Can I paint knotty pine kitchen cabinets?

Our house was built in the 70's, still has the original knotty pine kitchen cabinets. I have re-stained them 18 years ago but would love to redo the kitchen and save some of the cabinets. Can they be painted?
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  • Swinnen Lisette Swinnen Lisette on Jun 26, 2016
    After sanding them, why not?

  • Charlotte Charlotte on Jun 26, 2016
    I painted an entire room with paint that had the base paint too, all in one.

  • Nancy Nancy on Jun 26, 2016
    Yes, I painted mine years ago but you need to sand and use Kilz so the knots won't bleed through.

    • SHARI B SHARI B on Jun 26, 2016
      It was recommended to me that you should use the primer with the shellac in it - and just so Jayne is aware, it is an oil base. I want to say it was Zinsser (but that may be made by Kilz...I can't remember) / We have tried just the regular oil base Kilz, and that required multiple coats over the knots, and I still see them bleed through and have to paint over them from time to time. And, this was on new wood! Good luck, and Jayne, we Hometalkers would LOVE to see the pictures of your before and after!!! :)

  • Donpaulin Donpaulin on Jun 26, 2016
    Sure, but like all paint jobs, prep is half the battle. Sand, and then (important to remove grime and open the pores) wipe down with a liquid sandpaper. And remember to use a quality paint.

  • Carrie Welborn Carrie Welborn on Jun 26, 2016
    lightly sand, then use Tsp, wash off, use a good primer with stain block. Still may take several coats of paint. mine did

  • Donpaulin Donpaulin on Jun 27, 2016
    TSP will do the job but as Bob Villa has said, its popularity is waning, mostly because it can be unhealthy to use. Very strong fumes. And, unless using spray cans, NO job should take several coats of paint!

  • Joann Watson Joann Watson on Jan 14, 2020

    How to paint knotty pine kitchen cabinets