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Paint for kitchen cabinets

I want to paint my kitchen cabinets...and trim as well.  What kind of paint would work best.  Obviously, this needs to be pretty durable.  Some help please?

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Posted 2010-11-11T21:07:26+0000  by ljsew ljsew




Hi ljsew;


 This is Mike, Thanks for your question, and welcome to the community.


 A good choice would be our Behr Ultra Simi-Gloss Interior Enamel. This product allows you skip a primer coat, as the primer is contained in the paint. A  simi-gloss sheen would give the best look without being to shinny. Our Martha Stewart line would be another option. The Martha living products are all color coordinated, so if you are doing a kitchen remodel, you can buy the matching Martha Stewart decor products. I have included links below with more information on both products.  


 Remember preparation is the key to a good paint job!


 The first step would be to thoroughly clean the cabinets and trim. Paint does not adhere well to grease or dirt.

  Wash the surface with TSP or a similar product, and rinse well with a damp cloth.


 Sand the surface, with a 120 grit or 150 grit sand paper to remove any sheen presently on the cabinets. 

 After sanding wipe again with a damp cloth, to remove any remaining sanding dust.


 Finally mask and cover the surrounding areas, painting can be a messy job. Have a few rags ready to wipe

 up spills and catch any drips.


 Test your color of choice inside a cabinet door first to see if it looks right, if it looks good, you’re on your way.


 I hope these ideas are helpful!


 Mike, The Home Depot Answer Man 1&storeId=10051&cata

Posted 2010-11-11T22:46:08+0000  by Mike_HD_OC

i want to stain my kitchen cabinets but the middle of them are some kind of plastic can i stain it to have it match the wood part if so what kind of stain can i use, i need help, i really hate painted cabinets 

Posted 2011-02-24T14:51:27+0000  by jeana



Stain is really mean to sink into the wood and draw out the beauty of it, putting on plastic would pretty much just dry as a really thin, filmy top coat, and would probably not get the color you're actually looking for. You can try on a small piece, but it's really not meant for that. The only way I've personally ever gotten plastic to really stain was by using coffee, but I don't think you want to be doing that for your whole kitchen :D


Using a specific type of paint or spray paint that is meant for plastics will work, but it will give you a more monochromatic look.


There is a product that is pretty new on the market called: Transformations by Rust-Oleum. It can be applied over laminate, and may be helpful to you. It's an entire DIY refinishing kit and you can get it in many different finishes. I know you aren't much for painted cabinets, but to me these look nothing like the traditional paint I normally think of for cabinets. ChristineClaret from our community did a video demoing the product if you'd like to check it out here, Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations.


Hope this helps out and thanks for joining our community!


Posted 2011-02-25T17:21:37+0000  by Jay_HD_CHI

I am also painting my kitchen cabinets, and I will be getting the paint plus primer as suggested. In addition I am changing my hardware and have to fill in several hole. I used filler and sanded but it still is visible under paint where the holes have been patched. Any tips on how to get a smoother finish? Do I just need to put on more coats?

Posted 2011-03-23T14:25:20+0000  by diyJones

Hello diyJones!


Wood filler comes in several varieties, but for filling the holes where drawer pulls were removed I like Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Filler. Here is an image of the container.


Because the product is water-based, I do not use sandpaper to smooth the dried repair. Rather, I take a tile sponge, dampen it, wring is almost dry, and then wipe the surface to re-wet and smooth the surface.


I have found that this approach results in the smoothest repair and when I paint, the repair looks perfectly smooth.


Another approach is to sand after priming which levels the repair area with the surrounding surface. This approach requires a 220-grit sandpaper and may require repeat application of primer followed by sanding to obtain that perfectly smooth repair.


NOTE: I use the dampened sponge technique on spackle ... it eliminates that familiar two-inch spackle spot that commonly shows through your paint.


Posted 2011-03-24T13:55:34+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL

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Posted 2011-08-26T04:30:35+0000  by rugerangel
Hi ljsew,

This question is asked often and like all DIY projects, there are several ways to complete your project.

Personally, I think oil-based paint is more durable, so I wrote

Cabinet Refinishing Doesn't Have To Be That Difficult.

Numerous experienced painters have contributed to this thread, so take time to read the opinions of each ... very informative.
Posted 2015-11-19T21:18:46+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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