Having watched one of the DIY programmes on TV, the one with the two guys
from the £1,000,000 property experiment, which isn't the £1,000,000 property
experiment, they tarted up a tired kitchen with cream stainwood paint. I
figured that's a solution that'd work for us.
Our kitchen units are solid pine, but are over 20 years old and really do
look their age now, but in a charmless way. I figure a quick sand-down and
a coat of the right paint could really rejuvenate them, and it's a lot
cheaper than new units (new doors aren't an option on account of the unusual
sizes of our units).
Would anybody advise me against it? Is it likely to end in tears? Which is
the right paint to use in a kitchen environment - ie Something that won't
discolour or accumulate grease?
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Best paint for Kitchen enviro in my op is Eggshell paint the Lustre Magnolia
looks really stunning on my Kitchen units.
Plus it's washable
Yer common or garden eggshell trade paint is generally oil-based and behaves
much the same as gloss.
You can use it on walls, and it has excellent moisture resistance properties
and a wipe-clean surface, so would be good for bathrooms. Having said that,
I wouldn't like to try and remove it....
Normally it is used for painting woodwork giving a low-lustre finish.
Satinwood is pretty much the same thing, (perhaps slightly higher lustre),
and some maintain that it is exactly the same, but eggshell is pushed down
the trade lines and satin marketed in the diy arena.
I like it, and use it for all our woodwork. My experience is that it is
hard wearing and easily applied, IF it is put on in a couple of thin coats
(as gloss shoudl be anyway). It doesn't need undercoating (I used to u/c
everything, but changed that habit following talks with my missus's
ex-brother-in-law, our resident family pro decorator), which saves at least
one application, and if the wood is properly prepared and in a good state
then it can really show the detail in mouldings to good effect.
It also works really well on large areas of painted furniture, e.g. MDF
built in units. Lay on with a foam gloss roller, and brush out gently with
a good quality brush, looks like factory-finished stuff.
My preference of brand is Leyland or Johnstones trade - much, much, much
cheaper than Dulux trade.
For the OP's question, I'd reckon it's ideal for kitchen cabinets, apply
with roller as described above.
Some friends have painted their kitchen using a Farrow and Ball colour -
"bone" - and the results look really good.
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richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
I used Dulux Satinwood to paint our old melamine kitchen cupboard doors
about 5-6 years ago, it's held up well. There is the odd chip on the
corner of course, but it's stood up to the wear and tear of kitchen use,
washing and cleaning etc. well.
Though they say you can paint directly onto a primed surface, I still
prefer ti use an undercoat as well.
It should work, but I'm puzzled by your description: it is elementary
to clean and varnish pine, resulting in it looking good for a good 30
years. What went wrong? Did someone use tinted lacquer?
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