Gah! How is it already Labor Day!?! The end of summer! I feel like we were just starting to celebrate BBQs and shorts weather. While I’ve learned to love and to even look forward to fall there’s always that dark cloud in the back of my mind….WINTER IS COMING! This is my first fall home with the girls, so I’m looking forward to apple picking and taking them to outdoor evens during the week without worrying about it being a 90 degrees.
But, before I can do any of that…the kitchen must get done! So, to recap my last post, I spent about a week or so double sanding all 18 doors and the frames in my kitchen. It took forever and left my kitchen a mess! Once everything was sanded, vacuumed, and tack clothed, I laid on my first coat of primer. As I mentioned earlier, the NUVO paint says you don’t need to prime and barely sand! However, since my cabinets are wood, old, and who knows when they were given a really good scrub down, I wanted to go the extra step to make sure there was good adhesion. I used Zinsser odorless oil-based primer in white. I had reached out to NUVO’s customer service to get their opinion on what brand I should use and they suggested Zinsser or Kilz. The paint store by me had the Zinsser in stock and I decided to go with the odorless option since I would be doing this during naptimes and I didn’t want the whole house to smell of primer.I was a primer newbie prior to this project, so I had a bit to learn. The first thing…primer is THICK! I tried to use a brush as minimally as possible since it really sucked in the primer and I felt like I didn’t get as smooth as an application. I used a small brush for all the grooves in my cabinets and along the edges of the wall and frames, but other than that, I was able to use one of the small rollers that come with the NUVO kit for my frames and door panels.
The other thing I learned is that sanding primer is a very messy job. There will be white dust EVERYWHERE and you will be coated with it from head to toe. I was able to take all my doors outside to minimize the dust, but the frames…well, there’s no escaping it. I did find that scrubbing my hands with dish soap got most of the bulk off. If my hands were really bad, I did a spray of WD-40 followed by the dish soap. I’m sure paint thinner would also have worked, but I didn’t have any on hand.
Once the first coat was dried, I sanded it down with 320 grit paper. If you do this, you will notice that some of the primer comes off and you may see some spots with bare wood – that’s ok! You just want a light sand to smooth it out, nothing crazy. I did this step by hand since I found the electric sander was a bit too much. After everything is sanded, it’s time to vacuum and tack cloth to prep for coat 2! Just repeat the same steps over: prime, sand, vacuum, tack cloth.
We had a bit of a hiccup in our process, so this part took us a lot longer than it should have. That being said, I am finally done with the prep work and ready to get paint on these cabinets! I am both excited and scared (a la Sondheim) to start this next step. There has been so much prep work done that I just want it all to be worth it!