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Dark to Light

I see many kitchens with dark painted sections such as central islands and large banks of tall cabinets that overpower the kitchen space.

Clients get in touch with me to ask ‘Is it possible to bring back the light?’

Yes! It is. This post shares my expertise with you of the best process for changing dark painted cupboards into refurbished, light colour painted cupboards.

My starting point is an MDF deep drawer front which, after 14 years of use, has got typical wear and tear showing including fluffy (aka blown) edges and worn paint. It had an out of date handle with three fixing points fitted that has been removed so I can fit a new style handle in a new position.

The importance of the preparation I have already blogged about in The Three P's ! It is a step not to be missed if you want the work you do on door refinishing to last the longest time.

The topcoat light colour I am using here is Egger Blue, a very pale French-grey-blue hue that is part of my 2020 Trend Kitchen Colour Collection.

I have used a micro roller to apply the topcoat which ensures that the resulting smooth finish is as close to a spray effect as possible, making it easy to wipe away any cooking spills. Two topcoats will make the pale blue colour dense and totally conceal the original dark slate green colour.

Final Result, Dark painted, shabby cupboard door into a refurbished, light painted cupboard door:

The new handle is Beechwood, painted in the same Egger Blue finish with the same process as above, so it is as durable as the door/drawer front. The blown MDF edges are fully repaired and resealed with the Kitchen Cupboard Paint, and the old handle fixing holes are almost invisible.

I hope that this guide is helpful and that you feel inspired to refurbish your kitchen Cupboard Doors too.

Until next time, stay well and take care,

From Charlotte

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