How To Clean Your Painted Cabinets

Hi!  If you have have refinished your cabinets using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and her wax ….. I bet they look awesome!  Congratulations!

I want to help you keep them looking great!

NIGHTMARE:    First- let’s address the worse situation.  Meaning, something VERY BAD happens- (queue the scary music in a horror film now)  ……like a black sharpie was taken to the front and there is a “permanent” mark….or Crayola Crayons were used, or the black from the rubber bumper around a vacuum left a scuff …or a scuff from a kids shoe…..or for that matter……anything that does not come off with a gentle cleaner/dish soap and warm water.    

  • Grab your tin of Annie’s clear wax (in fact- always leave it under the kitchen sink.) 
  • Take a soft towel and get a small amount.  Like less than a single green pea.  
  • Lightly rub that on the abused area until you see the stain lift off.  
  • You might need to re-wax the whole door to get a uniform look- but this should have done the trick.  The reason this works is –  there is a component in the wax that keeps it soft and spreadable.  This component will also soften the top micro layer of existing wax on your cabinet door (or dresser, or table, etc)   When it softens that layer- it also allows you to lift any serious dirt or stain.  
  • If your cabinets were painted a while ago- you do not realize this…but dirt and dust will land on them.  By cleaning only one spot….it may acknowledge that the rest of the door needs to be cleaned also.  So, a nice once over with the clear wax will do the trick.
  • NOTE- if you have applied a tinted wax all over your cabinets- such as Annie’s Dark, Black or White wax.  You may need to re-apply the tinted wax if you lifted it when applying the fresh clear wax.

ON GOING CLEANING of Cabinets painted with Chalk Paint® and have Wax as a top coat:

Cabinet Care & Cleaning

From regular dusting to cleaning splatters and spills, you can help maintain the beauty of your cabinets by following these recommendations.


CLEANING GUIDELINES (HOW TO CLEAN YOUR PAINTED AND WAXED CABINETS)

A soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is usually sufficient to clean your cabinets. If more thorough cleaning is required, please use a fresh solution of mild hand dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water.

After cleaning, wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth. Dry immediately using another soft, clean cloth.

Do not aggressively scrub in any one spot.


CLEANING PRODUCTS TO AVOID:

The following cleaning products are to be avoided as damage may occur (this would apply to brand new cabinets from a big box store too):

  • Harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleaning products such as tub and sink cleansers, scouring powder, scouring pads, steel wool or self polishing waxes.
  • Sponges or dish cloths. They may contain particles that could scratch your cabinets, or they may contain food and oil residue or remnants of harsh cleaning solutions.
  • Solvent-based or petroleum-based products such as mineral spirits, nail-polish removers or paint thinners.
  • Ammonia or cleaning products that include ammonia.
  • Bleach or cleaning products that include bleach.
  • Silicone-based cleaning, waxing, or polishing products.
  • Soaps that are a “de-greaser.”

SPLATTERS AND SPILLS

Clean spills and splatters immediately. Prolonged exposure to spills, including food, water or other liquids, or to oil and grease splatters, can cause permanent discoloration or damage to your cabinet’s finish.

REGULAR DUSTING

cabinet care tips

Use a clean, soft lint-free cotton cloth for regular dusting.

Packaged dusting sheets are not required or recommended. Do not use pre-moistened dusting sheets, and do not use aerosol products made for dusting.

POLISHING

Over time, polishing compounds may build up on the surface of your cabinets and cause a hazy, streaky or yellowed appearance. Never use Endust or Pledge on cabinets.  

DO YOU PAINT CABINETS FOR OTHER PEOPLE?

I recommend that you add or embed to your painting quote ….the cost of one new tin of clear wax by Annie Sloan.  Leave it with the customer under their kitchen sink.   Explain to them and leave a document on how to use it.  

Provide them with TWO copies of a documented “CARE TAG” regarding on the proper way to clean their cabinets and have them sign off on your job – acknowledging that you left it. 

