Updating oak cabinets
No matter what you do, it will be uneven looking and that’s okay. If you’re looking to minimize (not completely get rid of, but minimize) the grain of the oak, go for three or even four coats of primer.It builds up in those nasty grain crevices to reduce their unsightly appearance. Grab your pre-rinsed and dried brushes (to remove any loose bristles) and let’s get-a-paintin’.Pick a season when you can have windows open and a fan going, because the best DIY projects always come along with a bit of stink.Finally, before you begin this project, make sure you’re comfortable with the materials and process. This exact process and the exact materials I used worked wonderfully for me, but as always, DIY at your own risk. (Don’t use regular rollers, their fibers will get stuck in the oak and the finish won’t be smooth.) • Some quality paint brushes.Yes 8 hour days, both Saturday & Sunday, for 4 weeks to finish the project.Also prepare for cabinets to take over the majority of your living space and to be eating a lot of pizza and Chinese food.
(Don’t cheap out here, I promise a good brush makes for a good finish.) • A paint tray & painting cup. (NOTE: Sherwin Williams refers to this paint as: “Pro Classic Waterborne Interior Acrylic Latex” on their website.) and I flippin’ love, love, love it. I removed bead board that was on the peninsula which revealed some unfinished wood that was underneath.
Remove all the doors and drawers, leaving the hardware attached to the doors. ) Now here’s where having lots of workspace helps tremendously.
Place all the screws in a plastic baggie and put them in a safe, memorable place. It’s amazing how much space cabinet doors take up, but it’s important to take them down to paint.
• Elmer’s wood filler & an Extra Fine Sanding Block for the nail holes. (This is a long one people, but stick with me…) Take everything in the way, out of your cabinets.
I didn’t paint the inside of my cabinets, so I was able leave most stuff in there. Take the painter’s tape and tape off anything around the cabinet boxes that you don’t want to get paint on.