What Kind of Paint Should I Use On Pantry Shelves?

What Kind of Paint Should I Use On Pantry Shelves

What is the best paint for pantry shelves? The best paint on pantry shelves is enamel paint, which includes water, pigments, and binders such as animal glue or egg white. Other paints that are acceptable include oil-based enamels and acrylic-latex paints. Avoid exterior paints and varnishes since they are not intended for indoor use. 

When painting the pantry shelves, pay special attention to the corners of each shelf, as this is where rust tends to form first. Rust is formed when water gets trapped underneath the paint layer, leading to a chemical reaction with iron; oxygen creates rust while water creates iron oxide rust. Always use wood glue under the shelf when gluing the supports that were already there. An excellent detail to paint is to brush a small dot of black paint around each cowl vent in the crown molding around the pantry shelves. This is also a cheap way to add color!

If there are cracks on the shelves due to water intrusion, you can use an epoxy resin to fill them. Make sure to remove any water spots on the shelves before applying epoxy resin, and don’t forget to put too much pressure on it. This will cause some shrinkage during the curing process. The shelves will expand from this heat, and the epoxy will shrink, causing the cracks to reappear.

Paint for kitchen pantry shelves should be easily removable and preferably water-based, in case you need to repaint if there are any stains or scratches. However, it is not obligatory to take this precaution if the paint is needed on a shelf that isn’t used often since it would be difficult to remove a stain on some of these items. Use non-toxic paint and avoid styrofoam whenever possible. Small amounts of styrofoam, especially in the mouths of youngsters, might result in asphyxia.

Do not use oil-based paint on kitchen pantry shelves. Always sand the first layer of your pantry shelves if you require a second coat before painting again. Use high-quality marine plywood for pantry shelves; ensure it is sourced from reputable dealers.

It is permissible to paint kitchen cabinets and drawers as long as the paint is dried correctly and contains no prohibited substances (like lead). However, this should be avoided if possible to avoid corrosion. Oil-based enamel contains pigments and is the ideal paint for kitchen cabinets and drawers.

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Enamel Paint

Interior walls.

It is permissible to paint the interior walls of kitchen pantry shelves, but you will only achieve a good result if they are made of oak or pine (lumber). Sanding and staining before painting will help achieve this effect, and applying a coat of an ebony varnish will give the project a nice look.

Cardboard or wood.

It is not recommended to paint cardboard or wood cabinetry, but wood cabinetry painted with oil-based paints should be treated similarly to oil, using wax only from the exterior side. However, it is better not to paint kitchen cabinets with oil paint or varnish unless from the exterior side, and it is preferred to sand and stain them first before applying any other coat of finish. 

Bathroom cabinets.

It is permissible to paint bathroom cabinets with non-toxic, non-oil-based paints. The steps of painting kitchen cabinets, drawers, shelves, and bathroom cabinets are similar. Sanding the surface first will help with the appearance and quality of work, especially on rougher surfaces like wood. Make sure that the surface of these items is clean by wiping off any dust or dirt before painting; otherwise, they may cause paint failure since dust often contains moisture that can affect the drying process. Also, be sure to use high-quality paint that can withstand exposure to water and humidity.

Painting kitchen or bathroom cabinets is permissible, but it is better not to paint or varnish the exterior side of these items since this will likely peel off over time and be a hassle to repaint. Enamel paint, which can be promptly deleted by sanding the wood if necessary, is the best approach to avoid this. Also, avoid painting kitchen cabinets with oil-based paint.

You can use a wood filler if you need to repair scratches on kitchen cabinets, drawers, or pantry shelves. When it is done, let it dry, sand it, and apply your desired finish. 

To remove the paint from some kitchen cabinets and drawers:

  1. Scrape the parts with steel wool or use hot water and wash up liquid.
  2. For removals, use steel wool after heating it in hot water for one minute.
  3. If you need to apply any finish on them, sand them first and then apply your desired finish. 

When painting the bathroom cabinets and drawers, it is best to use oil-based paint on them since this will help maintain the finish for a longer time and protect the wood from moisture damage or rusting over time. However, you can use water-based paint on walls that are not painted or stained. To prevent paint failure, it is recommended to sand them before applying any other coat of finish.

It is permissible to paint bathroom cabinets and drawers with oil-based paint on the exterior, but only if it is a wood exterior that can be easily sanded and stained afterward. Avoid using oil-based paint on thin plywood or MDF. It is better to use enamel paint. If the screws or nails are visible, apply a coat of varnish on them before applying a coat of paint.

How to protect painted pantry shelves?

It would be best to wash kitchen pantry shelves and cabinets by hand with hot soapy water and sand afterward. Do not use abrasive detergents or any chemical cleaners.

For removing stains on kitchen shelves or cabinets, you can use a mixture of 2 parts of vinegar to one part of salt. Leave the contents for 20 minutes, then rinse the items with warm water. You can also add baking soda to this mixture if you need a more intense cleaning effect, and let it soak for 20 minutes before scrubbing it off with a sponge and warm water. This will remove any food stains that are still present on your counter surfaces.

