Thursday, September 08, 2016

Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Here we are folks, just another diy blogger or maybe struggling diyer is a bit more fitting (if we're being honest) about to go on some long rant. A rant about how I painted my kitchen cabinets and it was sooo super easy and you should totally do it too, like tomorrow.

However, I'm going to be real with you. It sucked. Plain and simple it sucked. I dreaded it for weeks... okay months. I put it off and put it off. Until one day I decided to take the plunge. I plunged so hard my arm almost fell off from sanding. Okay so not literally, but c'mon I think it was the single worst step in the whole process! That's the thing though it's a process.

So I'll be honest with you, not gonna sugar coat anything or try to sell you on some amazing product to short cut the process. The thing is, if you want your cabinets to turn out good you need one thing. Patience. By definition  the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset. Sure you need stuff like paint and primer and tape however patience is a must if you want beautiful results that will last. 

It took me over 2 weeks to paint my cabinets, and I worked on them every day. Sanding, priming painting translated to screaming, crying sleeping.  Day after day!  It was rough going but looking back now soooo worth it!  

Full disclaimer.  This is NOT a tutorial.  In all honesty, I can barely teach myself to do something let alone try and explain my crazy self.  So we will just go along with my little picture book and briefly explain the madness, m'kay? 

Clearly the most glorious before. Dark, yellow, U-G-L-Y you ugly!

So I removed all the cabinet doors and numbered everything! Tip: use a marker to number where the hinge will go and cover it in painters tape ;)

I sanded these bad boys for what felt like forever!! My absolute least favorite part!!

Then the priming. I did 2 coats light sand in between. I ended up with 2 coats of paint as well.  Sanding lightly between every coat! I hate sanding!! 2 coats of water based poly to finish them off.  I used water based because I didn't want them yellowing after weeks of hard work!

Tip: I used dixie cups to hold the cabinet doors up off the ground while they dried!  Thank you Pinterest for that one!!

Here they are all hung back up! Simple right. Wrong.  I read so many post about how easy it is to paint cabinets.  Some people like you to believe it can be done in a weekend. Here's my truth.

The Good:

They look a million times better!
White is classic, timeless.
It has brightened the kitchen up.
Saved massive amounts of money on new cabinets.
Anyone can do it! 

The Bad:

Time consuming. Like weeks, if you do it right.  Waiting in between coats of paint and primer takes time!
It's messy.  Every single step is messy.
It's hard work! You will be asking yourself over and over, why why why...

The Ugly Truth:

The ugly truth is you can do it, it can be done.  Don't let someone talk you into doing it, thinking it can be done in just a weekend if you want it to last. Time and patience is really what you need to tackle a project of this size!  Good luck!

Soon I'll be sharing the hardware we chose and some tips and tricks to installing them!

Until then, 
xoxo Michelle

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Wood Star Wars Movie Quote

Hello friends! It's May 4th!  Can I just stop right there for a second? May 4th already? Ugh. Time has quite honestly been flying by I tell ya! It's crazy to me that it is already May.  However friends, since it's a special day for the nerds like me out there.  You know May 4th... May the fourth be with you... no. Well, this is embarrassing. Nah!! Happy Star Wars Day!

I thought today would be the perfect day to share with you all the littlest kiddos room today.  It really is nothing fancy, just a fun space for him to call his own.

 His room like the rest in our house are kinda just thrown together right now. I never thought moving in and everything we have had to do to get this house "ready" ugh. I can't imagine if we bought and actual fixer upper!

Anyway he had this big empty wall I knew I wanted to do a quote but hadn't yet decided on vinyl stickers or exactly what I wanted to do. I did however remember seeing a kids Pottery Barn ad with something along these line so I decided to give it a try.

Being new homeowners I love the fact that I can put as many holes in the wall as I want to... but I didn't want to.  I had to find something that wouldn't damage the wall but would actually hold the letters up there and not fall off every other day. So I went ahead and tried this locktite mounting putty. I probably picked it up at Walmart for a few bucks and it works!  These letters have been up for a couple of months now and haven't had a problem with a single one.

Of course here's a couple of shots of the rest of his room.  He's getting way to big! Can't we just go back to monkeys for a bit?!

Do you remember the little red dresser? It's an oldie but goodie.

I finally convinced the hubby to let me put his Star Wars toys on the shelf's, along with my thrift store globe and a few of his other little nick nacks!

There it is a super simple way to update an entire wall with no damage what so ever!

I would love to see some of the quotes you all have on your walls, such a fun way to express yourself!

Until next time!
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Laundry room cabinets

Hello loves. Today I am coming at you with a huge problem this house faces everyday.  It's the wire shelves. As big as the closets are in every room they are a jumbled mess. These particular wire shelves are just that.  They don't have a nice bar for hanging, you can't slide your clothes from one side to another. They just suck!  This room is no exception! I am on a mission to rid (or upgrade) these wire shelves I find lurking in every closet!

