I have a bunch of paint tester pots from the mistinted section at the hardware store. They are always marked down to .50 and I use them for all sorts of small projects and even large paintings. Today, I put a dark turquoise one I had on hand to use in the kitchen.
It's true, this microwave cabinet isn't permanent. None of the cabinets in our kitchen are staying once we get the renovation under way. But, considering, we are still trying to finalize a layout (yep, we're back to the drawing board)--I figured we have some time before we break out the sledge hammers and this open microwave cabinet could use a facelift in the meantime.
The interiors of all of our cabinets are this natural wood--which I really don't mind because the cabinets are usually closed. The microwave cabinet never had a door on it--so this light wood with dark screws is always on display--which I do mind.
After a coat of primer and two coats of a very rich turquoise color (it's a mistinted tester pot, so unfortunately I don't have the name) this little cabinet looked 100x better:
Normally, I wouldn't recommend painting the interiors of your cabinets because dishes are constantly moving around in there which could make for some scratched paint in no time. However, because we never move our microwave and the cabinet is an open one, there is no reason not to make it look a little more sophisticated.
I painted all 5 sides of the interior box twice and only used about half of the tester pot. So does that mean that this project cost a whopping .25?? Why yes, I guess it does.
An hour and .25 cents--no one has an excuse not to do this. :)