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Old 01-18-2009, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I am thinking of painting my kitchen cabinets a shade of cream. I was thinking of just having a painter paint them, but then saw a few vendors that do this at a home show. Does anyone have experience with one of the companies that takes the doors to their shop and redoes them. They say it is better than just having a painter paint them, but I am wondering if anyone has any experience and thinks the extra cost of these companies is worth it.

PS - I am not interested in one of those add on coatings, or a new cabinet door, just looking to do some sort of paint.
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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Why don't you just apply a good base coat and paint them yourself? Just make sure to number the door and drawers as you remove them and pick out some great new hardware.
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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These cabinets were typical 1980s Dark Oak. I used a product called Liquid Sand (you just wipe it on to de-gloss the finish) One coat of primer, one coat of Semi-gloss with a brush and a 6" foam roller, and the kitchen looks completely different. I added trim to the cabinets, buut yours might already have it.
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Old 01-18-2009, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Personally, I think it's better to have them sprayed by a professional.
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Old 01-18-2009, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Lynbrook
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Is it easy to spray them yourself? I was considering renting a sprayer from HomeDepot.
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:10 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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These cabinets were typical 1980s Dark Oak. I used a product called Liquid Sand (you just wipe it on to de-gloss the finish) One coat of primer, one coat of Semi-gloss with a brush and a 6" foam roller, and the kitchen looks completely different. I added trim to the cabinets, buut yours might already have it.
I LOVE what you did! It looks fantastic!!!
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Old 01-18-2009, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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I am trying to determine if I can just have a painter spray them, or if I need to go with a company. If you google cabinet refininishing you will see what I am referring to.
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Old 01-18-2009, 09:27 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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These cabinets were typical 1980s Dark Oak. I used a product called Liquid Sand (you just wipe it on to de-gloss the finish) One coat of primer, one coat of Semi-gloss with a brush and a 6" foam roller, and the kitchen looks completely different. I added trim to the cabinets, buut yours might already have it.
Those turned out really lovely. Do you have a before pic?

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I am trying to determine if I can just have a painter spray them, or if I need to go with a company. If you google cabinet refininishing you will see what I am referring to.
Get some quotes, but make sure you are comparing apples to apples - that they are both doing the same work. Cleaning, sanding, priming, sanding, 1 or 2 finish coats.
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Coastal Georgia
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This weekend I was watching one of the shows on HGTV and they used a new type of paint especially for kitchen cupboards. I'm sorry I can't be more specific, but I gather it's a polymer or vinyl that makes a nice smooth coating.
Failing that, I've always found that a high quality oil based paint makes a lovely, smooth coating on furniture and I bet it would wear well on kitchen cupboards.
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Is it easy to spray them yourself? I was considering renting a sprayer from HomeDepot.
I wouldn't rent a sprayer. Unless you are used to using one it will make quite a mess. Get a 6" foam roller and just roll it on. That type of roller gives a nice, even finish.
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