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RE: white painted cabinets--how to keep from chipping (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: andersons on 09.20.2010 at 12:24 pm in Kitchens Forum

And to be clear, the bonding issue is at the bottom, where you want primer to adhere to wood and paint to adhere to primer. If the primer is coming off so that you see exposed wood, the primer is not bonding to the wood. NOTHING you put ON TOP of the paint film will affect the bond at the bottom, of the primer to wood. So poly on top would have no effect.

The area around the knobs can absorb a lot of oils; the skin on hands may contact the wood, and skin has its natural oils even when clean, plus any oil or grease from food prep.

I would clean the area with lacquer thinner and lots of paper towels. Wipe down, then change to a fresh towel and wipe down again. Repeat. The solvent dissolves grease, but the towels have to pull it off the surface, so you need lots of fresh towels. I would then for good measure wash with Dawn in HOT water and rinse with hot water and vinegar. (Vinegar doesn't cut grease; it's to remove any detergent residue or minerals in hard water.) Then prime with a high-adhesion primer. I like shellac-based Zinsser BIN.

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clipped on: 05.11.2013 at 10:07 am    last updated on: 05.12.2013 at 08:48 am

RE: So Excited!!! Flooring is going in today! (Follow-Up #17)

posted by: lesmis on 04.07.2009 at 10:08 am in Kitchens Forum

Thanks everyone!

Originalvermonter these are actually pre-finished floors that we ordered and had milled to our specs. They only have an oxide finish and so they will remain the natural color which we loved and thought would work well with two very active dogs (a border collie and an old fashioned farm collie). We also specified that they have a very low sheen. We had wanted site finished floors but living in the house during the remodel and having dogs made that out of the question. Satin finish on a floor is considered a "#35" finish and we requested a "#25" finish to make them have even less sheen. I think it worked out great!

Redroze the paint color is BM Heather Gray #2139-40. It is a really cool color and changes hues throughout the day. Sometimes it looks more gray and in the evening and with incandescent light it looks more green. It will go nicely with my special tiles I bought for behind my range. It reminded me of the sky when a storm is coming or the water when it gets all churned up with the wind. :)

I was almost in tears over the color as I had planned to use the same color we have in our living room which was a cafe au lait color by P&L called Maison Blanche, but when I put it up next to the window trim (which is the same color as our cabinets will be, BM Simply White) it made it look cream. I worked so hard to get a white kitchen that I wasn't happy and it was 15 mins before the paint store was to close. We had to get the paint done before the flooring guys arrived so it made for a very hectic night but it all worked out thankfully!

Thanks for to all for letting me share my excitement!

Kat :)


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clipped on: 05.01.2013 at 02:01 pm    last updated on: 05.01.2013 at 02:01 pm

RE: Deglosser vs. Sanding Kitchen Cabinets (Follow-Up #20)

posted by: bayareafrancy on 08.06.2008 at 01:25 pm in Kitchens Forum

greenlola: are you changing the hinges and knobs? If so, the best tip I learned on the paint forum (that never occurred to me) is to do all your drilling/set up BEFORE you paint (actually before you even prime--but I read the tip too late). Because doing all the new hardware installation can involve manhandling your new doors, and can chip/scuff/mar your new paint job.


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clipped on: 04.30.2013 at 04:03 pm    last updated on: 04.30.2013 at 04:03 pm

RE: Deglosser vs. Sanding Kitchen Cabinets (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: igloochic on 08.01.2008 at 01:01 pm in Kitchens Forum

OK DON'T use deglosser. Instead, use Sherwin Williams PrepRite ProBlock Interior Exterior Seals and Bonds, Latex primer (be sure you get exactly that one...it says BONDS on the label). It's made to cover shiny surfaces and bond tightly, and I've used it in several kitchens, and on all of my interior woodwork and it does BOND!! No sanding, just wipe down your cabinets with either a TSP and water mixture or a little vinager and water to get rid of grease.

This stuff is wonderful. I've converted many naysayers to the primer because you really don't have to sand or use a deglosser, and even if they're thermafoil...it will BOND and you'll have a finish you can then paint on. :O) It's so much easier. I just love it (I just picked up another couple of gallons last night). And the finish will be tough as nails by the way. I personally also like to use a high quality sherwin williams paint.

THis is the base for a dark color:
Sherwin Williams All Surface Glass Enamel
Acrylic Latex HIGH GLOSS Ultradeep base 6403-25932

If you're painting white, just ask for the same thing in a white base.


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clipped on: 04.30.2013 at 04:00 pm    last updated on: 04.30.2013 at 04:00 pm

single bowl sinks, centered drain vs side drain

posted by: nap101 on 04.21.2012 at 01:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

Can you tell my the advantages of a centered drain vs a side drain, because I personally see no reason why this has become a standard, but I'm willing to change my mind with a good argument. Am I just in the minority?

I am redoing my kitchen. I have a very tiny kitchen, most say they have a tiny kitchen but mine is really small. I'm removing the hot water heater from the kitchen, going tankless to the outside of the house, and removing a hall closet in order to get a full 8 x 10 galley kitchen (with a door at each long end)

I currently have a white cast iron single bowl sink with a drain on the left side.
I've lived with this for 20 years and have only small issues with the sink (wish it were a little deeper and a bit tired of the slight yellow stains near the drain that don't go away no matter how much bleach I use).

I want a good quality sink ss or cast iron white, but I am surprised by the limited choices I have to get an offset drain.

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clipped on: 04.29.2013 at 07:39 pm    last updated on: 04.29.2013 at 07:39 pm

What goes in first - floor or cabinet?

posted by: stonitsch on 03.20.2011 at 06:59 pm in Kitchens Forum

We are getting new cabinets and floor. I was told by several people to first put in the cabinets and countertop, THEN pick out the ceramic floor - one, why pay for ceramic floors UNDER the cabinets that you don't see and secondly, pick your floor AFTER the cabinets and granite is installed as seeing your granite horizontally instead of vertically may change what I want.

Talked to floor guy today who said NO - put the floor in first and then the cabinets. That if the cabinets are at all off and for resale value, it would be better to put the floor in first.

We are also putting in radiant floor heat.

Opinions please!!!!

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clipped on: 04.29.2013 at 07:12 pm    last updated on: 04.29.2013 at 07:12 pm