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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Living In: Dover, Delaware, USA
Judy in Delaware is asking: (6 answers)
OT alert! But....still kitchen-related. Has anyone ever painted kitchen cabinets? I have honey oak cabinets now, and lots of them. Sure would love to have white or off-white, and it would brighten up the kitchen, I think. But I don't want them to chip or anything like that. Any suggestions from all you great people?

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Last updated: Jan. 24, 2013 2:53 pm
Posted: Jan. 24, 2013 6:46 am
 
Answered by: linda2d
Jan. 24, 2013 6:50 am
Just a warning, which may be obvious, it's much harder to unpaint if you change your mind at a later time. I have white washed cabinets that i would love to refinish but without a ton of work, which I don't want to do, I would probably have to paint rather than sand and stain.
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linda2d
Jan. 24, 2013 6:53 am
And, yes I actually painted laminate cabinets. I did not do a fantastic prep job, just cleaned with soap and water. I used a flat paint as a primer and then an oil based gloss paint as top coat. Other than a scrape while installing the new vent fan over the stove, I never had a nick or scratch in the two years after doing it. Low traffic home though and I would think wood would stand up much better than laminate.
 
Scotdog
Jan. 24, 2013 6:54 am
I read a lot of DIY blogs and a lot of them are painting their cabinets white. It seems to be a big trend right now. I'll go find a few of them, brb . . .
 
Scotdog
Jan. 24, 2013 6:55 am
http://www.younghouselove.com/2012/01/how-to-paint-your-cabinets-aka-hallelujah/
 
sassyoldlady
Jan. 24, 2013 6:56 am
http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/painting-kitchen-cabinets/page-2.html
 
Judy in Delaware
Jan. 24, 2013 6:59 am
Thank you, thank you! I KNEW you ARers would come through.
 
Scotdog
Jan. 24, 2013 7:15 am
This couple is paying to have theirs done. Even though they are very hand, they said they weren't comfortable with the amount of work . . . http://www.thehouseofsmiths.com/2013/01/a-kitchen-re-style-part-4-cabinets.html
 
Answered by: Linda (LMT)
Jan. 24, 2013 6:51 am
Best to go to Home Depot or Lowes because they have special paints for kitchen cabinets and even counters. They will know what you need. I do know over time white will yellow somewhat because my sister had white cabinets.
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sassyoldlady
Jan. 24, 2013 6:54 am
My mom & dad's white cabinets turned pink. But that was the original color. I've never painted cabinet doors but they do it all the time on the home shows on tv. I agree with Linda, talk to them at Lowes or do some on line surfing for some how-tos.
 
Judy in Delaware
Jan. 24, 2013 6:58 am
I know what you mean about the yellowing, LMT because it happens to my baseboards somewhat. Love Lowe's so I'll check that out. Thanks.
 
Jan. 24, 2013 9:45 am
I have white kitchen cabinets. My house is 30 years old. I just had them repainted for the 2nd time a few months ago. They were white before also. Originally they were sort of blonde color. I have not had any yellowing. I do have one chip which I am not happy about. Small chip but still a chip and I see it even if everybody else does not. I would recommend have a professsional do it. I did it the first time and it didn't look near as nice as this time when a prof. did it. He charged me $450., but I felt it worth it. He did a lot of sanding and other prep work before painting.
 
Judy in Delaware
Jan. 24, 2013 10:02 am
Seems like a great price to me, Char. I have 31 doors and 15 drawers. That's why I'm kinda hesitant.....
 
Answered by: Patty Cakes
Jan. 24, 2013 6:54 am
Get a good stripper from the hardware store. And you might be able to find paint with primer already in it. I know that spray paint has primer but not sure about canned paint. Grab a good brush and take your time. Good luck!
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Scotdog
Jan. 24, 2013 6:55 am
Get a good stripper, tee hee . . . .
 
Sugarnspice
Jan. 24, 2013 6:59 am
I was thinking the same thing, Scotdog. She might be good for taking *off* the old paint ;)
 
Patty Cakes
Jan. 24, 2013 7:42 am
Lol SD, Dirty mind:) But isn't there like varnish or finish on those doors?
 
Jan. 24, 2013 8:02 am
A light sanding should be enough for the paint to adhere. I used a heat gun to remove the old paint on the worst cabinets and lightly sanded the others. The cabinets had been painted before but whoever did it did an inferior job.
 
