One product I have used that has helped with both of these issues is Zinsser’s Bull’s Eye Seal Coat sanding sealer.
With all of my kitchen cabinet makeovers I did very little sanding of the cabinets. Sometimes I’m amazed our house is even still standing. With little kids in the house I think I will always keep my lower cabinets dark and the uppers white.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 don’t have any personal experience with them (yet), as it appears to be a tricky and time intensive process, that may not be for the DIY faint of heart.That said, if you are a daring DIYer, and want to try to fill the wood grain on your cabinets, there are options when it comes to grain fillers. So every time we open them we have to put our hands on the actual door and not the knob. The cabinets directly below my sink have also seen more wear than other areas. But it takes only a few minutes to do so and I didn’t even take them off the hinges to do it. We’ll just burn the house down when the boys move out. And they held up pretty well for the first two years. I think our biggest problem is that each of our doors and drawers still have child proof locks on them. But I do find the white cabinets get dirty around the knobs. I just sanded the area down a bit, just to get it smooth. I did have to repaint the entire front of that door or drawer front. Before I painted this kitchen the dated honey oak cabinets had water damage in a few areas. I never understand those people on House Hunters who declare their hatred for white kitchen cabinets. I have painted my kitchen cabinets in my last three homes. Friends walk into my kitchen and are always curious about painting their own kitchen cabinets. Before plasma cars and hockey sticks made a daily appearance in my kitchen. I find it makes cooking food for kids who never eat anything way more enjoyable.