02:21AM | 03/10/05
Member Since: 03/09/05
1 lifetime posts
I would like to paint my cabinets white.

Currently my 25 year old cabinets are a very nice wood, that is dark stain and probably a varnish. I want to paint them white, but do not want that thick painted look that many peoples cabinets have after they paint them. What do I need to do to my cabinets to prepare to paint them, and what would be the best paint to use in a kitchen, what type of paint brushes or tools will I need to complete this project.



01:26AM | 03/11/05
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
Getting the cabinets clean and ready is the most important part.

You will need to sand the cabinets with a fine sanding sponge to dull the surface to give the paint a good surface to bond to. Then you will wipe them down with paint thinner or as some call it mineral spirits and be sure to change rags as they get dirty and then follow this with an ammonia and water wash to complete the cleaning step. Then you will want to prime them with Zinsser BIN pigmented shellac as this sticks great and will hold back any bleed through you may get from the wood or stain on it. The finish paint can be either acrylic/latex or oil based and they both have advantages and disadvantages. The acylics are not as hard as the oils but they also don't yellow like the oils so they can be touched up and will stay the same color. If you go the acylic route be sure to ask the person in the PAINT STORE for one that is resistant to blocking which means the paint will not stick to it's self once dry.
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