Kitchen Makeover

I knew it was going to be a busy week, but I’m happy to say the kitchen makeover mission was accomplished at my mother-in-law’s house. The cabinet painting was complete and reassembled before she got home. Here are some quick before and after pictures of each side of the kitchen, before I get into all the details of the process. The fresh paint really brightens the space.

Kitchen Cabinets - before and after left side

Kitchen Cabinets - Before and After Right side

As far as the process, it was not without mistakes, frustrations, and lots of sweat, but that just makes it feel even better to have it complete and that she is happy with the results. When Bob and I returned home from the beach last Sunday, we started the project of making over his Mom’s kitchen. The days started to blur together, but I finished all the sanding by Monday. For the drawers, we were changing from knobs to handles, so I filled all the knob holes with wood filler, allowed to dry and then sanded it smooth (pictured in between filling and final sanding).

Kitchen Cabinets - filling holes on drawers

After the sanding was completed, I started to paint the drawer fronts.

Kitchen Cabinets - drawers painted starting bottom doors

Unfortunately, the first coat of “Icy Bay” did not really look any different than white. So, I took the paint back to Lowe’s and asked it to be darkened. But, it turns out that Icy Bay wasn’t dispensing properly, which is why it wasn’t much different than white. They couldn’t darken the paint, so instead color-matched it to the Icy Bay sample. I tried that paint Tuesday night. But, yet again on Wednesday morning it didn’t look any different than white. This time at Lowe’s, I choose another similar color and they tried to use that to darken it, but again failed. So, I ended up just changing from “Icy Bay” to “Summer Breeze”. Once I got the color situation worked out, I made good progress. It also helped that I took the day off work on Wednesday to work on the cabinets all day. I took pictures of all the steps. Since I was painting the top cabinets Delicate White and the bottom Summer Breeze, I separated them into two different work areas so that I didn’t get anything confused (more on that later).

Kitchen Cabinets - set up in sunroom for painting

It worked well to have the bottom cabinets in the garage and all the top cabinets in the sunroom. We numbered the cabinets when we took them off, but that is one step that I should have done differently. Bob and I were working together and just started taking all the cabinets off on the left side, top and then bottom, and then switched to the right side top and then bottom. I wasn’t thinking ahead and should have just taken all the tops and kept in numerical order and then the bottoms in numerical order. Since we didn’t do that, I had to go back and count the cabinets inside and write myself a cheat sheet of what was top and bottom. Then, once I had it straight I separated it by the work areas.

Kitchen Cabinets - brushing around magnet on doors

I worked on the inside of the doors first. I used a brush to cut around the magnet on the doors. The rest I rolled. I used a small foam roller (labeled for doors and cabinets) for the sides, and then a full size roller for the door. I found this foam roller and it worked very well.

Kitchen Cabinets - Wooster 3-16 nap roller

I used the same process on the white doors. I did two coats on the sides and insides, switching between the colors to allow dry time between coats.

Kitchen Cabinets - painted bottoms on inside

Kitchen Cabinets - painted tops inside

After I got two coats on all the insides and sides of the doors, I went inside and started working on the frames. I’m a terribly messy painter, so I needed to tape everything surrounding the frames to not get paint on what wasn’t to be painted.

Kitchen Cabinets - drawers numbered and frames taped

Kitchen Cabinets - frames taped for painting

There was not much surface area for frames, but it did take much longer than I expected it to take since it was so tedious. After I got one coat on with each color, I went back outside and flipped the doors to begin painting the first coat on the outsides.

Kitchen Cabinets - bottoms flipped ready to paint outside

Kitchen Cabinets - tops flipped and started painting outside

I had time left in the day to put a second coat on inside.

Kitchen Cabinets - painted front under stove top

Then, it was time for me to quit for the day. Thursday evening, I returned and put a second and final coat on the outside of the doors.

Kitchen Cabinets - Tops painted outside

I was very happy with the finish of the paint.

Kitchen Cabinets - close up of painted surface

Friday, was the only day I didn’t work on this project, but Bob did. He began putting the knobs on the doors and reattaching them to the hinges. It was then that he discovered a problem. I had written down the door numbers correctly according to the paint colors, but I hadn’t followed my own notes. I painted two bottom doors in white instead of color. So, Saturday morning I had to work on those two doors to get them the correct color. I did that between preparing the drawers to be reassembled. I used a simple process to mark the drawers for the new holes to be drilled:

Kitchen Cabinets - 4 steps for handle placement

Step 1 – Lay handle on the sticky side of painters tape

Step 2 – Use a pen or pencil to poke holes through the tape where the screws go

Step 3 – Place the tape on the drawer and measure from the top to ensure that it is level, by having an equal distance to each hole. I also measured from the original center knob hole to each of the new marked holes to make sure the handle was centered left to right

Step 4 – Securely attach the tape based on correctly measured placement.

It worked very well. Bob just drilled directly through the holes and tape to make new holes for the handles. I painted the two doors in between our reassembly and we got everything put back in place on Saturday except for the two doors that needed dry time.

I should note that reassembly took much longer than we thought it would. The cabinets were so snug it was like a house of cards, you got one right and then went to put in the next and you would have to go back and readjust the other one.

Sunday morning, we returned and attached the last two doors and took our final pictures.

Kitchen Cabinets - after right side view from fridge

Kitchen Cabinets - after left side from stove view

Kitchen Cabinets - After left side from dining room view

This project definitely resulted with what I had envisioned. Not only is my mother-in-law happy, but so am I.

