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Old April 1st, 2006, 03:08 PM   #1
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RE-painting the kitchen, and the existing, darkly stained cabinets look horrid.
I would like to stain, or whitewash over these...... maybe even watered down white paint.
Has anyone else done anything similiar? How'd it turn out?
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RE-painting the kitchen, and the existing, darkly stained cabinets look horrid.
I would like to stain, or whitewash over these...... maybe even watered down white paint.
Has anyone else done anything similiar? How'd it turn out?
I had white washed/ bleached a few oak floors after they were sanded. It had the dark grain in it still. I didn't like it compared to the new wood the way it accepts the paint. I would say you would have to strip off all of the old stain really well. For you to get the look that I think you would want.
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I had white washed/ bleached a few oak floors after they were sanded. It had the dark grain in it still. I didn't like it compared to the new wood the way it accepts the paint. I would say you would have to strip off all of the old stain really well. For you to get the look that I think you would want.
Kind of what I was thinking I'd have to do, but really dont want to do to 30 year old "contractor" cabinet doors.

If It looks like the only way I'd get it decent I'll buy new cabinet doors.
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Not seeing your doors -- but what if only sanded the high spots and then painted the centers etc. with out seeing what your talking about though its hard to say what you have to work with.
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What about just painting them? See it done several times, even with cheap cabinets in old modular homes and it looks good. The better the paint and the better the washability too.
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What about just painting them? See it done several times, even with cheap cabinets in old modular homes and it looks good. The better the paint and the better the washability too.

I did that to the same cabinets upstairs, and it doesn't look that great. I'm thinking the bleaching or whitewashing would look better
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Did you use a good paint? If you sand, prime, and use a good paint like American Standard Signature from lowes, it should look very nice. I don't know how a gloss would look tho, always seen it in a satin or semi finish.
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