purging, paint quotes, and a perfect white?




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purge–verb (used with object)

1. to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify.          

2. to rid, clear, or free

january 2011 003 1

We have been purging. We took 3 of these loads to the Goodwill. It feels sooooo good. Originally, I was going to throw it all in the attic and bring it down for a spring yard sale. And I saw how much there was, and I thought of the sorting and the pricing, and I just wanted it out. Out of our house and away from me in case I changed my mind. I was just in one of those throw it out! I don’t care! moods, where everyone in your family is laying over their valuables to protect it from being thrown into the pile. (Except for my husband who was looking on with pure delight)

I’ll show you some pictures soon!

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Last week, I was in Benjamin Moore talking painting kitchen cabinets and the guy suggested getting a quote on having it done professionally. He said it may not be as bad as you might think since it’s usually slower in the winter for painters.

So, we had one of the recommended painters come over and this morning he called with the quote and this is what I scribbled down:

january 2011 005 1Not going to happen. So, here they sit waiting for me to take them out of their state of oak.january 2011 010 1 I need a perfect white kitchen cabinet color. Not too white, not too cream…just a perfect creamy white. Suggestions?? I need to get going on this dreaded project….

Happy Monday~

91 comments:

  1. I painted my kitchen cabinets in Benjamin Moore's Decorator White and love them! It is a great white color and I was pleased to make the jump from Behr to Benjamin Moore--the coverage was a lot better and I used less paint...so the cost ended up being LESS even though the paint costs more.

    ~ Sarah

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  2. How about Nebulous White by Sherwin Williams? I think the number is SW 7063

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  3. Thank you Sarah and opalm. This is one project I want to mess up, so I think I'm going with BM or SW paint. Adding both colors to my "to try" list!

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  4. That paint quote is ridiculous! Have you tried finding a painter on Craigslist? I had a one-guy operation do my cabinet doors (where it really matters) and he was $800. Found him on Craigslist. He was just starting on his own. Maybe I lucked out though?

    My kitchen is here: http://getyourmarthaon.blogspot.com/2010/02/spec-house-kitchen-makeover.html

    I used BM's White Chocolate, which is what's on all my woodwork.

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  5. Oops! Forgot to mention that if you're interested in disguising the grain of the oak cabinets, look into Brushing Putty by Fine Paints of Europe. It's a primer that you apply, sand down, apply again, etc. until the grain is gone to your satisfaction. It fills in the grain. I used it on my oak cabinets and they're as smooth as a baby's butt. :) It adds to the process, but if the grain bothers you, I just wanted you to know there's a solution!

    http://www.finepaintsofeurope.com/brushing_putty.aspx

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  6. Anne~your kitchen is absolutely beautiful! Love the color. I'm pretty certain I'm going to do it myself, (we did our last kitchen) but I'm seriously thinking of investing in a professional spray painter...

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  7. We did ours in Sherwin Williams Alabaster - love it. It looks white until you put a stark white (paper, egg) up to it and then you see the cream in it.

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  8. We did our cabinets in Sherwin Williams Creamy, and it is gorgeous.

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  9. Behr Ultra Polished Pearl is a our new trim and accent color all over our house (and we will be repainting our cream kitchen cabinets in Polished Pearl soon, too. Wish I had found it 3 years ago!) I might go with SW paint next time, but I will likely match the color to Polished Pearl. I pick it out of a wall of whites and creams every time I'm at Home Depot and I'm never sick of it at home. Good luck!

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  10. Benjamin Moore White Dove looks awesome on cabinetry. Done it in lots of kitchens!

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  11. I love the *names* of these paints already...

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  12. Seriously! That quote is crazy high! That's about what we paid to have the exterior of our ENTIRE house painted in October!!! Did the painter think he was picasso or something?

    I'm no help on the paint colors but would be looking around for another quote or two from some different painters. Whatever color you pick is going to look awesome though. You have a knack for that kind of stuff.

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  13. Amy~everything seems to be more expensive out here...and even if I did find someone to do it for around $1000, I would be worried about the quality and be thinking of the *other* things I could be using the money for...I know I can do it, it's just a pain in the rear!

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  14. Whatever you do, make sure it is durable. I did ours a creamy color and am thinking about painting them black because I'm tired of all the marks on them from kids bumping them with stools and chairs while helping at the counter. I am loving the look of black cabinets right now!

