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  1. I am getting ready to paint my bathroom vanities that are made of Maple with a natural stain (which now looks gold). I will be painting them white and adding some distressing. Do I need to prime my cabinets first?

    1. Maple does not need to be primed before painting. Just clean well with TSP, scuff sand and paint. Good luck with your project!

  2. I’m ready to put tough coat in my cabinet doors. I watched the video about application but have a couple of questions.

    I have the car washing type sponge suggested for application. I am painting my cabinets a few at a time. Will I be able to clean the sponge and reuse a few weeks later when I’m ready to coat the next group of cabinets? If so, what’s the beast way to clean?

    The cabinet door fronts are routered and not a flat surface. How do I use that large sponge on them?

    1. Hi Pam! I actually like to apply Tough Coat with a damp lint free rag. I think it gives you much more control especially in crevices. I squeeze the Tough Coat unto the damp rag and apply in long strokes. If you miss something it’s best to catch it on the second coat.

  3. Hello. Your kitchen looks beautiful! I painted my cabinets a few years ago with Benjamin Moore paint. I have a few areas near the hardware where the paint has come off completely to show the original color of the cabinets. I am planning on painting them Fusion Raw Silk (which is very similar to the BM color I painted them before), but I want to make sure this time, the paint stays adhered for many years. I just thoroughly cleaned them with Fusion’s TSP. Do I need to use Ultra Grip before I use the Raw Silk paint? And should I use the Tough coat after the paint? Thanks for your help!

    1. If you’re cabinets have a sheen to them I’d advise doing a scuff sand with 220 grit sand paper or using ultra grip. Either one will help the paint adhere. I used tough coat over my cabinets and usually advise that you do that on cabinets so they are easier to keep clean and it adds durability. Hope this helps!

      1. Thank you for your quick reply! I will take your advice on the Ultra Grip and Tough Coat..REALLY want it to adhere this time!

  4. Lovely kitchen!! I painted my cabinets Lamp white since I have white appliances. Should have maybe gone with casement. Any suggestions for wall paint? I did my island in Seaside. It is a lake home and I want it to be bright and cheery. What is the blue on your wall?

    1. I honestly don’t know what the wall color is. It was painted that color when we moved in.
      I have painted the rest of my house in Behr Misty Coast which is a lighter version. You might want to check that color out.

  5. Thanks for the great tips. I am planning on painting my cabinets in Casement. I have dark brown thermofoil cabinets. Can you tell me the exact process I should follow? TSP, scuff sand, ultra grip, then do I need to prime first before apply Casement?

    1. Since your cabinets are Dark Brown, you’re painting Casement and they’re thermofoil I’d recommend priming, 2 coats, with Zinsser Bin Shellac Primer before painting. You could use Ultra grip if you were painting a dark color over but since you not only need to reduce the number of coats but need something to help the paint stick to the thermofoil I’d recommend the Bin. No need for both products.

  6. In the process of remodeling our living areas. We have one large open space with kitchen, dining area, living area. We have Agreeable Gray on the walls. Built in cabinets/shelves on side of fireplace is a matted stone white (not bright, don’t know the exact color very neutral) with the mantel being Dark Walnut color. The built in cabinets/shelves are a Stone color with Chocolate Glaze Color on Maple. Flooring is the same throughout LVT Barnwood color (it has gray, brown, light colosr). Banister is about the same color as living room cabinets/shelves and has black iron spindles. Kitchen being on one side of the area and living room on the other side (it’s a large space). The person who is going to paint our kitchen cabinets and island is using Fusion Mineral Paint (they are oak color right now).. I am thinking Casement for cabinets and would like a different color for the Island.. thinking maybe Ash, but also would like to add color? Not going for Farmhouse look at all… more modern & classic and timeless. Thoughts on several colors to choose from as may end up painting our kitchen table & china hutch too. Our trim is a honey oak color throughout and our back splash has browns & creams in it and so does the counters… but may end up changing the backsplash & counters as not the color scheme I am changing everything too. I want timeless, classy. Thank You.

    1. Some options based on your description. If you’re going with Casement on the cabinets you could use any of these on the island. Ash, Coal Black,Pressed Fern, Algonquin, Midnight Blue or possibly Prairie Sunset if you’d like to stay more modern. The other option is to see if the person that’s painting the cabinets has a fan deck of all the colors. Hope this helps.

  7. Great article, I have golden maple shaker style kitchen cabinets and have been told it’s too smooth a surface for full paint coverage.
    Also, lighter colours require more coats.
    I would appreciate your advice and tips and lighter colours recommended for fusion painting them . Also, by using fusion, is it possible to don’t remove cupboard doors because the fusion paint does not move like regular paint.
    Thank you so much.

    1. Thank you Kim! There’s no wood surface that’s too smooth for painting them with Fusion. Doing a good cleaning and scuf sand before painting will be crucial. If you’re asking for a recommendation on color it’s hard to say unless I can see your space. You can feel free to email me at Removing cabinet doors is totally up to you and your level of comfort. It will take painting around hinges which could be challenging for someone who’s never painted before. It would also mean leaving those doors and drawers open for several days before closing them after painting. If you don’t the door and drawers would stick. Hope this helps.

  8. I have oak cabinets, if the grain show through would it make a nice distressed look or not? They are a honey oak, not real dark.

    1. I have lots of customers who paint oak cabinets and they look beautiful. Depending on what color you’re painting they may need priming. Oak tends to bleed thru yellow if you use a light color. Good luck with your project and please let us know if you need further help.

  9. I’ve been wanting to paint my kitchen cupboards for such a long time but it seems so daunting because of the style door they are… They are solid oak, but they have deep grooves cut into them to make them look like they are individual planks (of varying widths) put together to make a single door panel. The doors are 3/4″ thick and the grooves are 1/2″ deep and 1/16″ wide. Do you have any suggestions on how to paint in the grooves that will leave me with a nice finished project??

    1. Hi Elisse – First of all, if you’re planning to paint them a light paint color you’ll need to prime first with Bin Shellac Primer. Oak tends to bleed yellow or orange thru light colors. If you’re painting a darker color this won’t be an issue. I’d recommend painting the grooves first with one of the small Artist Brushes or the 1″ Flat Staalmeester Brush and then using the Fusion Micro Fiber Roller to do all your flat surfaces. That will leave you with a beautiful finish. Please let us know if you need further help. You can do this!

  10. I prepped my kitchen meticulously… tsp wash, light sand, tough coat, 2 coats of Pebble, and upon rehanging cabinet doors after 4 days of drying got a scratch and the paint came off… how do I handle this? Do I have to sand it all the way back down?

    1. All paint takes at least 21 days to cure and will have to be handled gently until then. All you need to do is smooth that area with sandpaper, paint and tough coat again just in that area.

  11. Hello. Does the grain show on oak cabinets when using fusion mineral paint? If so could I use a filler product like Durhams Water Putty or Drydex Spackle?
    Also, can I use liquid sandpaper instead of traditional sand paper?

    1. With any paint oak grain will show. You’ll definitely need to prime with Bin Shellac Primer if you’re painting a light color. Oak will bleed thru paint. You can use either of those fillers. For the small amount of scuff sanding they will need to be done and especially if you use filler it’ll need to be sanded smooth I don’t recommend liquid sandpaper.

  12. Thanks for the tips. We are starting our kitchen tomorrow. Can I ask what color paint you have by the pantry? I am really struggling with finding the right paint color for the rest of my house.

    1. I wished I could tell you but it was painted that color when we bought the house. Good luck with your cabinet painting!

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