After living with builder grade oak cabinets for five years, we finally bit the bullet and painted them an creamy white. We have since then added back splash, repainted the kitchen, added
under cabinet lighting, installed a white cast iron sink with new oil rubbed bronze faucet and installed a pendant over the sink. We love how this kitchen has transformed from a 90s kitchen to a more up modern/ french country chic kitchen.
To read more about the progress and products used, please visit my blog. Thank you for reading!
Commented on Jan 11, 2013
Thank you everyone for your nice comments! We really love how everything turned out!
After five years of wanting to paint our oak cabinets white, we finally did it!
Commented on Jul 22, 2012
Hi Donna, thank you. To answer your questions, we first applied a gel stripper, waited for
about 15 minutes then used a puddy knife to scrap off the varnish. Much faster and easier than sanding in my opinion. Then wiped off the cabinets with mineral spirits, then put up one coat of primer, 3-4 coats of white paint (Valspar's Swiss Coffee) then two coats of water based poly. Water based so it will not yellow over time but makes the cabinets easy to clean in the future. Hope this answers your questions. It was a huge undertaking so you really have to be prepared to devot a lot of time. It took us two full weekends then each night after work for a whole week. You can also see the progress in my blog at jchokie.blogspot.com Good luck!