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Raise your hand if you think starting your last semester of grad school and putting impossible deadlines to make over your sad, ugly kitchen is a good idea?
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
As you might expect (you do read this blog, after all), progress is slow-going. And I may only have time for phone pictures until the end. My eagerness to experiment with the first coat (thinking that if the streaks were too noticeable, I’d sand them with a between-coat sanding sponge anyway) left lots of streaks across the white primer. I’m also trying to take a few unimpressive between-coat pictures during this process so in case you try it yourself, you don’t wind up panicking when you see something like this:
But that’s ok. I wanted to see the results of this supposed “self-leveling” paint technology without using a roller. The results? They’re alright. Smoother than I expected, but noticeable brush strokes without a doubt (it’s not just the thinness of the coat; when the light shines across the surface, I can see the brush marks). I’m sure I’ll need three coats when all is said and done, and I’m going to try a combination of brush (to get into the grain) and roller (to smooth out the brush marks) on my next go-around.
The area around the sink is looking the most interesting so far. Those two drawer fronts are false and attached to the cabinet, so they’re trickier to paint.
The color is Martha Stewart’s Seal using Benjamin Moore Advance paint (satin finish). The paint’s consistency was a little thinner than I expected, but it’s layering very well.
It doesn’t look all that promising right now – the kitchen is a mess, the drying time between coats is long enough to let me get distracted with other things (16+ hours), but I know that in the end, the cabinets will be much improved over the ugly oak color. I’ve already done a second coat on the cabinet next to the fridge, and I’m thrilled that only one more coat will have it looking more “shiny and new” instead of “um, did I just cover my cabinets in grease?”
Can only get better from here, right?