If you do not have a care tag…MAKE ONE NOW!   Just copy and paste what is above and tweak it to fit your style! 

If you transform a project and would like to share it with The Purple Painted Lady® via your Facebook or Instagram page, please use our hashtag!!!  #thepurplepaintedlady   We love seeing what you are all working on!

 

BUY PRODUCT FROM …..THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY®:

First- if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them.  Go to them with your questions and project issues.  BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  
 
This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them. The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  Get inspired by their shop that they lovingly curated – just for you!   Enjoy that one on one experience!   But for those who are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
 
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  
 
SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY® CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
 
*  We love our customers and it shows!
*  Ordering online?  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.   We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.  (THIS IS DIFFERENT than SAME DAY DELIVERY. We do not offer that)
*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
 
 
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!  Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady®.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady® ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

Old White Chalk Paint® Wash Over Exterior Brick

Before and After photos are always the best to showcase what is possible with a can of paint!  But not just any paint… we are referring to Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan because it is both an interior paint and exterior paint!

Anne, who is part of team at The Purple Painted Lady® has a young family and she and her husband Zack are serious DIYer’s.  From renovating their basement, to gutting their kitchen and bathrooms…they do not shy away from any project!  

This is Anne…isn’t she beautiful?

One smaller project she is currently in the process of doing – is giving her front entrance a face lift.  

Anne wanted to tone down the red of the brick.  She chose Chalk Paint® in the color Old White.

 Old White is the quintessential color to have in your painting pantry or toolbox! It is the perfect color, in that it plays perfectly with every other color! Old White out sells every other color in Annie’s suite.   NOTE though  – that  Old White is a very soft cream….. in my opinion. I think it looks literally like cream.  Something also to note….it does have the slightest hint of yellow.

 

If debating between this color and Pure White or Old Ochre Chalk Paint®, visit this link here => http://www.thepurplepaintedlady.com/2014/04/difference-between-annie-sloans-white-chalk-paint-colors/

 

Anne started with adding about 20% of water to a small portion of the Old White, but it wasn’t laying the way she wanted.  So, being that Chalk Paint® is an artisan paint- she started to dip her brush straight into the paint can, brushed it directly on the brick- and then dipped her brush into a cup of water and used the damp brush to spread the paint.  

Some things to consider when doing this project:

  1. If painting over concrete – place a drop cloth down.  If you drip paint on the sidewalk- it will leave a mess that you will not be able to wash away. (even with a powerwasher)
  2. I would suggest doing this project on a day that the temperature is reasonable.  Meaning in the 60’s, 70’s or low 80’s.  
  3. Check the weather forecast to make sure no major rainstorms are expected in the next 24 hours.  After that- you can have a Monsoon and not worry one bit about that paint!
  4. Start out with the paint thinned more versus less with water.  Remember – you can always apply another coat of the “wash” to make the white pigment heavier.
  5. Experiment with painting some random bricks in more of a solid to give dimension.  Or consider painting some random bricks using Paris Grey Chalk Paint®.  You could even use the  Paris Grey to cut in the mortar joints …if you have the patience.

Here is the “almost” finished outcome since Anne still has the top left corner.  Anne has not decorated her front stoop yet, but she always is working on different seasonal decorations to make her house a beautiful and inviting home!  Once she does- we will add a final photo.

DO I NEED TO SEAL IT?:

Chalk Paint®️ by Annie Sloan is also an exterior paint. Absolutely no topcoat is needed over the brick. Bricks are extremely porous and they pull that color in. As you know, chalk paint®️ sticks, grips and adheres to virtually any surface. Once it is dried and cured …..it is almost impossible to remove it. We just recommend checking the forecast before beginning a project like this and making sure that it’s not going to rain for 24 hours.

If you transform a project and would like to share it with The Purple Painted Lady® via your Facebook or Instagram page, please use our hashtag!!!  #thepurplepaintedlady   We love seeing what you are all working on!

