1. Fill in the grain. Yes or No?
First things first – take a look at your oak cabinets. See that distinctive grain pattern? That’s exactly what a lot of people DON’T want to see in their painted cabinets.
2. Brush on the first coat
Look, I get it. Once you’ve done the prep work of dealing with the wood grain, it can be tempting to grab a can of primer and start spraying it. But, DON’T.
3. Put the water-based primer back on the shelf!
Water-based primers are not the best. I know, I know….this isn’t what you wanted to hear, but trust me, using an oil-based primer is SO much better in the long run when you are painting oak cabinets.
4. Choose your sheen carefully
Here’s a handy rule to keep in mind: the higher the sheen, the more you’ll see the grain pattern.
5. Pick a different wood for add-ons
When you take the leap to paint your kitchen cabinets, you may want to add on some other features too. Whether it’s additional cabinets, trim, crown moulding, or another feature, it’s the perfect opportunity to get the kitchen of your dreams!