Painting Oak Cabinets White

Get Rid of Your Traditional Stained Oak Cabinets Today

 If you have kitchen cabinets that have been in your house since the home was built, odds are you have oak cabinets.  They were great when they were installed (20 years ago) but now you ask- “Can I paint my Oak Cabinets.” The answer as I am sure you are aware is YES!

By now I am sure you have seen a few images online, maybe from this very website, of oak cabinets being painted white. If you have not, then read on and make sure you look at the links, pictures, and videos of oak cabinets we have already painted for other customers who asked the very questions you are asking now!

If You Don’t Paint Those Oak Cabinets, You will Never Like the Look and Feel of Your Kitchen!

Every day you wait is another day of regret or wishing I would have… There are many questions and reservations people have about painting their cabinets:

  • Will the paint last or will it chip and peel away?
  • How good is the paint that is used?
  • How much is this going to cost?
  • What colors can I choose?
  • What colors can I pick?
  • Maybe I should just get new cabinets?

Sound Familiar? Lets put your fear to rest.

Why You Should Paint those Oak Cabinets

In my home 5 years ago, I had kitchen cabinets that were painted orange. So I didn’t have the same problem you had -painting over oak cabinets- I had to look at a kitchen color that we did not like! I understand what it is like to have a kitchen that you do not like looking at.  So like our customers, I decided it was time for a change. So- how do we do it?

  • Just like every other Kitchen cabinet job, we start with a degreasing cleaning process.
  • To make sure the paint did not chip or peel, we use a bonding primer. This stuff will stick to glass! The cabinets are scuff sanded and then primed with another primer that is tinted close to the color you select. At this point- these cabinets are sealed. They are ready for paint!
  • Just like the finish of your existing cabinets, we use a cabinet grade catalyst paint. It is hard, it is stain resistant and lasts! We spray anything and everything we can.
  • We give you a 5-year warranty against workmanship, so peace of mind is there!

Now you may be asking, “Maybe I should just replace my cabinets.” Well, you can, and I am not here to stop you.  Have you ever seen or known anyone who has replaced their kitchen cabinets?

  • it is messy!
  • you will lose the use of your kitchen from 2-4 weeks
  • you will spend 3-4 times more than to repaint your existing cabinets

Take a look at a few of our blog posts :

What Will My Cabinets Look Like Painted? (Oak Cabinets)

Why is The Paint Peeling from My Cabinet Doors

Painting Your Cabinets White and Grey

If It Worked for Chris It WILL Work For You!

Here are the images of the before during and after of our last Oak cabinet job:

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  There is kind of a play by play of how it looks before during and after- but don’t take our word for it- here is what our client had to say-

Here are other reviews and testimonials:

YouTube Testimonials

Google Reviews

Now It’s Your Turn!

Call us at 847-553-1726 and ask for a estimate!  You can even text us at the same number. We will ask you to send over some pics of you kitchen and give you a cost, within a few hundred dollars, of how much you can expect to spend.

  • Our estimate will be in writing
  • You will receive our step by step process
  • You will see samples of doors we have painted before
  • We will help you find the right color
  • We will suggest the other ways to help you love your Kitchen, such as new hardware

No hidden costs. Once in writing- rest assured you know the cost!

5-year warranty on our work!

It is our part of our mission – to help you love the home you live in! Take a look at our reviews or testimonials- we are here to earn your trust first then hopefully your business- for life. We are NOT here for one job and never to be heard from again.

You Have a Choice!

Look at the kitchen you have now. You know what that means. Is that what you really want? Make that decision today and call us to get the ball rolling right now.

What Will My Cabinets Look Like Painted?

If you have wood cabinets, the question may have entered your mind- “What will my cabinets look like painted?”

Here is a video we put together using a time-lapse camera to show all we do to prepare, clean, prime, and paint kitchen cabinets.

Steps for Painting Kitchen Cabinets


You will see how we tape off the walls, we cover the surrounds floor with plastic as well as the counters.

This kitchen was left pretty dirty by the previous owners. We had to use a degreaser to get rid of the grime from cooking oils and cleaners. Even then we had to switch to a very aggressive solvent in order to cut through the grease on the doors.

Once these were clean we could start the priming.


To get a maximum bond- we used Stix bonding primer and then smart prime to not just bond to the wood but to block out the oil in the wood from bleeding through the paint.

Believe it or not- oak is a porous wood- it has a lot of grain and can absorb odor, dirt, grease etc. My wife had an oak china cabinet. It was given to her by someone who smoked. Despite years of cleaning, charcoal, chemicals- after 6 years of being in a smoke-free place- it still smelled of smoke. That same thing will happen with grease and dirt.

Can you really get every piece of dirt from a sponge when you clean it? The same happens with certain wood.

So now that we have applied primer- we get to paint.


It’s time for painting oak cabinets white! Now that we are using an oil modified paints and primers, we can offer a longer warranty. A warranty of 5 years!  The oils will allow a better adhesion and better water repellent capabilities.  We still have and use traditional lacquer finishes. They are good products. They also have their place. Lacquer is very hard but I have found that it can be porous as well. Time will tell.

Water vs Wood

Wood and water just do not mix.  Cabinets will crack, expand, and contract when they are exposed to water and the worst-humidity!

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Example of Paint Peeling/Water Damage

Keeping your humidity lower and consistent can be the best control of wood movement (this also includes wood floors).

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