Let me just start with this: Oak is beautiful. I feel like it has gotten a bad name lately. I don’t think that it’s the wood itself, its just been over used, especially with the golden yellow-orange stain color of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Oak is quite beautiful with a darker almost walnut stain on it or even just natural, now why didn’t that catch on instead of that golden oak color? I don’t think we would be seeing tutorials on painting kitchen cabinets or how to fill wood grain as in today’s post.
Now, you can definitely paint your oak without filling the wood grain. That look is just not for me. Some really enjoy it. I can’t get past it, so I set out to find a good (maybe eventually the best?) method for filling the oak wood grain. Notice I did not mention easy in any of that (see my warning a little later). I have tried a couple different methods and this is the one that has worked the best for me so far.
The project I used this method on was our mudroom built-in. This built in takes quite a bit of a beating as we put our shoes on it, drop our bags on it, set our groceries on it etc., so I used a little bit different combination of primer and paint than we did in our kitchen renovation.
Just a warning. This is a lot of work. You will probably want to give up about half way into it, especially when you are filling the grain. It’s not that I don’t want you to be inspired, I have just been through it and I just don’t want you mad at me with your project area torn apart. My advice if this happens, put on some good tunes, or if you have it, put on a good audiobook and get back to work!!
Okay? Are we good? Carry on!
Here is the before and after, just in case you are a little impatient like me.
Here are the steps:
Here’s my after!
The room itself is not quite done. The walls will eventually get painted a nice soft white to let the built in really shine, but for now, at least it’s not golden oak.