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Paint type for bookcases + what kind of top for desk

Posted by angel9603 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 23, 12 at 11:51

As I make my final decisions on our powder room (other thread), my husband has jumped into our office to finish the builtins. We will have floor to ceiling cabinets in an 'L' shape in our office. the one side will include the desk and drawer area with shelving on top. The other side will have base cabinets with book shelves on top. They will be finished off the top with crown molding. We have decided to paint the cabinets white. What is the best type of paint for this type of project? I was hoping to get the paint at sherwin williams today for their 40% off sale. In addition, we need to decide what kind of top should be for the desk. We want something durable as we have 2 small kids. Thanks in advance for your help!!!

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RE: Paint type for bookcases + what kind of top for desk

After having built-in bookcases previously where books were ruined by sticking to the paint, we got a special kind at SW formulated so things won't stick. I can't remember the name of the formulation, and we don't have the can any more, but my advice is to keep asking at SW until you find someone who actually knows what you're talking about when you say you want paint for a bookcase. (The first person may know, but not always.) Ours are done in white.Good luck!

RE: Paint type for bookcases + what kind of top for desk

I'm sure someone at SW can help you. You probably want semi-gloss though. After our built-in's were painted, we were instructed by the painter not to use them for over a week so they could cure. He used SW paint.

RE: Paint type for bookcases + what kind of top for desk

But the wrong type of paint will still stick. We waited even longer than a week to put anything on our bookcases. Just so you know.

RE: Paint type for bookcases + what kind of top for desk

Minwax Polycrylic on top of the paint will keep books from sticking. Worked really well on my cookbook shelves. It's like polyurethane but without the yellowing problems.
If you use the satin finish it's pretty much invisible. All you see is the paint.

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