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My wife and I are designing new kitchen cabinets for a major remodel. She wants to paint the cabinets and not sure if cabinets will be off white or some warmer color. Cabinet doors and drawer fronts will be a frame and panel design. I am wondering what the advice is from lumberjocks on what wood and plywood for panels would be best suited for painting and relatively durable(as opposed to pine). Living in SW Montana we have limited access to many woods or plywood from our lumberyards (60 miles to nearest) but I could order something in too. Thanks for your help.
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For the plywood part, your life will be so much easier using the pre finished ply it will be well worth going through whatever pain you have to to get it. Prefinished one side keeps you from having to do anything to the inside once the cabinet is assembled. The stuff I've used from Columbia Forest Products has a finish so tough it's extremely hard to damage it during the building process. For the face frames, doors, drawer fronts and any end panels you might need there are several woods that will work, but I think my choice would be maple. It's usually very affordable, and while it's harder to work that, say, poplar it finishes so nicely and smoothly it's also worth it. Be sure to choose the proper paint and primer ( a discussion in itself). I'd probably prefer either an oil based enamel over Zinnser BIN, or a 100% acrylic waterborne. Names such as Olympic Icon, BM Moorestyle Interior, or Valspar Medallion are among the many high quality paints that would work well.
 

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For your face frames and doors, I also heartily endorse maple - I have used poplar, and while it machines and paints great, it has been more subject to dings and dents.

For your door panels, I recommend maple veneered MDF. Super stable, a true 1/4" thick, and it paints like a dream.
 
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