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opinions please....to paint or not paint inside of kitchen cabinets

Started 1290034024.877 in For the Home Talk | Last reply 1290576484.337 by adoreqvc

my sister in law became widowed and now needs to sell her small condo and go into an assisted living apartment complex. her husband's various ill health, cancer care and hospice practically cleaned her out, so her funds are extremely limited now, and she refuses to accept any cash gift or loans from any relatives.

her small but cute condo is painted in cameo white which is a light beige color, and she has compressed wood condo kitchen cabinets. they are a light beige color with a strip of oak wood at the bottom.

she bought her condo in the early 90's and is now looking to update a bit, and sell.

she has done some research and feels a black and white color scheme for the kitchen is very updated, but she does not have the $ to either replace with new cabinets, or do cabinet refacing, so it was suggested by a few people that she paint the walls a pretty off white color to open up the kitchen visually, and also paint the cabinets the same off white color, but keep the oak wood strip on the bottom of the cabinets.

she plans to tile the kitchen floor in black tile and have black laminate counter tops installed along with a white or silver color tile back splash.....she needs to decide about the back splash.

her appliances will be white and she will also do a microwave hood fan also in white over the new 30" inch self cleaning white stove.

her refrigerator will also be white and only about 63 inches high due to overhead built in kitchen cabinet already above that fridge space, and she will add new ceiling lights, along with new window treatments.

our difference of opinion is regarding having the complete inside of all of her cabinets also painted off white. i told her not to touch the inside because when the new owner starts moving items around inside of the cabinet the paint will scratch and chip, and it will become a real mess. she disagrees and says from a selling advantage all of the kitchen cabinets should be painted the same color as the light white walls, not only to blend well, but to also open up visually the space of her small condo kitchen.

has anyone actually painted the inside of their cabinets and if so would welcome some feed back, and thanks in advance.

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julies1290034251.6271258 PostsRegistered 11/7/2007MA

I would say "no" to painting the inside of kitchen cabinets.

Crazy for ­QVC1290034294.9838652 PostsRegistered 11/3/2007

Personally, I would never paint the inside of my kitchen cabinet...I think it's a mistake.

onlineshopr1290177173.3433714 PostsRegistered 6/12/2005

If the inside of the cabinets is currently light beige, then I wouldn't think there would be a ton of difference between that and the new color off white on the outside of the cabinets. In that case it is probably not worth all the aggravation of painting the inside. If the inside is wood tone, I can understand the reason behind wanting to lighten them up. Good luck!

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Coralogre1290182568.4031408 PostsRegistered 7/19/2010

who cares about the inside of the cabinets. wipe them clean and forget about it. boy that was a loooooooooooooooooooong post.

esmerelda1290182826.5314409 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I would not. I think once something is painted, it will need to be repainted at some point...actually at many points...again and again and again. I'd leave it alone.

I also don't know how many of the other changes I would make. I don't know that the cost any of the things she plans to do will be recovered with the sale.

Nothing fuels bravery more than the lack of the will to live. ~Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932: A Novel (Francine Prose)

smokymtngal1290184097.4273002 PostsRegistered 12/8/2007
On 11/19/2010 esmerelda said:

I would not. I think once something is painted, it will need to be repainted at some point...actually at many points...again and again and again. I'd leave it alone.

I also don't know how many of the other changes I would make. I don't know that the cost any of the things she plans to do will be recovered with the sale.

I agree with this - do not paint the inside of the cabinets. I'm not sure about the black tile floor either. Sounds too specific for most buyers and black shows every speck of dust. Also, the floor is a very large area. Wouldn't this make the place look even smaller? The black countertop sounds ok and goes well with white appliances.

Marsha20031290186867.74644 PostsRegistered 10/31/2007

IMO, You should NOT leave the oak strip natural. Paint it whatever color you choose for the cabinet exterior. Use a good primer so the oak grain doesn't bleed through. That oak strip screams old and dated. Also, I wouldn't use black or silver on any surface. Instead choose a soft neutral or a stone-look laminate and tile. If the inside of the cabinets are light, you don't need to paint them.

Fifi11290188499.14762 PostsRegistered 1/21/2005

Would never paint the insides or the outsides!

PinkyPetun­ia1290189093.2474571 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004NJ

I have had cabinets refinished and they do not change the insides at all. Leave those alone. I like the suggestion of painting over the oak strip as that look is so over. Think about installing a knob or handle on each cabinet. They are inexpensive and really change the look.

ng1290190814.6571162 PostsRegistered 11/23/2007Sunny Southern California

Most of the cabinets with the oak strips were made out of a laminate material, I don't know if they would paint well. I wouldn't paint the inside, unless they are really beat up on the inside.

