Help with kitchen.........


Old 02-10-13, 07:13 PM
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Help with kitchen.........

Please help me decide what to do with my kitchen area. It is an L shape with kitchen, dining table area, and another part that is kind of like a den/office area. The walls and cabinets are all knotty pine from the 60's. I am thinking about painting it and would like some opinions and ideas. I don't want to to a complete gut and overhaul, but would like some ideas.
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Old 02-11-13, 03:36 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Wow, what nice wood. Too much of it, granted, but nice. I don't think I would paint the walls, but if you could refinish the cabinets and paint them, it may brighten up the room. I am a naildriver, so I don't paint. However, our paint guy, Marksr, will be along after breakfast and will offer more ideas as to what should be done. Overall, it is going to be a personal preference as to how far you take it. Stay tuned.
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I like the wood and wouldn't paint it but not everyone has my tastes

To get a lasting paint job over wood you need to clean, sand and apply a solvent based primer. You can then apply 2 coats of your choice of paint [latex, waterborne or oilbase] IMO enamel is a better choice than flat - easier to clean and doesn't seem to get dirty as fast. If you paint the cabinets you definitely want to use an enamel! waterborne enamel would be my choice.
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Thank you somuch for the input! I'd love to hear more.
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If you brighten up the cabinets, I'd also look at a granite or solid surface countertop. You could extend it on the penninsula to make sort of a breakfast bar area with some stools. Also, swapping out the one central light in the kitchen for some recessed lights will brighten it up and make it feel like a newer space (though I'm not sure about that ceiling, so I'm not sure how easy that would be)

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