Kitchen Cabinets Finale

 

So in my last post, I walked you guys through the complete overhaul of the kitchen cabinets when my mom and I painted them white. It T R U L Y changed the entire look of the kitchen and had me wishing I had done them earlier.

But when we finished, we still had giant hole in the cabinets from where we had removed the built-in oven and didn’t have doors to cover it up.

I wanted to include pictures of the old oven, the giant spot and what our kitchen looked like for about 3 months so that you can really appreciate the process.

We had planned to create a pantry where the oven used to be and re-use doors from when we cut out the cabinets under the old cooktop stove. Andrew talked to a friend from church  and he said he could make us doors (from scratch) and that it would be easier than trying to jerry-rig the old doors to fit the spot. So we took him up on the offer and the process began!

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TA-DA!!!!

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Aren’t these doors incredible? They match PERFECTLY! Not only are they beautiful and fit perfectly, they cover up the BEST PART….the HUGE pantry thats inside!

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I was so excited to fill up the pantry with some of the things that have been shoved into other cabinets. I was not excited, however, to have to get out all the painting supplies and go through the whole process again, because everyone knows that dealing with the supplies is the worst part.

So, here we go again.

Step 1: Remove the doors and hardware.

We had Andrew’s friend go ahead and hang the doors and put on the hardware because I was not about to mess these doors up by trying to do it ourselves. Because of that, I did have to go through the process of taking everything off, oh well, way worth the hassle.

Step 2: Use wood filler to fill in holes

The guy who made the doors/pantry had to drill in the shelves, so we had some holes that needed to be filled. I used Elmer’s ProBond wood filler. It was cheap, $2.98, and worked great. Fill in the hole, scrape off the excess, and then sand down when dry.

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Step 3: Sand down the doors and cabinet box.

For this, I used a 220 grit sandpaper and just sanded enough to scuff the the wood up.  After sanding, I washed the doors and cabinet box down with warm water and Dawn soap to remove any sanding residue.  I allowed the doors to dry for about an hour.

Step 4: Prime everything.

I used a good paint brush (I suggest Purdy or Wooster brand) and a small “no lint” roller to apply the primer. I only put on one coat this time since the wood was “naked” and a light color. I allowed the primer to dry for about and hour and flipped the doors over and primed the back of the doors. While I was waiting for one side to dry, I primed the inside of the cabinet box where the new shelves had been installed. They will also need to be painted white.

Step 5: Paint everything-again.

Just like the rest of the doors when we originally painted, I only gave the backs of the cabinet doors one coat.

After allowing to dry for a full day, I flipped the doors over and started painting the fronts of the doors. Just like last time, I had to pay attention to the details and be cautious of drips and runs. I painted a coat on the doors, went inside and painted a coat on the cabinet box.  I allowed about an hour to an hour and a half and started on the second coat on the cabinet doors, again, being careful to not have any drips or runs.

Once the second coat was on, I waited…an entire day.

Step 6: Put the hardware back on.

Make sure the paint is COMPLETELY dry.

Step 7: Hang the doors back up.

OH MY GOODNESS….this pantry is glorious and WOWZA, this kitchen looks fantastic!

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Project note:

I wanted to give you an update on how the cabinets are holding up since we have painted them: everything is awesome!

I was kinda worried that I would be paranoid about touching them or scratching them up, but the paint has held up wonderfully. Yes, they get dirty, especially the ones under my sink because I’m a hot mess when I’m washing dishes, but I just take my dish rag, wet it, and wipe down. SUPER EASY.

Fall Forever

So something happens from October 31-November 1, that makes people go Christmas crazy, and it is something I have never understood. November is one of the best months. The days get crisper, the leaves have changed and started to fall, and time seems to slow down. But for some reason, people think that after Halloween, fall is over and Christmas is the next big thing. WHAT HAPPENED TO THANKSGIVING?

Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday (other than the meaning behind Christmas and Easter). The weather, the food, the family gatherings, the food, the parade, the football, the food! Everything about Thanksgiving is wonderful. It’s one of the few times of the year the extended family makes an effort to get together, to eat, to laugh, to enjoy each other’s company. It is also the time we should make a genuine effort to show our gratitude. As Christians, we should constantly be thanking God for his grace upon grace that he showers upon us, but Thanksgiving should be the time, regardless of what is happening in life, to really show gratitude. We have so much to be thankful for.

When November 1st rolled around, people and businesses all over started putting up Christmas decorations and prepping for holiday shopping and I was over here on Robin Lane screaming….FALL FOREVER!

I love pumpkins and mums, and pilgrims, and turkeys, and leaves, and orange, red, and yellow hues. So this post is dedicated to my love of fall and to show you guys how fall takes over…literally.

