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hi there - I recently purchased a used kitchen to replace what we have at the cottage. It has Oak cabinets and I want a white kitchen. Would love opinions on how I should refinish the cabinet doors.
Would you do this as a DIY project and paint them yourself or should I have a pro do it. (I would like them spray painted.)
I've been searching for a service that would do it but haven't had much luck.

Also, i'm not a fan of this counter top. Should I just replace or are there any creative ideas on how to paint (?) that.
the goal is to keep costs down (otherwise I'd be looking at quartz Smile)

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Posts: 1 | Registered: May 28, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Find a good painter that has experience in spraying cabinets. Prep is the key, then a good spray finish. Attempting to do it yourself with out the correct preparation work will end up costing you a lot more in the future than hiring someone with experience doing this. As far as countertops go. Replacing is always your best option. Buy the pieces from the big box stores if needed and assemble yourself.

Christopher R. Johnson
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Posts: 30 | Location: Westmont, Il | Registered: May 08, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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As mentioned by last poster prep is key.Oak can have a lot bleed through if not done properly.Budget is very important when doing any home project but some times trying to save money can cost more in the end.
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Get someone who knows how to spray them--you will never be able to just use a brush or a roller. I've seen too many kitchens with badly painted cabinets.
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There are good instructions on doing it yourself from "This Old House". Just do a search on there. If you use a product called "Floetrol" it will make your paint much smoother. There is one for oil and one for water based paints. It is a huge job to do it right and takes a lot of patience but it can be done. But if you can afford to have it done by a professional, I would go for it. My friend had table and chairs done by an auto body shop and it turned out great.

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Rust-o-leum came out with this really great product that allows you to refinish your cabinets and counter top by yourself. It's a kit you buy that transforms ugly counter tops into granite look a likes. They also have a kit for refinishing cabinets. Might be something you want to check out.
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Hi Aand, I think you should go for a painter. As it is a tedious job to paint oak cabinets. If you go for DIY it may or may not produce the result you want.


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