Answered by: Marie C.
Jan. 24, 2013 6:57 am
Lol! I just finished redoing mine. I love that type of work but it is a bigger job than you think. If you use a good quality exterior latex paint it holds up very well. Foam rollers give a good coat with just a touch of texture. If you have inset panels on the cabinets they will need a bead of caulk so you do not get a dark space showing with the white.
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linda2d
Jan. 24, 2013 7:02 am
I was researching painting mine and read somewhere that exterior paint can "off gas" and shouldn't be used inside. Not sure exactly what that means and I didn't go looking for further verification or clarification, just thought I would mention it.
 
Jan. 24, 2013 7:10 am
The paint store guy said the exterior paint can be used indoors and that that is what they recommend for any surface where paint might touch, door jams and such. He also said it is harder and holds up better in a kitchen.
 
Karen Scully
Jan. 24, 2013 7:57 am
I would sand them first too, then wash them to remove any dust. But the best thing would be a good primer first. Don't buy the cheap stuff or you will have issues.
 
Judy in Delaware
Jan. 24, 2013 8:13 am
I've checked out the videos, and it looks like quite a job, but I think I'm up to it. Problem is, hubs doesn't know which way to hold a hammer, so I'm afraid this will alllll be on me. We'll see.....more research to do, but I'm stoked! Thanks, everyone.
 
Jan. 24, 2013 8:19 am
Before you get started check to see if your hinges are still good or if they need to be replaced. If they need to be replaced remove one and take it with you to find others that will match. Hinges can run into some money. Ours needed to be replaced and were so old we could not find a size that fit. We had to re-drill all the doors and use lots of shims to get the cabinets to fit.
 
kkelly
Jan. 24, 2013 8:32 am
ahhhh I did mine 3 years ago... NEVER thought it would be so much work... I did consult my paint store and asked many questions but somethings you just don't know 'til it's too late. Learn from my mistakes: Sand your cabinets before you apply paint AND in between each 3 coats of paint; be sure if you use latex paint, that you are painting over latex... if oil based vanish or paint, it'll peel... and be sure to mark all your doors before you remove them, easier to later figure out exactly where the're supposed to go :)
 
Jan. 24, 2013 8:41 am
Kkelly, when we were rehanging the doors I remarked to DH that it was good that I numbered everything because once they are down it is a mystery as to which opening they will fit. The doors sizes can be very deceptive.
 
kkelly
Jan. 24, 2013 8:48 am
Marie C. exactly, I had done this as a result of seeing my best friend not do it... lol but when we bought the house, we were told latex paint had been used everywhere and it was not the case. I wonder if you can have that tested somewhere before you apply a new coat of paint...
 
Jan. 24, 2013 9:00 am
I would think if you took a cabinet to a paint store not a big box store they could tell. I painted the cabinets in our first house with oil paint but the house was also an old farm house. I think all the paint back then was oil based with plenty of lead added.
 
Answered by: nanny129
Jan. 24, 2013 11:08 am
http://www.naturalhandyman.com/iip/infxtra/inftsp.html
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nanny129
Jan. 24, 2013 11:11 am
i have a lung disease( for almost 40 years) anyway- i use this for cleaning- it's great - i mix according to directions in a spray bottle- and clean surface before painting(we remodeled our home oueselves) very cost effective- and i spent the extra money to really prime well before painting- as i may not paint ever again-lol
 
Judy in Delaware
Jan. 24, 2013 11:13 am
Thanks, nanny! This has turned into a great thread for me. I appreciate all the answers.
 
Answered by: nanny129
Jan. 24, 2013 11:13 am
http://www.kilz.com/primer/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=d467079e24683210VgnVCM1000006b0910acRCRD
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nanny129
Jan. 24, 2013 11:17 am
this is the primr i used- it costa a bit more- but- a good heavy coat --or two light ones- in some areas- and i saved alot on paint by having a good base of primer- i painted all myself-each day after work- on coat of something in one room till all was done- i love white cabinets- it's been on my mind lately- my kitchen is small & it would lighten it up alot-go for it - but you are being smart- doing the research- have fun- it will be so worth it:-)
 
nanny129
Jan. 24, 2013 11:18 am
we had a couple of water spots from a fallen tree on roof- the kilz blocks this- other primers allow it to seep thru after a time
 
nanny129
Jan. 24, 2013 11:22 am
glad to hear you like Lowe's- that is where i work(garden center)
 
Judy in Delaware
Jan. 24, 2013 2:14 pm
OMG if I worked in the garden section of Lowe's I'd spend my entire paycheck there, I'm afraid!! Yup.....love Lowe's, and their 5% off doesn't hurt either. :-)
 
nanny129
Jan. 24, 2013 2:53 pm
i get 10 % and at christmas we have a week @ 20% - sweet i love being retired-lol- i go in @ 6am - done by 11 - love it
 
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