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The fireplace I refinished over the summer was awesome to decorate for fall! IMG_3195

Momo’s dinette and the back porch also got some love.
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I do a tablescape for each season/holiday on our dining room table. I do one in September for fall, in general, and then when November hits, I do a Thanksgiving one.

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Fall Tablescape:

Thanksgiving Tablescape:

We will be living it up, fall style, on Robin Lane until the Friday after Thanksgiving when I lovingly pack up my favorite season and prepare for Christmas. But until then…FALL FOREVER.

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Hymnal Page Artwork

So I haven’t updated Robin Lane Living in quite a while because not much has been happening on Robin Lane on the home improvement front. Another school year is in full swing and I’m working on my last few graduate classes. I’ve been busy, which hasn’t left much time for crafting…but here’s the latest project…..

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I was born and raised in a Baptist church, which means I was born and raised on piano and organ accompanied hymns. We sang all the classic ones, How Great Thou Art, It Is Well, Blessed Assurance, and Amazing Grace, just to name a few.

And as a child, I had memorized all these beautiful words that shared God’s great love for us and could and would sing them throughout my day. I still find myself singing these songs in the shower, while I vacuum the house, or while I’m driving down the road. And to me, there is nothing more beautiful than when a familiar hymn pops randomly into my head and suddenly, I catch myself singing. I don’t think about it, it just comes naturally.

A few weeks back, a duet sang my favorite hymn, It Is Well, during the service at church. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL, and PERFECT and brought a genuine smile to my face. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love most of the contemporary worship songs that are on the radio and that we sing in church, but these songs just cannot compare to some of the words that you find in the older hymns.

I know you are thinking, ok, get on with it. Normally this is a DIY blog, where is the DIY? I’m getting there. After the duet sang at church, we, as a congregation, sang another old hymn and while we were singing, I happened to look over to where all of our youth sits during the service and none of them knew the song. This was devastating to me, because these songs were THE songs to sing when I was growing up (and for years prior) and the kids growing up now have never heard the original hymn, let alone know it. I decided right then, I wanted to hang hymnal music on a wall in our house somewhere, so that the words are constantly in our minds and on our hearts. It is also my hope that when Andrew and I have a family, our future children will see these words and we can teach them our favorite hymns.

I went on Ebay and bought a hymnal for $4.00 (plus shipping) that a man had purchased at an Estate Sale. He said it was in pretty good shape, but honestly, I didn’t care what type of shape it was in, I just wanted the pages.

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As I sat there and thumbed through the pages, so many memories came back as I started singing song after song. I picked out my favorites, obviously It Is Well, Jesus Paid It All, Amazing Grace, The Old Rugged Cross, and one of Andrew’s favorites, Wonderful Grace of Jesus. I carefully pulled these pages from the binding and trimmed the edges to make them straight.

I bought plain white wall frames from Hobby Lobby in a 5×7 size that included matting down to a 4×6. This is important because the pages of the hymnal are too small to fit in a 5×7 frame, but too big for a 4×6. I used the matting to attach the pages to instead of placing over the pages (as you normally would do with a photo). Andrew’s song was a two pager, so I bought an 8×10 frame and placed the two pages side by side.

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We have this weird wall in our house that was blank, mostly because I didn’t have anything to put on it. When you are first married, the only photos you seem to have are of the wedding, but there comes a time when TOO many wedding photos is a reality. The wall was weird because it is wide, because it overhangs into the entryway, but is also skinny because only part of the wall is technically in the living room.

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I used painter’s tape to tape off the sizes of the frames to get an idea of where the pictures would be before putting nails into the wall.

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I like how the project turned out and it was about a 1 on the difficulty scale. The music looks great in the blank spot and I do find myself singing the songs because I start to think of the words when I glance at the wall.

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I framed five songs, but decided to only put three here (just based on space), so I have two that still need hung. I haven’t quite decided where to put them just yet.

Mom-O’s Dinette Update

My Mom-O passed away at the end of April and left behind some beautiful pieces of furniture. One piece in particular, a dinette, was eye-catching with all the hand carved details it boasted. It was this same grandmother who graciously furnished our home when she and my Pop-O downsized, so I already had the matching dining room table on Robin Lane.

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One could tell this dinette had been well-loved and used by the wear and tear it exhibited. It had some scratches and marks, discoloration, and one of the doors would not shut. It however, was still beautiful and just needed a little TLC.

The matching table is down in our basement being used as a craft table, since it also has some wear and tear, so I wasn’t worried about the two pieces matching or even being near one another. I instead decided I wanted to paint this dinette and use it on our screened-in back porch for storage and serving food.