Kitchen Cupboards

Investing in high-quality water-resistant cabinets that will last a long time is a wise investment in your kitchen. Although buying the cheapest kitchen cabinets may be tempting, you may spend more money in the long run when they need to be repainted or replaced due to damage after a few years. If you do not have enough time or patience to refinish your kitchen cabinets, stain your kitchen cabinets properly since cupboards tend to show wear and tear quicker than other items. 

The best finish for kitchen cupboards is an oil-based varnish. However, if the base of your cabinet is made of solid wood and you plan to use it in an area with high humidity or humidity, such as a bathroom, this finish can be problematic. It is preferable to use a satin finish with a semi-gloss varnish inside since this works best in humid areas.

However, you can apply the finish to your cabinets in different ways, including oil-based finishes, varnishes, and gloss paints. 

For the most part, oil-based finishes are preferred because they can withstand moisture better than other types. If you do not want to use an oil-based varnish, you can also use a satin finish to maintain the appearance of your cabinets. It is best to use satin finishes on the cabinets for accent colors. 

However, choose a leveling product that allows your paint to go over the surface without distorting. It is permitted to apply any finish on the drawers and doors of the kitchen cupboards, such as oil-based or varnish, but it is better not to apply gloss paints or enamels on them since this will look artificial and give a cheap appearance. The easiest way to apply a varnish or coat is by using one-stroke techniques, commonly known as airbrushing. 

Using aerosol cans, brushes, and rollers, you can apply oil-based or varnish on them. This technique is commonly used on kitchen cabinets, hardware caddies, benches, and pantry shelves. Still, it is not recommended for bathrooms due to the amount of humidity it can accumulate. To remove any finish from the exterior of your kitchen cabinets, you can use steel wool or strong solvents such as a mixture of water and bleach.

If you do not have enough time to refinish your kitchen cabinet doors or drawers for aesthetic purposes, you may want to stain them instead. This is an easy way to add a finish to your cabinets without spending long hours refinishing them. Please use stains made of solid wood or oil-based since this will help protect the surface of your kitchen cabinets and is easier to remove than water-based stains if you need to replace or repaint your kitchen cabinets.

A kitchen cabinet with an aged appearance.

If you have a kitchen cabinet with an aged appearance or one that has been used frequently, it will be easier for you to add a stain coat on it. To properly apply kitchen cabinet stains, prepare your surfaces by sanding them down with 120-grit sandpaper. This will eliminate the old finish and allow the stain to absorb better. Next, apply the primer using a foam brush or a roller and let it dry completely. Once it’s dry, you may use a foam brush or roller to apply the stain of your choice.

To apply varnish to kitchen cabinets, doors, and drawers, you first need to prepare all your surfaces properly by sanding them down with 120-grit sandpaper. Next, clean them by cleaning off all dust and dirt on the surface with moistened cloth. After that, you can apply your first coat. Applying a second coat of varnish on a kitchen cabinet is important to prevent moisture from penetrating through the surface and damaging the wood.

Cabinet Refinishing

Kitchen cabinets may need refinishing because the old paint is peeling off or is starting to lose color. The best way to do this is by sanding it down properly with 120 grit sandpaper, then using a specific type of primer followed by oil-based paint. Make sure you choose the right primer or undercoat; otherwise, it will not adhere properly and cause problems in the future, such as bubbling or cracking paint. Always use quality paint that is suitable for the finish you want. If you choose to paint the cabinets themselves, ensure that it has a high enough sheen so that it does not appear faded or chipped.

A common mistake people make when painting their cabinets is using too much paint or having the wrong type of primer if they have to apply multiple coats of paint. This can cause a bad texture that can result in peeling off in the future. If you apply several coats of paint, do not let them dry completely before adding another coat. Instead, keep it moist before snapping off any peeling paint and letting it dry properly. 

If your kitchen cabinets have a really old finish or one that is looking worn out and you do not want to repaint them, it may be tempting to buy a new cabinet instead. However, baking cabinet refacing allows homeowners to take their old cabinets and refurbish them with new paint or finish. It can be easier to do this than purchasing brand new cabinets since they are already installed in the house. You may also want to refinish your kitchen cupboards if they already have the correct finish but need a touch-up. If you choose to refinish your cabinets, be sure that you completely remove any existing finish by sanding it off first before applying any other finishes to them. 

Another type of finish you can apply to your existing kitchen cabinets is a veneer. This involves cutting thin slices or thin layers of wood and attaching them to the existing surface of the cupboards. You can do this by buying an already finished veneer and connecting it with contact cement, or you can buy a bare unfinished veneer and sand it down with 120-grit sandpaper before applying the finish. If you buy an already finished veneer, make sure it is made from solid wood.

Kitchen Cabinet Repairs

If your kitchen cabinets are damaged and you cannot repair them, repair kits are available for many parts of the cabinets themselves. These can include door panels and drawer fronts, or even recessed hinges. If a cabinet has a small scratch or dent, you can use special putty to fill in the dings. This can result in a more professional appearance than those just covered with paint. However, if you have problems installing the new parts, you may need to take it to a professional.


Charles is a freelance writer whose areas of expertise include home renovation, gardening, and design. A graduate with a degree in Digital Marketing and Business Management. Charles formerly worked as a freelance writer for a range of local blogs and business media. Always typing away on his laptop or tackling his newest home improvement project.

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