Cabinet painting help needed
I posted this on the painting forum, but I don't think that forum is very active. I am hoping someone over here can help me! I am a little stressed about wanting to make sure I do the best job possible with this project.
I have 1990's golden oak cabinets that I am planning to paint cream/white. I have cleaned them and am planning to sand. I was planning to use zinsser cover stain on as the primer and benjamin moore advance for the paint. I am worried about the fumes in the house with the coverstain. Is oil based the best option, and is it safe as long as I don't have the kids overexposed to the kitchen for the first few days it is drying?
Are any of the other zinsser water based primers as good, such as the smart prime or the odorless oil based stain blocker (how is that possible by the way to be odorless and oil based?) Does anyone have experience using these other products on cabinets... especially for ones with noticeable grain like oak?
Would it be a bad idea to use a water based primer on the boxes in the kitchen (where my kids are going to be), and then use the zinsser coverstain on the doors when I paint them in the basement (where the fumes won't be as bad for the kids)? Is that a good compromise, or could the finish look different if I use different primers even with the same paint on top?
I am just wondering if I have any other alternatives for me. I want the smoothest finish and the best coverage for the grain. I am afraid a latex/acrylic won't absorb well enough into the wood.
If I use a water based primer, is the advance still ok to put on top? I get confused because the advance is considered a hybrid...
I would love the easiest cleanup possible, but don't want to give up the durable hard finish of an oil.
Also wondering if I should consider fine paints of europe brushing puddy, or is that just more work than it's worth? I don't think I actually mind the wood grain showing slightly as long as it is fully covered color wise.
Sorry for the 10,000 questions!!
Thanks in advance, Tara