Clippings by staticfritz

 Sort by: Last Updated Post Date Post Title Forum Name 

painting my cabinets dark... the process!

posted by: girlwithaspirin on 10.06.2008 at 11:45 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey kids. Long time, no type. :) I hope all's well with all my old pals here.

In the last few weeks, I've gotten at least 15 emails asking how I painted my cabinets. Such a nice surprise, considering how long it's been since I posted! I wish I could remember who I initially gleaned all this info from. You guys were an immense help, so now I'm just paying it forward.

Supplies:
Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo Alkyd in Bittersweet Chocolate
Purdy angled brushes
Thick plastic dropcloths
Sandpaper
Mineral spirits and rags for clean-up as you go

-Remove doors.
-Clean and lightly sand everything.
-Remove dust with a tack cloth.
-Rest each door on its bottom edge. Do not paint that edge -- you’ll do it once the doors are re-hung.
-Paint the backs first with a thin coat of Satin Impervo. Thin coats give more of a handrubbed look and also avoid drips. If you do see some drips, try to catch them early -- once the paint starts to dry, you’ll make a mess trying to smooth them out. Let dry at least overnight, preferably a few nights to avoid smudges when you flip the doors around.
-Paint the fronts in the same way.
-Let cure for as long as you can stand it. A week would be ideal.
-In the meantime, paint the cabinet boxes. I didn’t paint the insides, and I’ve never regretted it.
-After a week’s gone by, re-hang the doors. Paint the bottom edge of each. Do any touch-up.
-Depending on your wood, the paint may keep absorbing in certain places. I kept the paint can in my kitchen for a month, doing quick touch-ups wherever necessary.

If you have oak, keep in mind, you will see grain through the paint. If you'd rather not, you'll have to use some kind of putty to fill the grain, then prime, then paint. I just didn't have the energy for it, and it turns out, I love the look -- people mistake it for a handrubbed stain all the time.

I'm so happy with how the cabinets have stood up over time. Not a single chip or scratch! To be honest, I cut so many corners in the prep (by choosing not to prime), I thought for sure I'd be dealing with the aftermath now. I credit the paint and patience for 100% of the success. Seriously, this paint is the real deal.

Here is a link that might be useful: girlwithaspirin kitchen... before & after

NOTES:

<none>
clipped on: 10.16.2008 at 11:04 am    last updated on: 10.16.2008 at 11:04 am

RE: I got to oil my soapstone today! (Follow-Up #30)

posted by: jaymielo on 08.21.2008 at 06:14 pm in Kitchens Forum

staticfritz, That is a very pretty color of green on your walls, and I love your faucet.

The green color in the tile is glaze MJD200 (such a fancy name!) The backsplash tile will match, except it will be primarily 3"x6" subways, will have a brown pencil liner and some 3"x3" coordinating art tile scattered in. Here is a pic I shot right after I got the tile, with and without the flash.

It looks much better on the fireplace, but it should give you an idea of the different tiles I purchased.

NOTES:

<none>
clipped on: 08.21.2008 at 09:07 pm    last updated on: 08.21.2008 at 09:07 pm

I got to oil my soapstone today!

posted by: jaymielo on 08.19.2008 at 11:12 pm in Kitchens Forum

Our soapstone installation is finally complete. We aren't quite finished with the kitchen yet, but I wanted to share some pictures. I'm really happy with how it turned out and can't wait to cook my first meal on it. It is GM Original.

Here is the stone to the right of the range, before and after oiling.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

The stone to the left of the range, before and after oiling.

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

And here is our island. We need to have them come back to do the holes for the faucet, air switch and soap dispenser, but other than that, we are done with tops!

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

For a sneak preview of the backsplash... the fireplace surround in the living room was completed. This is the same tile (with some extra decos) which will be used for the backsplash.

Photobucket

Photobucket

AND, our BlueStar was partially unwrapped so I finally got to sneak a peak at it also.

Photobucket

I think we are almost there!

NOTES:

<none>
clipped on: 08.21.2008 at 05:48 pm    last updated on: 08.21.2008 at 05:52 pm

RE: soapstone counter edge (Follow-Up #9)

posted by: babka on 02.24.2008 at 10:07 pm in Kitchens Forum

It is my personal preference. All of the "older" countertops I've seen in homes have developed a crack along the plane where the countertop meets the wall due to house settling and/or earthquakes. I think it finishes off the countertop the same way baseboards do along a floor/wall. I like the way it looks.

In this closeup you can see that the wall was not perfectly flat. That is not apparent when you look at it while standing in front of the cooktop.


Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


NOTES:

<none>
clipped on: 02.25.2008 at 11:13 am    last updated on: 02.25.2008 at 11:13 am

RE: soapstone counter edge (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: babka on 02.24.2008 at 02:30 pm in Kitchens Forum

We have a 1"x 3/4" tiny backsplash. The tumbled marble mini bricks sit on top of that.


Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


NOTES:

<none>
clipped on: 02.24.2008 at 09:21 pm    last updated on: 02.24.2008 at 09:21 pm

RE: Cool $ saving idea for a carerra marble subway tile backsplas (Follow-Up #15)

posted by: deee on 02.17.2008 at 04:55 pm in Kitchens Forum

Here's a link to the place where I found the tile. I used the Florence shop, but you'll probably get better service in Columbia. Remember when you call that you will be dealing with South Carolina folks. Patience is a virtue and a neccesity around here!

I believe the back of the tile board said it was from the Georgia Marble Company. The box says "elegant statuary marble", "Sylacauga quarry" (which is in Alabama). Hubby has been "helping" me organize my files and right now I can't locate the receipt. I'll keep looking.

The tile is definitely paler than the Walker Zanger carrara. I picked up the tile at the warehouse and opened the boxes in the bright sunshine to check them out. I almost died because they all looked white. When I questioned the tile lady I heard the "marble is a natural stone, blah, blah, blah" disclaimer. Thankfully, in the indoor light next my honed charcoal counters the veins popped.

marble bricks 2

Here is a link that might be useful: Tile Center

NOTES:

<none>
clipped on: 02.20.2008 at 02:29 pm    last updated on: 02.20.2008 at 02:29 pm

97ish%: soapstone, white cabs, green subways

posted by: hoffman on 12.16.2007 at 12:52 am in Kitchens Forum

I still have an annoyingly long and slow-moving punchlist that I am beyond impatient to finish, but it's finally close enough to at least post photos. I have been mostly lurking and occasionally posting here for a year while planning this renovation -- and living through 5 months of construction -- so many, many thanks to all of you! There's no way this kitchen would have turned out as well without this incredible resource. It has many classic Garden Web features (a tapmaster + Never MT, of course!) and, most importantly, soapstone counters which I never would have found without you all.


Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

(All the yellow notes are punchlist items...)

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

(There will eventually -- supposedly on Monday -- be a table between the banquettes...)

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Thanks again!

NOTES:

<none>
clipped on: 01.14.2008 at 02:29 pm    last updated on: 01.14.2008 at 02:29 pm