Updating metal kitchen cabinets
One of our grab bars was separating a bit from the door, leaving a gap that paint couldn’t fill.
Luckily, it was a lower cabinet, and you would have to be lying on the floor to see it.
A good primer will cover up the oak, and prevent the tannins from seeping to the surface.
I started painting the cabinet frames first, and didn’t prime the oak side panels first. The white turned an orangey-yellow as it dried, and it took 4 coats to cover it up.
Half the can was gone and I hadn’t even started on the doors!
Zinsser B-I-N primer, which is shellac based, stopped tannin bleed amazingly well.
The fridge moved to where an exterior door once was and I installed a used kitchen cabinet in its place for pull-out trash cans.
Even the 80s track lighting was replaced with a shiny new kitchen track lighting.
But when you paint the grab bar on a flat surface, a lot of that paint is going to drip down before it has a chance to set. Instead, paint the hook first, then move on to the rest of the door. First, it removes the pooled paint before it hardens and makes a big blob inside the grab bar.Adding a line of caulk in this gap would go a long way to making these doors look like one solid piece.For wood cabinets, it’s always best to brush with the grain. Brushing the paint and top coat in the same direction will result in some raised brush strokes and uneven top coat.But all these new things made the rest of the kitchen more drab than ever.The melamine cabinets with oak trim looked so sad next to the bright white and stainless steel.