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what is the best paint to use for kitchen oak cabinets?

I'm painting my kitchen cabinets the ivory cream color with stained trim. any suggestions on what he or color to use?

  • Designs by BSB
    Designs by BSB Lawrenceville, GA
    on Mar 21, 2012

    Are you asking for the best paint? or the best color? Giving a suggestion on color would be easiest to offer if you were able to offer a photo. The kitchen is an instrumental part of your home - so having flow from one room to the next is important. There have been some really diverse conversations about DIY kitchen cabinet painting here on Hometalk, have you done a search yet?

  • Vanessa L
    Vanessa L Marietta, GA
    on Mar 21, 2012

    Hey Becky, I have been really searching for the best paint, and I decided to go with Bear Premium and the color is Whisper Cotton. I will post some pics after im done.. I am working on it now :)

  • Designs by BSB
    Designs by BSB Lawrenceville, GA
    on Mar 21, 2012

    Be sure you prep and prime the cabinets! Good Luck!!

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    Peace Painting Co., Inc. Alpharetta, GA
    on Mar 22, 2012

    For what it's worth, I don't think that product will wear so well because it's not hard enough. Sher-Wms and Bennie Moore both have harder 'oil in water' enamels that are homeowner friendly and made for places like the kitchen. Chas.

  • Vanessa L
    Vanessa L Marietta, GA
    on Mar 22, 2012

    Update on the Behr Paint. It peels easily and does not give a good coverage. I have the perineum primer and latex mix.. It was suggest by HD. Im also using Zinsser primer which i wish i would have used Kilz.. I will have to sand the cabinets down again. I only used the bear paint on the base, which im ok with, at least it was not my doors.

  • Laura D
    Laura D Dacula, GA
    on Mar 23, 2012

    I used Bejamin Moore oil based on kitchen cabinets in my old house and it worked great.

  • Tony W
    Tony W Old Town, FL
    on Mar 24, 2012

    most work well if you follow directions. it all about prep.

  • Shawne D
    Shawne D Appomattox, VA
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Because I've never had any paint adhere well to cabinets, but notice that the porch paint I used on our screened porch wears like iron, does anyone know if you can use that on cabinets?

  • Peg G
    Peg G Jamestown, IN
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Make sure you get Benjamin Moore's oil based primer. It will help the paint last for long time! I would ask someone about the oak because of the heavy grain- they might be better with a spray? Have done it and have been very happy. I had a large kitchen and painted them country red and they were perfect. Moved to smaller house and painted 1970 dark cabinets white and again used BM primer and oil based paint.

  • Sheila T
    Sheila T Belmont, NH
    on Mar 24, 2012

    think its Behr Paint, yes even their deck enamels and stains don't hold up when it comes to harsh environments .... definately Benjamin Moore! Zinsser primer is great and bet you'll love the cabinets when your finished...... I have oak cabinets however i'd be divorced if i suggested we painted them, been there done that in the bath and he stripped it all off! LOL

  • Nancy S
    Nancy S South River, NJ
    on Mar 24, 2012

    I used Sherwin Williams on my 1950s solid pine kitchen cabinets. I painted them six years ago and other than normal wear, they still look great. No peeling, chipping or dings.

  • Nancy S
    Nancy S South River, NJ
    on Mar 24, 2012

    p.s. I used Sherwin Williams "linen" and my walls are tiffany blue with stainless steel appliances. love it.

  • Briana I
    Briana I Hesperia, CA
    on Mar 24, 2012

    We did a ton of prep, primed and used Behr Premium " Swiss Coffee" and I think the results speak for themselves!

    Oak Kitchen Cabinets    BEFORE

    Oak Kitchen Cabinets BEFORE

    Oak Kitchen Cabinets    AFTER

    Oak Kitchen Cabinets AFTER

  • Brian S
    Brian S Salisbury, NC
    on Mar 24, 2012

    if u expect to actually be able to wash them use exterior grade

  • Karen A
    Karen A
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Why paint when you can stain & seal which last longer with easy cleaning with Murrphy's Oil soap!!

  • Jan P
    Jan P
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Most important to make sure the cabinets are CLEAN and well prepped. Some will say latex are just as good.....have never found that to be true with kitchen cabinets. They'll chip with the least little ding. Oil based is the way to go.

  • Diane T
    Diane T Palm Bay, FL
    on Mar 24, 2012

    I have done this with brand new Merilat cabinets, and also old cabinets coming out of house, I got my instructions from the cabinet store. so hope is this helpful . first you must use a heavy duty cleaner, then sand them, rough them up, but no grooves, then prime, and paint with enamel paint, I used a small roller that left no bubbles, and roll it slow, and you will still need a brush for the tight places, remove all hinges and handles, I used walmart enamel, but any brand will do, I did this a few yrs ago, cabinets still look nice, very washable.

