Painting Kitchen Cabinets
We are trying to update the kitchen of our new house. The cabinets are original (1956). We are planning to keep most (if not all of them), and have seen enough HGTV/Bob Villa/etc. that we'd like to try to simply paint them white.
But here's where the questions begin...
- Overacrhing Question: How do we paint them so they will have a hard, high-gloss finish (a contemporary-urban look and feel)?
We've been to enough open houses in the neighborhood to see many people that have done a bad job and they may not have been trying to go for a polished / slick look.
So trying to get that look and feel...
- - paints:
* Do we use a waterborne enamel or a latex enamel? If so, which one works best with a 4-6 inch foam roller? I've seen SW Pro-Classic, BM AquaVelet and Impervo, and Zinsser Perma-White all recommended, as well as "any “enamels” or “epoxies” in gloss, semi-gloss or satin finish especially those that are recommended for use on furniture."
* What does "kitchen and bath" latex enamel mean? Should we even consider it for the cabinets?
* Is B.I.N any better than 1-2-3? and are they that much better than other waterborne/latex primers?
- - technique:
* Do we use a poly acrylic topcoat over the enamel? If so, do we use a flat waterborne enamel or a satin finish one or or an eggshell or???
* How do we best ensure we smooth out/masque wood grains?
* How do we best ensure a glossy and smooth finish overall?
And finally: What's the number 1 mistake made by people painting their kitchen cabinets?
PS: please forgive, I'm posting this her and in the carpentry forum.
So I went to the paint store and they said:
1) do NOT use poly acrylic topcoat over an enamel. AND...
2) do NOT use waterborne enamel NOR latex at all. USE:
a) acrylic enamel OR
b) acrylic epoxy
Does this make more sense to anyone? :eek: I know I'm a total newbie so I'd appreciate hearing what's worked for others.
Which acrylic do you think will really produce the polished / slick look we want? ...enamel or epoxy?
3) all my other questions about masking wood grain, glossy top coat, etc. means i need a professional or the examples I've seen were not very professional.
Geez, thanks. Not very DIY advice from the shop.:no:
How have others taken care of these possible pitfalls? Again, I'd appreciate hearing anything about what's worked for you.
Well, you don't say what the finish is now
So here's the general instructions for cabinet repaints:
I don't care for the foam rollers either, they don't work particualry fast or well, nor do they look good IMO
I prefer the brushed look
A quality waterborne enamel won't leave many brush marks if applied properly with a quality brush
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