For the last 10 years, the third bedroom in my home has been serving dual purposes. I’ve been utilizing it as a home office. My husband uses it as a home gym. However, before long, this multipurpose room will need to be repurposed into a nursery. Because I can’t allow my future baby to sleep on a treadmill, my husband and I need the assistance of a remodeling contractor. This type of professional can improve this chaotic space and help turn it back into its intended purpose, a bedroom. If you need to remake one of the rooms in your home, consider hiring a remodeling contractor to complete the work for you. On this blog, you will learn the ways a remodeling contractor can transform a multipurpose room into the space you need.
If you want to update cabinets during a remodel, but you don't want to replace them, consider whitewashing. Whitewashing is a wood-preserving technique that enhances some of the natural wood grain using paint to form irregular patterns. Any type of wood cabinet can be whitewashed, but it works best on pine and oak. Here are some tips to whitewash wooden kitchen cabinets.
Prepare to Work
For this project, you need:
Lay drop cloths on the floor, on counter tops, and cover anything else you don't want paint to touch to protect them from paint drips. Use cloths and household cleaner to clean cabinets, rinse with water, and let the cabinets dry. Detach the screws on the cabinet doors with the screwdriver, and label each part.
Strip the Old Stain and Sand
Whitewashing requires removing the old stain to help the new stain stick better. Purchase a stain stripper according to the type of finish on the cabinets. Two common wood finishes are shellac and lacquer.
Wearing a dust mask, safety goggles, and gloves, apply the stain remover over the cabinet surface with a brush or rag. Let the stain stripper set according to the manufacturer's instructions, then use a rag or brush to wipe it off.
Attach medium-grit sandpaper to the power sander, sand the cabinet surface including the doors moving the sander in the direction of the grain. Clean dust particles with damp rags.
Apply the Whitewash
Open a window to ventilate the area. Mix two parts latex paint and one part water n a bucket to make your own whitewash stain, or buy a commercial stain. Water-based commercial stains produce fewer fumes, and they dry faster. Test a small mount of the stain in a hidden area, and let it stand for two or three minutes to see if you like the results.
Brush the stain on the cabinets with a wide paint brush following the wood grain. If you prefer a distressed appearance, work against the grain. Clean whitewash stain out of the screw holes with a pipe cleaner.
Let the stain dry, and apply another coat, if desired. After it dries, sand the surface to smooth it; wiping sand dust with a cloth. Apply a coat of water-based sealant, let it dry, and reattach the doors.
Whitewashing cabinets updates the look of your kitchen. If your cabinets are seriously damaged, you may want to consider hiring a remodeling contractor (like Murray Lampert Design, Build, Remodel) to replace them