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The Best Paints to Use on Wood Pantry Shelves

A home improvement project may be doomed before it begins in the event that you do not decide on the very best supplies to meet your needs. This is even true when it comes to minor projects, like repainting the cupboard. Considering all the paint choices at the hardware shop, you might wonder if it actually matters what kind you buy. The truth is, it will not matter — and also the ideal choice of paint can make you a lot happier with the results.

Oil or Latex?

Latex water-based paint is the most suitable choice for a pantry. Oil paint is famous for its strength and endurance, but on the flip side it has a strong, lingering odor, and it may be messy, since you need solvents to clean it. One of the biggest concerns about oil paints is the vegetable base can boost the development of mildew — something you do not want around your food. Latex, on the other hand, is fairly durable, fast-drying, and easy to clean up with water and soap. It has a little odor, but it isn’t quite as awful as oil paint and will dissipate in a few days. Latex is more immune to mildew than oil paints because it doesn’t contain organic compounds. While it is not hopeless for mold to grow on latex, it is far less a threat.

Vinyl vs. Acrylic?

Latex paint doesn’t actually contain any latex. Some blends are made from vinyl-based polymers, some are a combination of vinyl and acrylic polymers, and a few are made out of 100-percent oil polymers. Latex paints that don’t say “acrylic'” on the can are made out of vinyl, and therefore are usually lower in grade. Usually, the more acrylic that is put to your paint, the better the grade. Acrylic is stronger, more resistant to flaking, peeling and blistering. Ideally, use 100-percent acrylic paint for your pantry. Though it’s more costly from the can, its coverage is superior so it goes much further, which in the future can save you money.

Flat or Glossy?

When it has to do with a kitchen pantry, in which there is possible for food leakage or fingerprints, clean-up is a top priority. The glossier the paint, the easier your shelves will clean with a damp rag. While flat and eggshell paints — paints with very small to no shine — will hide imperfections in the paint project and the timber, it is difficult to clean any food drips or splashes from them. Wiping apartment or eggshell paint with a damp rag will only serve to smear and spread the stain around, and might leave an unsightly water stain on the paint. Satin paint — a medium-sheen paint — is marginally better, which is why it’s often used for children’s rooms or rooms. For the pantry, even satin might not be up to the job. Choose semi-gloss or high-gloss paint — paints with high-sheen finishes. You’ll be able to spray detergents on it, then use wet rags, and wipe away spills and smudges rather easily, without any water marks left to detect.

Dark vs. Light

Color choice is all about personal tastes in many home decor projects, but when you are painting a pantry there are some definite issues to take under account. Since a pantry is to get food storage, dark colors may cause difficulties. With dark colors it is harder to detect mold, insects and dirt. Dark colors, such as chocolate brown or forest green, do not throw light around, so when your closet has only a overhead light the lower shelves will be shadow. This can make looking for the things you need difficult. Even if a dark shade works in the rest of your kitchen, your kitchen is a larger room with better lighting, and it most likely has windows. The same shade may not work on your pantry. A bright or light color, such as cottage white or lemon yellow, makes it much easier to find out what’s in your pantry because it bounces light around, reflecting light up beneath shelves. It is easier to keep light colors clean because it’s possible to place any dirt or seams straight away. Select a shade that is light but coordinates nicely with your kitchen decor.

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