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Starting off on the back of the cabinet doors was definitely the right decision. And my kitchen is a FREAKING MESS.
Over the long weekend, I took care of a long list of shit-I-keep-forgetting (like replacing the busted light bulbs in the garage with ones that are guaranteed to last longer than I’ll probably own the house). I also took care of the devil screw that thwarted the first go-round of cabinet door removal (the screw was nearly stripped, I couldn’t get leverage, and it was too tight of an area for a power tool). So, a big thank-you to the folks that commented on this post with tips on what you use to get out those not-so-wholesome screws that keep on stripping (long after they’ve “saved up for med school”, haha). For those wondering, I used a socket wrench and spent several frustrating minutes jamming my arm into the area to create pressure on the screw, and little by little, the sucker came out.
Anyway, for the first coat on the cabinets, I wanted to test out the supposed “self-leveling” properties of the Benjamin Moore Advance paint. I’ve heard amazing things about using this stuff, but wanted to see for myself. After seeing a few brush marks using the brush alone for the first application, I sanded each door and cabinet lightly with a fine-grit sanding sponge (I used one like this; look for “between coat” on the label when shopping, and the angles on the ends help to get into the little nooks and crannies). I was too heavy-handed on the first door, but corrected my mistakes by the second. Then, I wiped each surface down with a tack cloth (I have a thing about sticky hands, so tack cloths and the residue they leave on my fingers are definitely not my favorite step – I know there are residue-free ones available, but I usually go for the cheapest/quickest ones in the aisle and muscle through the scrubbing later).
For the second coat, I used the brush again, but this time used soft foam roller to go back over the entire area to smooth out any brush marks. The key to keeping your work neat is to use a dry foam roller – it’s meant only to smooth out the existing paint that you already applied, not add more paint on top, so there’s no need to dip it into paint separately.
As of last night, everything was still drying (there’s a long wait time between coats), but I could already see that the finish is a lot smoother. And by tonight, I’ll be able to flip the doors over and take care of the first coat on the front (I wanted to be confident on my technique before touching the front side). I’m hoping I’ll also have time to take new pictures with something other than my phone.
I think the cabinets have finally turned the corner in terms of looking different. Sure, the first coat is splotchy (I didn’t want to paint the corner area until I had removed the devil screw and primed that last part), but hopefully by the end of the week, any visible signs of primer will be gone. The coat near the fridge is the closest to completion (it may need one more coat before I can call it finished), but things are definitely looking up!
Did you use the long weekend to work on any projects?
P.S. On Friday, I promised you a giveaway starting this week, but due to some complications with install (on my part, not because the product), I am getting some info from the vendor before I post the giveaway. Hope to have that up later this week!