My clients have been pretty generous this month!
And last but very not least, I found this cheerful canvas art from Target because heck, today & everyday is a very good day! I don’t know about you, but an unexpected reminder that life really is amazing is much appreciated, especially when I’m cursing under my breath as I finish the laundry. I’m one lucky lady and have so much to be thankful for. This positive reminder makes sure I remember just that…
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Before I dive into the dirty (and yes, I mean DIRTY) details of how I tackled these cabinets… allow me to highlight a few points of interest:
- This project was Time consuming! (with a capital T and !)
- I completed this DIY 100% on my own.
- In honor of full disclosure, I do have to admit that I did consult stalk the gentlemen at some local hardware stores for information/supply questions/general advice on what the heck to do. #lovethem
- I also called my dad several times throughout the process for some “pointers” or some necessary moral support. (…. thanks Dad! Every word of encouragement helped)
- The before & after shots look fabulous, but don’t be fooled & think that I snapped my fingers and the place was white, clean, and amazing. Sometimes I wish DIY’s worked like that…
- But not even close. The process was frustrating, challenging, tedious, messy, yet fun, and very fulfilling all at the same time.
- I did most of the work at night after I came home from my day job – lesson learned.
- I want to be REAL about this process and really highlight the fact that I was not skipping around, painting the cabinets while whistling my favorite tune. Not.at.all. This was one tough DIY, especially as a one-man team, but I survived… and even lived to tell the tale.
- Although the process was not all sunshines & smiles, I DO think this is my proudest DIY accomplishment to date. Partly because I love the outcome, but mostly because I did it independently and LEARNED so much along the way.
- If I did this, so can you! Just don’t be afraid to get a little dirty, lose a little sleep, and come out feeling like one accomplished rookie DIY-er!
So here’s where I started. With a screw driver, I removed the cabinet doors from the cabinet’s base. Oddly enough, the cabinets were already white on the inside… which was a HUGE bonus!
I decided to tackle the base before I addressed the doors. My first step in doing this involved a palm sander and heavy-duty sand paper to sand down the wood.
Rookie Tip: As seen on the bottom of this picture, take all of the hardware from your project and store it in a sealed bag throughout the project. This will guarantee all of the nails/hardware stick together and will save them from getting any paint smears on them. I bought new hardware, but it was helpful to bring this bag to the hardware store in order to pick new hardware that was the same size.
Back to the sanding. Below, you’ll see the bottom of the cabinets, which are already sanded vs. the top of the cabinets, which haven’t been touched just yet. I sanded all the way down to the wood, just to make sure I got off all the old varnish and the new paint would adhere to the new surface.
Rookie Tip: Cover EVERYTHING with drop cloths, dress in your crappiest clothes, and close any and all doors that you can to help minimize the amount of dust that will cover your house. Sanding is DUSTY! Any and all precautions you can take to help keep a handle on where this dust travels (or doesn’t travel for that matter) will be to your advantage in the long run.
Here’s a look at the cabinets completely stripped and ready for some paint. After I was completely done sanding these suckers, I made sure to wipe them down very thoroughly so they would accept the primer + paint that was on its way. Because sanding gets so dusty, I would recommend wiping/drying at least two different times.
While those dried, I moved onto the cabinets.
Notice that I took all of the hardware off of the cabinet doors before I even started sanding them. I did this for two reasons:
- I knew I was eventually going to replace both the pulls and the hinges, so it just made sense.
- I didn’t want to waste time taping and risk missing a spot on the cabinet because the hardware was still connected.
I laid the doors out and got ready for a serious arm workout and some more quality time with the palm sander.
Now, the new “frame” on the front side of the cabinet doors. This was a part I was completely clueless on how to do. I did a little research on the blogosphere, made a list of measurements and headed to HomeDepot for some cheap wood and the opportunity for one of the fabulous workers to cut my purchased wood… free of charge. I bought quarter inch thick poplar pieces and had them cut into the appropriate sizes.
