Here we go! Finally, the end result of the cabinet door, Plan A version. It looks pretty good!
You may recall that we originally had to vote to decide which Drillbit Art pattern we would use. The winner was the bird!
So I eagerly got started, sanding and priming, in Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets – Part One .
And I showed you how to do a bird design via secret Remodeling Guy methods, hereafter known as Drillbit Art .
What happened next was a surprise to everyone including myself! I got frustrated with some brush marks and decided to try something new. We spray painted the cabinet door with good old spray paint.
That was plan B. If you haven’t seen that post, you ought to take a look because the results were pretty darn good. And the door we did is holding up great!
Back To Plan A
Well, I had already started the door and committed to give it to the lucky winner of the giveaway! I was determined to get it looking nice one way, or another. So after the paint dried I took a good look.
It wasn’t so bad. Both the initial problem (brush marks), and the fact that it came out nicely had a whole lot to do with the fact that I was using a matte flat paint. The winner specified that she didn’t want a sheen to the finish so I went with flat.
Flat never paints that smoothly on woodwork (with a brush) and I knew that, but those brush marks made me crazy! The good news is that flat doesn’t show the brush marks as much. Even so, the door had to be lightly sanded again and another coat applied, for a total of three coats. That was a TON of work for one little door.
The finish looks pretty nice, but you can still see some brush marks.
Even the area around the bird, and the large flat surface of the raised panel wound-up looking pretty smooth. I had to hit some of the bird holes with the drill a second time because paint had gotten in them, but that was easy.
I don’t know. Based solely on the evidence I SEE, from my experience with this project, given the choice…seems like spray paint to me. But read the comments on that last post before you try it.
I call you guys The Crew for a reason. I consider this a team effort and many of the comments had good points, both for and against the spray paint. The hand painted method worked out fine too.
The Important Thing
It’s really not super critical HOW you paint your cabinets. The important thing is that you DO paint your cabinets if you don’t like them now! Both of the “average Joe” friendly methods I’ve shown are bound to have a mistake or two. But just remember the words of a wise friend….
Just go for it! You’ll be glad you did. One really important bit of advice is this… whatever method you choose, practice on something small first! Get good at in in a bathroom or on a small piece of furniture, then go for the gusto.
If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at the post about the Spring Round-Up. I’m going to give you all a chance to show off your work, painting or otherwise, on May 1st.
I’d love to hear your thoughts. What do you think of the finish on the Plan A door? Has anyone tried to spray paint? One reader did try and had problems, anyone else?
(I thought of one more thing and added it in the comments… lucky me, I was the first comment!)