Painting Wood Cabinets?


February 2, 2009

Wood cabinet doors ready to be painted.I painted my kitchen cabinets a Cinnamon Spice color, but now they look bland and boring. Is there anything I can put on top of the paint, like a faux wash of some sort that would make them look better? Can I sponge paint another color over that?


RS3159 from Staten Island, NY


February 2, 20090 found this helpful
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Sponge painting is easy, forgiving, and lots of fun, I highly recommend it.
Choose a complimentary color and go for it.... you can always paint over it if the effects are undesired.
With a cinnamon spice color, try an orange tint, or mustard tint.
You can do an all over treatment, or a pattern, or even section it out to look like brick, or faux plaster.
Sponges vary from sea sponges which are small to hand sized, found in the craft section, .... to a big kitchen type square/rectangle, which can be cut into neat shapes.
Start off with a dry sponge, because drippy paint is the enemy...... lol.
Have fun!
Bet you could find a tutorial online about sponging.

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February 3, 20090 found this helpful
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You could try painting a border of a contrasting colour.

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February 25, 2008

I have a dated kitchen with 70's 'jalepeno green' counter tops and dark brown laminate cabinets. The counter tops are in great shape, so I am wanting to paint the cabinets. Any ideas on what colors would look good?

Tiffany from Illinois


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February 25, 20080 found this helpful
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I would go with a lighter color, depending on the floor color. Maybe ivory or a buttery yellow. Then you could accessorize with blues and turquoises.. It's my feeling that since God but green leaves on His plants and green grass all around them you can use anything with green.


Just don't get garish.

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February 25, 20080 found this helpful
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First you should prime your cabinets. I had dark cabinets in my kitchen and I wanted to lighten them. Looks good too. I think that since your counters are green, you should go white and maybe get some stencil paint and ivy stencils, add a few stencils in ivy print around the corners of the cabinet doors. You could get a canister set also with ivy and add a green rug in front of your sink. You'll be all coordinated. Have fun!!

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March 8, 2007

Can I paint over stained wood cabinets?


March 11, 20070 found this helpful
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Depends on what you have cleaned them with. Is there a heavy build up of wax or oil? Then that would need to be stripped off

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By Sheryl (Guest Post)
March 12, 20070 found this helpful
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I painted my stained cupboards in my last home. first i washed them very well with TSP (found at Home Stores), then rinse, rinse and rinse. Sand with a palm sander. Prime (I used Zinssers water based). then paint. i used white hi-gloss enamel by Behr (Home Depot). Loved the cabinets. Beautiful!!


Good luck.

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January 14, 2015

I have traditional oak cabinets next to redwood flooring. The cabinets need a makeover to match the new flooring. Should I paint or accent them in some way? Suggestions?

By Gayla


January 15, 20150 found this helpful
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You could choose a shape, narrow rectangle, stripe at bottom or top, oval etc and do it in the redwood color of the flooring using either paint or stain.

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