Sand, paint, repeat

When we last left our heroes, they were slathered with wood filler and drying in the office.

And by “our heroes” I mean the kitchen cabinet doors, of course.

I got a lot done last week, despite baking and cooking up a storm for various social events. The most important task was getting the cabinet frames deglossed, sanded and painted because this situation makes it very difficult to use our dining room table.

Doug used the same method that we used with the cabinet doors in this post to get the cabinet frames prepped for primer. Then I primed.

I used a 2 inch angle brush on the cabinet frames so I would have plenty of control. We did tape off the wall and refrigerator so we wouldn’t get any paint on them. Even with an angle brush, I’m not the neatest painter.

Then it was time to move back to the cabinet doors, which were ready for primer. I’m using the recommended Benjamin Moore Advance Primer, which is the recommended base for the Advance Satin paint I’m using.

All five doors only take about ten minutes to paint, but then they have to dry for 24 hours before you can sand them. We have been letting them dry for 8 hours, then flipping them over and painting the other side. After waiting another day, then we sand both sides. We’re trying to minimize the number of times I have to dust. For those keeping track, what this amounts to is two days per coat since both the paint and the primer have a 24 hour drying time.

As you can see, the primer is pretty blotchy, but even with just one coat, it gives enough coverage that we were comfortable moving to the painting step. But first, we had to sand and dust the primed doors.

I use my palm sanded with 120 grit sandpaper. The paint has a tendency to get caught in the sandpaper, which creates swirls in the finish so I may try 80 grit next round. Or just change the sanding pad more often.

This is just a normal microfiber dust cloth. The dust is pretty fine so I find this works better than a cotton painter’s rag.

We were pretty busy over the weekend, but I did manage to get the first coat of paint applied on the first side of the doors.

The next step will be to flip them over and paint the other side, which I should be able to do later today. They’ll need at least two coats on each side before they’re ready to be rehung. I’m pretty sure no one wants to read posts that say, “I painted the doors. I waited 8 hours. I flipped the doors. I waited 24 hours. I sanded the doors. Then I painted the doors. Then I waited 8 hours.” Etc., ad nauseum. So you can expect another update in a week or so when we’re done adding endless coats of paint.

So what did you do this weekend? Baking and cooking? Lots of painting? Or were you sensibly out enjoying the summer sunshine?

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0 thoughts on “Sand, paint, repeat

  1. Nice, but oh I feel sorry for all the dust! Seeing those books behind you while you sanded made me cringe! We have done our fair share of demoing plaster walls and man is that dust hard to get rid of.

    Manda @ Our Wolf Den

  2. Yeah, it's a little dusty, but nowhere near as bad as drywall dust. We did that in the bath, which is why we now own a Shopvac. If I were really being responsible and adult, I would take them all outside every time I needed to sand, but I'm not. Ha!

  3. Thanks! We're plugging along, but of course I have to do that other side…and the tile…and the floors…and paint the walls…and replace that awful ceiling fan before there will be a "big reveal". The joys of DIY! Thanks for commenting though. Having cheerleaders makes it easier to keep going! 🙂

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