I'd like to paint our kitchen cabinets, but am concerned about how the finish will turn out as they have an uneven surface as a result of poor painting in the past, on top of a damaged original surface that someone had glued ceramic fruit to.
I'd REALLY prefer not to have to try to strip them, as they are just old particle board (they're the old fashioned slab board cabinets you saw a lot in the 60's - like this - http://uglyhousephotos.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/100720a.jpg) and I have no idea what type of finish is underneath the most recent coat of melamine paint.
I'm anticipating having to give them a decent sanding, but I don't think that will fully even out the surface.
I've eyed the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations kits, but I prefer really clean, modern kitchens so the glazing doesn't appeal to me - and without the glazing, they're just a bunch of flat colors - which i'm worried will have issues because of the surface imperfections.
I'm kind of thinking it might be cool to use one of the Beauti-Tone roll on granite countertop finishes on the cabinet. Perhaps a grey granite on the cabinets, and a black granite on the countertop. I know it's irregular to have stone finished cabinets, but the visual texture might hide imperfections.
So. I am looking for suggestions/options for paints that have self-leveling properties and will help minimize surface irregularities - or any other bright ideas! Sprayed on surfaces are kind of out of the question as my fiance has lung issues.