How to add shine to painted kitchen cabinets ?
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How to add shine to painted kitchen cabinets ?

I have painted my kitchen cabinets white (semi-gloss) and I want to add more shine to them, to give them the safe effect like adding polyurethane to wood floor finishes. Any ideas ?


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    1. Polyurethane works wonders i have used it for years

    2. Evangelina says:

      That’s a great article. We would like to tell you thank you for sharing your idea’s.

    3. tiddled says:

      Almost anyone can paint a room in your house. But there are certain techniques & guidelines to follow that will make your painting project shine.

      Trim, molding, and corners – If you’re repainting or adding a new color to a room, the first thing you want to do is paint the woodwork and trim. Then, move on to surface areas around outlets, knobs and those hard-to-reach corners. This should give you a nice outline of the room. Now mask off any areas that you don’t want painted, and finish the walls and ceilings with a roller. This spreads the paint out evenly and quickly.

      Brick walls or masonry – Use a drop cloth and roller to keep the floor or patio clean from paint speckles. Outside painting of garage walls may require some prep work. Scrape off old paint and built-up dirt. Paint the wall with a roller and then use a brush for areas that can only be reached by hand. Window trim and doors should also be painted by hand.

      Vinyl siding – The home’s vinyl siding is usually maintenance-free, but if you have some touch-up work to do, the best route is exterior paint. Make sure to purchase paint made specifically for vinyl siding. This type of siding will expand & contract with the temperature. You’ll need paint that’s made specifically for vinyl siding. And don’t add a darker color. This can do damage to the siding because of the additional heat it will absorb.

      Wood siding – First, remove damaged or rotting wood. You might have to cut away some of the vegetation to get to the wood, but this will help you when painting the new siding. Now that you have a clear view of the siding, scrape away old paint. Before installing the new boards, sand down the planks so that the primer soaks into the wood more easily. After the primer has dried, add a couple coats of paint, and your new siding should be good for at least 4-5 years.

    4. usedup says:

      A well made pair of cabinets using high-quality hardwood are an object of beauty. When such items are installed in the kitchen, most decorators will choose to go with the natural, wood surface. However, if the wooden enclosure is not made from the best of woods, then you might consider painting your cabinets
      . By choosing a painted finish, the color and design options for the kitchen will increase. Following are a few creative ideas for painting your cabinets.

      Match the Wall Color
      Paint the cabinets the same color as the wall. This is not the most imaginative idea, but sometimes a simple functional design is the best course of action. If you are using a semi-gloss paint for the walls, you can use the same paint for the cabinets or you can purchase a matching can of high-gloss paint to accent the cabinets ever so slightly.
      Complementary Colors
      Paint the cabinets in a contrasting or complementary color from that of the walls of the kitchen. You can do this in moderation by choosing a color that is close to the room color or one that matches the woodwork, or you can pick a bold, colorful hue that will make the cabinets really stand out. Either way you need to pick a glossy or semi-glossy paint to protect and accent the cabinets. Latex paint is preferred by most homeowners, but it is possible to use an oil-based paint for extra shine and durability.

      Paint Used as a Stain
      Another creative way to enhance a room is by using paint like a stain. This method is dependent on a medium grade of wood that will add to the finished appearance, because when done properly the grain of the wood will appear through the paint. To get this effect, you can use a latex- or oil-based paint, but you need to run a clean cloth rag over the surface right after you apply the paint. Finally, you need to rub the cabinet with the rag until the grain of the wood shines through in an even manner.
      Spray Painting
      Another decorating method is to remove the cabinet doors and all hardware and then spray paint the doors and body of the cabinet with a shiny, enamel paint. However, a person will need some experience with a spray gun to do this, but the results can be really striking, especially if you use contrasting colors for the cabinet doors. White cabinets with black doors might look really sharp in a kitchen without much color on the walls or woodwork.
      Stenciling
      Stenciling a design on the front of the cabinet door or on the side of a row of cabinets provides a unique look. Stenciling was quite popular in Colonial America, before the use of wallpaper, and today it has seen a modern revival. Pineapples were used in that period as symbols of hospitality, and a stencil design of this fruit might look good on the front of some of your cabinets.

    5. mermeliz says:

      If you wanted a high shine, then your best option would have been to use a high gloss paint instead of a semi gloss. Now that you have the semi gloss on there, if you used latex paint then use extreme caution adding clear polyurethane over it. The polyurethane may make the latex paint boil/bubble off and make a hugh mess. So make a test strip first by painting a stick with your semi gloss and after waiting a day, then coat it with your clear polyurethane. If it doesn’t cause the paint to bubble and boil off, then you’ll be safe to use it on your cabinets.

      Another option is to add a coat of high gloss paint of the same type as what you have on your cabinets instead of the polyurethane.

    6. BZB says:

      Polyurethane, varathane or any similar product will work.

    7. Sriya Kaur says:

      i think i have one better option..you will want to add a glaze over them because this will give them a beautiful shine in your kitchen.

    8. Jayjhis says:

      You can put clear polyurethane over paint too, that would be the best option. You can get it in spray, which would make it easier but possibly messier, or brush it on, just make sure you get enough because (especially with the spray) if it’s not coated thoroughly it will look splotchy and ugly.

      Also be aware that more shine will emphasize any unevenness or bumpiness in the paint you already put on, and it will show any unevenness in the coat of polyurethane too. This is true for any shiny paint or coating.

    9. extramarital says:

      Almost anyone can paint a room in your house. But there are certain techniques & guidelines to follow that will make your painting project shine.

      Trim, molding, and corners – If you’re repainting or adding a new color to a room, the first thing you want to do is paint the woodwork and trim. Then, move on to surface areas around outlets, knobs and those hard-to-reach corners. This should give you a nice outline of the room. Now mask off any areas that you don’t want painted, and finish the walls and ceilings with a roller. This spreads the paint out evenly and quickly.

      Brick walls or masonry – Use a drop cloth and roller to keep the floor or patio clean from paint speckles. Outside painting of garage walls may require some prep work. Scrape off old paint and built-up dirt. Paint the wall with a roller and then use a brush for areas that can only be reached by hand. Window trim and doors should also be painted by hand.

      Vinyl siding – The home’s vinyl siding is usually maintenance-free, but if you have some touch-up work to do, the best route is exterior paint. Make sure to purchase paint made specifically for vinyl siding. This type of siding will expand & contract with the temperature. You’ll need paint that’s made specifically for vinyl siding. And don’t add a darker color. This can do damage to the siding because of the additional heat it will absorb.

      Wood siding – First, remove damaged or rotting wood. You might have to cut away some of the vegetation to get to the wood, but this will help you when painting the new siding. Now that you have a clear view of the siding, scrape away old paint. Before installing the new boards, sand down the planks so that the primer soaks into the wood more easily. After the primer has dried, add a couple coats of paint, and your new siding should be good for at least 4-5 years.

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