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Fridays at Home: Kitchen Progress

2nd December 2011

Wowowowowowow. So. Refinishing cabinets is, well, not fun. There were moments when I thought I couldn’t make it. Moments I called my mom near tears. Moments I thought I would absolutely lose it looking at all those messy cabinets with no doors to hide the disorganization. But much like in Dante’s Inferno, I have made it back to the shady glen.

I always thought refinishing cabinets was a super expensive project. In cold hard cash? Not so much. In back-breaking intensive labor? Uh, yes. Was it worth it? Most definitely.

Let me walk you through my processes. Remember my inspiration pics from Pinterest in the post two weeks ago? Luckily, the paint from the inspiration board (Behr Garden View) was exactly what I wanted. The Saturday before Thanksgiving I painted, and the kitchen went from this:

Harsh, too-dark green I picked too quickly when I moved in.

View from the opposite corner of the kitchen

To this:

New color. Much brighter. But still with ugly cabinets.

Six hours of constant work up and down an 8-foot ladder (which, incidentally, burns several thousand calories), and I loved the color. Initially, my plan was to stop here, think about redoing the cabinets and consider beginning the process over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

Well, apparently once the work mode struck, that was all there was. Sunday I borrowed a friend’s palm sander, removed all the cabinet doors and sanded all evening. The next morning a fine dust had settled over everything to prove it. You sand just enough to remove any finish (I have pics, but they’re incredibly blurry). I also wiped all the cabinets down with a bleach-water solution to remove any grease/dust from this step.

All in all, I had 36 cabinet doors/drawer fronts. I had two cabinets I didn’t even know about! Insanity.

Monday evening, I decided to begin painting, using Behr’s paint and primer in Falling Snow (after painstakingly choosing from many different whites in order to match the white backsplash tile).

Here’s a tip: use vegetable cans or sample paint cans (of which I have many lying around) on top of your dropcloth. It makes it much easier to paint the edges of the cabinet without any sticking:

(I put them under but later moved them on top of dropcloth)

Like so.

I rolled paint on first and went back with an angled brush to remove excess paint and to smooth roller marks. It worked like a charm and left a beautiful finish. I did, however, put a second coat for durability and also to remove brush marks in the corners.

I believe this was a first coat.

I had to paint the doors in two different afternoons/evenings: half Monday and half Wednesday. If you had an actual garage, this could go faster. Tuesday I sanded and painted the bases/bodies of the cabinets, which were unfortunately laminate. Ugh.

Everything dried for at least 48 hours, and my dad came and helped me rehang them all Friday and did some touching up of the paint. After that, I couldn’t clean everything up quickly enough. I kept coming back into the room to gaze fondly at my handiwork. I did also replace the drawer pulls because I’ve never liked the ones I had. I replaced the cabinet pulls when I first painted the kitchen. So what does all that work look like?


Another view

Sipping station I found the idea for years ago in a Lowe's DIY booklet.

Little sitting area with my super long windows (it's an old house)

This is directly across from the sink.

I cannot tell you how proud I am. There is still a lot I want to do to accessorize and maybe even change out the backsplash, but it is already such a big improvement. And here’s a breakdown of what I spent:

Behr Garden View paint: $23

Paint tray liner: $1.97 (these are great to use if you already have a paint tray)

New angled brush: $5.97 (I go through a lot of paintbrushes)

Sandpaper: $2.97

Palm Sander: $0 (borrowed)

Behr Paint and Primer Falling Snow: $33

New drawer pulls: $40 ($3/a piece; 13 pulls)

TOTAL: $106.91

Not too shabby for a totally new look in a room I really couldn’t stand. I probably spent more money grabbing food on trips to and from Home Depot, since the entire kitchen was torn apart.

As for the work itself:

Hours spent: 43 (so that’s why my back is sore)

That’s it at a glance. If you are considering redoing your cabinets and have questions, ask away. I’m no pro, but I’ve been to the 9th circle of hell and back. ๐Ÿ˜‰

P.S. Thanks to Young House Love for posting a kitchen redesign from Abode Love.

