Painting Oak Cabinets Without Grain Showing

Originally published september 25, 2015. Oak cabinets after filling the wood grain, painting and glazing.

Oak You Don’t Have to Live with the Grain

My method for filling wood grain has been a reader favorite tutorial for years!

Painting oak cabinets without grain showing. Because i was using chalk paint and wax, i didn’t want the wax settling into the grain, so i had to figure out how to hide it. When you paint oak cabinets white, the grain texture remains very apparent. I have tackled a great deal of oak cabinet client projects, so i thought i would share some tips and tricks for painting oak cabinets that i have learned along the way, if you’re looking to give yours a refresh.

The thread started in if hes trying to hide the grain on oak cabinets, whats the over/under on him still being on the job? I also wrote this ebook, which organizes all of the information from the original tutorial along with all of the questions here into one handy place. We are in the process of having our oak cabinets painted.

However, i do have a solution if you want smooth cabinets for your painting project! My pickled oak cabinets are painted and you can see a bit of the grain showing through. The homeowners were awesome, they had a fabulous contractor who worked with the homeowners on the big stuff and then we came in to paint and unify the cabinetry.

The problem with oak is it has a very deep wood grain that will show, even after painting. We had the perfect storm for this makeover. If the cabinets are oak and you are painting them there should be enough grain showing through to be happy.

Plus, you need to get a product to fill the wood grain, a great primer, and a high quality paint. First, i have painted over 100 sets of oak kitchen cabinets. Instead of fresh classic white cabinets, to me, they look like dated oak cabinets that are trying to hide behind white paint.

Find out how to do it here!. Benjamin moore, ppg, sikkens, twp, wood defender, airless sales and. The problem is that even if you paint oak cabinets, the grain will still show and you essentially just have white painted oak cabinets.

I like the look because i was going for a farmhouse style vibe. But as i said, i’m a total perfectionist and it bothers me. Oak grain filled with plus 3 joint compound.

Personally, i love the grain showing, but like the others said, it's personal preference. We do this by applying multiple coats of primer with a high “solids” content, which is designed to settle in the grooves and pores. (i used the lid of my can of paint for this, but you can use a plate or paint tray, you need very little paint).

If you have any questions, please see my disclaimer page. This post may contain affiliate links. Want it a little more pronounced you can follow the paint up with a glaze that really gives a nice definition to the grain without taking too much from the painted color.

Mix or shake your paint. How to hide the oak grain when painting your kitchen cabinets. Filling those out flush without some of them showing up is very difficult.

The goal is to not have that much paint on the rag. This doesn’t bother some people one bit. We did see a kitchen where it was done before we went ahead with ours, and i thought it was gorgeous!

This was the vast majority of my work for the next 7 years (probably 75% of my painting work is cabinets). It includes printable checklists and a tracker for your paint dilution! See more ideas about painting kitchen cabinets, painting cabinets, painting oak cabinets.

Take a wet washcloth (not dripping but not too wrung out) and dip it into a tiny bit of paint. How to paint oak cabinets without the grain showing. My most popular post, by far, has been “how to paint your cabinets like a professional.” as a result, i have gotten a lot of questions, specifically, about how to paint oak cabinets.

So instead of replacing those oak cabinets, paint them! Learn about our proven process for how to paint oak cabinets and hide the grain to achieve a completely smooth and professional finish. Painting your wood cabinets isn’t hard, if you follow some simple instructions.

After doing a little research, here’s what i ended up doing to hide the wood grain on our oak vanities.

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