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#1 TonyBrown

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:49 PM

we currently have a standard natural finish red oak cabinet in the kitchen.  I am thinking about sanding, filling and painting them white and then installing a new high definition laminate counter and also installing some brushed nickel hardware (currently no handles or knobs) and maybe a little cabinet crown to dress them a little.  basically looking to freshen up the kitchen a little since I have no intention of replacing the cabinets and going full boat on this place since its going for sale in a few years.

 

anybody done the refinish thing on standard cabinets??  advice?


our cabinets look virtually identical to these

 


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:51 PM

From my reading on this topic Benjamin Moore Advance is a recomend paint and spraying will be better that brushing.
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:58 PM

I did it when we first moved in. My advice is to hire out the painting.

But if you don't... here's what we did:

Get a huge bottle of orange degreaser. Take all the cabinet faces off and everything out of your cabinets. Bring cabinet doors to garage.

Wash the #### out of every surface inside and out with degreaser and then with TSP.

Sand off the existing finish and then clean it all again with TSP.

Then paint with dense foam rollers and a good enamel paint.
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 03:59 PM

Wife just did this. Helluva lot of work. More than we envisioned. Looks good though.
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:03 PM

it was a LOT of work.  I'm not sure I'd ever do it again.

 

here's what we started with:

 

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Here's the "after"

 

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#6 TonyBrown

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:12 PM

stain, that's similar to the overall look I'm shooting for, darker laminate counter on a white cabinet with nickel hardware.  still unsure how i want to do the back splash


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:20 PM

With oak you will want to spend time filling in the grain and sanding if you want a polished result. I've seen good and bad results from this, usually proportional to the time invested.
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:46 PM

With oak you will want to spend time filling in the grain and sanding if you want a polished result. I've seen good and bad results from this, usually proportional to the time invested.

ya, i figure I'll need a 'fill-n-sand' primer of some type before finish work commences


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 04:50 PM

Boatload of work.. As said before, Benjamin Moore is (imo) the best paint out there for color coverage and lack of brush strokes. Wife did this with a coffee table and end table. End result is amazing, but it was WAY more work than she thought it'd be, or that I would be willing to put into it
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:00 PM

I gotta do something and I aint doing cabinets.  its a simple matter of money, we figure only to be here another 3-4 yrs at best.  to much investment and too little time to get a return.  my time is essentially free and while wife and kids are gone I've got time to burn around the house, there will never be an easier time to do it.


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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:06 PM

I gotta do something and I aint doing cabinets.

You clearly have 2 options.

1- cabinet remodel

https://m.grainger.c...8_AS01?$smmain$

Or

2 - whole house remodel

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:09 PM

Well I'm drunk and can't get 1sr picture to work..
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:21 PM

Well I'm drunk and can't get 1sr picture to work..

Yes you are. Lucky bastard.
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:23 PM

You might be surprised though at how inexpensive some of the RTA cabinets are. Of course they are not heirloom quality but they look fine and work. Our previous house had a pretty big kitchen and we did new white/cream cabinets for $3700. Didn't feel bad about selling 3 years later. About 6-7 hours to put them together and a few hours to install.

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#15 TonyBrown

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Posted 12 January 2019 - 05:58 PM

That’s about 3k more than I feel like spending hahaha
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 06:30 PM

Can’t you just slam your dick in the car door instead?
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 07:20 PM

it was a LOT of work.  I'm not sure I'd ever do it again.
 
here's what we started with:
 
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Here's the "after"
 
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Love the Pax! Have one, been a while since I used it though.

Revamp looks good
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Posted 12 January 2019 - 09:14 PM

We refinished ours. Had the 90s "honey oak" finish and used the General Finishes gel stain solution. Lots of youtubes out there on the subject. Not sure if you are dead set on painting, but take a look and see if this could be an option.

 


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Posted 13 January 2019 - 09:33 AM

Refinished a cabinet for the bathroom using the Benjamin Moore stuff..worked great, as long as you don't try to keep going back over spots. Getting ready to do the kitchen cabinets in the spring, so following...
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Posted 13 January 2019 - 10:26 AM

Maybe I'm the odd man out but I really dislike the white cabinets. Not sure why but I just like wood better. It seems like white is the latest rage tho and my wife is onboard. So I'm sure I will have white cabinets soon.


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