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Before The Red With SK

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This spacious kitchen was very utilitarian but lacked a bit of color and flash. I am here to fix that...We had remodeled this kitchen taking the 1945 kitchen space into this century.
The counters are now a chocolate concrete and the cabinets started out as white off the shelf storage.
Pantry Cabinet After Sculpturing, Painting and glazing.
The pantry is a custom built 4'x6' country style cabinet which I designed and built for the space and then painted green. Dated...It needed a face lift and a exciting spot of color.
Before Painting
Bonding priming the concrete counters.
After the base coat of deep chocolate was dry I began to stencil a damask pattern in several different colors of cocoa and light cream. When this was dry I glazed the entire counter top with a deep chocolate glaze.
The finished counters were given four coats of Spar varnish for durability. Sanding between each coat of varnish. This will be as durable as a granite counter at a much lower cost. The once a year coat of varnish will take this beautiful counter into the next century.
The cabinets were from several different decades and quality. We sanded and primed them with a bonding primer. These took four coats of high quality paint in the same red as the pantry.
When the paint was cured I sanded the edges back for a worn look. I then glazed them with a chocolate glaze and varnished.

To see more: http://sksartell.blogspot.com/2014/10/before-red-by-sk.html

  • Tamara Anderson
    Tamara Anderson Graham, WA
    on Oct 10, 2014

    Do you use a brush or roller when painting cabinets?

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID
      on Oct 10, 2014

      Painting furniture is always about the prep. I have used rollers, brushes and spray, whether custom colors from Sherwin Williams or from a can. It all depends on the surface being painted. I will always make sure what the surface is before preparing it for paint. Each surface takes a different process. sk

  • Jeanette S
    Jeanette S Atlanta, GA
    on Oct 10, 2014

    Oh I love this! I am crazy about red and this would suit me just fine! Beautiful job! P.S. I agree about the prep. I painted some wooden trim on some outdated cabinets back in about 1999 and after 15 years, not a single chip. It just so happened that I was working and could work on it only on week ends. I took my time and let every coat dry for a week! It worked out well!

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID
      on Oct 10, 2014

      @Jeanette S Thanks for sharing Jeanette. Preparation is always the trick when painting. The time will serve you well. sk

  • Chris aka monkey
    Chris aka monkey Mount Pleasant, TN
    on Oct 12, 2014

    @SK on Elderberry awesome just freaking awesome love it xx

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID
      on Oct 12, 2014

      @Chris aka monkey Your freaking awesome Chris. Thanks again. sk

  • Jacqueline Saam Cleary
    Jacqueline Saam Cleary Shippensburg, PA
    on Oct 12, 2014

    Love the dragonfly.....

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID
      on Oct 12, 2014

      @Jacqueline Saam Cleary Thanks Jacqueline. My favorite bug...sk

  • Trudy Fagan
    Trudy Fagan James Creek, PA
    on Oct 12, 2014

    How did you do the design on the red cabinet with the raised look? Is that the sculpting? It looks great! We never finished the paint job on our kitchen cabinet because I am not sure how to get the look I want and that design would be great!

    • SK on Elderberry
      SK on Elderberry Bonners Ferry, ID
      on Oct 12, 2014

      @Trudy Fagan Thanks Trudy. I used a damask stencil and Durham's Hard Rock Putty. You mix a bit with water to a soft putty and then using a trowel scrap some over the stencil. I use a small brush and water to clean up the design. Let it dry and then sand a bit. and paint. sk

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