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RE: Paint these kitchen cabinets? (Follow-Up #38)

posted by: bbstx on 07.30.2012 at 10:36 pm in Home Decorating & Design Forum

There was a person who used to post on the kitchen forum quite frequently. She had re-done several houses. She advocated painting cabinets as follows (I've cut and pasted her advice from several different threads):

I only use high quality nylon (Purdy) brushes. I prefer them for wood finishes. They cost more but they last forever!

This is exactly what I 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.

I use one coat primer and let it dry a day at least, then two coats (one day between at least) of paint with a good Purdy brush (which is important). With just one coat the grain still effects the paint, but with the two on top of the primer you get that nice smooth look :)

I'm a paint freak, so forgive me for saying this if you know. Don't use rollers for wood. I like a 1 1/2 inch and a 2 1/2 or 3" brush at the most. The smaller works well on the small areas so you don't drip or oversmear the sides of the project.

I have painted several cabinets using the SW primer without any other prep work, except making sure the cabinets were relatively clean. So far they have held up fine.

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clipped on: 10.18.2012 at 04:17 pm    last updated on: 10.18.2012 at 04:17 pm

help with position of recessed lighting

posted by: orangeskies on 10.18.2012 at 03:42 pm in Lighting Forum

Hi -
We're are currently remodeling our kitchen and are tying to decide on recessed lighting placement. I've attached a pic of our layout. The recessed lighting will be the only lighting in the kitchen area (shown) with the exception of the hood light and some undercabinet lighting. There will also be pendants over the breakfast bar area that extends into the dining room but we only plan on using those when we're actually at the bar.

Can anyone make suggestions on the can placement? Do we have enough lights?

We want the cans all on one dimmable switch. Also, we are planning on going with 6" housing and are considering the Cree CR6s based on recommendations here, but don't live anywhere near a Home Depot. Are they really worth ordering online?

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clipped on: 10.18.2012 at 03:43 pm    last updated on: 10.18.2012 at 03:43 pm