 

BUY PRODUCT FROM …..THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY®:

First- if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them.  Go to them with your questions and project issues.  BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  
 
This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them. The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  Get inspired by their shop that they lovingly curated – just for you!   Enjoy that one on one experience!   But for those who are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
 
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  
 
SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY® CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
 
*  We love our customers and it shows!
*  Ordering online?  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.   We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
 
 
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!  Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady®.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady® ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

 

My Paint is Separating When Applied

My Paint is Separating When Applied….WHY????

Has your paint separated within seconds after applying it to a piece of furniture?  

This may be more common when painting a piece from  IKEA, or Target or …for me (The Purple Painted Lady®) – it was an old piece from The Bombay Co.  There are various opinions on why this happens.  I once was told it was because the piece could have been treated with an infecticide to prevent infestation when pieces are being sent in shipping containers on large ships from other countries to the United States and that could be the root of the issue.  

Another opinion from fellow Chalk Paint® stockist Gypsy Lovell shared that this could because the furniture is made with silica …..which is similar to Annie’s Mix Mat.   Notice when you put paint on the Mat, it will also do this.

The paint literally separated and no mater how many coats you apply- it keeps doing this! (So, don’t waste paint and stop after applying the first coat on the first section)

To remedy this from happening- you can lightly sand it to scuff the surface.  Sand in the same direction you plan on applying the paint.  To fix the cheap pressboard furniture – you can also sand it lightly and put multiple thin coats of Chalk Paint® on waiting at least 12 hours between each. 

According to Barb S.- who is our Technical Resource, she stated,

“For years now we have been recommending to a customer to first thoroughly sand their IKEA piece (and Formica too) to break the surface tension (unless it’s been finished with thermafoil, which cannot be painted).

Then apply a thin coat of Chalk Paint®.  Let paint dry and then wait 48 hours to allow the paint to bond.

Finish with proceeding painting in whichever manner you like.”

The Purple Painted Lady® recommends adding a little water to your Chalk Paint® also.  No more than than 20%.  

So, if you have one cup of Chalk Paint®  – take a 1/8 measuring cup and fill with water and add to the paint and mix well.  Remember – you can always add more water- BUT don’t waste your paint by adding too much and making it too thin!  

 

BUY PRODUCT FROM …..THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY®:

First- if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them.  Go to them with your questions and project issues.  BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  
 
This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them. The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  Get inspired by their shop that they lovingly curated – just for you!   Enjoy that one on one experience!   But for those who are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
 
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  
 
SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY® CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
 
*  We love our customers and it shows!
*  Ordering online?  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.   We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
 
 
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!  Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady®.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady® ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

PLEASE VISIT OUR FOUR LOCATIONS!

Duck Egg Chalk Paint® – Shut The Front Door!

I love this vintage door painted by Laura Campagna Emond using Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

Duck Egg is a beautiful color….. The crazy thing is…..Trish, The Purple Painted Lady has the SAME door in her home!

Trish’s house was built in the late 1880’s….. If you have a vintage door- share it below with us!!!!!

 #chalkpaint #oldhouse #diy#thepurplepaintedlady #rochesterny 

(*Duck Egg is a GREENISH SOFT BLUE! If you are looking for a “baby blue” – you want to purchase Louis Blue. Click here for Louis Blue=> 

http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/Louis-Blue-Chalk-Paint… ………….

Again Duck Egg is a greenish soft blue reminiscent of Rococo French and Swedish interiors. It looks wonderful and fresh with Old White. We also love it distressed when it is used over Chateau Grey.

This color is definitely a color you would want to add to your suite of colors if you love French Country. Pair it with Arles, add some Dark Wax and you have a killer combination!

