We also used wood filler on the holes in the plywood and 'counter top' because it is sandable and caulk is NOT. Have you ever used caulk and later tried to remove the extra crap you left behind? FAIL. Use wood filler, or even simple wall spackle works! We also primed.
And here is proof that I am the muscle behind all these projects. I was at it for at least an hour longer than Shaun, who was lounging in the living room before he meandered in here to snap my photo. Pshhhhht!
Booty booty booty! I may have been dancing to 80s music during this shot. Anyway, we got the entire thing primed with two coats of BIN and it looks NICE!
Why do I insist on using BIN? Because this stuff sands like nothing else. Yes indeedy. When it's time to paint, you sand everything with 320 sandpaper. It gets so smooth, it's like Nicole Kidman's forehead. I'm not kidding! We used it on the shelves as well. The lawn guy came to spray while I was out here and promptly left, muttering he would come back later. Ha!
Like Jenny, I decided to use Ace Cabinet and Trim paint on everything. I used semi-gloss white, and I am very happy with the way the shelves turned out.
Most of the brush strokes level out while drying, and I think the glossy factory-like finish will be fabulous on the bookcases. It's a little stinky and runny, but man the result is nice! We will be cutting and attaching the shelf cleats this weekend, and hopefully will get a coat of paint on everything as well. Has anyone else used this paint?