Oak cabinets, wood filler.
Every few months I flirt with the idea of painting my cabinets a creamy white. I've said before how I don't like my kitchen. If I could redo I would've went with a rich stain and architectural details but too late for now. Don't want to stain darker because of blending with brown countertops. Can't replace countertops since three years old. When I do, I'll be sure to put the refrigerator on the end where it belongs.
I've done a lot of reading about painting oak cabinets. I know to use quality
(self leveling) paint, a sprayer is ideal, yadda ya. IF I go through with paint, I'd like to eliminate the oak grain. Twg's kitchen before and after pics come to mind. She used a grain filler from Lowes (doesn' remember what kind). You don't see any oak grain.
I'd imagine you'd have to completely cover all the wood with the filler? The wood fillers I remember seeing in stores were small containers so, if that's the case, it looks like I'd need like 20 of them! I know I'm not good at patching and sanding smooth holes. I always have a ring or I sand it all off. I don't have the knack down. Sanding filler concerns me for this.
I know my Dad's used a sprayer before and said how much of a pain it was. I guess if the paint is too thick it doesn't spray right. Plus, clean up is a blast. Paying to have this done won't be an option.
I've been hesitant and I wonder if I'll actually like them better painted. What I'm really drawn to on cabinets are the detail and the mouldings. Since we added ceiling crown not that long ago, I'm not going to be able to convince DH to have it removed and add detail/more moulding to the cabinets. I will probably be hard enough convincing him to let me paint.
I also consider selling the white appliances for SS from time to time. That hasn't went over well so far since we bought them new three years ago and they work just fine. We bought from a well known, great service, Mom and Pop place. I felt all warm and fuzzy "keeping the $$$$ local". Could've got a SS package deal at a big box store. *sigh*
My rooms are falling into place that I can say I'm very happy with them except the kitchen - It's ok. I know I should be happy as it functions well for me, I have lots of cabinet space and a large pantry but one of these days I'm just going to grab a brush and go bananas.
Kitchen - **The paint doesn't blend IRL like it does in photos. I'm NOT interested in repainting the walls which are BM Olive Branch.
p.s. The rest of the wood in my house is dark or painted oak so the kitchen is an odd ball.
Here is a link that might be useful: Twg7590 kitchen thread