1. Visiting from the US? Why not try DIYnot.US instead? Click here to continue to DIYnot.US.
    Dismiss Notice

Painting behind kitchen cabs

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by A_Novice, 14 Oct 2019.

  1. A_Novice

    A_Novice

    Joined:
    29 Dec 2017
    Messages:
    263
    Thanks Received:
    4
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Hi guys,

    What is the norm here.

    New kitchen was empty so decorator did a mist coast on all the walls and ceiling.

    Unfortunately before they could the first proper coat of the our chosen colour the kitchen arrived.

    As the fitter had set out the kitchen the decorator didn't paint behind 3 tall units.

    Is it worth moving these and getting 1 coat on or is it just a waste of money?

    Thanks
     
  2. Sponsored Links
  3. Iamchamps

    Iamchamps

    Joined:
    24 Sep 2016
    Messages:
    947
    Thanks Received:
    146
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    If you can’t see it what’s the point? Like tiling floor, a lot will only tile up to the legs why would you tile all the way to the wall? Extra cost for no reason.
     
  4. jonbey

    jonbey

    Joined:
    17 May 2012
    Messages:
    4,874
    Thanks Received:
    263
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    I do my own decorating - I mark the height of the units and paint just below that line. Not worth wasting paint, time and energy decorating something that will never be seen.
     
  5. JohnD

    JohnD

    Joined:
    15 Nov 2005
    Messages:
    64,338
    Thanks Received:
    3,412
    Location:
    Battery Park
    Country:
    Cook Islands
    In my own kitchen, I like to do the ceiling, walls and floor before the units go in. It's quicker and easier than working round stuff, looks better, and if you later move or alter anything you won't have an ugly patch.

    Now that your units are in, the effort of moving them makes it not worthwhile.

    This is a DIY site. Next time you do a kitchen, you can do it the way you want.
     
  6. Sponsored Links
  7. A_Novice

    A_Novice

    Joined:
    29 Dec 2017
    Messages:
    263
    Thanks Received:
    4
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Thanks. The units aren't properly in they are just in position.

    It was just bad timing with the delivery of the kitchen really.

    Luckily I wasn't painting myself as the guy was a genius working round the units.
     
  8. opps

    opps

    Joined:
    16 Jun 2006
    Messages:
    4,183
    Thanks Received:
    631
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    There is no need to paint behind units but a big advantage of doing so is that you won't have visible cutting in brush marks.

    If, as you say the tall units are movable, pull them forward slightly and then use a rad roller to paint an inch or two around the internal wall space that those units will occupy (or rather, let your decorator use the mini roller).

    Some paints can be a right PITA, others are more forgiving. The PITA paints have a halo effect when you try to touch in- the sheen around the edges is different to the rest of the rolled surfaces.

    The kitchen that I finished today, the contractor wanted the walls to look "show room" before the units were fitted. I sanded/filled/resanded/painted areas that will not be seen again for 15(?) years.

    I drew the line at painting what will become the tiled splashback area. I mentioned that tiled areas should have SBR and that one should not tile over paint. Little did I know, the tiler doesn't bother using any kind of sealant... Oh well, that's yet another tiler than I won't recommend to my own customers.
     
  9. JohnD

    JohnD

    Joined:
    15 Nov 2005
    Messages:
    64,338
    Thanks Received:
    3,412
    Location:
    Battery Park
    Country:
    Cook Islands
    tall cabinets are pretty heavy and awkward, so if you want to inch them forwards, I think you will need two people. If you drag at all, the legs are likely to break out.
     
  10. opps

    opps

    Joined:
    16 Jun 2006
    Messages:
    4,183
    Thanks Received:
    631
    Location:
    London
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    Good point regarding the legs, however, provided their are no doors or shelves yet, the average male adult (and some/many female adults) should be able to hook their foot under the base and lift it forward a couple of inches.
     
  11. DIYnot Local

    DIYnot Local

    Joined:
    3 Sep 2019
    Country:
    United Kingdom

    If you need to find a tradesperson to get your job done, please try our local search below, or if you are doing it yourself you can find suppliers local to you.

    Select the supplier or trade you require, enter your location to begin your search.


    Are you a trade or supplier? You can create your listing free at DIYnot Local

     
Sponsored Links
Loading...

Share This Page