Advice about refinishing knotty pine cabinets?
My sister and I own a second home whose kitchen has a great layout. It would benefit from some updating, including new appliances, flooring, counter, and backsplash. The cabinets are knotty pine with slab doors and black wrought iron hardware. The finish has a strong orange tone, but the wood is in very good condition.
My sister wants to paint them. I'd prefer to do nothing and focus instead on appliances, flooring, counter. One compromise might be to refinish with a whitewash for a pickled effect. I just don't think knotty pine takes paint well. There are 30 doors and 9 drawers. Then there's the trim, which runs right into the dining room and matches all the other trim in the house. It isn't knotty pine, but I'm having difficulty imagining how we can refinish the cabinets without tackling the trim.
So, readers, we're looking to you for advice, especially if you've worked with knotty pine.