I want to share a major tip with you about painting knotty alder cabinets. It’s something I didn’t share earlier when I first showed you my painted kitchen cabinets in my kitchen (which you can see here
In our new home we have knotty alder cabinets in both our kitchen and our master bathroom.
Basically Knotty Alder has splits, divots and and knots all over in the wood, which looks realllllly beautiful when it’s stained. But when they were painted…. I just don’t love it.
We hired Proline Cabinets in Holt to spray our cabinets and they did an amazing job and exactly what I asked them to do. I didn’t think the knotty look would bother me…. but I was wrong. lol.
See all the cracks and knots? They look like “oops” to me. Or spiders. Or wrinkles.
Again, the paint job is perfect. I just wished I had the knots are filled in.
But, it was time consuming and costly to fix AFTER the painting was done, so we just left it. It’s in the master bathroom which is being remodeled next year anyway!
We were smarter with the kitchen cabinets and had the painters fill all the holes and knots and imperfections! I wanted it to look perfect in the kitchen!
The cabinet painters filled all of the holes and knots and cracks with a RED wood filler so that they could see where they had been filled. Then they sanded the heck out of it so it was nice and smooth.
Next they primed the cabinets and did the filling and sanding again. Then painted it and a final fill for areas that had settled .. which required sand and paint again. Yes it is time consuming and DID cost us more, but it sure beats wrinkly, cracked cabinets!! These cabinets are drying and waiting their second round of paint.
Totally looks like a crime scene! lol. But worth it…
Just look at these before and afters … The red spots show where the holes were.
Once the holes have been filled and sanded, the knotty alder cabinets look perfectly painted!
So glad that we went the extra mile in the kitchen and had all of the knotty alder smoothed out for paint!
If you’ve been following our kitchen remodel, you saw that we did something totally different in this house and painted our cabinets two different colors –> Alabaster and Smoky Blue, which are both colors on my fave list, which you can get FREE here.
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