Thursday, May 30, 2013

Painting Kitchen Cabinets [Tutorial]

So it feels like I haven't posted in FOREVER!
Oh, wait, that's because I HAVEN'T. ;)

Warning:  this post is LONG.  Like, “Lord of the Rings”-long.
Apparently, I’m a wordy gal with a lot to say.  You’ve been warned.

So just before Christmas I finished up painting my kitchen cabinets.
You may have heard me shouting about it from the rooftops (sorry for the racket ;) ).

OK, I have read some tutorials from people who painted their entire kitchen in like 7 days.  This is NOT one of those posts.  My kitchen looked like this for a long time:

Awesome, right? ;)

Mine took forever, for a couple reasons.
#1 I am a mom of two, working full-time outside the home.  Do I need to explain that? ;)  This project was done in the evenings after the girls had gone to bed, and during naptime on the weekends.  I didn’t want to sacrifice time with them during their waking hours to paint, so that was a choice I made.  
 Obviously, it’s possible for this project to take less time.

Another reason it took so long was that I let each coat dry overnight before adding the next. 
  Waiting for things to fully dry and start to cure only makes the finish more durable.  It’s hard to be patient and wait, but in the end I need the finish to withstand a lot in this hardworking room.  So, it was tough but worth it.
The designated "drying" area.  Baby bottles or kitchen cabinets, takes all kinds. :)
The first step is to remove the hardware and take off your doors and drawer fronts. 
I did my cabinets in sections (see earlier photo), so I didn’t need to label anything because I could keep track of the one or two doors/drawers that I was doing at a time.  If you’re doing everything in one fell swoop, MAKE SURE you label your doors so you can match up with the correct hardware when you’re done.

I suggest a numbered system: for the doors, write the number in the hole left by your hinge hardware.  It will get covered up when you put the hardware back on, so you won’t be painting over that space.  Put all the hardware for that door into a baggie and label the baggie with the corresponding number.

Once you have your hardware off, you’ll need to sand. 
I’ve seen all the posts on Pinterest “How to Paint Without Ever Sanding Ever Ever” (or something like that).  Well, there’s no cosmic rule that says you’ll be struck by lightening if you don’t sand, or that your piece won’t look nice, but I can tell you the finish likely won’t look as even, you’ll probably end up doing more coats of paint, and it for sure won’t be as durable.  Those scenarios wouldn’t work for me, but do what fits your situation.

Next, clean the bejeezus out of those doors.
You will be *shocked* how much grime and grease and dust can accumulate on cabinet doors without you even knowing – especially on the tops of your doors.
I used TSP to ensure a fully, evenly deglossed surface.  When I paint trim, though, I just use a Clorox wipe.  It’s up to you.

After everything is clean and fully dry, it’s time to prime. (I love to rhyme ;) )

If you are working with a really grainy wood like oak (like I was), I’ll recommend a second coat of primer.  You’re going to really want to fill in as much of the grain as you can to give the overall finish a smooth look.
These little painter’s triangles are super, BTW. 

But when I had more doors than triangles, I just propped my stuff up on cans of food I swiped from the pantry and it was all good.  Now THAT is recycling! (pre-cycling?  Whatever.  It worked.;) )

I did a light sanding after priming, then cleaned again.

Then it’s time to paint.

I went into this project planning to roll the doors and just use a hand brush to get in the small spaces and fill in the details on the doors.

I actually ended up using the brush for literally 98% of this project.  This is where using good paint makes all the difference.  

I used my old standby, Sherwin Williams ProClassic in semi-gloss.
It goes on super-smooth, and because it is self-leveling, those brush strokes all but disappear.  I found I had much more concise control with the brush vs. the roller, so I just stuck with that.

I let my coats dry overnight to ensure a hardened finish.  It’s nearly painful to wait so long in between coats, especially when things are dry to the touch, my paint finger started to itch.  But I’m so glad I waited because we’ve been banging around this kitchen for a couple months now and even with a giant dog and an energetic preschooler running around, I still a haven’t had to touch up a thing.

Overall, I ended up with two coats of primer and three coats of paint on these bad boys (see why it took so long? Ha!)  But I LOVE how they turned out and I wouldn’t change anything.

Happy Painting!

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

A #Splash of Color for Spring from Crocs

This post brought to you by Crocs. All opinions are 100% mine.

Soooo... up until literally a week ago, we've been covered in SNOW.  Yep, SNOW!  In May!

Gotta love the heartland. :)

Well all of a sudden this week... BOOM!  Summer!  90 degrees!  Just like that.

We're a little more settled into some nice weather right now, and I have been jonesing to infuse some color into my world after what feels like a lifetime of grey, blah winter. 

Apparently the folks at Crocs feel the same way, too! :)  They're encouraging us all to share a "splash of color" for spring to help shake off the winter blahs, AND they want to reward us for it!  Woot!

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They're hosting the Crocs Instagram Sweepstakes where you have the chance to win a super cool prize package and a shopping spree from Crocs!  And, all you have to do is share some splashes of color that are popping up in your world.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably noticed some pics over the past few days with the hashtag #splashofcolor - check 'em out:



Aw, there's my sunshine! :)

All you have to do is Instagram some colorful piccs via Instagram.... are your flowers blooming?  Did you get a bold new manicure?  Make the most massive and colorful birthday cake?  SHARE IT! 

