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

Penny Last reply on Oct 7, 2015

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

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  • 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.

  • Linda V
    Linda V Broomfield, CO
    on Mar 24, 2012

    We used Valspar Ultra Premium Kitchen and Bath. We spent a lot of time on prep and used 2 coats of stain blocking primer.





  • Daniel M
    Daniel M Charlevoix, MI
    on Mar 24, 2012

    I think that priming is the most important part of the preperation, I have tried the Valspar paint and hated puting it on the cabinets, it took several coats to get them to look good. I would go with Behr if I would do it again. It is also important to let the paint dry good and solid between each coat.

  • Pam B
    Pam B Prescott, AZ
    on Mar 26, 2012

    Vaness, I highly recommend using Benjamin Moore IMPERVO paint. Impervo paint takes two weeks to cure, but then you have a hard, enduring paint finish that will last for years and so easy to wipe clean.. You will need a large undedicated area to spread the door outs that is fairly warm, CLEAN, and properly ventilated to paint and and let doors cure for two full weeks. The only drawback of using Impervo is you want to be sure to use medium tack painters tape on the inside of the doors. Impervo is thinner than latex and it WILL get on the underside of the doors (if you' plan to leave them unpainted).. Once the paint has cured, it is almost impossible to scrape it off - it is that durable. Prep the doors and cabinets well. Clean thoroughly with TSH (you can buy at any hardware store. Also wear hvy duty gloves), sand, and use all purpose primer, not oil-based. Using Impervo takes patience...esp. when you're anxious to hang your 'new' doors back up. but the quality and durability is well worth it. (I did this to old, cheap cabinets and they now look sharp!) Be sure to invest in a good quality brush so that you don't end up with brush marks or loose brush hairs. While I waited for the doors to cure, I gave the walls a fresh coat of paint and purchased new hardware.

  • Elaine CallawayandBilly Brooks
    Elaine CallawayandBilly Brooks Centre, AL
    on Apr 21, 2013

    How can I get the really High Gloss finish on my Kitchen Cabinets? I see them in stores & the finish is almost like a "Plastic" finish! My Cabinets are a Maple wood, from the 70's & I want BRIGHT White cabinets that I can wash over & not harm the finish. HELP PLEASE!!!

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