 
 
 

BUY PRODUCT FROM …..THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY®:

First- if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them.  Go to them with your questions and project issues.  BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have four locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  
 
This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them.  The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  But, if you are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
 
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  
 
SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY® CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
 
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95
*  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.
*  We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
 
 
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady®.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

The Purple Painted Lady® ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office

PLEASE VISIT OUR FOUR LOCATIONS!

Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan is so easy! (Kitchen Cabinets)

I have been using Annie Sloan’s products for over 8 years…but the funny thing is that they have been around to close to 30 years!  People always ask me, “how did you create that shine?” or “get THAT look?”   My response is always the same and is so simple!    I used Annie Sloan!  Chalk Paint® requires no stripping, sanding or priming.  (I especially want my friend Rita M. to take note to the NO priming part there)

Anne, who is on The Purple Painted Lady team was walking her adorable daughter Olivia around their neighborhood recently, and lol and behold….she found these cabinets on the side of the curb.  (gasp!) 

Okay, I included a photo of Anne below who is one of our awesome paint extraordinaire’s who works as part of our team at The Purple Painted Lady – primarily you can find her in Greece and Village Gate location.

I am not joking when I say, “gasp!” above.  Those cabinets that Anne salavaged from the curb are solid wood, nice styled cabinet doors.  They have a heaviness to them that you do NOT find in most new cabinets.  You know the kind – if you were go to a “big box” store and they would run you at least $12K to buy for a smaller average sized kitchen to buy and then have installed!  

Granted the cabinets Anne hauled from the curb were a bit filthy.  They had these shiny reflective spots on them, as if someone splattered polyurethane on them.  They were banged up and scratched….BUT….   Dirt can be cleaned and those splatter marks, that did not come off with cleaning, I rubbed slightly with a medium Sanding sponge, …then all of those “imperfections?” They created PERFECTION when you I used Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan!

So, at a recent Kitchen Cabinet Painting Workshop that I hosted at our location in Village Gate, which was slightly under attended – I had time to paint a door myself.  And this was what I did, while Nancy, a teacher from Fairport, NY –  painted her kitchen door I painted Anne’s curb side find.  Here is one finished and unfinished side by side!

Pretty ….crazy…amazing!

All I want to do is go back to the home that Anne found these at with these two and show the homeowner this and say, “Crazy that someone gutted their kitchen and was throwing away these solid wood cabinets. Look at what Chalk Paint®️ by Annie Sloan in Old White and 90 minutes of time can achieve!”

MATERIALS USED: (click on the item and it will bring you to out on-line shopping cart)

Odorless Mineral Spirits

Scott Shop Towels

Annie Sloan Sanding Sponges

Painters’ Tripods

Annie Sloan SMALL Paint Brush

Old White Chalk Paint®

Annie Sloan SMALL Wax Brush

Annie Sloan Clear Wax

CONSIDER BUYING THE HANNAH’s KIT:

Note if you are going to buy a quart of Chalk Paint®,Annie Sloan wax, the Annie Sloan Small Paint Brush and the Annie Sloan Small Wax Brush- You should purchcase our Hannah’s Kit where you get all of these in a bundle and a FREE gift!  

STEPS TAKEN:

Okay- here is what I did (keep in mind, my cabinets already had the hardware removed. I suggest, you take yours off and lay cabinets flat.  You will achieve a nicer finish if you do this, if you ask me.  You do not have to remove the cabinet doors, but I feel it is worth it!  Also, if you plan on painting the backs (which I like to do) ….do the backs FIRST!   I just do two quick coats and wax, and then get on to the fun side…the fronts.):

