Ask Angie

Reglazing is best way to update kitchen cabinets

 

www.AngiesList.com

Q. I am looking to have my kitchen cabinets painted. My neighbor had terrible results with peeling paint, leaving me a bit nervous. My current cabinets are in good shape with a tough factory finish. I have heard that surface preparation is critical with these finishes in order for the paint to properly adhere and take the beating and wiping that cabinets must take. What do you recommend?

Robin W., Pittsburgh

Experts I’ve spoken with don’t recommend painting your cabinets with a traditional paint, just as they don’t recommend painting a car the same way.

Here’s the problem: Most cabinets today have laminate fronts, so sanding and painting those will likely end up with less-than-ideal results. Technically, you could lightly sand and paint over a solid wood cabinet, but wood cabinets can still be susceptible to warping and peeling, aand using the wrong type of paint could still lead to poor results.

If you’re serious about painting and have solid wood cabinets, I recommend consulting with a reputable interior painter to ensure you properly prepare the area and use the correct type of paint.

You do have other — and I believe, better — options, though, to give your cabinets a new, updated look for significantly less than what it would cost to replace them. Because you’re interested in painting them, I recommend talking to a highly rated cabinet company that offers refinishing, or reglazing, work. Reglazing your cabinets can save you up to 80 percent of the cost of replacement, plus you can choose from a variety of colors, so you can customize their appearance to your taste.

Reglazing, or refinishing, is similar to painting a car rather than a house. Cabinets are cleaned, sanded and taped off. The surface is primed and sprayed with an industrial topcoat, giving the cabinets a smooth surface and durable finish. The process typically takes less than a day and the cabinets can be used almost immediately after. The condition of your cabinets can play a role in whether or not it’s worth reglazing them, so get advice from a professional on your best option.

If reglazing isn’t in the cards, another option is to reface your cabinets. Refacing can save between 30 and 50 percent of the cost of replacement. With refacing, you can change the type of wood, finish and door design of your cabinets. You keep the existing cabinet boxes in place, replacing only the doors and drawer fronts with a matching wood or laminate veneer, as well as the handles, hinges and hardware. The process typically takes a few days and you’re still able to use the cabinets in the interim. When the job is complete, the cabinets have the same appearance as new cabinets would.

Instead of painting, I recommend pursuing one of these options to achieve a high-end, customized look for not a lot of money.

Read more Home & Garden stories from the Miami Herald

  •  
This impressive and rather rare vase was made in England by a company that was founded in 1820 to make utilitarian items out of stoneware.

    Treasures

    How old is this vase from my great-grandfather?

    Q: Attached are photos of a vase that once belonged to my great-grandfather. It is marked “Coulton, Burslem” and is decorated with painted poppies and a three-dimensional dragon. It is marked with an emblem with a crown on top and the number 1922. It is 221/2 inches tall. Would it be possible for you to tell me how old it is and the approximate value?

  •  
A native ladybug on a firebush in Terri Stephens’ yard.

    Gardening

    The gardener and the ladybugs

    A citizen-scientist documents the ladybugs in her South Dade yard for a research project.

  •  
This Wellworth two-piece elongated dual-flush from Kohler comes in a right-side flush option.

    Ask a plumber

    Looking for the ‘right’ flushing toilet

    Q: Our toilet is in the corner of our bathroom very close to a wall on the left hand side of the toilet. I have always been frustrated that the flushing handle is on the left side of the toilet, in a tight spot next to that wall. We’re planning to replace this toilet. Can I get a new toilet with the flushing handle on the right side of the toilet?

Miami Herald

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category