Sometimes do you feel just a sense of disgust and despair that stems from the daily encounters you have with your gross old cabinetry? Well so do I.
I once was like you, but now I have refinished, nice, clean-smelling, modern, and rodent proof cabinets.
Let’s face it we all get ‘shystered’ into a home that looks nice on the outside and decent on the inside, until you start to notice the little details aren’t quite up to par.
My house had UGLY & outdated cabinetry. It also had signs of an old water leak from one point in time, which was never even disguised or covered up by the previous owner.
Here’s some AWEFUL ‘before’ pics
Here are the steps I took to remedy that :
First I decided that the ‘stains’ were not only unsightly, but that the cabinet itself needed to be ‘sealed’ from pests & moisture.
(1) Applying the first layer.
I grabbed my artists acrylic gesso (its like a paint primer – I use it to prime my canvases before painting with oil or acrylic paints).
“utrecht acrylic gesso – medium bodied”
I slatthered a layer on the inside of the cabinets. A good layer, not too thick & sloppy, but not scant either.
I used a foam brush to smooth the entire coat, and a small brush to spead gesso in the cracks.
Let Dry (Approx 1 to 3 hrs depending on temp, humidity etc.)
(Note mine fully dried at 1hr as it was 80 degrees w/ windows open in NM that day & low humidity).
(2) Apply add’l coats as needed of gesso.
I needed only 1 as it was a great seal & good coat of paint. (determind and assesed this after it dried)
Looking better already! ☝
(3) Spray sealer & top coat.
I purchased : ‘Modge Podge matte clear acrylic sealer’. It was in the craft section of my local walmart. Although any acrylic spray sealer should work.
Apply at least 2-3 coats (drying time is approx 15 min each coat).
(4) Once done you can put everything back inside the cabinets. You should now have a brighter interior to your cabinetry with a water sealed lining!