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Bye Bye Fluorescent Light!

Happy Wednesday!  It totally doesn’t feel like a Wednesday.  #longweekendproblems  I hope you had a great long weekend.  We had a great weekend at the lake.  I had hoped to get this post prescheduled before we left, but well, packing…….. 

So, remember when I painted the kitchen cabinets and then the light fixture stood out like a sore thumb?

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYYeah, that big oak thing up there.  But well, I was doing things in phases.  And I wasn’t sure I wanted to tackle lighting in it’s awkward position, not knowing what the ceiling looked like underneath.

Then one day I decided I couldn’t look at the oak any more so I painted the box.

Painted Light FixtureAnd it was kind of nice that it blended in.  It still wasn’t my favorite light fixture, but well, it was less tacky looking.  But then one night, in the middle of the night, the plastic cover fell and broke.  And suddenly I had a project to work on

Kitchen lightLuckily I was able to see that the ceiling above the light looked to be in pretty good shape.  It has the texture like the rest of the ceiling.

kitchen lightSo I started out by taking the light bulbs out.  Then I removed the box, which was just held in place by two long screws. Then I had to pop the center cover off.

Kitchen lightAnd then I did a little happy dance because the hole in the ceiling didn’t look too large and it was centered in the light fixture.  So my plan was going to work!  Thank goodness because I was quite tired and sweaty from taking that light fixture down by myself.  And hubby was tired of flipping the light switch and no light appeared. 

Kitchen lightI picked up a few pieces of SANDA track lighting from IKEA and set to work.  This track was so easy to install.  Just a few screws to attach the clips to the ceiling, then you snap the track into the clips and done.

Kitchen lightAnd I realize I’m lacking in the photo department, but I also picked up a few lights to go on my track.  And the cord for the light was way long!  Like 71″ long.  And I really only needed like 12″.  So I enlisted the hubby to shorten the cord for me.

kitchen lightThen I had to attach the lamp to the line voltage adapter instead of the ceiling cup that it came with.  Once I got my cords in and the adapter put back together they just snapped into place on the track and we had light!

IKEA track lightI centered the two lights over the island, which is what I’ve always wanted.  And no their not quite the pendant lights I wanted, but this is the closest I could get without hiring an electrician.

IKEA SANDA track lightI do love having the light over the island!  And these lights are plenty bright!

IKEA SANDA track lightingI just had to patch the holes in the ceiling and I was done! 

I’m really happy with this solution.  Track lighting wasn’t my first choice, but it has definitely grown on me!  I like it! 

Now, I just need new countertops……………..

A Light Update

Ever since I painted the kitchen cabinets I’ve been much happier with the kitchen.  I love that the orange oak is gone!  And the paint is holding up nicely thus far.  And I have PLENTY of paint left over if I need touch ups down the road.  I’m very happy I decided to tackle that project, knowing it’s just not in the budget to replace the cabinets.  And it seemed wasteful to toss out the old cabinets because they really are sturdy and in great shape.

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYOne thing was still bothering me, though.  That light fixture!  (more…)

Painted Kitchen Cabinets: Before and After

It’s here!  The moment you’ve all been waiting for! I know you’ve all been sitting at the edge of your seat just waiting to see the painted kitchen cabinets after I showed you the first bit of the process 2 weeks ago.  Except maybe for Joanna because she saw them in person this weekend.  My kitchen cabinets are no longer orange oak.  They have been painted!  And the doors are hung and everyone is happy!

One more time for funsies, the before.

Kitchen BeforeAnd then I painted the walls.

Grey kitchenAnd I think painting the walls grey made me despise the cabinet color even more.  I didn’t know that was possible!

Entry viewMan was I tired of this view every time I walked into my house.  Those cabinets just jumped out at ya!  Not a happy welcome.

Close upAnd the wood was quite worn.  No amount of cleaning made these look good.

So I removed all the doors and hardware.  I put all the all the drawer pulls and their screws in a storage container for safe keeping.  I threw all the tarnished brass hinges and their screws in a gallon sized bag.

I scrubbed the doors, drawers and boxes with TSP to get the grime off.  And then I hit everything with some 150 grit sandpaper.  I cleaned up all my sanding dust and primed with Zinsser primer (because I had just bought a new gallon of it a month or two ago).  And I sanded again.  This time with 220 grit sandpaper.  And then I got painting!

Wait, I lied.  Before I primed I drilled new holes for the new hinges I bought!

New holes for hingesThe middle hole is for the old hinge.  The other two are for the new hinge.  And I used the world’s weakest drill for the job and it was not easy!  (and then hubby bought me an awesome new Ryobi drill and driver!!)

I used a small foam roller for the the job, rolling whenever possible, but using the angled brush to cut in.

Cutting in

You can also see where I patched some holes.  Bye bye baby proofing!

After rolling

I used one coat of primer.  Two coats of paint (Benjamin Moore Advance) on the lower cabinets.  Three coats of paint on the upper cabinets?  Why the differing numbers?  Because I went with two colors!

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIY

There it is!  OMG I love that the oak is gone!  I won’t declare this a true after photo because there’s still stuff to be done in here.  New light fixture, new countertops, new floors, new oven.  But most of these things won’t be happening any time soon.  Unless of course I find a money tree.

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYThe view from the living room.  When I had this floor tiled a few years ago I really wanted a black and white floor, but I was afraid to go too bold and went with bland.  And I really wish I would have gone bold.  But man, how about those cabinets?

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYThis room gets so much sun light and I love how bright it is in here.  Especially now that the oak isn’t all up in my face.  I would have loved an all grey kitchen (the color is Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore), but I was afraid it would be too dark.  I didn’t want an all white kitchen either because I have two young, messy kids.  And kids and white don’t mix.

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYA much better view as you enter the house now.  Just ignore the vining hops blocking the light from my sink window.

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYThere is some definite wood grain still going on with the cabinets, but I’m OK with that.  I knew that going in.  And I wasn’t trying to hide the fact that the cabinets are wood.  I was just trying to disguise their ugly color.  And I think I nailed that!

It feels so good to finally have this project checked off my to do list.  I’ve been wanting to paint these cabinets for so long.  And I know why I waited so long.  It was quite an undertaking, especially since I did all the work myself (hubby did reattach one cabinet door and 5 drawer pulls).  Honestly, though, I’m surprised I got the job done as quickly as I did.  But it pretty much was the only thing I did in my spare time for almost 3 weeks!

And did I mention that this transformation only cost about $180!?!?!?!  Seriously!  That’s a much better price tag than new cabinets!

Now, who doesn’t love a little side by side (or up and down) comparison?

Painted Kitchen Cabinets Before and After #DIYOK, I feel like this is already a long post, so did I forget anything?  Any questions?  Do you like it?  (please say you do!)



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Kitchen Chaos

I always feel like the kitchen is a mess.  It’s the dumping ground in this house.  Everyone comes in and drops their stuff on the island, kicks their shoes off on the floor, throws their purse/backpack/lunch bag on the table.  Right now, though, there’s another kind of chaos going on.  I’m finally getting my paint on in there!

Kitchen Before

Bye bye, beige!  Your time is up!