I have talked to several people about painting my kitchen cabinets. Although the cost comes out about the same, each uses a different method. The problem is that each method has obvious pitfalls:
1. Paint everything in place with melamine. I expect the smell would be bad and it wouldn't be too healthy for our pets
3 Paint with latex in layers. This fixes the smell problem but I'm not convinced that latex can produce a hard or smooth enough finish. I painted a bookcase with the best latex I could find and it scratches fairly easily. But I only used 1 coat
3. Remove doors and spray elsewhere with melamine paint. This leaves the rest to be painted. If we painted the rest with melamine, then there is the smell problem. If we painted the rest in latex, then there is the hardness and finish problems. Plus, how different would surfaces painted by melamine and latex look?
I'd appreciate any opinions.