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  15. I mentioned above that we have SW Alabaster. I wanted to add that we got quotes from 5 different painters. The estimates went from 3500 to 1000. Granted, the 1000 was our neighbor, so we got a deal, but he said it wouldn't have been much higher without the deal! We have maybe a slightly above average number of cabinets, just to give you an idea of the size of the project. I know plenty of people do it on their own, but seeing what our painters went through, it was worth it! I would maybe get a few more estimates.

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  16. Sarah's right! BM's 'Decorator White' is a no fail! I also love BM's 'Cloud White' and 'White Dove', they are both a hint creamier.

    You will rescue that kitchen and make it fabulous, you will you will!!!

    xo
    Kate

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  17. Oh, girl, those cabinets are going to be completely fab in white!! If I lived closer, we could help each other with those painting projects. ;) I need help in my dining room...time for the red to go.

    Bravo for the loads to Goodwill! My girls got into piling up the donation box this weekend. Just need to go through it to itemize for a write-off. :)

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  18. Hi Melissa-

    I always use Sherwin Williams Alabaster or Creamy White. Alabaster is a tad more white then Creamy.
    I remember when I painted my kitchen cabinets and when they were all done I jumped up and down loving the transforamtion.
    I can't wait to see your After.
    My best- Diane

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  19. I just painted my dark brown kitchen cabinets Sherwin William's Alabaster and love it! Your post about painting your last kitchen really inspired me to do it myself. I can see why you wanted to get a quote in hopes that it would be low, it's a lot of work. I can't wait to see them when you're done. :)

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  20. I posted earlier with my paint suggestion of Benjamin Moore Decorator White -- here is a link to my cabinets done in that color. I also added white beadboard to them. The cabinets have held up beautifully!

    http://frillsfluffandtrucks.blogspot.com/2010/01/kitchen-is-done.html

    (And yes my blog is woefully neglected. I've been feeling the blogging urge lately though!)

    ~ Sarah

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  21. Ah Purging, is always scary, yet feels so good! What if you primed the cabinets and then have a pro come finish? Might knock of some of the $$?? I'd be too scared to paint the final coat myself! But I'm a scaredy cat like that, I haven't even mastered all the wonders of spray paint yet! Good luck!!

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  22. Saw this and thought you might be interested in her tutorial on painting cabinets...
    http://mysweetsavannah.blogspot.com/2010/12/painted-cabinets-tutorial-winner.html

    Can't wait to see your after pics!

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  23. We used Benjamin Moore linen white and I love it. Its a great soft white, but not too yellow. We just finished the same project and it wasn't too hard. A little time consuming; lots of sanding, but worth every bit of it. Good luck - can't wait to see the pictures!!

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  24. We had Cabinet Cures do our kitchen cabinets. It's a national franchise, so maybe you could google to see if they're in your area. We used Benjamin Moore Simply White and it's perfect. I wanted not as white as the appliances, but not as creamy as the trim work in the house and it's the perfect compromise. Here's a link to some pictures.

    http://britineyj.blogspot.com/2010/03/kitchen-finale.html

    Can't wait to see what you come up with!!

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  25. My cabinets are ben moore's Ivory Tusk, I like the cream in it. As a color consultant, I recommend snow white a lot. All BM colors. If you want a great finish use the aura paint, they often give a discount this time of year. I painted all of mine myself and they have faired well.

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  26. We use Ivory Palace by Behr (UL190-13). The one with the primer in it. PERFECT WHITE! Not ivory, not white. Something in between and almost all of my furniture is painted with it. Go check it out

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  27. I have painted some furniture with Behr powdered snow and I love it... Also am totally addicted to Behr paint with primer!

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  28. I did the white dove as well and painted myself. I ended up putting two coats of paint on everything and then finished the end caps with the "wallpaper" wainscoting from home depot. It made a huge difference when we put our house on the market.

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  29. they are going to look awesome! i love alabaster and greek villa both by sherwin williams- they are nice warm whites. :)

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  30. this delights me so! I love your blog and your makeovers especially. I am thinking about doing a white kitchen soon and need help big time! I can't wait to see all of the blogs listed here in the comment section, and yours when you do it. thank you!

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  31. This is wonderful! I just decided my oak cabinets have seen their last spring in their hideous brown color and I am ready to paint them white. Now I have some suggestions for great whites and it was so much fun to check some of the links in your comments to see the beautiful kitchens done by others:>) Can't wait to see your finished project!

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  32. My mom and I just bought a new paint product from Benjamin Moore that is apparently really good for cabinets. It's called "CabinetCoat".

    My mom is repainting her cabinets with it and soon I'll be using mine to repaint a table and chair set in Cloud White.

