Tag: painting

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…)

Dress Up Clothes Wardrobe

Pumpkin is my girly girl.  She loves everything princess and baby doll, bows all over her head, and playing dress up.  We have accumulated quite a collection of dress up clothes, so for her birthday I made her a Dress Up Wardrobe from an old TV stand.  This is a project I’ve been wanting to do for a while, but just hadn’t found the right piece of furniture.  Luckily one week before the big 2 I found exactly what I was looking for.

TV stand turned dress up clothes wardrobe #upcycle #diyWell, not exactly what I was looking for.  The size and shape were perfect! (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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West Elm Inspired Textured Art

So I’m kind of obsessed with the West Elm catalog when it comes in the mail.  I love everything in it.  I’ve done a little online shopping there, but over the weekend I went into a West Elm store for the first time ever. And I thought I died and went to heaven.  I wanted it all!  Seriously, if I didn’t have little destroyers living in my house (Oscar included) I would have way more West Elm and probably a little less IKEA.  Not that there is anything wrong with IKEA…..

Anywho.  The last time I got my West Elm catalog I fell in love with some textured abstract wall art.  It was just the colors I wanted, but it was too big, both in size and price.

West Elm Textured ArtWhat’s a DIYer to do?  Make something that wasn’t too big.

I scored a 24″ x 36″ canvas 50% off on sale at Michael’s and added a 25% off your total purchase coupon making it less than $10.  I also picked up some gesso from Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon and set to work.

Textured Art

I also borrowed a pan scraper from the kitchen for the job.  I have 3 of them so I could do without one.  And then I simply poured on some gesso and smeared it around with the scraper, creating the texture on the canvas.

Creating texture on a canvas I know, it’s kind of hard to see the white on white.  I repeated this in random patterns all over the canvas and let it dry.  It was my first attempt at using gesso and it dried with less texture than I hoped it would so I added a second, thicker coat.

Creating texture on canvas with gessoOnce it had dried I marked on the side of the canvas where I wanted my white line and painted a coat of white extending past the the line.

Once that had dried I taped off the line and painted over the edges of the tape so I would end up with a clean line once I peeled the tape back.

Painting textured canvasThen I grabbed my sample of yellow paint leftover from painting the key box and a can of black paint leftover from painting the vanity in the master bath.  I painted one coat of each color, purposely leaving brush strokes to add to the overall texture.

West Elm Inspired Textured Art #DIY #art #homedecorThen I peeled back the tape to reveal a crisp line!

West Elm Inspired Textured Art #DIY #art #homedecorWhile Cupcake and I were at Lowe’s for her workshop I picked up two 2x4s to make a frame.  No mitered corners.  I just cut the top and bottom longer and the sides to size.  Put a screw in each end and called it a day.  No one is going to see the ends, so I didn’t bother covering up the screws.  I gave the frame a quick coat of dark stain and plopped my canvas into it (once it dried of course).

West Elm Inspired Textured Art #DIY #art #homedecorIt’s now resting on my mantel with my finds from West Elm and IKEA.  And I really, really like it!

West Elm Inspired Textured Art #DIY #art #homedecorNow to style the rest of the mantel.  And maybe paint it or stain it or do something to get rid of the oak.  I still haven’t sold hubby on that, yet.  This project rang it at less than $20.  $10 for the canvas.  $6 for the gesso.  $2 for the 2x4s.  The rest I had on hand.

West Elm Inspired Textured Art #DIY #art #homedecorYep, I really, really like it.  I hope you do to!


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