See isn't this so much better?

However, today I'm going to show you how I tore down the wire shelf in our laundry room, and replaced it with two re-purposed cabinets.

Here my friends is the before:

Not bad, a plain white box with a pretty awful wire shelf. However, it was in desperate need of some better storage and organization.

This whole project started when I found two pretty cheap cabinets at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I was excited they were only 12 bucks each! Seriously, I love the ReStore for things like cabinets.  I primed and painted my re-purposed cabinets and had the hubby help me install them, after I filled and sanded and textured over where the gaping holes of the wire shelf brackets once sat.  Seriously people, not trying to scare you but be prepared to fill some pretty big holes when you take a wire shelf down. Once all that was done I painted the walls.  I primed and painted my re-purposed cabinets and had the hubby help me install them.

I almost forgot to mention that I added bead board panels on the sides because they had a laminate glued to each side and I needed something to cover it up!

Here is the hubby helping install the cabinets. We used a chalk line across the whole wall to be certain that the cabinets were the same height.

Once the cabinets were in place I measured the space in between. I cut a few cleats to size for the top shelf and worked my way down. I framed the from out with another board, so they look real chunky. What can I say, I like chunky!  Please don't be Impatient Alice like myself. Take the time to stain everything before you put it in. Trust me it takes way longer to tape and touch up after the fact.

This whole project only cost about $65.00. I do want to point out that I had all of things like stain, paint and supplies on hand. The cost is strictly cabinets and lumber.

I know at this point your probably thinking where will she hang anything now?  Oh, don't you worry your pretty little head. I got this.


I'll update you as I go along but these little cabinets will show their full reveal when the laundry room is completely finished!

Until then,
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Fays house update part 2

So yesterday I shared a few snaps of what has been going on downstairs. I'll admit downstairs had been put on the back burner for a bit. Some paint and some decor is about as far as we have gotten down there.

Upstairs is a whole other story. I've been swinging hard trying to knock some things off my to do list. I can honestly say upstairs is coming together nicely. From the kids rooms to the laundry room I have made big strides up here.

I've got the big room set up as a family room/office/gym. It works. And the desk I built from a 5 dollar cabinet turned out to be a winner. I plan on posting all about that next week!

Although I started with the laundry room. I'm not quite finished with the details and trim work, however we have removed the one large wire shelf and replaced it with cabinets and 3 chunky shelves. Also, in here I layed a vinyl tile and built a built in hanging and shelving area.

In all honesty I really want to have this done soon so I can share the final reveal with all of you. However, that hidden cabinet to the right needs a lot of work still! These 12x24 vinyl tiles are vinyl sticky tiles! I did this entire floor myself in under one day. Including the grout! More on this to come!

We've got the big and littles room painted, and all 3 are starting to come along nicely.

Miss Fay also has a window seat thingy outside her room. I decided to let her turn it into a little homework area. She snagged the desk that had been in the office area before I built the new one, and with in an hour she had totally transformed the space.

So as you can see things are slowly coming together. One tiny thing at a time.

Stay tuned, lots of these projects and more in detail coming soon!!
Monday, March 28, 2016

Fays House Update

Good morning beautiful people! I would love to come in with a super creative punch line explaining where I've been, but you know me. You know this is just part of me.  I have been going super crazy with this house. I feel like I never get a project done before I start another one. You know... I'm just gonna go do this, while this dries? Yea. All day every day! 

But seriously folks I decided it was time for a little update. I was starting to feel a little stressed out like everything was taking waaaay longer than in my little mind, it should. So I decided to take a look around to see the things I have actually completed. I decided to cut myself a break because I realized, I have accomplished quite a lot. Especially taking into account the 3 months were working on my own for the most part. 

So today I'm letting you in to see what I have been working on. A little sneak peak of the down stairs area of our house. With a little taste of what's to come in the coming weeks on the blog! I'm super excited! 

So first off the entire house has been painted. Except the trim... yea, one of those start another project before finishing another one. Eventually hopefully it will get done.  I did one day unexpectedly decide it was time to do the stair case. (not done either) Here is a little "progress" picture of that. The dog? Yea, she a work in progress as well.

 We painted over the red, and the orange and the green. Just wait till you see the green. We used some nifty little conversion kits to turn can lights to hanging pendants.

We have ordered granite tiles, and our stainless steel appliances. We are planning on painting the cabinets white in the coming weeks.  This first phase of the kitchen redo is intimidating to say the least.  I'm not looking forward to the amount of work that needs to be done. I am however looking forward to the end result.  Lets just hope it doesn't take three years to complete.


Our little down stairs living area.

