How I Painted My Oak Cabinets

Because my kitchen has only one small window, it tends to be very dark. I decided to brighten up the room by painting my cabinets.
I have a step by step process on My Repurposed Life
I painted the cabinets about 18 months ago. Not a nick or a scratch anywhere. I really took a lot of precautions to make sure this paint STUCK.
Before, note the one small window that allows very little light in the kitchen due to a patio and a huge tree.
I did a lot of prep work before I started priming.
I used a paint sprayer to primer and paint all of the doors and drawer fronts.
After several coats of primer and semi-gloss paint.
I painted my hinges and installed new knobs instead of the brass colored handles.
After--so much cleaner and brighter looking, don't ya think?

Gail--My Repurposed Life
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  • Denise Denise on Sep 26, 2016
    Did you have to sand cabinets before priming? What kind of paint did you use? Did you have to put anything on it to prevent it from chipping?

  • Che13671086 Che13671086 on Oct 24, 2016
    Hello, looks like you painted the doors in a closed area, like basement or garage. I've been wanting to paint my oak cabinets too, but not sure if painting the doors in the basement is ok. I live in the northeast. Outside temp is now between 40-60. Internal temp though is maintained at 68. Please advise as I really want white cabinets for Christmas! Thank you.

  • Maryjean Landi Maryjean Landi on Jul 29, 2018

    what was the name of the paint you used , color and brand ?


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