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Painting Metal Kitchen Cabinets

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Painting Metal Kitchen Cabinets

Painting Kitchen Cabinet Ideas The strategy of a well-placed coat of paint on your kitchen cabinets will transform the room. Ideas for Painting Kitchen Cabinets Get ideas for painting kitchen cabinets. Painting Kitchen Cabinets Discover ideas for painting kitchen cabinets with these helpful hints and tips. Kitchen Cabinet Door Accessories and Components Dive into the range of available kitchen cabinet door accessories and components, and create a kitchen with style to spare. Painting Kitchen Cabinets Antique White Get ideas for painting kitchen cabinets antique white. Kitchen Cabinet Components Get the information you need on the different components and accessories available for custom kitchen cabinets. Kitchen Cabinet Paint Colors Your personality will really shine through with the paint colors you choose for your kitchen cabinets. Painted Kitchen Cabinet Ideas 7 Photos Paint Colors for Kitchen Cabinets Get info on paint colors and shades for kitchen cabinets, and be ready to choose the right hue for your kitchen design. Painting Kitchen Cabinets Learn how to completely transform an outdated kitchen by simply painting the cabinets.
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Painting Metal Kitchen Cabinets

Metal kitchen cabinets are an attractive, durable addition to any kitchen. Because they can be stripped and refinished without any danger of warping the metal, they are also a very desirable choice for homeowners who enjoy frequently changing and updating their kitchen. Painting your metal kitchen cabinets is not only non-destructive, but also very simple.
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Painting Metal Kitchen Cabinets

Primer is essential when working with metal cabinets. Of course, it is an essential part of any painting project, but it is particularly important when you are working with metal. Because metal is so vulnerable to rust and corrosion, it is very important that you do something to help prevent corrosion from occurring. Primer is a great for this job because it is a sealant. This means that it prevents moisture and other destructive elements from entering the surface of your metal cabinet. In addition, if you plan to make a dramatic color change, primer aids in fostering and preserving color integrity. When applying primer to metal cabinets, the easiest method is to use spray can primer. It is affordable, simple to use, and spares you the hassle of dealing with brushes. Primer should always be applied in several thin layers rather than in one thick layer. This is to optimize its performance as a sealant and to prevent unsightly dripping and running. Spray a thin layer of primer over your cabinet, and let it dry for several hours. If you have the time to let it dry for a day, that would be preferable, but a few hours will do in a pinch. Once that coat has dried, apply another. When that one dries, apply another. You could repeat the process many times, but a few coats should do the trick. After applying your last coat of primer, let it dry a bit longer than you let the previous coats dry, and then move onto the next step.
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Painting Metal Kitchen Cabinets

Interest in metal kitchen cabinets is growing: Here in the U.S. there seems to be a growing community of people trying to collect and restore vintage metal kitchen cabinets. This can be a journey… an endeavor… yes, a trial… because it can take a while to hunt down enough used cabinets to fit the configuration that you need. Some readers have collected three kitchens just to get the pieces they need. Many have driven, like, 15 hours there and 15 hours back to get the sets they want. Then there’s repainting… I recommend dealing with professionals to get the best results. Even this can be tricky — you need to find pro’s who will work with you and you will want to ensure the stripping and painting processes they use are appropriate for your gems. If you DIY, please take care to test your cabinets for lead paint and other safety/environmental issues and to plan accordingly.
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Painting Metal Kitchen Cabinets

The key, if you want to find these cabinets and make them your own: Patience. Doing these kinds of projects is a real hassle… you must have the mindset to take it on… if you do, the results can be very gratifying. Remember my kitchen (pictured again behind me, that’s my vintage Republic cabinets salesman’s sample kit)? It took me FIVE YEARS to find them. I almost gave up, and had pursued bids on MDF cabinets to paint aquamarine. Then, at the 11th hour, the retro decorating gods sent me 68 steel cabinets, original aquamarine finish, that had once been used by nuns to teach cooking. My kitchen has been featured in two magazines and all over the intranet. Moreover — the pursuit is what led me to create this blog. Over those five years of searching, I gathered so much info on vintage steel kitchen cabinets and the other elements to pull the kitchen together, that I decided to create the blog to share the info with others.
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Painting Metal Kitchen Cabinets

If you tend to be more adventurous when it comes to color, your cabinets are a great place to have some fun. Yellow is a common go-to kitchen color; on cabinets you can try a light, buttery yellow or a pastel shade more reminiscent of lemonade. Sky blue is another popular kitchen color for walls and cabinets. It can create an airy, ethereal vibe and looks great with white and stainless steel accents. Mint green or bluish greens can look really nice on kitchen cabinets as well.
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Painting Metal Kitchen Cabinets

Ordinary paint won’t adhere to metal kitchen cabinets and drawers the way it would to wood or particleboard cabinets — not for long, anyway. But if you’re willing to take a couple of extra steps, you can utilize a primer and paint combination that will produce a lasting finish for any type of kitchen cabinets.
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Coated Metal Cabinets Most painted metal kitchen cabinets and drawers were factory finished with an epoxy finish or a powder coating. Before applying a new coat of paint, you’ll need to rough up the old finish using a 180-grit sandpaper. You can then apply a bonding primer, also known as an adhesion primer. Once the primer has dried completely, you can apply an eggshell or glossy interior acrylic paint as your top coat.
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“Vermin-proof”: The history of postwar steel kitchen cabinets in fact starts decades before. I’ve spotted “hoosier cabinets” from as early as the 1920s that were made of steel. These were promoted as “vermin proof.” Cleanliness was a big concern for homemakers in earlier parts of American history. For example, the whole notion of “Sanitary Kitchens” was very important. Remember, we had no vaccine for polio, for example, until the mid-50s, and the flu epidemic in 1914-1918 killed 450,000 people in the U.S. and up to 70 million worldwide. Rats and mice could not eat through steel — so if you had a metal hoosier (or at minimum, a metal flour bin) they couldn’t get into your foodstuffs and contaminate them.
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There are lots of colors that work well on kitchen cabinets, but it can be tricky to find the right one. Before selecting an unusual hue, take into account the other items and colors in the room. Look at your walls, counters, backsplash, floor and appliances. If you already have a lot of color in the room, it’s best to go with white or neutral cabinets. There are many different shades of white to choose from, but all of them will help your room feel bright and fresh. White cabinets can also brighten up a dark room. Some good neutral colors for kitchen cabinets include light gray, dark gray, or greige (a mix of gray and beige). These neutrals will help ground your space and give you freedom to incorporate more playful colors via accessories and appliances.
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Fast forward 45 years to today, and steel kitchen cabinets are making a comeback. In 2008 the same company that makes Viking ranges re-introduced St. Charles steel kitchen cabinets to the market. They come in 23 powder coated colors and stainless steel (above). But, they do not seem to be targeted at the retro market — they are high-end Euro style. I believe that in Europe, steel kitchen cabinets are also available, and like current-day St. Charles, high-end. Update: Viking discontinued the St. Charles brand in early 2012.

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