russell came to the rescue and transformed her kitchen into a space she could be proud of.

Russell’s first task was to make of list of what our food producer wanted to keep and what she wanted to change. The two things she wanted to change were the cabinets and her kitchen back splash. The cabinets were dark and she wanted a more airy feeling in kitchen. She also hated the back splash in her kitchen, but was scared of tearing it down. Russell came up with some great solutions. She painted the cabinets white, changed their hardware and used a vinyl tile that went right over the old kitchen backsplash giving this space a much needed facelift. 
Tip: Planning will make the actual event a lot easier.
How to paint your kitchen cabinets:
  1. Get the right tools like a good paintbrush. To tell the difference between a good paintbrush and a bad paintbrush shake the brush and check if there are any loss hairs after. If there are any loose hairs it’s a sign that the brush will shed these hairs when you paint and you don’t want that. You’ll also need rollers. Paint stores carry new microfiber ones that are lint free but you should still wipe the rollers with a damp clothe before using.
  2. Remove all the cabinet doors and wipe them down with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust.
  3. Lightly sand your cabinets and wipe them down once more time.
  4. Apply a primer as the first coat of paint. Use a high-density brush; this will prevent the appearance of brush marks. Use a brush for the edges and corns and the rollers for larger surfaces. Let the primer dry.
Tip: It important that when applying your primer and paint that the paint is evenly distributed on the rollers. The ridges in the paint tray are there to help you even the paint out on the roll and to get rid of excess paint.  When using a paintbrush, dip it into the paint can no more than two-thirds of the way up the bristles and brush up along the sides of the paint can to remove excess paint.
Tip: Always paint in the direction of the wood’s grain.
5. Apply one layer of your paint colour or you top coat and set it aside to dry. Once dry apply a second layer of paint.
Optional: Decorative glaze to give you cabinets a more vintage look.
Great Product: Cabinet Transformation Kit 
Tip: When packing up your paint, if you have less than a quarter of can, pour it into a clean glass jar because if you keep it in the can it will go bad quickly. You should also store your paint can upside down.

Wendy Russell
DIY Expert

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