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The first step was to remove the doors, drawer, and hardware. I decided to just spray paint the old hardware to save some money.

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While the hardware was drying, I sanded the entire piece and used wood filler to fill in gashes and holes. Once that part was finished, I primed everything with two coats of Valspar stainblocking/bonding primer, sanding in between coats.

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Once the primer was dry, I used the leftover white paint from the floor and trim and fireplace projects to paint. I used both a small roller (for the flat top) and an angled brush to get into the cracks. I did three coats. Once the last coat was dry, I used a clear, brush-on polycyclic protective finish. This will help seal the paint from scratches.

*It is important to note that this does not go on with a yellow tint like other types will. 

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You can see how I used painter’s tape to tape off the inside, this is because I decided I did not want to put the doors back on. I knew that since the door wouldn’t close to begin with, there was no way I would be able to get it to close with three layers of paint on it. I also wanted to keep the old beautiful wood on the inside showing. It did not have any damage and was such a pretty shade, I knew it would look nice exposed.

I put the newly painted hardware back on the drawer and put the drawer back into place and with Andrew’s help, carried the “new” piece out to the back porch. I added a few little knickknacks to give it some style and could not be more thrilled with how it turned out!

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It fills up the extra space along the wall nicely and pairs with my antique ladder. I have hanging up. I know this piece will be something we use for years to come and I like to think that Mom-O would be pleased with its updated look!

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Dinette: $0

Primer/Paint/Supplies: $0 (left over from another project)

Spray Paint: $0 (left over from another project)

Sealer: $17

Total: $17.00

Faux Fireplace Up-Cycle

We moved into our house in February 2013, and the living room walls have haunted me ever since. The room is so large and decorating the walls overwhelmed me. It took a year, but I finally created the Family Tree that I wanted to use as artwork on one wall but was still left with one wall of blank space.

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Look at how big and blank that wall is…

We had a nice television stand that I had refinished when we first got married that looked great, but it really wasn’t ideal. The cords still showed pretty badly and it really was not a great height for easy viewing. The other issue was that there was no way to decorate the wall around the television. If a piece of artwork was put on the wall on the other side of the television, it seemed unbalanced, but of course no artwork could be put behind the television because of the height. I had been racking my brain for ideas with no such luck.

Andrew and I were sitting watching HGTV one evening and I had an epiphany! Put a fireplace on that side of the wall, hang the television over it, and then hang a piece of artwork on the other side of the fireplace!! He liked the idea and the search for that perfect piece began.

For months I searched Craigslist, yard sales, etc. with no such luck. I didn’t want an actual fireplace with fake logs or something similar on the inside, I just wanted a nice wood mantle. Is that too much to ask? Then, while I was on a girls’ trip with my mom, a friend of mine sent me a link to a Craigslist posting for EXACTLY what I had been looking for and for only $50!!! Sadly, I was out of town but luckily, Andrew, who is the worlds greatest husband, was able to contact the seller and pick up the fireplace. It sat in my garage until I got home the next week.

2015-06-10 00.05.38This piece was killer! Solid wood with just enough details to make it a piece that will always be in style. We started by first removing the fake logs in the center and the barn wood backing. With that done, I could start sanding and filling in any dents or nail holes with wood filler.
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I then used Valspar Stainblocking/Bonding Primer. We had used this when we painted our doors and trim for the floor remodel, so I knew this stuff meant business. I ended up using two coats, sanding in between.

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Next up was to paint. I chose to paint the fireplace white to match our doors and trim and accent the dark wood floors. I used leftover paint from the flooring project, which worked out great. I used both a smaller roller (on the flat surfaces, like the top and bottom) and a smaller brush to apply three coats, allowing the coats to dry in between. Then, once that last coat was dry, I applied a wax seal that shined it up would protect the paint.

2015-06-17 20.15.26The next part was the tricky part. I needed to fill the hole with something that would match the room, as well as stand the test of time. I decided to use the plastic back splash that Lowes sells that looks like tin in a bronze. I cut up some cardboard to use as a backing and stapled it into place. I used two different sheets of this plastic back splash and just hot glued it into place on the cardboard.

This turned out to be a little harder than I had originally thought because I had to line up and cut the pieces to fit perfectly. The back splash is not the cheapest thing either (at $20 a piece) so I really didn’t want to mess up. After about 30 minutes, I was able to get it looking like I wanted and glued into place.

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2015-06-19 15.00.43I now needed to find something to put in the center for decoration purposes and ended up buying a candelabra at Hobby Lobby. We moved the piece up into the living room and then started the process of hanging the television.

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Once the television was up, I had to find a way to attach the cords and power strip to the back of the fireplace, so I decided to use a Command Strip Hook. It was the perfect way to hide the cords inside the fireplace, while still being able to use them.

