Saturday, November 26, 2011

The House That Creaks #9 KITCHEN CABINETS!!

Hot Dang the cabinets are D.O.N.E.
Wow what a project that turned out to be. I really did enjoy the process, however it took 3 weeks to finish and towards the end I was getting pretty antsy. Working full time and busy weekends doesn't allow much time for this type of project.

I decided to break it down in sections. I have a pretty large kitchen with 26 cabinets and 16 drawers. It is very fortunate to have that many EXCEPT when you are painting them. I had 5 sections and the process was simple but effective: 1. Degrease using mineral spirits 2. Wash with Dawn dish detergent 3. Fill in the extra hole on the handle with wood filler (decided to go with a knob instead of handle) 4. Sand using "liquid sand" (soooo glad I went this way instead of sanding with sandpaper. 5. Prim 6. Paint two coats

The wood filler worked great. I just love that product. The only bad part is having to wait around 8 hours for the filler to harden.

Here is how it looked while priming. Once the paint was on you could not tell one bit that a hole was there once upon a time.

Here is the kitchen I lived in for about a year. I did not move into this. I painted it orange on purpose. I LOVE color. My last house was ALL brown and beige and I was craving some fun VIBRANT colors!

Here is my scrapping/crafting area. It was one thing I was thankful for when we moved in. Last house my craft room was off by itself so I did not have much contact with the family, this way I am still in the middle of everything (my favorite place to be, in the middle). Notice the Island, before I painted it.

Here the door out to the deck is still white and the table is still a honey color wood. It looked horrible against the orange walls.

OH SNAP! check out the scrap area before we moved in. The paint job was hideous and the Formica counter tops were wearing out.

Anyone care to ballroom dance? We were so amazed at the size of the kitchen. Our last house was a super small galley kitchen probably about 6 X 10 feet.

I decided to paint the walls to. I just felt the need to tone down the orange a wee bit. If I'm going to do it, I am going big or going home baby, just couldn't stop at the cabinets, it all needed a make over well okay.. mostly now that the cabinets were a creamy white the orange really clashed with that AND the back splash. I DO plan on a new back splash but. that must remain at the bottom of the to do/wish list for now.

I know I need curtains or roman shades in the window. I will work on that soon enough. That window faces nothing but trees and is two stories up so right now I am not concerned about peeping toms. AH the floor.. YES. one day I do plan on replacing it too. Another reason I had to go beige on the walls. Nothing else seemed to blend very well with the floor and back splash.

Here is how the table turned out. I planned on staining the top black but my hottie hubs talked me out of it. So we went all natural with just the legs painted.

Here is a glimpse of the door out to the deck painted black.

scrappy area

SWOON!! This pic takes my breath away! seriously! Can you see where the other hole was from the handles before? nope! you cant. I have to tell you the real secret was the paint. Sherwin Williams Waterborne Acrylic Paint. OMG. THE. BEST. PAINT. It is pretty expensive so I would not use it to paint walls but DEFINITELY dressers, desks, cabinets etc. The next most important item to have is a great brush. Purdy is the best in my opinion. The bristles do not come out while your painting. You can wash them over and over and use them for years. Literally. I have!

another scrappy area.. the pics are out of order. I am having difficulty with that!

This was the original chandelier I decided on. Ummmmm.. okay so it did not look like the picture online and the quality was less than satisfactory. you cannot tell from the pic but that thing was HUGE I mean really huge! We got a good laugh and sent it back. I hate sending things back when purchased online. Hubs has banned me from buying things online anymore. LOL lately I have been 0 for 3!

Painting the deck doors

stripping the table.

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Here is the chandelier we settled on.
If you are still with me THANKS! I know that was a lot of reading and pics

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The House That Creaks # 8 Refurbished Toy Box

Hello!!! Happy Thursday to you. Thanks for stopping by. In case you have not read my first "House that creaks" episode. I call it that because some areas of the floors in this 20 year old house creak like no body's business! I totally want to fix it but secretly dont want to also because in just a couple of short years my daughter will be a teenager and possibly sneaking out of the house ! HA With these floors she will get caught for sure. Okay anywhoooo.......

I have had this toy box since I was oh.. 9 years old maybe?? It was up in the attic for a long time, then when my daughter was a wee one we got it down for her. Now she doesn't need it anymore. My first initial thought was to make a cushioned seat cover and I did that, but once I finally got the box looking like i wanted to, the material clashed.

Obviously my name was carved in it. If I was not going to have a seat cushion then I needed my name covered up. Got out the handy dandy wood filler. LOVE that stuff, it has been a big helper in quite a few projects. So filled in my name and sanded down the entire box. Primed it and Spray painted it gray. I looked like a big glob. I hated it. It was just missing something. I wandered around blog land. One girl (wish I would have kept her link) had the stencil pattern that I had already printed out from Emily at Jones Design Company.
she had used her stencil on a box and I squealed with delight! I just new I had to use the stencil on my toy box.

I am soooo in love with how it turned out. This is no longer an ugly grey glob. It is a deliciously fun refurbished piece!! YEA ME! oh, and the design is on both sides as well.
I have it sitting on the upstairs landing. I totally hate that lamp. I will be switched out.. eventually. Hopefully sooner than later. Last night i just finished that frame. I really need to hang it a little lower and post about it so, don't look at it yet! teehee

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

My 80's Prom Queen!

This was Grace on Halloween. I will hopefully get a better picture soon. She and my niece found my and my sisters prom dresses. So what better halloween costume than an ugly shiny ruffly 1980's prom dress???? how scary is THAT!! LOL

What really is the scarriest part is that Grace looks almost identical to me when I was that age. Holy Cow, it was crazy.. even her dad was like WHOA!!!

Cabinets are DONE! will show them soon.