Use oil-based primer.
With the oil-based formula, the hardwood is less likely to discolor painted white cabinets over time (wood is known to “bleed through” and give the paint a tinge of yellow, especially if it’s knotty wood).
The oil-based formula also creates a very well-adhered surface to paint.
Do you need to Prime unfinished cabinets before painting?
A complete paint job usually requires a coat of primer and two coats of the finish paint. If priming unfinished kitchen cabinets with a latex primer, sand the dried primer lightly with 220-grit sandpaper.
How can I paint my oak cabinets without sanding?
How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Sanding or Priming
- Remove Any Dirt and Grime. Using a scrubbing sponge, thoroughly wipe down each cabinet surface with a grease-cutting cleaner, making sure to remove all dirt and grime.
- Apply Liquid Deglosser.
- Label Doors + Remove Hardware.
- Clean Out the Inside.
- Paint the Back.
- Insert Thumbtacks.
- Paint the Molding.
- Paint the Front Side.
How do you finish unfinished wood cabinets?
- lightly sand the wood. Sand the Wood. When you buy your unfinished cabinets, you will most likely buy either birch, or oak.
- remove any dust and apply a coat of conditioner. Apply the Wood Conditioner.
- applying the stain. Apply the Stain.
- Apply the Finish. Remember, stain is for the color of the cabinets.