The Hubby went out of town yesterday. The company he works for took over a new area and he, his brothers, and a bunch of other guys had a guys get away/bachelor party in the new area – up by the Dells, actually. They went to a casino, bar hopping ((they are liquor guys & either sell, merchandise or deliver to bars, liquor stores, and grocery places.)) to get a feel for some of the new stops, and stayed in a hotel. The Hubby left yesterday morning at 10.30 and I decided it would be the perfect time to be mischievous and change the entire house. Again.
Well, it’s not entirely changed, but I took the liberty of removing everything on the counters, painting them, and finishing them. This time instead of Polycryilc I used Famowood Glaze Coat. Yes, seriously.
It’s what they use at some bars & restaurants. It’s food safe, can handle up to 120 degrees worth of hot stuff on it before melting, but it suggests you not do that. It’s also shiny, and cool looking. I got the gallon size for 60$ from Lowes. I did two applications because the first I finished this morning at 1am. When I came downstairs at 10 I noticed I had missed some spots & there were some weird ruffles in places. I blame lack of sleep, lack of light, and the fact that it’s black & silver underneath.
I wasn’t really sure how to deal with the sink…. so I newspaper/taped it off too. PS I started this at 10.40 pm and finished everything – drop cloths, taping, mixing, applying, and clean up, by 1am. It takes time but I think it’s worth it.
Here is it this morning after 9 hours of curing! See, shiny!
It’s far from perfect, so I did a second coat. The natural light really bounces off the surface in a way the house lights don’t, so it was easy to see the rippled parts or the tiny spaces I had missed. I know it’s far from perfect, but it’s hard to see the imperfections since it’s 1) super shiny 2) black. However, no matter how hard I try to catch them or clean them up, it always drips just a little more….
It was the first thing The Hubby commented on. They’re not too bad. I mean you can tell it was a DIY project but it’s far from horrible. I’m planning on sanding down the drips when they’re fully cured ((72 hours total)) .
The second coat still isn’t PERFECTLY smooth, but it’s close enough for me and there’ll be stuff on it anyway, so I’m not too concerned. In fact, I plan on ignoring the imperfections until we replace the counter or plan on selling the house.
And with this shiny development, I announce our kitchen is HALFWAY complete!!!