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Why choose a professional painter and decorator when painting kitchen units?

The following considerations are fundamental before embarking on painting your kitchen units.  The first consideration should always be to hire a professional kitchen painter with a proven track record and years of experience.

Expectations and Finish

With drawers, cupboard doors and facias it is important to obtain a uniform finish.  Each unit is a mini project, get one wrong and the overall impact is lost.  Working with the grain and ensuring that the painting effect looks right is of upmost importance. do you have one colour throughout or do you have contrasts, etc., etc.

Time

As indicated, allow sufficient time and do not rush for each individual project.  The importance of planning is imperative as the frontals will  require cleaning, sanding, cleaning, painting and repainting which is an overall elapsed time period of a week.  Do not think this is a one day room decorating project.

Painting in Situ

A professional kitchen painter shouldn’t need to remove anything apart from handles and knobs from the kitchen. All work can and should be done in situ, therefore minimising disruption.

Preparation

In most cases the wood will need to be sanded and primed then wiped down with tack cloths before you can consider commencing painting.

Correct Paint

Specialist trade paint must be used unless within days you want the overall effect to look poor and very quickly dated.  You will need to ascertain what the base surface is, what preparation is required for that surface e.g. wood versus melamine.  A primer will be required in most cases to ensure an even coverage and finish.  Cheap paint in this type of project is a false economy!

Paint Colour

Choosing the correct colour as with any project is important, but as indicated this is not a 24-hour project and is it the type of project you want to repeat very quickly?  It is important to spend some time considering the palate and even testing paints on wood before starting.

Finishing the project

Always consider the drying time and the need for the paint to harden before using the kitchen for everyday cooking etc.  If we are trying to cut corners at the last step and have given due consideration throughout to taking our time to achieve a professional finish it could result in having to repeat the whole project. Do you really want to do that?

The painting of kitchen units can have a considerable positive impact on your living and when the professionally painted kitchen is finished it will save you money against the alternative of replacing your kitchen.  At Borthwick Decorators we believe this is type of project no DIY painter and decorator should consider. Engaging a professional like us will ensure the project will be a success, have minimal impact on your daily life and will last a considerable time longer than a DIY project. It will also save you money in the long run! Contact us at 0800 772 3973 or visit our websites www.furniturepainters.co.uk and www.borthwickdecorators.co.uk

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