Trying to find Cabinet Paint
I apparently live in paint hell. OK- IÃ¢ÂÂm likely exaggerating, but it doesnÃ¢ÂÂt really feel like it right now. Northern California, north east of Sacramento. I have the big box stores. I have a few Ace Hardwares that have some Benjamin Moore paints. I have Kelly Moore.
I went to my Ace Hardware and asked about painting cabinets- I asked about Advance and got a blank stare. I asked about Aura vs. Satin Impervo, and somehow the guy leaped into a discussion of how great Natura is for babyÃ¢ÂÂs room (who said anything about a baby? IÃ¢ÂÂm painting cabinets here!!!!!). After I walked out of the store I remembered that you all discussed AceÃ¢ÂÂs door and trim paint, but since the guy couldnÃ¢ÂÂt bother to mention it when he was talking at me, I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt be drawn back in to see if they had it.
I went to Kelly Moore and the guy couldnÃ¢ÂÂt even walk around the counter in the empty store, just mumbled something about Ã¢ÂÂDura PoxyÃ¢ÂÂ, which I could not even find in the store.
So IÃ¢ÂÂm here to ask you all for help- because it is not forthcoming in my town.
IÃ¢ÂÂm painting over 2004 builder grade oak cabinets. IÃ¢ÂÂm good with them looking like painted wood cabinets. IÃ¢ÂÂll scrub, sand, prime, sand, (prime again, sand again?) and then paint. I donÃ¢ÂÂt need to completely hide all signs of wood grain, and a little sign of brush strokes do not bother me. IÃ¢ÂÂm going creamy white- a soft, rich, simple white like whipping cream makes me happy. I will be brushing all the boxes and cabinets, and the ability to touch up in the future is very important to me (though I donÃ¢ÂÂt want to need to do it all the time).
I am by no means a professional. I do have a twisted love affair with paint, though I fear this project may just knock that out of me.
Apparently I canÃ¢ÂÂt get Cabinet Coat in CA, unless I drive 2 hours to Reno and sneak it back into the state (yes, IÃ¢ÂÂve thought about it). Should I be able to find BM Advance here in CA, and just have not had luck yet?
I just found that I do have Sherwin Williams in town, but IÃ¢ÂÂm deflated. So unless you tell me there is an amazing paint there for me to check out, IÃ¢ÂÂm not interested. Or is it worth going back to Kelly Moore and making that guy sell me paint? (Not a fan of this idea).
I do have the option of picking up Aura at my local Ace, or driving a half an hour to the store that carries BM Satin Impervo. Thoughts on these two?
And primers- I saw that Ace has both Zinsser and BM Fresh Start. A few threads here have me leaning towards Fresh Start- though I need to figure out which one to use.
I have seen a few threads mention that the newer Behr Ultra has been satisfactory. IÃ¢ÂÂve rolled A LOT of Ultra on my walls at home, and have been very happy with it. If itÃ¢ÂÂs truly up to cabinets, IÃ¢ÂÂll try it. But IÃ¢ÂÂm really not...