I was certain I’d have the bottom cabinets on the wall of cabinets finished by now. And I probably would if it weren’t for the weather not cooperating!! It rained early Tuesday morning, and when the rain stopped, it was unbelievably hot and humid outside. It wasn’t one of those rains that clears the air and everything feels so fresh afterwards. Nope. It was one of those rains where the thick humidity just hangs in the air afterwards, so thick it makes it hard to breathe outside. The humidity mixed with the heat created a sauna out there. And that’s where I like to paint my cabinet doors!
I had to resort to Plan B. I cleared out an area in the breakfast room and sprayed the doors in there, but I only got them primed because even though I was inside, all of the humidity in the air was still preventing the primer from drying completely. I waited about three hours after spraying them to try to sand the doors, and still the part that I was sanding off was just piling up like little primer pancakes and clogging up my sandpaper. I’ve mentioned it several times before, but when you sand the primer (I use oil-based Zinsser Cover Stain on pretty much everything), it should look like chalk dust. Here’s a close up picture from one of the doors as I was sanding yesterday morning…
See how it looks like dry chalk dust? That’s exactly what sanded primer should look like. But if it pills, rolls, or piles up like tiny little pancakes and clogs up your sandpaper, that means it’s not dry enough.
So I basically just gave up on making any painting progress in the kitchen on Tuesday. But yesterday, I was able to sand, paint, and top coat all of the doors for the bottom row of cabinets. I also got two of the doors gold leafed. That part is so tedious and time-consuming, but it’s my favorite part.
Even though I do really enjoy the gold leafing process, I did at one point last night wonder if I had absolutely lost my mind in deciding to gold leaf 29 cabinet doors and 10 drawers. But I’ll get them done…eventually. 🙂
And once I get these lower cabinets gold leafed, that will be 14 down and 15 to go on the doors.
I should be on track to have these lower cabinets done by tomorrow if everything goes as planned. I already filled all of the cracks and nail holes with wood filler, so today I’ll just need to sand that smooth, caulk a few areas, and then I’ll be ready to prime, paint, and top coat.
It’ll feel so nice to have one complete wall of cabinets painted!! And this wall has the most cabinets, so I’m thinking the others should go faster.
Of course instead of moving on and painting the rest of the cabinets, what I really want to do this weekend is the backsplash on this wall and the two side walls, and then make and add the corbels to these cabinets. That way this wall would be complete! And that kind of fits with my do-things-out-of-order style, don’t you think? 🙂