You Know You Want to Paint Your Old Oak Cabinets! June 18, 2019

Hello, friend!

I’m amazed by the number of customers, who are taking the plunge, painting their cabinets!

Here are some good reasons why:

– Cabinet painting bids usually start around $3,000 and often are much higher.

– Oak cabinets, which used to be on everyone’s gotta have list, (before you were born) were built to last.  Why replace something that’s solid and functional?

– Painting oak cabinets will update a home and make it more attractive to home buyers.

– You can paint most kitchens with less than $150 in paint and supplies.

Four or five times a year, we offer our Cabinet Painting class.  The next class is this coming Saturday, from 1:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

The cost is $75.00 and there are still a few spots left.  We supply everything, including a step by step to-do list, when you leave.

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Key Tips:

– Cleaning with a degreaser, like Fusion’s TSP is critically important!  It’s difficult to see the cooking oils that collect on your cabinets over the years.  Oil residue, left  on your cabinets will keep any paint from wearing well.  So, clean well, especially around your stove!

– Always mark where cabinet doors were originally hanging, so they can be re-hung in the same location.  This step will save a huge headache!

-If you have a large kitchen, break it down into sections, so it isn’t quite as intimidating.

– Starting with a guest bath or laundry room, can always build confidence and inspire you to move forward.

Here’s a kitchen remodel I found posted on  Fusion’s “Paint It Beautiful” Facebook community page.  Wowzer!  The homeowner highlighted  the molding and warmed up the color selection, with Fusion’s  Cappuccino  Stain and Finishing Oil. Stain and Finishing Oil provides extra sheen and protection too!

More Tips:

If you’re painting your cabinets to improve resale success, staying with light neutrals, is always your best bet.  Fusion Mineral Paint offers about 15 whites, creams and light greys to choose from.

Fusion also offers testers for $4.99 each.  Each tester can cover a cabinet door and it might be wise to narrow your choices down to two or three colors and see what works best with your counter tops, back splash and flooring.

Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store’s usually have used oak cabinet doors available, for $2 or $3 and are great for practice and color selecting.

You can do this!  Take your time, practice patience and come to class Saturday, if you can!

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Of course! We’re always available to help, Tuesday-Sunday, at our Fair Oaks Shop!

Well, there you have it!  Until we meet again, take care of your sweet self!

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  1. Lori on June 22, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Do you recommend using a product, like wood filler, to try to remove grain from oak cabinets before painting with Fusion mineral paint?

    • Barbara Bussey on June 22, 2020 at 1:17 pm

      Hi there,

      I am not an expert on wood filler, but I think that it would be a huge undertaking, to fill all of the wood grain on your cabinets. I think that you’ll find that painting will make such a huge difference, you won’t be bothered by any wood grain. It will be less visible, once painted, too.

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