I rent and have those old brown cupboards. I am asking the property ow

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I rent and have those old brown cupboards. I am asking the property owners for permission to paint them white. To look better and reflect light better. What paint is best to use with the least amount of prep needed.


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  • 2dogal 2dogal on Feb 04, 2018
    Do NOT use chalk paint. It will not last. If it were my rental I would not let you do this as by not doing it properly and preparing the cabinets, you will eventually create more work for the landlord.
    • Jeannie Shaw Jeannie Shaw on Feb 04, 2018
      It's a big company ... all over Canada and I think US. The cupboards will likely get replaced when I move but not till then. I'll be moving out in a body bag and that's not for years. I am a very careful and a good painter. I know enough to remove and label doors/dwrs/hinges etc. I'm in a north facing apt and kitchen is closed off and needs desperate help. An antique white will help reflect lighting in there and spruce it up. Anything is better...believe me. They only rennovate in an empty apt...if at all.

  • Shirley Parrish Bath Shirley Parrish Bath on Feb 04, 2018
    i would use 'bath & kitchen' paint. Cost is about $30. per gallon but worth it.... will paint fewer coats than latex paint. I used it for my brown old cabinets and love the end result.
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 04, 2018
    ESP ( Easy Surface Prep) then Undercoat and then Topcoat (Satin)
  • Erin Erin on Feb 04, 2018
    Negotiate with your landlord to split the cost of getting a pro to do the job? And you’ll do the legwork to get quotes, check references, etc?
  • Jean E Miller Jean E Miller on Feb 04, 2018
    Jeannie - Sherwin Williams - they have ideas on their site. Jean
  • 2dogal 2dogal on Feb 04, 2018
    Sounds like you know how to do this. You still may lose your rental deposit...
  • Melanie Czoka Melanie Czoka on Feb 04, 2018
    I covered mine in contact paper when we lived in an apartment. It made a huge difference. You can also use a Rust-Oleum paint that's made for cabinets.