What kind of paint do I use for cabinets?

I live in a house that was built in 1967 so I have everything paneling and the "varnished wood look" I tried to paint my cabinets in my kitchen with not extremely good results...I used latex primer and paint (white) (thanks to my husband) I sanded down the cabinets first, and the paint is easlily scratched off and gets messy easy and is impossible to clean. Do I use oil based?? any tips would be appreciated.


Asked by luvsgriffin at 1:35 PM on Jan. 8, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • You should strip the cabinets first, lightly sand them, then use Kilz primer (latex or oil-based, depending on what kind of paint you use for the final color), and finally paint the cabinets. If you don't strip off the varnish that is absorbed into the wood, then the paint will never stick b/c it can't absorb into the wood. Stripping can be a pain (I know, I stripped our cabinets when we moved in, all 20 of them, plus one drawer unit), but if you get the environmentally-friendly paste kind, it works well and is easy to scrape off. Let me know how they come out, 'k?

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 4:00 PM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • Weird. I came on here to ask the very same question and then I saw this one! I also would like to paint my wood cabinets but I am looking for the "greenest" way to do it so it won't be toxic for my baby.

    Answer by jacy3031 at 8:02 PM on Jan. 8, 2009

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  • We did this (and ending up replacing them all a year later) and my suggestion is to sand, sand, SAND! If there is any type of varnish or glaze on them, the paint and primer will peel right off. We seriously had trial and errors when we did this and overall, we hated the results. We ended up saving money and going to the store "Just Cabinets" and getting pre-made ones that my husband installed. We have a pretty big kitchen and it was very affordable.
    Good luck with whatever you decide!

    Answer by L_Bass at 5:39 PM on Jan. 9, 2009

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