Better than Paint
Pigmented lacquer is smoother, brighter, and more durable for fine cabinetry
A crisp, classic white finish for bookcases, built-ins, and kitchen cabinets is usually sprayed on to achieve the very even application it needs. But if you aren’t set up for spraying, you can get the same look using pigmented acrylic lacquer and the right technique. Sean Clarke demonstrates how to prep the surface, filling all dents and holes, using shellac as a sealer, and sanding properly. Then he takes you through the steps of priming, proper brushing, and even padding on a final topcoat for a truly high-gloss result.
From Fine Woodworking #226