Upload to Instagram using the hashtag #splashofcolor, then link up your Instagram to the Crocs Instagram Sweepstakes .

Done! :)  You can check out what others are uploading, too.

You can enter up to 3 photos a day - what will yours be?  Share in the comments if you're so inclined, what awesome colorful things you're peeping this spring.

You could win some sweet prizes, so get to snapping!


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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

DIY Memo Board

Hey there!
I know posting has been a little sporadic lately, but we have been busy busy busy!
We had birthday parties for my little ladies, Mr.V's side/summer business is taking off, an unexpected surgery for our furry friend, and there was a mother's day thrown in there, I think.  It's been a blur.  :)

But, I *have* been doing some projects here and there, just haven't had time to post!
This one was a quickie, though, and I love the end result.

I have had this small round corkboard (a DIY from yesteryear) hanging in the pantry for a while to help me corral grocery lists, notes about what's getting low, etc.  Lately I've found that meal planning has become a necessity for us, and with that addition, well, as you can see shorty wasn't cutting it.

I finally had enough one afternoon and dug through my stash and found this lovely cheetah-print corkboard that I had picked up more than a year ago.

Normally this isn't something I would give a second look to, but it was a nice size, the frame was simple, and OH YEAH:
Mega-clearance! :)

I knew the cheetah had to go, so I grabbed a fun, printed napkin I had found (in a set) at Target.  Napkins are really versatile, usually cheap and perfect for small projects like this one, or pillows, etc.
It was my lucky day and the size was perfect - I took the cork out of the frame and didn't even have to trim the fabric, just wrapped it around the board, secured it on the back and then shoved it back in the frame.

The frame itself got a coat of creamy ivory paint, and I scrounged through my odds and ends ribbon collection to find something to hang it with.
Much better.  :)

One hour and zero dollars later, it's all good. :)

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Simple Update [Nameplate Frames]

I’ve had these frames up on the wall above the magnet board for about a year, and I use them to showcase the girls’ artwork.  

 I love having kid-created art all around, and putting it in a frame looks nice, and it also gives the kiddos a sense of pride at their art being “displayed” beyond just tacked to the fridge – The Redhead thinks this is hot stuff.
When I saw how happy she was to show off her grand masterpiece in the frame, I thought I’d kick it up a notch and give things an even more ‘professional’ (well, as professional as one can get in our house of crazy) feel.

I had these card holders in the drawer from forever ago… so long, in fact, that I can’t even remember the original project I bought them for.  I do remember that they are meant for scrapbooking, and were pretty cheap for a pack of different sizes.

I didn’t want them to be permanently attached, in case I changed my mind down the road, so I just used glue dots to stick them to the glass, then added the girls’ names to their creations.

And… that’s it!  About 2 minutes and less than $4 later: Welcome to our “Gallery.” : )

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Move in With The Novogratz! [Novogratz's? Novogratzi?]

This post brought to you by CB2. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ever watch those fab designers on your favorite home design shows and wonder what they live like when the cameras aren’t rolling? 

How they decorate their own homes? 

Well my friends, you may get the chance to see first hand.  This is one of the coolest giveaways I’ve ever been a part of!

Robert and Courtney Novogratz – As in the design couple from “Home by Novogratz” is teaming up with CB2 to debut a super cool and colorful collection for spring:

CB2 and Novogratz Collection

And they’re not only offering you sweet design pieces for your home, they’re inviting YOU to THEIRS!          For serious, people!  Let me explain:

The new collection was inspired by the Novogratz family vacation home in Brazil (Brazil!!  Remember that.  It will be important later).  You can definitely see the influence in the collection, with hot pops of color and rich, warm woods.  I love that there is a ton of diversity in the different items they are offering, and in true CB2 fashion, a range of price points, which is super awesome.  They range from super-functional, like this Dupla Credenza

to whimsical and awesome, like the Luli table lamp.

The pieces are so original and they make a neutral-loving gal like me start itching to pop more color into my home.  Check out this sectional – it is absolutely *dripping* in color!  What a perfect outdoor space, featuring that fun showstopper sofa.

The collection debuts May 2nd and to help get you excited about the release, they are offering you a hum-dinger of an opportunity:

You and 3 friends could win the trip of a lifetime!

Win a one week stay at the vacation Bob and Courtney Novogratz in beautiful TRANCOSO, BRAZIL!!!  (SEE? I told you Brazil would be important here!!)

-10 other lucky winners will receive a CB2 giftcard worth $100 along with a personally signed copy of the book “Home by Novogratz”.

So how do you get in on this sweet opportunity?

Just Click here to enter:

CB2 and Novogratz Brasil Sweepstakes
The sweepstakes will run from May 2nd through June 3rd.


In the meantime, you can follow @CB2Tweets [on Twitter, natch] for more updates on the trip of a lifetime!

Good Luck!

(and happy shopping! :) )


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