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07:03PM | 09/28/03
We built our house in 1997. We always wanted a white kitchen so we got a white kitchen. It has been my biggest disappointment. The white paint on the cupboards which are used the most is wearing off in places. Also the paint is very hard to clean. Of course it has a sprayed on finish which seems to be just a flat white paint. There is not shiny coatings or anything. We would like to repaint them but I am afraid we will not get the even look of a spray finish by using rollers or brushes.
Any suggestion on how to finish for a proffessional look and what kind of paint product to use? Also if we paint the cupboard doors and draws, what about the white laminate on the back of the island and the sides of the cupboards?

David Balderston

10:36PM | 10/17/03
Member Since: 10/17/03
7 lifetime posts

You are right about the finish. If you want to have your cabinets look the way they should then I would suggest you hire a professional to paint them. It won't be cheap, but if you attempt to do it yourself, it will cost alot more if you have to pay to have your work stripped before the painter can do his work. You may try to find someone that will allow you to do all of the prep work in order to cut down the cost. That is the most time consuming part of the job, but does not require nearly the talent that spraying a set of cabinets does. As for the type of finish, there are a number of materials you could use. We do cabinets in apartments and have found that waterbased epoxy from either Sherwin Williams ( Tile Clad II ) or Porter Paints works well. They come in a variety of finishes from eggshell to high gloss and are very durable. They dry quickly, and best of all, don't chip or yellow the way oil based paint does. Hope this helps. Good luck.


02:51AM | 10/18/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Don't do the prep for the painter as if there is a problem they will just say it was something you did wrong and will not fix it, so let the painter do the total job. Get 3 estimates before you make a decision and get references on this type of work and call and see if they are happy with the work.

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