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They’re also among the most expensive feature to replace in the kitchen.So that’s where these inexpensive cosmetic miracles fit in.

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I live in a picturesque market town in Hertfordshire, England.

I have a passion for frugal living, upcycling vintage furniture, home decor, DIY and secondhand shopping. I've done plenty of research on this subject and I must say, most of it recommends using a super primer like Zinsser or Blackfriars. Mostly on forums where it was recommended by people who paint kitchens for a living.

I've known about ESP since the mid nineties when they mentioned it daily on ''Change That'' the greatest TV show known to man.

I really thought that this was a lazy persons product. You wipe it on liberally, wait 10 minutes, wipe off the excess with a clean dry cloth, wait two hours and you can paint. There was a small area in my cabinet framework where I noticed a little residue of a sticky dot.

For people who can't be bothered to sand properly or for people who are on telly and have a very short time frame in which to paint furniture. I left it unpainted and when the surrounding paint was dry, I decided to sand it off.

Being a total perfectionist, ESP and I never crossed paths. I read the words, ''chemically bonds the paint on to a surface'' and I was intrigued. The surrounding areas were sanded too and that paint didn't shift. I would have imagined that the paint would have peeled away very easily.

One litre would be enough to do my 22 doors more than three times over. I only had one handle, my sample handle but the others are coming tomorrow. I'm totally thrilled with my one solitary cupboard door.

It's clear and thin like water so it stretches pretty far. Well this one has turned out just like it did in my head.

If you're thinking of painting your kitchen doors, look no further.

Cabinets arguably take up the most real estate in your kitchen.

So if they’re sad, the whole kitchen looks a bit depressed.