P.P.S. Thanks to Mrs. Limestone for originally inspiring me with her very similar cabinets in this post.

Pinterest Makes Me Work Hard

28th November 2011

Oh. My. Gosh. Sorry for the radio silence last week, but I spent every spare second of every day (except Thanksgiving) working on my kitchen redo. It’s all Pinterest’s fault. Well, Pinterest and Young House Love and Adventures in Renovating a Brooklyn Limestone. I’ll post an in-depth post Friday and am so excited that it’s finished.

But that also means I did no reading last week. None. In fact, this evening all I want to do is download another Patricia Wentworth, take a hot bubble bath, drink a glass of champagne, and read. However, I did want to share a small project I worked on yesterday afternoon.

I always love looking at outdoor Christmas lights once people begin to put them up. Some of my favorite memories when I was small was loading up with my family and some hot chocolate to drive around looking at Christmas lights. I haven’t spent much time and effort on them in the past, mostly because they can be expensive and because I wasn’t in love with the outside of my house. This year, though, the house is freshly painted, and I couldn’t wait to put something up. I saw this idea on Pinterest:

You take a simple tomato cage, turn it upside down, and string it with lights. First, though, I bought some velcro ties:

They come in really long strips, and I didn’t need that much length, so I cut them down for my purposes. Because the ends of the cage aren’t connected, the first thing I did was to tie them together with the velcro and used small bits of velcro to secure the lights to the cage. It really didn’t take much time at all, and I love the results:

I tied a bit of greenery at the top because I had some extra from the swag I bought for $5 at Home Depot.

So here’s the finished product, and I have to say that the photos don’t do it complete justice. It looks so cozy at night, and I’m so pleased. All in all, here’s the breakdown on what I spent:

3 tomato cages: 2 at $2.87, 1 at $3.58

500 mini white lights: $29.95

Velcro ties: $6

Live greenery garland: $5

Grand total: $50.27

Not bad. I’m pleased with it and love seeing the lights as I round the corner coming home. Pinterest is magic. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have you found anything on Pinterest that you’ve made?

Fridays at Home

14th October 2011

Now that the exterior of the house is almost finished (I still need to finish the porch ceiling and porch steps), I am ready for my next, slightly smaller project: the laundry room. This room is in major need of help. It is currently lavender, and while there is nothing wrong with lavender, I ain’t feeling it. I went to school in a Texas-football-crazy town where the team colors were purple and white, and after years of it, I don’t want any shade of that stuff near me. That, and the floors are awful. The previous owners put tile in the laundry room and kitchen, and my house is pier-and-beam construction, meaning it’s badly cracked. Time to fix it up.

First step: Pinterest! I knew I wanted something light and bright, so I decided to check out other people’s ideas and see what I liked. Here are a couple that jumped out at me:

From the blog dottieangel.blogspot.com

Image from Better Homes

I’ve narrowed the color down to Olympic San Juan Spritz, Chilled Mint or Still Tidewater (I’ve never used Olympic paint before, but I’ve heard good things from the guys at Young House Love). I think any one would be an improvement.

olympic san juan spritz

olympic still tidewater

olympic lantana lime

Aren’t they beautiful together? If it weren’t such a small space, I’d use them all. ๐Ÿ™‚

Flooring is another deal altogether. I hate linoleum, but it is a laundry room, and I’ve heard linoleum has come a long way. We shall see. That will go in after paint color anyway. Then there’s curtains. Nothing elaborate, but I would like to do laundry without seeing my neighbors at their kitchen sink, doing dishes. One thing I thought I knew: I wanted THIS rug.

Alas, Urban Outfitters is sold out of it. If anyone finds this rug, please, pretty please let me know. I. Want. It. It would work with any of the above colors, and I love the coral color in it.

So. What do you think? Anyone else have laundry room fantasies? I want to smell my Gain detergent and have a breezy, fun laundry room to match. Is that really asking too much?