    I'll have to let you know how it holds up!! Good luck!

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  33. We got a few quotes like that and finally found someone for $700 which was totally worth it! Our cabinets are painted Antique White by SW. The expensive painter suggested that so we went with it!

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  34. I'm planning to paint my very ugly oak cabinets too, but have been so afraid to start the process....picking out the paint is the hardest! This post has been helpful with all of the suggestions.

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  35. We have renovated our 1975 dark brown kitchen and sending and painting cabinets was the biggest job but also the most rewarding. We love white kitchen and because we didn't want to spend $$$$$ on a complete reno, we did it ourselves and are happy with the result.
    Maybe you can check how much would it be to spray them. I know one blogger who did that and her kitchen looks amazing.
    Kinga

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  36. The White Dove sounds interesting. I wonder if Decorator White is a bright white?

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  37. I painted my beadboard backsplash Mascarpone(Pottery Barn-Benjamin Moore)It is not cream and it is not too white. Right in between. Love it. I had it colored match at SW. Can't wait to see your finished product.

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  38. Have you looked at Rustoleum transformations - designed to do cabinets with NO SANDING, etc. Saw it at home depot - relatively new

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  39. If those were maple cabinets, I would tell you to go for it without looking back. But they are oak. I have yet to see painted oak that does not still have a grain line showing through. Someone recommended some kind of putty...which sounded work intensive, but that might be necessary. Sorry to be Debbie Downer.

    On the other hand, have you considered looking at new cabinetry? We've put in cabinets in two different houses, now, in a kitchen and a den. The price of cabinets has gone down quite a bit just in the last four years. We put in 10 feet of cabinetry last year for less than $2000. My husband has installed it himself both times--it isn't as scary as you would think.

    When we were looking for the den cabinets, I found out that they were selling the display cabinets at one of the stores, because they were redoing the showroom. There were gorgeous cabinets being sold at incredible discounts.

    I guess what I'm saying is, new cabinetry doesn't have to be out of your reach. If you can live with the existing cabinets for a year or two, you might be
    able to save up and get something that you really, really love.

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  40. I totally need to purge. We have a busy weekend coming up, but I just may have to do some of this the following weekend!

    I can't wait to see how your kitchen turns out. I might have to take some tips from you once it's done!

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  41. Painting my cabinets white is on my dream list for 2011... still have to convince hubby! So... waiting on the edge of my seat to see which one you pick!

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  42. love this post. I'm going through the similar feels of purging our home. My new goal is "if I don't love it, why do I keep it" when it comes to stuff in our home. We had 2 car loads for goodwill so far with probably 2 more on the way, brought a car load to a housewares swap meet and sent an email with all the good big items that we are giving a way to friends and family. It's all so freeing! Yay!
    I love this post because we are going to have our cabinets painted hopefully soon and I don't know where to even start when it comes to choosing the right white. Can't wait to see what you decide and the big reveal.

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  43. I painted our cabinets with Sherwin Williams Alabaster. I used oil-based instead of latex, and it is holding up very well. I've only had to touch up high traffic doors once. My kitchen walls are Behr Powdered Snow. Here is a link to the all-white kitchen:

    http://shellyandtheboys.blogspot.com/2010/07/all-white-kitchen.html

    And here is a link to when I first painted the cabinets:

    http://shellyandtheboys.blogspot.com/2009/04/painted-kitchen-cabinets.html

    A ton of work, but not a day goes by that I don't realize how happy I am that I did it! My best advice is to use those cheap small foam rollers--they left no marks behind. Good luck!

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  44. LOTS to think about...loving all the tips and all these new products to check out!

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  45. Whoa, that's a high quote for cabinets. I painted mine myself and swore I'd never do it ever again. So worth the $$. I wonder if they'd lower it if you took all the doors off and hardware off and back on. That's a huge time consumer.

    I used Behr Cottage White on all my furniture. Might be a bit too yellow-ish for cabinets. Can't remember my cabinet white but you sure do have a lot of recommendations.

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  46. I painted my cabinets this fall and I'd been putting it off for a couple of years. You can totally do it!

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  47. I'm a big fan of Restoration Hardware's The Right White. My BM store already had the recipe saved in the computer, so I had it mixed there in Impervo.

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  48. Kelley! Did you use the Impervo on kitchen cabinets?? Love the finish of that, but was wondering about durability??

