5 Tips for Successfully Painting Wood Cabinets White - Paint Project

5 Tips for Successfully Painting Wood Cabinets White - Paint Project
From The Kitchn - September 21, 2017

White cabinets are all the rage. A recent Houzz survey found that 42 percent of people who are updating their cabinets are painting them whiteand that number is growing year over year. I just had my own kitchen cabinets painted white, and I can attest that the color does an amazing job of brightening up the space and making my kitchen look up to date!

But painting cabinets white can be tricky because typically you are trying to paint a light color over a dark stain, so you run the risk of the darker color showing through and ruining the final product.

"White is on the totally opposite end of the color spectrum from brown and those deep red tones like cherry," explain professional painters Chris and Lexi Dowding of Michigan-based SwatchOut. And those wood tones are exactly what homeowners are usually trying to cover up. Here's what they recommend to make sure you get the white you want.

1. Use primer!

Chris and Lexi are big believers in primer, and for this project, especially, you want to seal off the old color to create a fresh canvas for the new one. Besides being your first step to blocking that base color from showing through, it will also help the paint stick and protect the wood from moisture in the kitchen.

Read more: The Best Primer for Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

2. Fill in all the imperfections you can find.

Any little imperfections that are not fixed before you paint will only be magnified once they are done. That includes any scratches, dents, and nail holes. You can use wood filler (Chris and Lexi like Elmer's Wood Filler & Repair) to fill in the obvious spots the same way you'd spackle a hole in a wall.

Also, if you can feel the grain in the wood, chances are that grain will show through the paint when you are done, which you might not love. If you wanted to get rid of the wood grain completely, Chris suggests multiple coats of 3M Wood Filler Bondo Putty.

3. Buy a high-quality paint.

4. Choose the right white.

5. Be prepared to do an extra coat.


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