My Greige Cabinet is giving me a headache. It doesn’t help that it is 98 degrees outside and I am driving to swim meets, laser tag, baseball games, the mall and the movies (I complain but I actually really love summer and Jurassic World was pretty good :))
Back to the cabinet…I decided to remove the old hardware to make room for new. However, as is the case every time you remove old hardware, it was the very last screw that decided it would not budge. Nope, it had been there for at least 60 years and was not moving. The old hardware was stuck on one end of the door and the screw head on the other and it would not screw off. After an hour, I was covered in sweat and muttering, “bastard screw” under my breath.
I knew I was beat.I took the door off its hinges and brought it to my local Woodworkers Club. They are fantastic and the kind man who took pity on me brought it into the back and made the opening larger so he could bang the screw through.
Then I applied my paint. I am using Sherwin Williams Perfect Greige and love the color. To create a chalk paint, I broke out my Vintage Storehouse Restoration Co. chalky paint powder and mixed it in. The first coat went on well. However, because of the heat in my garage, it didn’t cure properly. I only realized this when I went to apply the second coat and it basically started taking off the first. Yuck.
I just had my kids help and we moved it indoors where it remains for now. I will let it cure completely, go over it with a sanding sponge and start again. Oh, joy!
Lucky is actually the perfect shade of Greige 😉 and is looking smart with his new summer cut!
The color is fabulous and can be complimented by a myriad of other colors. I know my computer colors are off, at least that’s what I’ve been told but I see lilac in your Greige. How far off am I? lol!
I actually think there is some blue to it so yes, you are right!
Suzanne, I follow your blog every day and really enjoy seeing what you are working on. Two questions: Sometimes you prime before painting, but this time, you decided to go with chalk paint. How do you decide? Does it depend upon distressing afterwards? Also, will you wax this piece when you are done or use a GF topcoat? I’ve looked at the GF products….How do you decide which topcoat to use ? (there seem to be so many)
Perhaps you could blog about the choices you make when finishing……I bet many people would be interested….
Hi Sharlee, actually I rarely (if ever) prime before painting. Both General Finishes and chalk paint don’t require it. I decide on whether to go with the milk or chalk paint depending on the look I am trying to achieve on the piece. If I want to distress, then yes chalk paint is the way to go. If I want a cleaner look, I find the milk paint easier and I don’t need to wax it. I only wax chalk paint and use the GF high performance sealer on the milk paint. When I say milk paint, I mean General Finishes. I have yet to try MMS that can be sealed with hemp oil. Thanks for the tip on a new blog post 🙂
Verneith (Neithy) Hellen
With your busy background,it is VERY hard to read any of your writing :(. I really wish you would simplify that back ground. Thank you.
I have to agree…the new format is waaaaay too busy.
Hi Sharon, just curious – what new format? Mine is the same as ever. I am having it changed to be mobile ready – wondering if you are seeing something different than me? Cheers.
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LOL, Lucky isn’t looking too happy in the back seat – love that face! Hope you have better luck going forward with this dresser.
Thanks Marie! I now have realized that the paint dripped behind the grids that don’t remove – it never ends!
Agree – Lucky does not look happy in that photo! He probably wants to head to the ice cream store!
Ha! He was headed home from spending the day at the groomers and was looking forward to his walk and dinner! I think he was tired not unhappy 🙂 he must feel better without that thick coat on. He had a great day today, no fear! And, he looks like a schnauzer again!
I love the color you chose for the hutch and really enjoy your posts, but the look on your dog’s face is priceless!
chris aka monkey
hi yep your background is still white with black writing and i was sweating inside today, finally finishing my bathroom and bedroom, and i think thay is how lucky is supposed to look cute as a button xx
Hmmm, I only see a white background with black writing. Love your dog, so dang cute!
Hi Suzanne, when I read your post about the hutch you would be painting using Greige, I became very interested. I’ve wanted to try that color for sometime now. I didn’t know SW had that color. Well I went and bought the paint. I happen to have the exact hutch as yours. Mine doesn’t have the grids, just glass. I always hate painting the grids. I’ve been waiting for you to start yours and post the progress. Well I was impatient so I started yesterday. Got the whole thing done in one coat. I choose the light paint sample on the color card with the Greige, for the inside, I just wanted a slight contrast. Today I went back to my work space and it took twice as long because the same thing happened to me. With all the humidity it was horrible. The paint kept kept coming off. Finally I turned a fan on and just let it sit. I also made it chalk paint but I never had this problem before. I’m glad I read your post about the trouble you were having. Not that I’m glad you had the problem, but it did clear up why I the paint was reacting that way. I started following your blog when I began using General Milk paints. I really like them. Thank for sharing your knowledge.
PS your dog is adorable!
Thanks Ethel and I hope your project is improving! It sounds great. I have had this problem before on super hot days and so knew what to do to improve it. Mine is finally almost done and I will share soon. I went with a pop of color inside. I do love that Greige color. It is neutral but with a punch. Cheers!