  • Margaret W
    Margaret W Ventura, CA
    on Mar 24, 2012

    I painted my oak cabinets 12 years ago with a latex paint in an eggshell finish. Everyone said I was nuts, but they are going strong. Every couple of years I touch up a few wear spots, but not much. The key is getting them super clean first.

  • Laura H
    Laura H Tucson, AZ
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Two coats of Zinnser 123 Bullseye primer, two coats of a semi gloss kitchen and bath paint (Behr)and my kitchen cabinets have worn----actually NOT worn---beautifully for going on six years. They look as fresh as the day I painted them. See them here: http://www.hayestone.blogspot.com/p/my-home.html scroll down to 'Kitchen'

  • Ellen R
    Ellen R Ridgeway, SC
    on Mar 24, 2012

    @ Brian S, you can wash painted walls, etc. as long as you have used an interior semi-gloss or gloss or a kitchen/bath grade.

  • Jackie C
    Jackie C Adamsville, AL
    on Mar 24, 2012

    I'm in the process of a total kitchen remodel and decided to use Rust-Oleum's Cabinet Transformations on oak cabinets that had been stained and sealed with polyurethane. Was very skeptical at first, but after reading 100's of positive reviews, decided to give it a try. I have to say that so far I'm very impressed! Will post pictures soon, but in the mean time, check it out on their website.

  • Jim F
    Jim F Marysville, WA
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Well im a painter of 20+ yrs. For brushing i prefer bennymoore SATIN IMPERVO (0il ) For Spraying I like Kellymoore DURAPOXY (waterborn epoxy Pretty good stuff !) sherwinn Williams has many good paints. Bear paint has come a long way but i still believe if you want a car you go to a car lot if you want paint go to a paint store they have more products and know how! (Sand, fill ,caulk, prime 2 coats finish) Hope this was helpful!!

  • Lisa P
    Lisa P Maryville, IL
    on Mar 24, 2012

    I painted my oak cabinets cleaning them first with TSH, then lightly sanded the boxes, and sanded with an orbital sander the doors. I used Sherwin Williams Bond & Seals Primer then 2 coats of a self leveling SW Latex Paint, can't remember the exact details and I moved and don't have the can to look at. I'm sure they could help you in the store.

  • Vanessa L
    Vanessa L Marietta, GA
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Thanks for the great responses! Lucky for me I have both Sherwinn and Benjamin right down the street. I have visited them both already and It just seemed high to pay over $60 per gallon, but now I see you cant cut with the paint. I was told that Oil based will turn yellow? That is why I thought Latex was the better choice.. I have been prepping for 3 days now.. I cleaned them with TSP and sanded with 1/4 orbital sander. I also have the Wagner Sprayer Plus for the doors. I definitely believe its all about the prep when working with cabinets. We did buy the Behr in a beautiful color "Cotton Whisper" and I spoke to Pat the paint guy at home depot :) He helped out a lot on "how to" but I don't think Behr is going to work out on my Oak. It seems to chip easy and not covering like I wanted. I will keep you posted on which paint I go with, seeing that is our main question here.. I cant wait to post pictures! My question made it to Facebook where I had MANY ppl just flat out say.. Dont paint Oak! So this is getting very interesting and I hope to get it right :D

  • Addygirl
    Addygirl Vancouver, WA
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Well you use the ugliest color three different times and I assure you getting complete new ones will follow! lol

  • D. G
    D. G Kingsport, TN
    on Mar 24, 2012

    I would never paint oak cabinets. I have refinished a lot of old oak furniture that was painted and it was a major job to bring back the beauty of the natural wood. Kitchen remodeling is going through a "white phase" in so to speak and when everyone has one then the industry will revert back to natural woods and there will be a lot a kitchen cabinets ripped out of homes because of the cost and time stripping them.

  • Susan H
    Susan H
    on Mar 24, 2012

    I would try the Rust Oleums Transformation Kit..Its says it is so simple to use and if you go under their site they have a vidio you can look at..Good Luch with your project!

  • Kelly S
    Kelly S Bremerton, WA
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Preparaation is critical. I had cabinets in a rental that the owner didn't prep right and every time I cleaned them they peeled. They also got gummy. Yuck. We have oak vaneer/plywood cabinets and I love them. I just clean them with Dawn soap.

  • Peace Painting Co., Inc.
    Peace Painting Co., Inc. Alpharetta, GA
    on Mar 24, 2012

    If you want to make the grain disappear, you can apply what's called paste wood filler.

  • Colleen M
    Colleen M Fairport, NY
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Careful prep is critical - wash well and prime. Don't skip any of the preparation steps. I primed twice and used a Behr paint. Did this 8 years ago and they still look awesome! I have never regretted it. The only reason I would redo is to change the color.

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