White Cabinets Painted to Look Like Wood

Abbe N
by Abbe N
My White Oil painted cabinets were old and dingy, plus I spilled hair dye on a cabinet. Those of you who did not like when I changed Oak over to paint may like that I changed paint over to "Wood". I am proud of the transformation, I have been asked to do this for others and it looks better in person.
How did I do it? I primed them with Zinzer 1 2 3, then I put a top coat of a tan or any color brown will do semi gloss on satin latex paint. Then I used Faux Effects stain and seal. I put one coat on and then on the 2nd coat, it added in some copper Martha Stewart craft paint to give light and grain effects on the darker stain. I followed the natural grain lines to make it look real. I finished with a satin top coat.
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  • Cassandra Wilson Cassandra Wilson on Nov 13, 2016
    My cabinets are currently painted and I really love yours! Did you sand them down first, or is the primer the only thing you need?
  • Haylee Haylee on Apr 01, 2017
    Did you strip them first?
  • Linda Maness Linda Maness on Aug 12, 2018

    Have old white shinny cabinets. Want to change them to light brown color

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  • Trisha Martin Trisha Martin on Mar 29, 2016
    Vast improvement! They look great white. You could start a business doing this for others. I had to laugh when I read the hair dye spill part, one of my bathrooms has the same thing. Now if I have your courage to paint! LOL
  • Abbe N Abbe N on Jul 13, 2016
    Please be sure to use a good top coat when done, a satin is what I recommend.