Well, y’all, I finally had some level of painting success. I sprayed the cabinets, and the finish came out much better. It’s still not perfect, but better.
And once again, it’s that long flat piece at the top that’s giving me trouble. No matter what method of painting I use (roller, brush, sprayer), I can still only paint 1/3 of it at a time before I have to get off the ladder, move the ladder, get back up there, and continue painting. And those stop/start areas always show up. They show up less with the sprayer, but they still show up.
But at this point, I think I just need to be satisfied. This kitchen just may be the very thing that breaks me of my perfectionism. And at this point, I think the only people who would be bothered by these areas are my perfectionist brother and me. (Yes, he’s afflicted as well.) 😀
The bottom line is that I need to move on. I could spend another week trying to get this perfect, but I’ll never get this kitchen finished at this rate. It’s time to leave well enough alone. Plus, at this point, these cabinets have so much paint on them it’ll probably take a year for them to fully cure. Ha!
I can’t continue adding paint. It’s enough, already. I keep having images of Hal’s painting from Malcolm In The Middle. Did you ever watch that show? It’s so stinkin’ funny! But there’s one episode where Hal, the father, takes “kidney failure” leave from work to focus on something he’s always wanted to do — create a painting that he’s envisioned in his mind for years. He spends an entire week in his garage working on this painting, and just can’t get it right. Finally in the end, he gets the painting just like he wants it — absolute perfection and just as he envisioned it in his head — and then the whole family stands there watching as the 2-inch thick layer of paint starts to peel away from the canvas just from the sheer weight of the paint that he piled onto that canvas. (I tried to find a video of it. It’s Season 2 Episode 14. Seriously one of the funniest shows!)
So yeah…I’m done. And good enough is good enough.
Now let me just say that I love my spray gun. Its the Critter spray gun that I bought on Amazon. It sprays a very fine mist of paint, so the finish is very smooth. And it also sprays very accurately. I didn’t tape off the ceiling, and you can see here that the overspray is pretty minimal. In fact, most of that paint was already on the ceiling from when I brushed the paint on.
I’m also really starting to appreciate these cheap stock cabinets from Home Depot. Before I sprayed, I spent probably two hours trying to tape/paper the insides of the four cabinets that I didn’t want painted. It was a big frustrating task because I couldn’t get any tape to stick to the inside of the cabinets. I finally did get three of the cabinets papered and taped, but on the last one, I gave up. I’d tape up a piece of paper, and it would fall right down. So I decided to just take my chances without the paper.
Turns out that the slick melamine coated interiors of these cabinets are completely unaffected by latex paint. See the over spray in the picture below? And see the three areas where I swiped my finger through it?
I did that after it was completely dry, and it came off really easily like dry powder. So no more taping/papering the interiors of the cabinets for me. As long as I don’t accidentally sand the insides, and then accidentally prime them with oil-based primer, I’ll be fine. I’ll just spray the cabinets, and then go back with a paper towel and wipe off all of that paint dust.
And now, can we just take a minute and look at these scones?
I love them. I purchased them from Shades Of Light, and originally planned to use them above my fireplace in the living room, flanking a piece of art. But when the artwork I used turned out to be bigger than planned, I came up with another place for these sconces. I’m actually really glad it turned out that way! I think these are the perfect addition to this wall of cabinets.
I don’t think Shades Of Light carries this sconce anymore. I haven’t been able to find it on their website ever since I purchased mine. If I find it somewhere else, I’ll add that info to this post.
Update: It looks like Ballard Designs carries this sconce. Unfortunately, they sell it for more than what I paid. 🙁
So now I just need to finish up the gold leaf on the remaining five doors, and I’ll actually, finally have one bank of cabinets finished.
Well, kind of. I’ll still need to get the glass for the four middle doors, but I’m not in a hurry for that. I’m focused on painting for now.