Last week involved a lot of primer and painting. Specifically, drawer fronts. Though it’s not rocket science, it does take some thought to prevent obvious brush strokes. So, I thought a tutorial/break down was in order. And I have a few tips for you.
First, the tips.
1: It helps to be an OCD, detail-oriented person; if your significant other is more of a forest than a tree person, I’m sorry to say you’re stuck with this task.
2: Use good quality brushes and a small foam roller.
3: Before priming, make sure you’ve filled all holes and sanded smooth with a high grit sand paper.
4: Lay down a canvas drop cloth, then thin pieces of scrap wood. Raising the painted items will prevent sticking to the canvas.
5: I find it helpful to rest the drawer front or cabinet on a five gallon bucket when painting. You’ll easily be able to spin it around to get to every surface.
6: If you have tons of painting to do, start with the fronts first. If you’re anything like I am, you’ll start running out of patience, so use up what you’ve got on the obvious parts. Ha.
Okay, now the tutorial. These four steps apply whether you’re priming or painting any surface with detail.
Start by brushing paint into the detailed areas, without going overboard. Catch any globs as soon as possible.
Then, before loading your roller with paint, quickly go over the brush strokes on the raised areas. Now dip your roller in paint and roll it around on your paint tray to get it evenly coated, but only lightly. Roll the inside panel, getting as close to the edge as possible.
You’ll have a ridge of paint along the outer band. Roll it smooth.
Load up your roller again to paint the sides. Just to be save, lightly run your paintless roller along the under side because the excess paint will drip.
Finally, paint the outer band. Set it on the scrap wood to dry.
Repeat at least another time on the front, then flip and roll the backs.
Finally, I’m done painting the drawer fronts (still have to build, fill, sand, prime, and paint eight cabinet doors) and we’ve installed them. Can’t wait to show you tomorrow!