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  49. Oh, how I would love to paint my oak, with the grain also, kitchen cabinets. It won't happen, though, unless my husband has a major change of mind. He is pretty much dead set against it and I don't have an argument other than just my desire to change them. So oak they will stay...

    It's funny, because he is really not usually a stickler about most things, but painting the wood in our house is hard for him to reconcile. I am working on getting him to let me paint my fireplace right now. I think maybe in the spring we will do that. It's also the grainy oak.

    Good luck with yours. can't wait to see them.

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  50. yay for purging! I loved reading the comments on this post!

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  51. I am right behind you. I have put mine off for far too long. And mine are a darker oak then yours. Really sucks the light up. I have been living with about 10 or 20 paint samples tacked up on my doors for months now. MONTHS! It's pathetic. I could just patch them all together really and call it done. I probably have 80% of the color listed here in your comments in sample pots! I kid you not. Some I knocked out for being to yellow. I am having a doozy of a time deciding! Can't wait to see what you have decided on.

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  52. Go for it yourself! You can totally do it and will feel great when you save so much money!! Me and my friend did her entire kitchen in one weekend! We used a creamy white (can't remember color) and we sanded and glazed them for a shabby chic look! I have used the Behr paint with primer in it in Polar White....I prefer Benjamin Moore paint for cabinets and furniture though. Simply White is very nice BJ color. Getting ready to do my entire bedroom set in it!

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  53. I like SW's Kestrel White -- Not too white Not too creamy!

    Can't wait to see what you decide on and the outcome!

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  54. We had a friend paint our 80s oak cabinets in Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. On our cabinets it looks like a warm white - not a "hospital" white.

    For little dings and marks by kiddos, you can lightly run a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser over them and they disappear without ruining the paint!

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  55. This is a great post and the comments are so helpful. I want to paint my kitchen...someday but I think I am going to start with my bathrooms where the stain is worn and looking sad. And a smaller, do-able project.

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  56. Is it wrong that I want to save, print, and savor the photo of your vehicle loaded with bags o' purge?

    'Cause I do.

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  57. Mine are Sherwin Williams Dover White. Not too white, and not too cream. It's the perfect off-white in my opinion. It is an awesome color! My husband was a professional cabinet builder for high-end customers and he kept telling me about this color when I wanted white cabinets. It really is beautiful and he was so right!

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  58. I did my kitchen cabinets myself and yes it is a lot of work! The results are so worth it though! I used Valspar Latte. You might want to get a sample board (I used a 1/4" pc of plywood)to try a few colors. I found that once I added a coat of polyurethane, the colors changed quite a bit!
    I also recommend using BIN as your primer. It's the best stuff on the market for cabinets.
    Make sure you clean, clean and clean and then clean the cabinets again prior to painting. The prep is the key to a long lasting finish! Good Luck!

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  59. I never have yard sales anymore. Too much work involved, sure the extra money would be nice and come in handy, but do I really want to sit outside all day in the sun when I have kids running circles around me dragging stuff back inside...no thanks. Much easier just to bag it up and drop it off at Goodwill or a homeless shelter. It makes you feel good too.

    I'm getting ready to paint our kitchen cabinets white too. Our last kitchen we stripped and stained the cabinets, but this time we're just going with white. It's just a temporary thing, we're going to do some remodeling and re do the whole kitchen one day, but there isn't money in the budget for it right now.

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  60. Hi Melissa- We just painted our cabinets white. We used white dove, which is what all of our trim is throughout the house. I like decorator's white and simply white for a pure white too. I know Miss Mustard Seed uses SW Creamy a lot and I bought a can of that for another project that I wanted a little less bright white and it's really pretty. Not really a yellowish cream, but very similar to Heirloom white. We ordered an unfinished wood vanity for our bathroom, and somebody wanted $1000 just to paint that one thing! I will tell you though that unless it's sprayed, which is what the pros do, it's almost impossible to have no brush strokes or streaking effect doing it yourself. We used both the brush and sponge brush and you can still see some strokes, but overall the sponge brushes were better. It still looks good though. You'll probably need at least two coats of primer and two of paint, and maybe more since it's oak. Ours were already white, just really dingy, and we still did primer plus two coats of paint. We used Cabinet Coat by BM, and I would recommend that highly. Good luck! It's amazing what a coat of paint and new hardware can do! I bought orb knobs at Target and pulls at Lowe's that I sprayed with ORB spraypaint and they look really great.

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  61. Actually, that quote is not ridiculous. We painted our oak cabinets white and it looks GREAT, but it was very labor intensive, even if you use a sprayer. Not hard, it just takes a lot of time. You can do it!