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I could not be more thrilled with how this project turned out. It is the perfect, eye-catching item I wanted in the room, and it is functional. I know it will be something I enjoy decorating for holidays in the years to come.

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Project Cost:

Fireplace: $50

Primer/Paint/Supplies: $0 (leftover from previous project)

“Tin” Back splash: $41. 36 ( $20.68 per piece)

Candelabra and candles: $25

TV Mount: $75

Total: $191.36

Bathroom Remodel: Improv Style

I have a problem. I can’t finish a project before starting a new one. We finished the hardwood flooring demo, prep, and install and were finishing up painting doors and trim throughout the house. I planned to paint the doors and trim in the guest bathroom and decided to go ahead and paint them while we had all the painting supplies out (If you have done any amount of painting, you know the biggest hassle is getting the stuff out to start and putting it away when finished).

We took the doors down and got them painted while I painted the door frames and trim (there are 3 different doors in the guest bathroom- door from the hallway, a closet, and a door into a separate room that houses the shower and toilet). While painting the trim, I pulled up a bit of the wallpaper that had come loose to paint under it and the next thing I knew, I had pulled down all the wallpaper.

Andrew was not happy with me since this was on Monday night and we were planning to host our family for lunch the following Sunday to reveal the floors. Now we had to finish painting the trim and doors and deal with a bathroom that was halfway demolished.

Backstory: Our bathroom was livable. It was functional and didn’t look horrible, but it was not good. The wallpaper was old and stained, the grout on the backsplash, well what was left, was gross and cracked. The cabinets screamed 1980’s, the trim and doors didn’t match any of the other wood in our house (even before the floor remodel) and the laminate flooring had seen better days. And we had planned to work on it, just not right now.

I had planned to paint the cabinet in the coming weeks because it would be an easy, 1-2 hour project and planned to tackle the rest (wallpaper removal, paint, grout, caulking, etc.) this summer. But all of that went down the drain when I couldn’t keep myself from taking down all the wallpaper.

Luckily, we were snowed in all week. We got about 12 inches of snow in the course of 3-4 days, which is a lot for our area, and school had been closed the entire week. This gave me the opportunity to finish the bathroom.

I painted the terrible cabinets a nice brownish gray and changed the hardware. I’m not really sure why these cabinets were two-toned. They had been painted this way! Super easy fix either way.(PS: Ignore the blue painter’s tape, I had already taped everything off before I remembered to take a picture)

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2015-02-20 12.16.35I was just joking with a friend today that I spray paint everything, which in reality, is true. The hinges on these cabinets were made specifically for this design of a door and they were brown. I didn’t want brown and could not find a replacement at any of the local hardware stores, so what did I do? I just spray painted them a nice chrome to match the fixtures.

Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of the room before to upload, but you aren’t missing anything….just image textured wallpaper that used to be white and you’ve got it.

Basically I just did what I do best, painted. I did have to repair a few spots that had some wear and tear from well, just being in a bathroom and being covered in wallpaper for 40 years. I started in the smaller section of the bathroom that houses the shower and toilet and moved from there. I decided on a darker brownish-gray to complement the white fixtures, doors, and trim.

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Luckily for us, the previous owners had updated the light fixture as well as the light switch and outlet plates and the towel racks, toilet paper holder, and faucet were all new. Because of that, once I was finished painting, there wasn’t much left to do.

I did re-grout the backsplash and you can read about that adventure here but once that was finished, all that was left was to caulk (everything..tub, toilet, trim, cabinet) and decorate.

I got lucky and found towels that matched perfectly on clearance and a shower curtain at Kohl’s and a nice over-the-toilet shelf from Wal-Mart for $20. My grandmother gave me a set of prints that my great-grandmother had sketched that I was able to use and display along with another one of her other paintings that I already had.

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In the coming weeks I plan to use some left-over moulding to trim the mirror (I just have to convince one of Andrew’s friends that his help is worth a Mexican dinner or something comparable for pay) and eventually tile the floor.

To be honest, when I first started on this project I HATED the countertop and couldn’t wait to replace it, but now seeing it with the updated room, it’s not so bad. It’s funny how remodels can do that.

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Hardwood Flooring Overhaul- Part 4: The Reveal

I’ve been waiting to reveal the finished flooring until we showed our family and FINALLY finished painting the millions of eleven doors to match the new trim.

Honestly the change that these floors have made to the house is crazy. It truly looks like a completely different house. The process was grueling, expensive and stressful but as I sit here and look at everything, I wouldn’t change a thing.

We still have a few things to complete (an area rug to pick out and purchase and some pictures to hang) but we could not be more thrilled with how the floor turned out.

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