Old Oak Cabinets Painted White and Distressed

This kitchen had those 80's oak cabinets that so many want to get rid of. I painted them white and slightly distressed them for a bright and cheerful kitchen. I filled in the grain of the center panel but not the frames since I would be distressing them. This helps gives the feeling of having new cabinets instead of just putting some paint on the old ones. The kitchen is visible from the entire downstairs of the home, so it improves the character of it all.
white distressed cabinetry make the kitchen look brand new
cabinet close up

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3 questions
  • Monika
    on Feb 3, 2018

    what did you use to paint them?
    and did you have them sand them first?
  • Linda
    on Jan 11, 2019

    Do you have step by step instructions somewhere?

  • Annette
    on Feb 7, 2020

    Can you list your equipment etc you had to have.My cabinets are dark wood.

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  • Marie
    on Apr 10, 2015

    What is the name of the white paint you used?

  • Rick De Michele
    on Jul 15, 2016

    I also have 1997 Honey Oak cabinets that I want to paint white. Rustolium has a kit that requires no sanding but it does need to be done in steps. As for the wood grains of the oak, I don't want to hide them. I think that would give the finish more character and show that it is real wood as opposed to laminate.

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