I must say that it is all about learning!! Today was another warm day here in Ohio. It was 71 degrees and I was able to add 2 coats to the back of my cabinets which is pretty much all I had to do. They are definitely looking great however they were not drying in the garage so after a few hours outside, I moved them into our spare room on a craft table of mine. They have been in there with the ceiling fan on for awhile now and they are quickly drying. I am probably going to wait til tomorrow to add the gel stain just so I can be certain that they are totally dry. I am definitely pleased with them so far, but reverse side of the cabinets was a pain to paint since the hardware doesn't come off. Isn't that odd? Anywho...... here are a few pictures of them as they continue to dry. I am still debating on whether or not to distress and add the stain or just add the stain. I guess it will just be a surprise to you all.
Well, here is where the disaster took place today. This cupboard is something that my FIL made for me one year for Christmas. It is the same color as the cabinets that I painted (White Chocolate). I love the cabinet, but I thought that I would distress it a bit and add some stain to it to give it that primitive look. Unfortunately, my FIL isn't into distressing and to be honest with you.....he doesn't even understand why people want to paint wood. He likes everything to be all natural or stained. Hmmm, not me. Anyway, I sanded the cupboard this afternoon to distress it. From there it was looking pretty good, but the paint was AWFUL to sand off, It had to have been put on with gorilla glue, super glue and any other kind of strong glue you could think of. So, it is distressed, but not by much. So, that was the first problem. Then I applied the gel stain on the side of the cupboard that will not be seen by anyone unless you are in the shower. I thought that if I messed it up then it wouldn't be so noticeable. Oh boy - Did I ever mess it up. I think my first mistake was putting the gel stain on a flat paint (not good). It wouldn't rub off and it simply stayed in place. It was awful. So awful that I did not take a picture. I then allowed that area to dry and tried to sand it off, but then it looked even worse. The good thing is that I had the same color of paint, BUT the paint that I had was a semi-gloss vs. what is on the cupboard. Ok ladies, you better learn from me NOT to apply gel stain to flat paint. Now I am wondering if it will work on my semi-gloss paint that I have on my cupboards. Talk about making a girl nervous!! I am ready to freak out. I want this to turn out perfectly, but now I am ready to put a hold on it. So, do you all have any pointers now? Will the gel stain only work on semi-gloss or glossy paint? Why or how did I mess that cupboard up so bad? I didn't do anything different then before? I guess you live and learn, but now I am thinking about NOT doing my kitchen cupboards until I am alot more knowledgeable then I am now. Hmm, will that ever happen? Nothing like knocking me down a couple pegs (lol). So, I am off to straighten up my home, finish a bit of laundry and get ready for tomorrow. Oh - another thing for you all to ponder. I left a message last night for that little girls Mom. Told her about the increase if she is late and basically explained to her that she inconveinced us in a big way.....would you think that we have heard back from her? Ah, nope. I wonder if she will even acknowledge it. I guess she will when I bring it to her attention tomorrow morning. I will have to keep you all posted on that situation.