With some wood glue and wood clamps (no power tools required… woohoo!), I was able to glue 4 pieces of wood onto the front of each cabinet door, creating a frame-like look. I wish I could give you some tips or tricks, but honestly… I had not clue what I was doing. I was lucky that the free wood cuts were pretty much SPOT ON and fit exactly how I imagined they would, which isn’t often the case.
In other news, I also decided to paint the laundry room half way through the cabinet makeover. What was I thinking?! Like working full time and refacing the cabinets wasn’t enough in one week?
I used the small paint brush and mini roller on the doors as well.
Because the laundry room reveal isn’t until MONDAY, I’ll leave you with a little teaser of the finished product!
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A few weeks ago, I blogged about some MINOR laundry room updates & chatted about how I gave this neglected space a temporary fix. (little did I know just how “temporary” that fix would really turn out to be). After the post was published and I was looking back at the pictures, I quickly realized how much I disliked this room (and not because it was the room that was home to my not-so favorite chore). My intentions were there when I took small steps to decrease the ugliness, but these mini DIY projects were comparable to putting a band-aid on a life threatening wound… not working out too well. I needed more than a band-aid, more like a DIY doctor. *seriouslythough
Allow me to remind you of what the laundry room looked like when we moved in:
Don’t get my wrong, I’m NOT a huge brat that needs all new everything (or anything for that matter). And although I disliked the orange, glossy cabinets, which were actually the cabinets from our house’s original kitchen cabinets, I DID really appreciate the extra storage & their price tag…. FREE! When we moved in, I knew that this room would be on the DIY to-do list.
Fast forward a year & a half:
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With the shelf up, all that was left on my “short list” of laundry room improvements was to somehow hide that cord ugliness.
I figured a no-sew curtain just might do the trick!
These are my curtain supplies. I found them all at JoAnn’s and HomeDepot and spent less than $25 on the makeover. Plus, I didn’t need a sewing machine to tackle this “curtain” which made the supplies worth every penny.
This package cost me like $4 and did the job perfectly. With a little measuring and a hot iron, you can make a finished edge in no time! (This is very similar to the way Casey hemmed her long Ikea curtains in this post)
I screwed this into the bottom of the cabinet (sadly, I couldn’t find a silver alternative… so for now, gold it is).
I slid the old rod through the hooks and was left with my soon-to-be curtain rod.
I liked that it just barely peeked out from the front of the cabinets.
I added the JoAnn clips & got to work on the curtains. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. My only advice: Follow the directions and make sure you have a hot iron.
About a half hour and some tedious measuring later, I was so excited to put this curtain up and give those ugly cords some serious PRIVACY!
The space isn’t perfect, but it’s making some progress. The Ikea shelf offers some extra storage and gives us more space on top of the machines to fold. The cords are now hidden and the crooked electrical outlet is out of sight out of mind… thank goodness.
I still dislike the orange cabinets (a lot), but I’m glad that they’re there for storage. Once spring comes and they get a little DIY Playbook makeover, I’m sure I will appreciate the function (& look) much more. Until then, the mini update is gonna have to do…
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Enter a simple frame, a functional coat hook, and a pop of color. All thanks to Target’s home decor section, I only spent about $35 total. #score
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I think the truth lies somewhere in between. As I’m clearing the purple walls of the bedroom I’ve called home for the past 25 years, this board of inspiration was one of the first pieces to go. Luckily, when I say “go” I don’t mean “go into the garbage” (like many of its decor counterparts). I mean “go to the Longview Lodge”, where it will be home to a whole new cluster of “inspiration”.
Clearing the gosh darn thing was probably the hardest part, emotionally and physically of course.
After that exhaustion, I moved on to sanding the border in order for the new paint to stick to the surface. As much as I loved the purple and black combo in its hay-day, I’ve come to the conclusion that there will be no purple or black in the new digs… ever.
I taped off the cork board to ensure that it would not be victim to any stray drips.
I painted the border with some left over primer I had laying around, and eventually, added two coats of white paint.
Either way, I’m loving the Longview Lodge’s new command center! With a few fun accessories, this board is now a center for schedules, mail, and all things organized. I picked up the pin-up bin from Target. For about $9, this bin adds color, cuteness, and some necessary storage. Talk about a triple threat.