The house in which I currently live is an older house and the kitchen
cabinets are fairly dark and dingy and SWMBO has it in her mind that
we need to paint them as a low-cost way to really brighten up the
kitchen. While I certainly agree that they are dingy the problem is
that they are fairly nice cabinets and the doors are made of either
cherry or maple and are bookmatched. Some real care and craftsmanship
went into their construction. I don't have the time or interest in
refinishing them right now but the thought of painting them really
doesn't sit vey well with me and I appear to have lost the "let's just
leave them alone" argument. I know that it is too late to save them
for me but possibly not for the next owner (should we sell). My
question is, does anyone know of a coating or primer that I can apply
prior to painting them that will make subsequent removal easier should
the need arise?
Thanks in advance for your time . . .
email@example.com (Larry Fox) wrote in message
Wow, except for the fact that our cabinets are oak, this could have
been written by me (thought it might have been until I saw the name at
the bottom). Being that I don't like oak (especially dark oak) I have
given in to SWMBO too. Think I will try the shellac route also.
But... if it makes it easier to remove when you want to, will it also
make it easier to remove when you don't want to? In other words, will
the paint wear off more easily?
No, it will not cause the paint to wear off more easily. Shellac is the main
ingredient in many of the
stain killing primer/sealer products for use prior to painting.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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Most of the grime and darkening on kitchin cabinets is from built up grease
and dirt. Give this a try; remove all the hardware from one of the cabinets
and rub the carcass and door down with 0000 steel wool dipped in hand
cleaner (Goop, GO JO etc. without pumice). You will be absolutely amazed at
the results. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and allow to dry. Wax with a good
paste wax the next day.
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