Sounds like too much black with countertops and floor the same color and too much white, walls and cabinets, to me. I'd put a soft gray on the walls rather than matching the cabinets and do the backsplash with tones of black, white, and gray.

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depglass1290191065.3824293 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

I was an antique dealer and have quite a bit of experience with this subject. In the old days, everyone painted the inside of their cupboards, several times. I can't tell you the number of pieces of pottery and glass I've bought and sold over the years with paint sticking to the bottom. Paint changes over time, even if it feels dry to the touch. Don't saddle any new owners with this headache.

GoodStuff1290271316.06715460 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

Especially since the cabinets are a light color on the exterior, I'd just leave them "au naturel". They'll look fine, and the unpainted wood won't be so subject to scratches and dings. The new owner can easily paint them if desired.

The kitchen re-do sounds lovely!

CarolynFro­mLongIsland1290272243.4732682 PostsRegistered 10/12/2006

No to painting the inside

no to black and white - too trendy

Just offer any buyer 5 grand to choose their own kitchen upgrades

Carolyn

adoreqvc1290275165.8875469 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

thanks so much for your replies, i will pass the suggestions on, except for the one stating post was too long.....sorry jada but you did not have to read it if you felt it was too long, and you certainly did not have to post your remark.....everyone has options to read or not, and that is a good thing which should be exercised.

btw jada my posts are always detailed, so perhaps you should just bypass them all in the future, because i would rather not see you complaining and unhappy.

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redman111290276004.253460 PostsRegistered 3/30/2005
On 11/19/2010 Jada said:

who cares about the inside of the cabinets. wipe them clean and forget about it. boy that was a loooooooooooooooooooong post.

wow, this was really a rude reply, cannot believe you actually posted that reply jada, and the originating poster was absolutely justified in her last reply to you.

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nutmeg31290278873.855136 PostsRegistered 6/18/2007NJ

I live in a condo community. Many owners update their kitchen appliances before a sale. They usually buy Stainless Steel appliances. The brand purchased most often is Frigidaire. The appliances are brought at a package price from a local store.

I would also suggest looking at HGTV online. I saw some nice ideas about updating a kitchen on a budget. http://www.hgtv.com/kitchens/index.html

Beano1290279124.123193 PostsRegistered 2/27/2008

Here is a dissenting vote. I love the color scheme but I would paint the inside of the cabinets a scarlet enamel. It's fun to open the doors and see color.

adoreqvc1290291919.275469 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

many thanks again for the additional information:).

Brabls1290292500.71314740 PostsRegistered 4/27/2007
On 11/19/2010 ng said:

Most of the cabinets with the oak strips were made out of a laminate material, I don't know if they would paint well. I wouldn't paint the inside, unless they are really beat up on the inside.

Sounds like too much black with countertops and floor the same color and too much white, walls and cabinets, to me. I'd put a soft gray on the walls rather than matching the cabinets and do the backsplash with tones of black, white, and gray.

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Go to a good paint store. There are now paints designed to paint over this type of cabinet. Make sure to follow all recommended prep & priming. They did this on a HGTV program & they came out looking good.

DoubleDog21290293226.147434 PostsRegistered 6/12/2009Mid-Missouri

We have been house-shopping and IMO the black floor and counter top would be a *total* turn-off! Much too restrictive to do any decorating around. And really terrible to keep looking clean!

I also would not paint the inside of the cabinets unless they are in really bad shape. If the shelves themselves are stained, just put down some new shelf paper and leave it up to the new owner to paint or not.

Lynn

adoreqvc1290442474.0675469 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

i once again wish to thank everyone for all their additional latest new comments, and i do read them all, and pass on all the information.

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pretty pit­ty1290442845.46599 PostsRegistered 8/18/2010PA

There is paint out there that is specifically for cabinets. We bought this 3 yrs ago when we bought our house. We did paint the backs of the door but not the insides.

onlineshopr1290563626.9333714 PostsRegistered 6/12/2005

One more FYI--oil based (alkyd) paint wouldn't have the tacky (sticky) factor like latex does, for coating the cabinet insides. Just a thought in case you do end up painting them.

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adoreqvc1290576415.885469 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004
On 11/20/2010 redman11 said:
On 11/19/2010 Jada said:

who cares about the inside of the cabinets. wipe them clean and forget about it. boy that was a loooooooooooooooooooong post.

wow, this was really a rude reply, cannot believe you actually posted that reply jada, and the originating poster was absolutely justified in her last reply to you.

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thank you redman11.

nice to see someone else with good old fashioned respect for others, and basic common sense:).

adoreqvc1290576484.3335469 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

thanks for the additional suggestions, and i will also pass them on:).

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