Painted Cabinets - Let's talk...

jeriFebruary 7, 2013

I'm very confused about this subject. Painted cabinets from retailers will have a hard finish - so the doors/drawers should have a decent life span before chipping etc. Is this correct?

If one is going to paint (think White Shaker) themselves, or hire it out, can the finish be the same? Or will these always have a shorter life span?

Like many here, we are seriously considering IKEA boxes and doors/drawers from someone else (Scherr's for example). So these will not have been painted before. Can I expect a quality finish that will last or am I kidding myself?

Edited to add that that the only thing I am 100% sure of is the color : Benjamin Moore White Dove. :-)

This post was edited by jeri on Thu, Feb 7, 13 at 14:33

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The paint you put on yourself may wear sooner but it is MUCH easier to touch up. We touch up our painted trim and cabinets once every couple of years. There are just a few spots that need it and it blends very well. Takes an hour or so. No big deal.

Not sure how you touch up that sprayed/lacquered etc. finish. I am sure it does get some wear. So, those of you who have it, how DO you touch it up when that happens?

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 2:45PM
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If you paint them yourself, you need to carefully research the best finish. My DH is an excellent painter and he painted our old kitchen cabs (which were already painted when we bought the house) with wall paint. The DIY paint chipped constantly and looked streaky. If you washed the cabinet, it looked awful. It was not at all comparable to a factory finish. This may have been impacted by the underlying paint or just the age of the poor quality cabinets, but it turned me off to painted cabinets.

I hope you have better luck.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 3:28PM
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Donaleen - Did you paint using a brush then? What is involved in touching up? Just adding paint or do you have to sand, prime and paint?

Dilly - your experience is what scares me about painting kitchen cabinets. However, ours will be new wood, so perhaps this will make a difference?

When DIY painting of kitchen cabinets - should one put some sort of protective top coat on as well?

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 4:55PM
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Yes, painted with a brush. A good brush is important. So is good paint. I am sure you can find lots of good detailed directions for how to paint cabinets on the web or from your paint store.

As for touching up, be sure the surface is clean. Today's latex paint is pretty easy to touch up with.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 7:16PM
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there is much better paint than wall paint for cabinets. I painted the trim of a skylight...the part that gets opened to the outside elements and exposed to UV/humidity/raindrops on occasion/fog/etc, Sherwin Williams trim paint. it's as good as new. go to the paint store and look at the excellent paint for cabinets/trim/etc. Paint gets a lot of reasearch with all the acrylics and polymers and constantly improving formulas. With good surface prep and priming you can have a good result with high grade materials and procedures. Be up for the task and it can be rewarding. May not last 15-20 yrs but you'll love that you did it/picked your own color and over time cleaned and touched up.Just don't get the fanciest/most expensive door, so you can accept it is not like a factory product... and those few uneven spots don't bug you to kingdom come. I wouldn't do it if the pristine formality of a space is critical or there are MANY doors/drawers. You can always find a local person to do this if you find it daunting or too much.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 8:34PM
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Why in the heck would you expect wall paint to hold up to any type of traffic? OMG. If you scrub a wall too hard the paint will come off.

As it's been said a gudzillion times before, you get what you put into it. There are a 100 threads on how to paint and do it right.

If you're (or anyone) isn't up to the task, have it done professionally. Don't confuse a bad experience with painted cabinets with crappy prep work, the wrong type of paint, and someone in a hurry.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 10:36PM
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What donaleen said. We ordered unfinished maple cabinets for our remodel last year and by recommendation from our great paint store, used BM Advance primer and paint. Still looks great a year later and was great to work with and we're certainly no professionals. ;)
It's a matte-type finish and very easily to wipe down and clean. I also love that if we need to, we can touch it up ourselves. And, if I--or a subsequent owner--tire of the color, they can easily be painted again.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 9:51AM
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Hlove - I just asked you some questions in another thread. :-)

I am leaning toward BM Advance Paint. Do the others in this thread consider this a good choice - i.e. not wall paint?

This is a HUGE undertaking and these are brand new cabinets. I just want to make sure we are making the right decision.

Thanks everyone!


    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 1:13PM
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I like BM but have not used their Advance line. I have tried some of their other new lines (Aura, Select) and have not liked them so much. I do like Regal Classic. Why? I like how it goes on, how it touches up. Both Aura and Select are more difficult to apply, the colors don't have the same "look". I would experiment a bit before deciding.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 1:20PM
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My cabs are painted with BM Satin Impervo Waterborne. Many of us here have used the Satin Impervo in either the waterborne or the oil to good effect. I was afraid of the oil yellowing over time, which would not look good with my grayish marble. From what I've read here, a regular paint job on cabs will not compare long-term with a sprayed pre-cat lacquer or conversion varnish for durability.

I found BM White Dove to be grayish with a sickly yellow-green undertone in my light. Just be sure you've painted a large board or paper with your color choice and have moved it around the room various times of night and day to be sure you like the color in varying degrees of light and places.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 1:34PM
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jeri-I answered your questions on the other thread. :)

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 4:24PM
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BM Advance rocks. I really thought Satin Impervo was the best paint on the market, that is, until I used Advance. It has an almost glass-like finish and the coverage is incredible. I did all of my woodwork and doors with it and a year later they are still perfect. I just wish I had found it BEFORE I spent weeks painting my office oak cabinetry with Satin Impervo. The finished product is night and day. I plan on painting my oak kitchen this summer

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 9:27PM
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Appreciate the input SparkleLib!

Now I need to find some tutorials... I watched a video on Young House Love. She used a brush to get into the crevices then used a foam roller for the rest - shaker style just like mine. That looks easy enough, but I keep reading that foam rollers are bad!

I just don't want to screw these doors/drawers up!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2013 at 10:19PM
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