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  62. We used Ralph Lauren Roadster White and LOVE it! Here is a link to his paint color page...

    http://www.ralphlaurenhome.com/products/paint/lifestyle_colors/items.aspx?haid=49

    it looks kinda pinky peachy white on here but it's not! Here's a link to my cabinets! Plus it's also the trim color throughout the house

    http://20somethingdesigns.blogspot.com/2010/11/off-i-would-like-to-say-thank-you-to.html


    Hope that helps!

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  63. I painted my kitchen cabinets "Dove White" by BM. I love it!

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  64. I picked one up at Walmart...it is called Coconut! It is not a bright white, but not cream colored either. I only picked up the chip - will take it to Lowe's to have them mix it.

    Good luck!

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  65. Polar Bear by Behr

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  66. Heather Savage1/11/11, 11:14 AM

    http://www.caromalcolours.com/

    I used the paint and toner from caromal colours. Our kitchen was huge, and took forever to do, but it looks beautiful now!! The paint is expensive but it wears so good with four kids. We used the parchment paint distressed the cabinets with a sander then put a toner on top. Honestly I wouldn't do it again, because the amount of work...like I said our kitchen is huge, (13 drawers, and 24 cabinet doors, and then the actual cabinets...whew!). Very nice once finishes. Best of luck!

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  67. We recently started doing this as well. When we figured out the number of hours it would take to get ready for a garage sale plus the small return PLUS having to take the left overs to Goodwill we skipped the garage sale step!

    I desperately want to paint my kitchen cabinets. My husband doesn't. I'm waiting for him to go fishing one weekend...

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  68. Melissa, with all the things you've created, I am confident this is a project you can tackle yourself! I just painted all my kitchen cabinets, and they turned out great! And it only cost me about $100 in materials.
    Be sure to sand inbetween each coat of paint.(advice from my father who has refinished furniture for over 35 years!)

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  69. If you like Rustoleum's Heirloom White, I colored matched it pretty close to Home Depot's Eggshell Cream. I really like it, but finding the perfect white is HARD. I'm going to be doing my own search when I want to paint my kitchen cabinets! Good luck!

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  70. I am no help with the color but I am DELIGHTED to see you ask this question. In my house hunting, I keep finding light oak cabinets...didn't know I'd have a hard time leaving my dark walnut but... Anyway, I can't wait to see how your kitchen pans out!

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  71. Behr Off-White. Right off the shelf. Fabulous. Not yellowy at all. Perfect.

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  72. We painted our oak cabinets almost two years ago. With 3 little boys, they've held up really well! My big issue was that I didn't want to see the oak wood grain after they were painted-plus, of course, durability. We used a putty type of product called MH Ready patch to "fill" the grain. After sanding, you're left with a glassy smooth surface. We then sprayed the cabinets black with a HVLP gun, using BM Satin Impervo paint...self leveling and no need to prime. We also replaced the old brassy door hinges with european (hidden hinges.) Made all the difference in the world.

    My dad is a woodworker and will soon be making us some new cabinet doors...I am planning on making the kitchen lighter and brighter with BM dove white. Now that the base prep is done, its just a matter of giving it a light sanding and hitting it all with the spray gun again! Good luck...love your blog! :) ~Jenn

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  73. I painted my cabinets and I am a novice DIYer. Although I painted them a two tone creamy yellow they came out great. Takes awhile, but so worth it.

    For a white, all my trim is in the process of being painted White Dove by BM...I really like it...seems to be the perfect blend of crispness and creaminess all in one.

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  74. An add to the comment above...we didn't use the ready patch on the inside of the cabinet doors, we only sprayed them. What a huge difference! The outside of our doors looks amazing in comparison. I've had professional contractors tell me its the best DIY finish they've ever seen. However you do it, fill the grain!!! :) ~Jenn (again)

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  75. We had our cabinets painted before Christmas. The quotes that I got were 2000-2500 dollars, way to much money for us. We were fortunate that our neighbor paints for a company for a living and needed some extra money. He only charged us 300 to paint and help my hubby add molding to them, great deal. We used an oil based primer and and exterior finish coat. The color is Ballet White and it is really pretty.

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  76. My favorite white paint is Behr brand 'Swiss Coffee' I've used it on all the doors and trim in my house. It goes with everything.

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  77. I will be watching closely since I have oak cabinets that I would love to paint but can't bear to.

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  78. BM Cloud White .... not white ... barely creamy.