  1.  Those splatter marks that looked like polyurethane that I mentioned about above, I slightly sanded them to knock them down using a medium grit sanding sponge.  I want to stress you do NOT need to sand when using Chalk Paint®, but this door had some markings that would not come off while cleaning and they required it.
  2. I then used a little bit of Low Odor Mineral Spirits (not the environmental green kind) on a  rag to wipe the doors off.  I literally, flip the bottle of Mineral Spirits over a couple times to moisten a rag (it is NOT dripping wet!)  You can use an old towel, Blue Scott Shop Towels to do this…it does not matter.Think like how you get a cotton ball moist when using nail polish remover.  Wipe the door down thoroughly.  This will help remove any grease, grime, dried splattered food, dog drool, kids greasy finger prints, crayon, etc.  (I could go on and on in regards to what I have scene on cabinets, but for the sake of your stomach and time- we will skip that!)
  3. Follow up with another cleaning using just fresh, clean water and a new rag.  Same deal, not dripping wet – just a moisten rag with fresh water. Wipe down the cabinets and then let dry.
  4.  Set up a painting area and create an assembly line.  The more cabinets you can paint at one time- the better.  Reason being, Chalk Paint® dries so quickly- by the time you get to the last cabinet door in the row- you probably can begin the second coat on the first cabinet.
  5. Place your cabinet doors once cleaned up on “painter’s tripods” or use little cut up spacers of 4×4’s, or old books. Anything that can lift the door up so you can get a clean stroke on the edges and the paint cannot pool and seal the cabinet to your flat work space.  I like one in each corner and one in the middle.

 

6. Next I applied a uniform thin coat of the Old White Chalk Paint® that I mixed with about 10% of water.  If you are a baker- I think of this first thin coat of paint as when baking a cake, and doing a “crumb coat” with frosting.


It is to get a base for my next coat.  It is okay if you can still see the door beneath a little – as shown in my photo below.  Less is more and I do not want a heavy coat, and never do I want paint pooling in the creases of my cabinets.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While painting – here are some IMPORTANT TIPS!

  • Always paint in the same direction that the wood grain is.
  • Respect the seams where wood meets.  The outer frame of this cabinet..otherwise known as the stiles – paint in the same direction as the grain and do NOT cross over the seams.  You can see that I painted with a horizontal brush stroke below and also vertical strokes on the sides, respecting that seam.  See my image below that illustrates this with the arrows.
  • Keep the paint light and from pooling in the seams!  
  • After applying the paint in one section- I always do one continuous fluid stroke from end to end.  Note on how my cabinet door you do NOT see a bunch of short brush strokes!  I think this is a very important thing to achieving a nice smooth finish.


 
  

7. Once you have your first coat applied, and it has dried, you can begin your second coat.  I will still add a little water and I always use my Annie Sloan SMALL Paint Brush.  Only load your rush with the amount of paint you can control and manage.  Personally, I would rather do three uniform thinner coats, than two heavier coats, but you will determine what is nest for you and get a groove.

 8. Once the paint is dry, I then distressed my edges and corners.  (This is NOT required, but I wanted to do it.)  I used my Annie Sloan Medium and Fine sanding sponges.  Keep in mind- these are totally reusable, so when the sanding side accumulated dried paint in the crevices of the grit, I just rinsed them and then squeezed excess water out and continued using them.  I also used the FINE  Annie Sloan Sanding Sponge to lightly “polish” my Chalk Paint® in some areas.

9. Blow off any powder you created, and now you can begin the clear wax application.

CAN I PAINT THE LAMINATED (Faux Wood) ON END CAPS OF CABINETS?:

YES- you can paint the laminate end cap. But you will want to lightly sand in the same direction you will apply your paint- which should always be the same direction as the wood grain. (even if it is a faux wood grain.)

Then, clean the surface per the insructions we provide.

Thin your paint with a little water and paint a uniform, thin coat- making sure to “lay” your paint from top to bottom at the very end of every stroke- so you get rid of any small segmented brushstrokes. Then….WAIT 24 hours till you apply coat number two. Don’t try to scratch the paint with your thumbnail during this period…because you will be succussful.

There is a lot of chemistry in paint and you need to allow that chemistry to do it’s thing! Once all done painting, apply the wax top coat per the instructions and voila…..you will be amazed!