FINITO! (that’s Italian for done!)

Finally.  It’s over and I keep walking in the kitchen and wondering whose house I am in.  So bright and cheery and it all looks brand new.  Grateful for a husband who tackled the worst parts of this job.

From This:

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To This:

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Part 2 of the Kitchen Cabinet Makeover….

What a week it has been!  We began Monday and finished (for the most part) on Saturday. The doors are still curing out in the garage – but once they are up we can honestly say:  DONE!

On to the rest of the steps.

STEP FOUR:  Degloss those sanded cabinets!

My husband did an amazing job sanding the finish off of all the doors, drawer fronts and cabinet boxes.  But just to make sure all varnish was off the doors so your paint will stick  – you must degloss!  We used the following – recommended to us by our local hardware store owner. What’s great about this product is that it is water based – easy to use – doesn’t smell horrible – and doesn’t require you to wait to prime.  It was $7.99 at our local store.  This is one of the easiest steps too 🙂

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Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Begins!

We’ve talked about it for four years.  Now it’s time for some action! (yay, I think?) After researching this topic and all the “how to’s” out there at length – we’ve taken the plunge and are diving right into this daunting, crazy project of painting our kitchen cabinets.

Our kitchen was all green (I really dislike green) counters and builders oak when we first arrived here four years ago.  I just found a photo from when we moved in on October 17, 2011

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You’ll notice in the later photos that the counters have been replaced along with the sink, faucet and light fixtures.  We also added hardware to the doors/drawers.  The counters were replaced after a major PINTEREST FAIL!  (I painted them to make them look like faux granite – have you seen this on pinterest?? http://www.remodelaholic.com/painted-formica-countertop/ )

I have to say they looked beautiful….UNTIL.  But THAT is a post for another time…..let’s just say, they needed replacing after that disaster.  I will write that post….soon!  It’s actually sort of funny.  Sort of. Read more

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint + Dark Wax – on an Antique Sewing Machine

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This beautiful vintage Sears & Roebuck sewing machine belonged to my dear grandma.  While the machine is still in lovely working condition – I hardly have time for sewing and I’m not good at in anyway.  The cabinet is pretty too – but not aging as gracefully as grandma did – so, Why not try some chalk paint and add some detail with a dark wax? Read more

Spray Painted Dresser

I’ve been painting (um, maybe experimenting on) furniture for a long time. I’ve used latex, oil-based, chalk, and spray paint. Depending on the piece of furniture and it’s construction – some are better than others – all have pros/cons.  But spray paint is by far, the easiest, cheapest and most versatile of all!

Today, I want to show you one of my favorite “Craigslist” finds. It’s a very large 9-drawer dresser made by Drexel Heritage Furniture.  A beautiful solid-wood beast with dove-tail drawers and really cool details. But, when I purchased it – the finish was a very outdated medium brown finish that didn’t match a thing we owned.

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While you were out….

Living Room before

The day we moved in – this is what it looked like (four years ago).  A few weeks ago – it looked like this again (Yes, I am embarrassed to say – that other than one large clock over the sofa and a mirror by the front door – the walls were still empty!)

So, a few weeks ago I hired Mr. Carpet Guy to machine stretch our carpet to rid us of the unsightly ripples that threatened our safety as we walked across. Read more

Chalk Painted Chair

So, I had heard all the hoopla about chalk paint on the web and mostly through Pinterest (my husband calls it “sinterest” – because it costs him money every time I find a new idea there apparently)  It wasn’t until my older, wiser, sister used it and I saw first hand the results that I was willing to lay out some serious cash to purchase it. Read more

DIY Painted Rug

So, I had this really cute rug that I purchased at Home Goods a year or so ago.  I used it in my kitchen in front of the sink and Oh Boy!  After a while it didn’t look so cute anymore….it seemed to absorb everything that fell, dropped or spilled by the sink.  And of course – this is the sort of rug you can’t throw in the wash machine.

It was soon relegated to the camping gear – and became the “welcome mat” to our tent!  Who cares when you’re camping how dirty a rug gets – as long as there’s a place to park the shoes before everyone traipses through the tent!  Finally, after a few camp-outs, I decided it needed to go – in the trash.  But wait!  Didn’t I read somewhere on Pinterest you could PAINT A RUG????  Why not.  I had nothing to lose – and plenty of paint sitting idly on my garage shelves….. Read more