“Will Caromal Colours Cover My Oak Woodgrain?”

Sherri asks,

How well does this product work on oak? Will the grain still show?

I LOVE it on oak!   Its the best product I’ve seen to disguise the heavier graining often found in oak.  Here are some examples-

This one I just did, in the new PUMPKIN color (love it!!)  I started with a layer of Peppercorn Textured Basecoat, then layer of Chipping Creme, then layer of Pumpkin, then Toner.   The top part, taped off, is what it looked like before the Toner.  This door originally was oak stained cherry –


Here’s another.  The before (you can follow the photo play by play here) –


the after.  This was 2 brushed layers of Parchment Texture Basecoat.   The T tape stripe is the Parchment color, untoned/unglazed.  The top half of the door was toned using the Toner.  The bottom half was toned using Caromal Colours Wall Glazes –


it covers the grain nicely, don’t you think?


The next one is my old kitchen oak-stained-cherry door.  The corner is taped off and shows the original finish.  I banged the door up with some old tools,  then brushed on 2 layers of Parchment Texture Basecoat, distressed with palm sander, then toned using  Toner-


Another of my oak kitchen doors (you can see original finish in the center),  the top half I brushed on 2 layers of Chocolate Texture Basecoat,  distressed using palm sander, then Toned.  The bottom half I did the same thing, only used the Peppercorn Texture Basecoat.   If you can see a faint tape line running vertical, that was to show the difference in topcoats that I used (left side was wipe on poly, right side was Liberon wax)-


All in all, I think these photos show just how wonderful the Caromal Colour Texture Basecoats work over oak grain.


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Caromal Colours, Regional Director


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8 responses to ““Will Caromal Colours Cover My Oak Woodgrain?”

  1. It suddenly dawned on me…. What would your kitchen look like with all those differently colored doorrs? Obvioiusly they must be samples – surely you don’t have them all hanging in your kitchen… Duh… It just hit me… LOL

  2. Whew…. your kitchen would look so much like an accident waiting to happen… like you fell into a paint bucket as a child! That’s what my entire house looks like because the former owner painted every single room a different color – and not coordinating colors… You can see why my mind would go there! That and the fact that I truely have NO decorating sense….None what so ever… Zero… Zip… I couldn’t coordinate cat’s feet!

    • thats a bummer, that the colors arent coordinating – our old neighbors were from Toronto Canada and they loved color – had every room in the house painted a different COLOR, but I liked it… it all flowed, which is key.

      Give yourself more credit – tackle small steps – one thing at a time, and then you won’t find yourself making costly mistakes!

  3. I just installed unfinished oak kitchen cabinets, I love your website and I am so interested in learning more. Do I have to do anything to the unpainte cabinets first, then I like the parchment and the old antiqued look. Help please

    • Hi Susan,

      No, you do not have to do anything to your unfinished cabinets. Just make sure the surface is clean and dry and then start brushing on your textured basecoat. You’d want to use the Textured Basecoat Antique Parchment, and then Toner to antique them. If you do Caromal your kitchen, I’d love to see how it turns out via before/during/after photos! (hint hint).
      Let me know if you have any other questions – patty

  4. Hi there, I am interested in seeing a whole kitchen done to see the overall effect. Do you have any pics. Is this product available in Canada? I am trying to convince my hubby to redo our oak cabinets, which I hate, but he does not want to go too primitive. Nice pics of a whole kitchen might convince him. Thanks

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