Should we paint the inside of our cabinets?

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Just moved into a 1987 cape and the dark oak kitchen cabinets will be painted white. They smell musty; should we paint the inside, too?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 27, 2017
    Wash the cabinets out with white vinegar and allow to dry,if the odor still remans,you may have to put a sealer on them

  • 31414279 31414279 on Oct 27, 2017
    clean with vinegar. Put small bowls of coffee beans or ground in cabinets

  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Oct 27, 2017
    i would clean them really well to ensure that I've eliminated the source of the musty smell....if no more smell, I wouldn't paint the inside

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Oct 27, 2017
    After airing them out completely, I would paint them. The combination of the airing out and the new paint should eliminate the musty smell. Just make sure the insides are totally dry before closing the cabinet doors and filling them up.

  • Kate Kate on Oct 27, 2017
    Clean them first with vinegar/hot water/salt. That will take out most odors. Then paint. Might as well start fresh, rather than cover up old.

  • Candy Walsh Candy Walsh on Oct 29, 2017
    I didn't paint the insides of mine, but I did put pretty contact paper on the shelves. Painting the cabinets is hard enough, lol.

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Oct 29, 2017
    Clean with vinegar and water, add an open box of baking soda to absorb odors, then use a primer such as Kilz first and then paint.