Welcome to Caroline's Brown to Off-White Kitchen with added Antiquing!
Her previous cabinets had already been hand painted from their original oak finish to a deep brown using a department store oil-based paint. Although these paints may do an adequate job, they won't provide the same resiliency as a commercial product, such as Sherwin Williams pre-catalyzed epoxy that we use. Additionally, a spray finish will give you that smooth consistent finish whereas hand-painting will have streaks and brush strokes.
We had our work cut out for us! Lot's of sanding to eliminate brush strokes and drip marks. Due to the previous paint being oil-based, it was important to use a "conversion" primer. This means that it's a latex primer that can be applied to an oil-based paint, thus "converting" the surface to a latex. Most paints, including our epoxy is latex. There are few applications anymore that require an oil-based product. General preference among paint contractors is to use acrylic/latex/water-based paint (these are different names for the same thing).
Next, we taped and masked off counters and floors. Typically, we don't paint the inside of cabinets as they are just white melamine, but the previous owners had painted the insides brown. In order to achieve a consistent look, we sprayed all the interiors.
Caroline's doors got an added touch with some faux-finishing. Just a little bit of caramel coloured glaze added within the grooves to give dimension and highlight the profile.
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