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May 17, 2012, 10:47 AM
Sunny Daze
Painted Kitchen Cabinets
I'm curious if anyone has painted dark cherry cabinets white or even a lighter color? I'm contemplating painting our cabinets, but am concerned about the grain or color bleeding through. I spoke with a cabinet refinisher and he expressed to me that this could happen which leaves me questioning if I want to do this at all now.

If you've painted your dark cabinets, how have they held up and how long ago were they done. THanks!
May 17, 2012, 11:29 AM
Cherry naturally darkens with age, so it would make sense that it would continue to darken even if painted. And if the paint job wasn't spectacular (or enough coats), I could see it eventually changing/showing through somehow.

Of course, I don't understand why you would paint cherry if it is in good condition. The woodworking guys would be apopoletic (sp??).
May 17, 2012, 03:49 PM
Wow, that seems a little far fetched to me...wood oxidizes with light exposure, so if it's covered with paint, I don't see how it could show through. Knots bleed through, but that's due to resin, not oxidation.

Talk to paint people, not wood might get a different answer.

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May 20, 2012, 09:41 AM
Custom Improvements
i agree with belstone. if you prep the surfaces properly, and lay on enough coats of the right kind of paint, you will not have a problem.
you would not have issues with color bleeding through, your issue would be inadequate coverage with the paint.

good luck
bill z
Jun 01, 2012, 01:16 PM
I love wood so I can't imagine painting it but that being said I don't see how you could ever get the paint smooth enough. Without a sprayer, I don't see how to avoid this issue. When I see decorators just slapping on a coat of paint with a brush, I cringe. What about the brush marks? Also the paint would chip easily. When our cabinets were installed they said that they have a significant up charge for painted cabinets since they even chip for professional installers. I would really think a lot about how you can do this and get a good result.
Jun 03, 2012, 10:34 AM
I have not done it myself as I like the look of real wood. But my sister-in-law did. GORGEOUS! her house. She did a fantastic job.

This is nothing's done quite frequently.
All you need to do is as the two others above mentioned...proper prep.

You might need a light sanding with really fine sandpaper or steel wool between coats depending on the paint you use..

Do your research, talk to paint people.
Good luck!

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Aug 28, 2012, 02:34 AM
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Apr 24, 2013, 11:08 PM