Last month I started working on a guest bedroom project for a designer’s client. The plan was to glaze the bedroom walls (my job, that I’ll share later) and paint, only, the attached bathroom walls.
While working on the bedroom walls, I couldn’t help but notice the bath cabinets –
Melamine. You’ve seen them, right?
same thing, just with decorative edge –
I posted, last year, a link to a video I did showing me demo painting over a piece of laminate. Watching that video again makes me realize I REALLY need to update it so that it is better quality 🙂
Anyway, I suggested to the ID (Interior Designer) that we update the cabinets. The next day I dragged along a few cabinet sample doors –
The one on the right was a sample using Caromal Colours (CC) Pumpkin basecoat over a melamine panel. The door on the left was on old oak door that I’d used CC Candy Apple Red on top and CC Mustard on the bottom half. The idea was to take the cabinets red. They liked the samples/color so it was a go.
Removed hardware, taped, then sprayed with Simply Green and wiped dry
Started brushing on Caromal Colours textured basecoat Candy Apple Red (heh heh, I see I was running on RedBull that day 🙂 )
Yuk, doesn’t it look scary?
That’s it, after the first coat. Took one hour to get to this point
After it dried, I began layer 2. This is a great photo example of what I mean by layer 2. Alot of times, if you are applying the CC paints in a brushed method, it may not completely cover after the first coat , as you can see in this photo. The second layer remedies that, quickly and using little paint. I like to use a scrubbing movement with my brush, moving my brush in a circular pattern, going quickly across my surface, then before heading back for more paint I’ll drag my brush over that part I just did and brush over it in an up/down movement so that it removes any wild pattern.
The key is to
A) Not use too much paint on the second layer. You don’t need alot, really all you’re doing is filling IN the lean areas.
B) Keep a little bowl of water handy and every so often dip the tips of your painted bristles into the water. Shake it off then head back onto your surface. This little bit of water helps melt the paint and it spreads like butter.
I barely used any product for this cabinet – maybe 1/5 of a jar? And that second coat took about 25 minutes. I did not do the inside of the doors though –
Already it looks a thousand times better, don’t you think?
Now, the light sanding begins. Why sand? because it makes the surface feel way better, and you can remove any crunches, or heavier marks etc… or you can sand the edges and distress. Notice how the sanding dulls the color – dont’ worry that will go away when you apply the Toner-
Sanding done, took 5 minutes and 2 small pieces of 220 sand paper-
Brushing on the Toner-
Brush on and wipe off however you like. On this cabinet I only lightly blotted it off, then used a dry brush to lightly brush across the surface again, to remove any blotty marks. This leaves more toner ON the surface, which we wanted so the red would be nice and rich. I completed the Toning in 30 minutes-
When it dried I wiped on 3 coats of Minwax Wipe-on Poly (satin/oil).
soapy water or Simply Green
1 Chip brush (paint,toner)
1 throw away Chip Brush for oil based topcoat
approx 1/5 qt of Caromal Colours textured basecoat Candy Apple Red
minimal Caromal Colours Toner
minimal Minwax Wipe-on Poly
approx 2 1/2 hours start to finish
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Love it. Oh, notice the formica counter that used to be plain white? Umm, I up sold that as well – AND (drum roll) – used Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Wisteria as my basecoat! (that post to come). Caromal’s textured basecoats are an easy way to update your formica as well –
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