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May 13th, 2018, 02:11 PM
Has anyone painted their kitchen cabinets? Mine are dark and dingy looking and I would love to paint them an antique white to brighten things up. I am wondering what kind of paint you used and how the cabinets held up. I would not want to go through all the trouble and have them chip and peel shortly.

May 13th, 2018, 02:31 PM
There is cabinet paint at the hardware store. My DH refused to use it, and just used regular old wall paint. We did a lot of touch ups with the left overs and a water color brush, but only on the lowers. That seemed strange to me, that the uppers didn't need touching up as much.

May 13th, 2018, 02:35 PM
We painted the kitchen cabinets about two months ago. I looked on the web & used this website (mainly because the pictures kept me going):


It was a lot of work & I was mad at hubby several times but it looks great!

May 13th, 2018, 03:33 PM
I know several people that have painted their cabinets. It is a tedious job. You have to be willing to take your time and do it right. It requires lots of patience. From what I've heard and seen, the paint job will last a few years but will eventually start to peel. That's just my second-hand advice as I have never attempted to paint my own cabinets.

May 13th, 2018, 03:57 PM
I had my dark cabinets painted white. The man who did them used porch paint, yes like you would paint a porch. He took the doors off and spray painted them and hand painted the rest.. It really did give them a hard finish. I have had no chipping or discolor. This was in 2014 ago and I love them. He told me that he recommended not putting a clear top coat on because it made it harder to touch up. I have touched up a couple of spots but other than that it still looks like the day he finished them. The paint he used was from Lowes Bistro White 7006-4 Valspar. It really made my kitchen look brighter and cleaner.

OMG totally embarrassed I cant get that silly elf on the shelve picture off this post!!! I am so bad at posting pictures.

Sandy Navas
May 13th, 2018, 04:16 PM
Just a bit of advice - make sure the surfaces are clean before applying paint. TSP works well to remove any oils or grime.


May 13th, 2018, 04:17 PM
Strip them, then use enamel.

Grey Lady
May 13th, 2018, 04:57 PM
We had our cabinets painted twice. The first paint job looked good for about ten years. Then we had them painted again, as we were selling the house. The second time I took a couple of days to strip them. We hired our painter to prime, fill any nicks, and then paint. He used an alkyl enamel paint from Sherwin Williams. The paint was expensive per gallon, but it goes a long way. The cabinets looked great.

May 13th, 2018, 05:40 PM
I painted my kitchen cabinets at my old 100 year old house four different times, with just a brush not spray paint. I used regular wall paint, they never chipped but I did wash them down real good before painting to get any grease or dirt off. If you are taking the doors off to paint them in the garage make sure you mark where each one goes otherwise you might run into trouble putting them back on the hinges again. Taking all the hardware off was almost as much work as the painting part, but I did not have a power screw driver either.

As a side note, the second last time I painted them I was going through a shabby chic phase and painted them kind of a vanilla color then sanded the edges and some in the middle and around the handles to make them look worn. It was a lot of extra work but I loved the result, I am sad I never took photos. (My dh thought it was a little strange but he didn't really care since I was doing all the work.) About six months later we put our house on the market and the realtor said "Oh, no no no, this will never fly. No one will like these cabinets distressed like this. You have to paint them again." So I painted them one last time, that time gray. And the house did sell.

May 13th, 2018, 08:49 PM
I just refinished my oak cabinets. Wipe them down with paint thinner or mineral spirits to remove the grease and grime. Then lightly sand them so the paint or poly will adhere correctly. If they are a nice wood, you might want to just consider leaving them wood and using a good quick drying gloss. It really brightened up my kitchen

MHG Winnower
May 14th, 2018, 06:37 AM
This product was amazing and has held up extremely well. Used it to refurbish some very old kitchen cabinets in a very very ugly state and full of dirt and grime which had to be cleaned. https://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/transformations Lots of color choices both light and dark. Used Krud Cutter to clean them (I use it for many things; works like a charm.) https://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/krud-kutter/cleaners-and-stain-removers/original-krud-kutter. Recently sold the home and the big talk of the house was the kitchen! 152414 Wish I had a before pic, but I can't find one easily.

May 14th, 2018, 09:40 AM
As mentioned, I would remove the doors. Clean all surfaces with TSP. Rough sanding (just to scuff up the surface)and priming would be tedious but important for a good bond with the paint. I'd use a high quality paint meant for that particular job. You want the paint to be washable so you can clean them as needed. I highly recommend putting on new hardware. I would select something that stands far enough away from the door as possible so fingers aren't constantly touching the doors when opening and closing them. That is the area where most of the wear and tear happened on ours. We put inexpensive porcelain knobs on ours which was not a good choice. I think it's better to invest a bit of money on the right hardware.

May 14th, 2018, 09:46 AM
I haven't painted cabinets but it is on my list for this summer in our kitchen redo. My mother painted her years ago and they held up very well. Thank you for that great link Carolnnc - lots of good info and detailed steps! I've been researching this for months. Yes, it will be a lot of work but it will be a great transformation and will save a ton of money. A friend of ours is having someone paint their kitchen cabinets for $7,000! That is a Lot of money!

Snip Snip
May 15th, 2018, 03:15 PM
This is something I would like to do, but we have a large amount of surface to do. Lots of cabinet doors and a long bar. The house hasn't been redone ever, and it's about 40 years old, so it's high time. Ugh! I need someone to come in and tell me what I want, lol.

May 16th, 2018, 08:26 AM
What's the best product to use to fill the holes from old cabinet hardware? I know some of the filler products shrink after awhile.

May 16th, 2018, 02:29 PM
Love the elf! Don't take off the post.