Should I have my oak kitchen cabinets refinished or painted?

boopsieJuly 11, 2009

I have golden oak kitchen cupboards. I can not decide as to whether or not to have a professional refinish them or paint them! Has anyone stained their golden oak cupboards to a darker color? If so, how did it turn out? Did the grain end up being REALLY dark? Has anyone had their oak cupboards painted? If so, does the uneveness of the grain look funny? If I have them painted a beige color, I am wondering how it will look since the surface won't be smooth (due to the grain). Thanks in advance for any advise you can give me!

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sue_in_nova_scotia

you should post this on the kitchen's forum, there are many people who have painted existing oak cabinets or gel stained over existing finish and I have seen pics posted there of finished cabinets that were quite beautiful.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 5:05PM
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gideonsmom

We had our oak kitchen cabinets painted a light cream color. We debated about this for four years. My husband was really against painting wood, but finally we just went for it. Now we wish we'd done it sooner. They look amazing. We cannot see the grain underneath. We did have them professionally done. It updated our kitchen...looks great. Go for it, but do it right.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 7:26PM
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sunnytop

Our oak cabinets were painted over and looked fine. Some grain is visible but it looks perfectly fine IMO. As long as the paint job is well done, I can't understand why people worry about a little grain line. It must be a matter of opinion. I say go for it.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2009 at 7:54PM
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