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    Painted cabinet

    My friend wants me to make him a medicine cabinet. He is also certain he wants it painted white. Would the best way to do this to use a spray painter attached to my air compressor? Would buying a couple of spray cans word just as well?
    If he wants it painted I was thinking making the cabinet out of 3/4" plywood and then trim it with something like red oak. Any better ideas?

    Thanks
    Dan
    Dan Thibert
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    If just going to paint it, why not make it out of something less expensive, like poplar or something for the trim work? You could also do white lacquer too.
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    Friend of mine wanted cabinets painted, she got Oak unfinished cabinets, Sprayed them with Blue paint (horrible you say, me too) but to my surprise the looked great, She wanted the old country farm house look with painted cabinets. Wood grain showed through and looked like they were antique cabinets painted by the Shakers. Not my choice for my house but ...?

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    If you're going to paint it, don't use oak. It'll be a bear to fill and sand and seal prior to painting.

    Use something like Poplar instead. It sands easily, and paints beautifully (assuming you like paint - I don't)

    You could also use MDF. A coat or two of sanding sealer and a couple coats of rattle-can white will have it looking good. It'll also be the cheapest route, since MDF can be had for around twenty bucks a sheet.
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    Do remember it will be in a damp environment.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Townend View Post
    Do remember it will be in a damp environment.
    MDF shouldn't be a problem if it's properly sealed.

    Same goes for solid wood - if it's not sealed, any finish is gonna crack and flake off in no time.
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    Agreed Jim, just a reminder to do so.



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    I use poplar for cabinets that I am going to paint. I have found that Insul-x cabinet paint is great if you dont have spray equipment. Really smooth nice surface. It is available at most Ace hardware stores. I put it on using a foam brush. Not cheap though.

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    To your question, I would use lacquer but if you not set up for it just get spray cans, most are self priming, probably 3 can's should do the job. 2 light coats and sand then finish added finish look coat with clear. But use the same brand from start to finish.

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