So the things that have been done down stairs so far is minimal compared to the list of things to be done.I have made some pretty good progress upstairs as well.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Our new home

Hello, welcome back.

I know, I know.  I took a long break, even after I said I never would. Moving over 1700 miles in the smack middle of the holidays was STRESSful to say the very least.  We were homeless for just under a month and let me tell you it was challenging.  3 kids and a dog in a tiny little hotel room, not fun to say the least.  The dog freaked every time we left the room, resulting in a not so nice call from the hotel.  We had a rough time being cooped up, even had some people banging on the ceiling below us.  If there is one thing this family is not, it's quiet.  However after a long stretch of what felt like forever we were finally given the keys to our new home!!  Actually we were given a code to the lock box, which is a whole other story. We moved all of our stuff in just 15 days before Christmas.

I have been busting my booty to get this place ready for all the changes were about to make.  The biggest hurdle was to get this place painted.  The previous owners had painted a wide array of dark colors that were in no way shape or form going to stick around!  Painting is hard work.  It may look easy but it truly is back breaking work when every single room needs to be repainted before you can even hang one photo, let alone start remodeling anything.   I am happy to say I am almost done!! 2 bathrooms and the laundry room is all that's left. Along of course of an entire house of trim work and touch ups!

Today I'm just going to give you a few before shots.  Eventually I'll get the afters done and ready to be put up.  Most of these are from my original viewing of the house.

This is the "big" room. It's the bonus room or family room on the second level.  These photos are all of the previous owners things.

This is the kids bathroom.

A few shots of the kids bedrooms.  Remember these are all the owners things, a true before.

The downstairs kitchen/living room.

Last but not least, the master bedroom/bathroom. Or the lightless cave what ever one works for you.

There it is. Our new home.  It's starting to look a lot different.  I will continue to update you on all the little things we have already done and big things we are planning to do!  Stay tuned this is gonna be a crazy ride!!

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Thrifted Bed

Good morning lovely people, today I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Okay so not totally a secret, but none the less a little fast fact about me. There is not a bed in this house that I haven't touched, painted built or recovered. Yes, that's a true story. Sure I'd love to be able to go out and but four different bedroom sets, beautiful finished bedroom sets. However, we move every 2.7 years and craps expensive. Have you ever had things moved over 1700 miles sometimes across the pacific ocean? Yea, thing get destroyed on a regular basis. I'd rather a $45 bed get destroyed. Than say a $1,000 set. You feel me?

So yes, this bed, solid wood bed I might add cost me a measly $45 bucks. Can you believe it? I was just browsing my local Habitat For Humanity ReStore and came across this bad boy. No sticker no price. I wasn't exactly looking for a bed but, mine was old and funky particle board. I told myself if it was less than $100 I would buy it. So imagine my surprise when the guys said $45. Sold! Yea, I actually said that in fact I may have screamed that. Almost like I was some crazy auctioneer.

So yea, I don't know about you but this ugly honey oak does nothing for me. Nothing I despise this color. I know the whole farmhouse country is hot, but this honey oak is not! Oh and the little fishesque design is pretty bad too. So I used some bead board (which I also snagged at the ReStore) and covered those little swimmers up! And, after sanding... hours and hours of sanding I was left with this little naked beauty.

Gorgeous right? Well this bad boy wanted nothing at all to do with regular stain. Nothing I tell you. What's a girl to do? I have mentioned a few times how much I use Poly Shades from Minwax. It really covers anything. So I went out again and picked up a big old can of Espresso colored Poly shade and went to town. I am so super excited how it all turned out.

The color turned out perfectly. It matched our existing dresser and night stand to a tee! I as pretty stoked to finally have a headboard AND foot board. It's like a real boy no no bed. It's most definitely a bed.

I've actually got another bed sitting in the garage waiting for me to do something pretty to, for the girl. Hopefully I get to it before we actually move!
Until then,

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

August Wrap Up

Hello September! Let me just say how excited I am to be here in September. So much happened last month and I'm super excited to share with you all of the great highlights from last month!

I first would like to throw out there that I passed the 4000 page view threshold. Yes,I know I'm a baby blogger but this is pretty big news to me!

Two of my post were actually featured on quite a few blogs!

My Vintage Mechanics Cabinet  was featured on numerous blogs.

As well as my very first feature ever the Back to School Chalkboard! Which als happens to be my most pinned post!

Don't forget to check out the rest of My August Posts here!

In September I will also be co hosting the Happiness Is Homemade Link Party.  Super stoked about that!

September is about to be a crazy month around here as well. The hubby is away at school for the next few weeks so just me and the kids pushing through these last few months, before the big move! Stick with me as we prepare this house to be cleared and search for our first purchased home. Yes, it's scary and exciting and overwhelming but, hoping it will all be worth it in the end!

Until next time!