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My parents came into town for a few weeks and we decided to take full advantage of the kid entertaining, and handy man work. We took on the kitchen. If you have ever done a kitchen before than you know how much work it can be. (hence the sewing projects slowing down a bit) We painted the cabinets in our last house as well and we learned a lot. So I will break it down a little for anyone who is thinking about doing the same thing. This time around was way better.
The base of the cabinets were already painted white, (thank you previous owners) It would have been the part we would have painted by hand using a high density foam roller, but thankfully we could skip that part.
We did remove all cabinets and drawers and gave them all a good scrubbing. Really use some elbow grease and get those things clean.
When you take them down label them! You don't want to play a guessing game putting them back up.
After they were stripped of all the hardware, (handles, hinges etc...) dirt and grime, we used liquid sander and gave them another good scrub down with the liquid sander.
Then let it dry, they should be tacky until they dry and then the gloss should be gone and they may feel a little gritty.
Then we took spray primmer (in a spray can) and gave the high traffic areas a light spray. (such as around the handles and edges) Let that dry (about 10 min)
Next for the paint we used a professional paint sprayer borrowed from a friend.
The pros of using a sprayer:
- The finish is super smooth,
- Thin coats stick better,
- No brush strokes in the paint,
- Super fast.
The cons of using the sprayer:
The one we used required a 5 gallon bucket and we used 1 and half buckets (so about 7 gallons) this is way more than was needed but when you spray there tends to be a lot of over spray and that is paint wasted, also about a gallon of paint gets sucked up in the hose alone.
So overall it costs more to spray but, it is faster and has a way better outcome.
We will be back to sewing 101 tomorrow!
see you then