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  79. Melissa, I'm redoing mine right now...BM White Dove - love it - not too white or creamy! Definitely sand and prime first - the original owners of my house didn't prime and the paint was chipping off everywhere. NOT a good look after all that effort!

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  80. I'm sure someone has already mentioned it but one way that might help reduce the cost of professional services is to only have them do half. When we painted our cabinets, we removed the doors and had a professional come in and spray all the cabinet bases and interiors. Granted, he was also painting the walls and dining room but it was a nice compromise. We did the doors and hung them back up and all turned out great. Good luck with the project and hope you post more pictures because I LOVE following your blog.

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  81. I love white cabinets. My house has tons of exposed wood, so it does not make sense to paint the cabinets, but oh how I love the painted look. I can't wait to see how they turn out.

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  82. My husband is the owner of a painting company so I enjoyed reading your posts about quotes. Speaking on his behalf, painting cabinets is a pain! He hates doing them and hates giving quotes on them because they are time consuming/costly to do. It's hard for homeowners to get past sticker shock. Just remember that most professionals offer a warrenty on their work, know the materials and application to do it correctly, get a discount from the dealers on products, and clean up after themselves. That's a lot of not just time but hassle that you save. And remember these winter months give you a chance to haggle the cost with a painter that may be costly but the professional that you want in your home.

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  83. We painted ours Ben Moore's October Sky--by far my favorite shade of white. Slightly creamy, but not yellow. We did all of our trim and crown moulding in it as well. LOVE IT!!

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  84. Hi Melissa! I just finished my kitchen cabinets (previously dark oak) in SW Foxtrot. Then, I put a chocolate glaze of the top. Painted my knobs ORB and love it all!!! Took a couple weeks to get the painting finished, but it was worth it. My hubby set up a painting center in the garage. You can check out my blog for color and the system he set up to spray the doors. Turned out awesome!! Totally disliked choosing the color, but so pleased with how it turned out! I still need to put final pictures up.

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  85. One more idea I had after going back and looking at your cabinets. If you like beadboard, you might entertain the idea of cutting pieces of beadboard and putting in the inserts of each door/drawer. IF you like the country/farmhouse look that is.
    Also, my daut has the exact same cabinets in her house and she painted her's Dove White. You can link to her blog from mine if you are interested. Link to Amy's blog or Pretty Frugal Pretties...it's on both. You'll have to then click on "kitchen" or something like that to find it since she did it over a year ago.
    Hope you love your outcome!! It's sooo worth it!

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  86. My kitchen cabinets are also painted in Benjamin Moore's Decorators White. I LOVE the color. It is bright and has blue undertones. It looks great with my blue, green and silver accessories. I am so happy with this color. As my mother says, it is named Decorators White for a reason! I like it for trim, too.

    P.S. I think you need to do another favorite paint party. It's time to find out what people are using now on their walls.

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  87. I love Maria Killam's blog Colour Me Happy.

    This is her most informative post on choosing whites.
    http://colourmehappyblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/best-trim-colours-not-cloud-white.html

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  88. Also, word to the wise, BM's color sample mini jars and pints are done in their mid level priced line called "Ben". If you choose a color based on a sample you have painted from one of these sample options, be sure to purchase the "Ben" line and nothing else like Regal, Aura or Super Spec. They come out differently in the same colors. Can be very, very expensive and I'm unfortunately speaking from several gallons of experience.

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  89. I am painting my orange oak bathroom cabinets right now using Cabinet Coat (didn't realize it was a BM product - I googled it and found a local dealer). I sanded, washed with TSP (very important step to degrease!, primed with an oil based primer and have put 3 coats on everything. I bought a really good paint brush, but had some trouble with brush marks. I would recommend a small dense foam roller and a small art supply paint brush to get in grooves and cracks. Painting the back of the cabinet doors first to get my "technique" down helped! I agree with the comments on using a filler. The oak grain in my cabinets is very noticeable . It took quite a bit of paint to fill in the tiny pindot holes in the grain. I am going to see how this paint job holds up before I attach the kitchen, but if I do the kitchen I will definitely be smoothing out the grain! And maybe renting a sprayer! Not sure how much it costs to rent but we have a handful of equipement rental places in town that rent them out.

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  90. how much can you spend to Buy kitchen cabinets in white color ?

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  91. This sounds more like a jump down... Benny Moore scored way lower than Behr on Consumer Reports and JD Power's testing in cover, quality and hide. Behr also has a paint and primer in one... are you sure you don't work for Ben Mooore??

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