Updating european cabinets
Zinsser B-I-N primer, which is shellac based, stopped tannin bleed amazingly well.I used one coat of primer on the melamine cabinets, and two on the oak sections. In addition to posting comments on articles and videos, you can also send your comments and questions to us on our contact page or at (800) 946-4420.Our tiny kitchen has been screaming for attention since we bought our house, but we kept putting it off because it just seemed like too big of a project to tackle. I figured I could paint out the surround in white and it would probably make the whole place look a lot brighter and more modern.But when you paint the grab bar on a flat surface, a lot of that paint is going to drip down before it has a chance to set. Instead, paint the hook first, then move on to the rest of the door. First, it removes the pooled paint before it hardens and makes a big blob inside the grab bar.Then go back to the hook area, and run the artist brush over the pooled paint. Second, the pooled paint is more tacky than fresh paint, which makes it easier to stick to the top of the hook.You can see that I didn’t even need to tape off the inside of the cabinets using this brush!
Because this is a temporary solution until we can properly reno our kitchen, I wasn’t overly careful about sanding it perfectly – just rough enough so that the paint would stick.
Then I taped everything off with this painter’s tape. The wood was pretty dark, so the grain definitely showed through at first…But about 3 coats later, things were looking SO much better.
Here’s where things took a little turn for the worse.
I decided that it would probably be a good idea to put some varathane as a top coat for extra durability.
So I grabbed the varathane I had used for this project (among others), and had heard that it was pretty good for not yellowing over time. Yes, the whites between the painted part and the rest of the cabinet don’t match exactly, and yes it’s just a temporary solution until we can get better cabinets, but it’s SO much better than it was. Want to see how the space turned out with new hardware and peel ‘n stick vinyl tiles?
I started painting the cabinet frames first, and didn’t prime the oak side panels first. The white turned an orangey-yellow as it dried, and it took 4 coats to cover it up.