I do want to note for anyone who is considering a similar project, you need many hours. And, however many hours you think it will take….double it. I was fortunate to have an entire day when I took off work, so I made a lot of progress in one day, but it was a solid 10 hours of work that day. I hope that the little details of the process will help someone else complete a kitchen makeover. I think we just opened a can of worms with this project though….now we are considering redoing the floors in her kitchen too.

Have you ever painted kitchen cabinets? Anyone considering a kitchen makeover?

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My FREE Corner Shelf

So, I teased before about the free corner shelf that I found when I was out yardsale shopping.  This is what it looked like the last time you saw it.

In order to keep it a free project, I had to use what I had in my supplies already.  Fortunately, I won a quart of Annie Sloan Chalk paint at the Haven Conference.  And, I also got a new Purdy brush in my swag bag at Haven too!

Chalk paint is great because you do not have to prime, so I was able to just get to work painting the shelf.  I did give it a quick sand just to make sure it was smooth and it had some grit to it for the paint to adhere.  I did my first coat with the brush, but unfortunately it had too many streaks for my liking.

Since it was all flat surfaces, I decided to use a little 4″ foam roller for my second coat.  It looked much better, and it was a faster process.  Bob ended up helping me out and he put a line of caulk down the back corner where the two upright boards met.  It helped it look more complete.  Then, I just shopped the house for items to put on the shelves, and this is the current look.

Puddy seems to think that anytime I get out the camera that he needs to be in the picture!  I do think he makes them look cuter though, and since the blog is named after him it only seems right to include him!!  I used random pictures that we had in other places in the house and also some that had been stored in the closet.  The bottom “picture” is just another piece of scrapbook paper in a frame.  The only new item is the clock on the wall, and I did have that I just hadn’t found a spot for it in the basement until we rearranged for the corner shelf.  The Fall picture on the wall was taken by one of Bob’s co-workers, so he gets artistic credit for that one.  It used to hang in our hallway upstairs, but after trying a few other pictures in that spot, Bob thought of that picture and said it would look better…and he was right!  I used some real pumpkins and some fake ones to complete the look for Fall.

Anyone else score some curbside freebies lately?  What did you do to give them a new life?

Be Our Guest

Our guest room is a good example of working with what we have.  Puddy says, “Come on over and be our guest!” Of course, you might have to kick him out of the guest room….that bed is one of his favorite spots, mainly because he can see right out the front windows and bark at anyone who walks by.

When Bob and I bought our house, I didn’t have much furniture to contribute to it, outside of the living room furniture, because most of my furniture was hand-me-downs that were on their way out.  Bob fortunately had more furniture that we could use in our new home.  Since we had decided on purchasing a new bedroom set for our bedroom, we used Bob’s old furniture for the guest room.  He had a queen size bed on just a frame and a set of dressers and night stands.
Just like many other rooms in our house, it took a while before I decided on how I wanted to decorate the room.  Finally, I decided to paint it a nice cheery yellow.  I can’t recall if that was before or after I completed the headboard makeover.  I knew I wanted an upholstered headboard, but wanted to make it as inexpensively as possible.  I finally found one on Craigslist that I thought would work.

I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for the headboard, maybe $45.  I know the person was trying to sell the whole set of matching bedding to go with the headboard, so I negotiated the price by buying only the headboard.  I took off all the old fabric and then used a white duckcloth to reupholster it.  I used a white trim to hide my staples in the seam, because I have not yet mastered welting.  I’m still considering using nailhead trim in that space to give it a little more interest.

The rest of the guest room has some other small projects of mine, as well as yard sale finds and Home Goods/TJ Maxx purchases.  The quilts are from Home Goods/TJ Maxx, as well as the flower pillow.  I bought the yellow pillows at a church thrift store.  The 3 pictures are Monet prints that I bought at a yard sale with the intention of just using the frames and painting them and adding my own pictures, but one day I held them up in the guest room and decided that they will work for now.

The only other projects are the “vases.”  I took a wine bottle and some vases that I either got for free or 50 cents or less at yard sales and decided to spray paint them.  The wine bottle got a nice yellow color, while the vases were painted a metallic silver.

Anyone else reupholster a headboard?  Or maybe spraypainted vases for a new look?

Current Projects

I keep saying that I am working on some other projects around the house, and I am, but I have come to realize it takes me much longer to have them ready to share than I thought it would.  So, I thought I would give you some hints of what I have in process, so at least there is some proof that I’m working on it…slowly.

I bought these sconces for $2.99 each during one of my summer trips to Salvation Army.

This is when they were prepped in my spraypainting station, aka my backyard with a drop cloth and some boards.  They are now a new color and hung in the basement, I just need to find the perfect candles so I can take pictures and share.

My second project in process is a $5 table that I bought during our neighborhood yardsale.  It needs a little makeover.

It has been stripped, sanded and stained.  I just have to give it another coat of stain and some poly…oh, and decide where it is going to go in the house!

My last project has been completely FREE!  I found this solid wood unfinished corner stand when I was shopping a neighborhood yardsale…the person had packed up everything else, but left this corner stand and some baby items at the end of the driveway for free.  I walked back to my car as fast as I could and pulled up in front and loaded it up.  I also got a high chair and exersaucer for free for my sister.

I used chalk paint for this piece.  I won a quart of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White at the Haven Conference and decided to use it to give this corner stand a new life.  It worked well and as soon as I get the shelves decorated, I will take some more pictures and share.

Until then, I should step away from the computer and spend some time on my projects. Does anyone else underestimate the time it takes to complete a project?  Any other yardsale freebies or good deals?