Problems – Three coats of paint, rubbing down between coats, around 3-4 hours each. And the color of the paint doesn’t match the doors we bought. Copyright © 2022 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

One of the deciding factors in the wall units we bought for the utility room was the availability of color-matched paint. So we bought some for the custom-built shelving.

The color looked off after the first coat, but I went ahead with the second coat, and it’s not right.

Back we went to the store — Menards’ — who refunded us for the paint, but they couldn’t produce a match, and the paint we’d been given wasn’t very good. It was supposed to be self-leveling, but it wasn’t.

After over half an hour of trying to make a color match, the staff (and us) gave up.

We went to Lowes with a sample of the finish and they matched it with some great paint that was self-leveling, matching color, and provided an excellent finish.

Though I still had to put in another three-plus hours work to sand it and paint it, so that’s a total of four coats of paint, at over three-four hours each to prepare and apply.

It’s looking like the other set of shelves may be finished in just two coats.

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