Gas station without pumps

2018 September 15

Kitchen repainted

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As I mentioned in Wallpaper removal, my son and I removed the ugly wallpaper from the kitchen (put up before I bought the house 31 years ago, and apparently before the kitchen cabinets were installed, so probably in the 1970s).

We have now finished repainting the kitchen, and it looks a little nicer.  The kitchen does still need a remodel, as there is too little counter space (and that chipped Formica), the shelving in the pantry is too deep, and the cabinets are a dark wood that does not appeal to my wife. But at least the ugly wallpaper is gone.

After we removed the wallpaper and scrubbed the walls to remove all the paste, we removed all the wall anchors (except one for the clock) and used some patching plaster to fill all the screw holes in the plaster. After sanding the walls lightly, we put blue tape around all the edges—there were a lot of edges with 4 doorways, countertop, cabinets, soffit, window, and tile baseboard to mask.

We then primed the walls with some leftover elastomeric primer (Kelly Moore Seal Terpolymer) that we had used on the kitchen ceiling to seal hairline cracks in the plaster.  The elastomeric polymer takes a long time to dry for a primer, but provides a thick, tough layer that should prevent any hairline cracks in the plaster from propagating through the paint layer.  There were two visible cracks in the plaster at two of the doorways before priming, but after priming and painting only a tiny bit of one of the cracks is barely visible—and then only when viewed at an angle.

We finished with two coats of Sherwin Williams Emerald semi-gloss latex.  After we had painted a few square feet of one corner with two test colors that my wife had selected from paint chips, my son and I both preferred a pale blue (6750 Waterfall R=192 G=227 B=220), but my wife preferred a greyer, greener blue (6463 Breaktime R=195 G=219 B=208)—she found Waterfall “too cheerful”.  [The RGB color information is from The label on the Breaktime can claims that the colorants are 3 parts G2 (New Green), 6 parts N1 (Raw Umber), and 1 part Y3 (Deep Gold).]

I was willing to go with my wife’s choice, as she spends the most time in the kitchen, but she offered to play Yahtzee to choose the color. My son and I thought that this was a very generous offer, as we had about a 2/3 chance of getting our choice. For once, though, my wife was lucky with her dice rolls and won the Yahtzee game, so we went with Breaktime.

Sherwin-Williams claims that Emerald paint has a coverage of 350–400 square feet/gallon, and we had about 78 square feet to cover, but one quart was just barely enough for two coats.  Perhaps we were putting it on a bit thinner than they suggest? This is a bit surprising, as we were using a mini-roller with a 1/2″ nap, rather than the suggested 3/8″ nap, so the paint should have been going on thicker. Perhaps we were not charging the roller with enough paint?

This was our first time using a mini-roller—many of the small pieces of wall were too small for a full-size roller.  The mini-roller did allow us to get closer to the edges than a full-size roller, so we were able to remove all the brush marks from the cutting-in.

When my son and I were done, my wife did a little touch-up around the edges with a fine-tip artists brush as our taping and tape removal did result in a few small spots where the original color showed at the edges.

The painting took less time than the wallpaper removal—even with the primer and 2 coats, though the work in both cases was spread over several days.

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