Food Shelve Painting – On the House

Food Shelve Painting

By on April 15, 2014
staining kitchen drawers


Recently we remodeled our kitchen and to expedite matters I worked with the carpenters and did the painting of the cabinets, shelves and drawers as they became finished. I have always hated the inside of drawers and tops of shelves which soon became discolored and scratched by the items put on them. My special gripe was pans which really made a mess. The unfinished surface is so hard to keep clean. I have not seen this solution to finishing drawers and cabinet shelves in the kitchen used before, but we tried it much to our delight. I gave each shelf (top only) and the inside of each drawer THREE coats of polyurethane with plenty of time to dry between coats.

Now about eight months later I can say that this was a great success. Not one discoloration from pots, pans or cans ANYWHERE. It may be more work to put on three coats but it pays off in improved appearance, not to mention ease of clean up. And, the best part is no more shelf paper. Thought that you might be interested in sharing my experience with your readers.



Thanks Victor! Your adventure prompted us to call the folks at the Flecto Company in Oakland, a leading manufacturer of clear wood finishing products.Our concern was relative to any potential problems or health hazards that may be attached to the technique that you are suggesting. And, as a result we have some good news for you. The Flecto Company applauds your efforts and is especially pleased that you opted to use three complete coats. They say that this will significantly improve the longevity of the finish and will provide you with a surface that is not only impervious to liquids, but will stand up to the kind of abuse that kitchen cabinet shelves and drawers are likely to sustain.

One Caution: Allow the final coat to air dry at least 72 hours or until most of the unpleasant odor associated with the use of this type of product has dissipated.

P.S. We guess that shelf paper will not be among the most wanted items on your Christmas list this year!

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