So many people don’t even know that there is a solution other than refacing or replacing your cabinets. However there very much is! Some cabinet types and some wood types turn out better than others. Read on further to find out what unknown options that you may have.
Since there are so few cabinets that cannot be painted, let’s start with those.
Cabinets That Cannot Be Painted
- Cabinets that have been previously refaced typically should not be painted. This is because painting will not stop the delamination of the facing materials. Therefore they will keep on peeling apart and typically are not worth the investment to paint.
- Pine cabinets should not be painted. Pine should be restained.
- Thermofoil cabinets generally should not be painted. This is because the processes and tools needed to paint these are too advanced for the general diy’er and even most painters.
- Very old or rotting cabinets. The cabinets must be in good structural state. They should be able to function well with new hardware.
Cabinets You Should Paint
Pretty much all other cabinets can be painted. Some turn out better than others but they can all be improved with a coat of paint(or 4-7 coats). If you are local to the Indianapolis area, contact us for kitchen cabinet painting.
- Oak Cabinets – Oak cabinets are very difficult to paint. Yellow and red oaks are both difficult to paint and will require much more coats and vigorous sanding.
- Ash Cabinets – Ash is mostly confused as oak. There is a similar grain pattern and visually are easy to mistake. The biggest sign that you are looking at ash is the feel of wood. The grain will not be nearly as pronounced as oak. You wouldn’t be able to get your thumbnail in the grain of ash like you could on oak.
- All other hardwoods like maple, cherry, hickory, walnut, or mahogany paint well. Of course we would always suggest two coats of primer and at least two coats of topcoat.