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How to remove wood grain

Removing Wood Grain Texture -How to get a nice smooth finish when painting cabinets or furniture that has a strong wood grain. Part 1 of a 2 part series on painting oak cabinets bought off of craigslist.

da Nina Hendrick Blog

How We Painted Our Oak Cabinets and Hid the Grain

How We Painted Our Oak Cabinets... and Minimized the Grain


Timbermate wood grain filler to fill in oak cabinets


H. Behlen Pore-O-Pac Grain Filler - fills heavy wood grains, so surface is smooth. Just rub on with a rag. Can paint or stain over it. In the comments section another recommended Brushing Putty by Fine Paints of Europe

da Evolution of Style

Tips + Tricks for Painting Oak Cabinets

Hello! My most popular post, by far, has been “How to Paint Your Cabinets Like a Professional.”  As a result, I have gotten a lot of questions, specifically, about how to paint oak cabinets.  I have done client projects that were oak cabinets, so I thought I would share some tips and tricks that I...Read More »


Say Goodbye to Oak Grain, plus links to tutorials for painting cabinets

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How to Make Wood Grain Disappear When Painting

Making wood grain disappear...Some wood species -- oak prominent among them -- have such an open grain that it is almost impossible to hide it, even when painting over it. Professional refinishers have long resorted to wood-grain ...

da The Family Handyman

The DIY Guide to Finishing a Table Top

The deep grain lines in woods like oak or walnut will telegraph through the clear finish, no matter how many coats you apply. And that’s fine; it’s part of the character of coarse-grain woods. But if a perfectly smooth surface is the look you want, use a grain filler. You’ll find several products online or at woodworking stores. With most, you wipe on the filler, squeegee off the excess with a plastic putty knife and then sand after it’s dry for a smooth-as-glass surface.