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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!
Posts: 2544 | Location: usa | Registered: Sep 28, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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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??).
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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.

**Life isn't about waiting for the storm to's about learning to dance in the rain**
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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
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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.
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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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I have no idea about painting but I can suggest you one site for kitchen renovation designs.You can check Kitchen Renovation Services.
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