Published at Thursday, 27 June 2019. Cabinet Knob. By Arnold Engel.
Once the base coat has dried you can get to work on the first top coat. Start with the edges of the door, so you can get rid of any paint ridges when you tackle the main face. If the two sides of the door are going to be decorated in different colours, paint the outer edge (by the handle) to match the inside of the door, and the hinged edge to match the outside. Unless it’s a flush door, you will now need to paint the edges of each panel, followed by the face. On large flat expanses, brush or roll up and down, then from side to side, and finally up and down again to spread the paint out evenly and prevent runs. Smooth out drips straight away before they set hard.
Use good quality brushes with natural bristles. A cheap brush is a waste of time – the paint won’t flow from it properly and it is likely to keep shedding hairs while you work. A 100mm (4”) brush is a good size for large surfaces, as it offers good coverage but won’t get too heavy when filled with paint. You will find a 25mm (1”) brush handy for cutting in (painting into the corners) and tackling intricate areas such as beading and cut-outs.
A good quality lock is also important – for the best protection, look for ones advertised as anti-bump, anti-pick and anti-drill. To finish off, you will probably want to add a knocker or bell (unless you have chosen a letter plate incorporating a postal knocker).
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