Cabinets: Updating an Outdated Wood
By: Amanda Smith
Wood is a building material that can add substantial beauty and character to any home or project. Not surprisingly, its inclusion in a project can also add substantial cost. Often homeowners are reluctant to renovate their home by ripping out this expensive upgrade, only to replace it with a cheaper alternative product, such as an mdf molding or casing.
If you are a homeowner who is reluctant to rip out your woodwork, but aware that the colour of your wood is dated, then there are some affordable solutions for you. The first solution maybe to change the hinges and handles on your cabinet doors and doors. In other cases, you may want to consider spraying out this woodwork in whatever colour you choose, to create an entirely new look for your home.
When painting your woodwork, it is important to consider two variables that will greatly affect the look and durability of your new paint finish. The first variable is to select a high quality primer—most notably an oil-base primer. Many, if not all paint stores, have discontinued oil base paints due to their high VOC content. But all paint stores will still carry oil-base primers, which are an essential ingredient to covering stains, wood and bare mdf surfaces. How do primers do this? It’s all about molecule size.
Oil-base molecules are smaller than latex-base molecules. This means that the spaces between these molecules are smaller too. Ink stains and wood tannins have a tendency of leeching through the spaces of larger molecules. By using a primer product that has smaller molecule, there is less likelihood that a stain or tannin will permeate through this coat of paint. This is the advantage of an oil-based primer.
The next variable to consider in your painted wood cabinets, doors and railings is the texture that will be left by your chosen method of refinishing. Should your selected painting company opt to brush and roll your wood surfaces, you will run the risk of seeing brush marks and roller texture. This is not to say that the quality is inferior, rather, just that the finish will not look like a smooth, factory finish.
With all this talk about spraying, you may be wondering if there is any downside to spraying? Depending on the jobsite, spraying can pose more of an inconvenience for some clients. Spraying often requires extensive prep and masking off of people’s homes, often making it inconvenient for people to function well over a few days. If you are interested in updating your wood, it is best to talk to your painter and establish a working schedule, whereby your project can be completed in manageable chunks as you live in your home. Alternatively, you may also want to schedule a weekend getaway or vacation over this time, so that everything can be painted and cleaned for your arrival home.
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