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!







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!


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!



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.


Hardwood Flooring Overhaul-Part 1: Demo

I have been so busy the past 2 weeks with this flooring project that I haven’t had a free minute to sit down and commit to writing a post, but this morning with Andrew running sound at a wedding, I told myself I would at least start with Part 1 of this MASSIVE project.

It has been my dream to have hardwood flooring throughout the main living areas in our home. That was actually the first thing I looked for when we first looked at our house last February…I found a floor vent, pulled it out, and lifted the carpet to see if just maybe, there was hardwood floor under the nasty carpet (crazier things have happened). Sadly, no such luck and we were stuck with the gross carpet that was bunching in multiple places throughout the house. We knew the eventual goal was to rip out all the carpet and lay hardwood in just over 700 sq. feet of our main floor including the dining room, living room, hallway, master bedroom, stairs and entry way.

I finally was able to convince Andrew to start this project in the hopes it would be finished before our One Year Anniversary of moving to Robin Lane. We looked at several places including Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Lumber Liquidators as well as spoke to several installers before deciding on using Lowe’s and one of their installers. We had originally planned to do a true solid wood floor, but because our subfloor is pegboard, solid wood was not an option for us unless we laid a new layer of subfloor before starting the project. We decided against the extra cost and went for an engineered hardwood which is a layer of real wood on top of a core of plywood. It is locking much like laminate in the way it is installed, but the top layer is true wood as opposed to laminate that is a photo of wood.

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To save some money, like I’m always looking to do, I opted for us to complete the demolition of the current flooring and baseboards as well as moving the furniture. I knew this was going to be a big undertaking, but it was saving us about $1,000 so I also knew it would be worth it.

I started the demo on the steps because it didn’t require any furniture to be moved. I ripped up the carpet and padding and used a pair of slanted pliers to pull up the staples. Lucky for us, the previous installer had not removed the staples from the old carpeting before installing what was currently there, so I had the joy of removing double the staples. 2015-01-18 18.52.05After removing all the staples, I knew I needed to paint the trim around the stairs white to match our new trim since this specific trim could not be removed without ripping up the stairs (good plan, I know). I taped it off, sanded, primed and painted. It took 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of beautiful Valspar white paint. I also used a white caulking to fill in any gaps that had been caused by shifting throughout the years.

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After seeing the difference already, I was energized to get to the rest of the house. Andrew and I pulled up most of the trim together since we were not worried about saving it and then he called up some of his wonderful, fantastic, did I say WONDERFUL, buddies to help us with the rest. We shoved the furniture into any free place we could find and ripped up the carpet and padding and then followed closely removing the staples. With their help, we were able to finish that HUGE part of the project in one evening.

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Oh I forgot to mention, our flooring delivery was pushed ahead FIVE days, so we had to move all the boxes of flooring (all 32 of them) before removing the carpet in the dining room and then move it back after the staples had been pulled up.

Our entry way had some tile that was probably really pretty when it was first installed. It was expensive Italian granite that had discolored over the years and was stained with paint and who knows what else. We had to break it apart, scape it all up, and get it out of the entry way before the installers were able to start. This was fun. Have pent up anger? Break some tiles!!

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With the tile and carpet gone, we were ready for Part 2: The Prep!


Robin Egg Blue

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Yesterday I took on a super easy project that I had been putting off for multiple reasons. Andrew and I have been fighting disagreeing about what color to paint our shutters because our brick color is such an odd color. Our brick is a super dark brown from far away, but up close has some red in it. I wanted to paint our shutters a darker cream, but Andrew has not been convinced that my vision is the best one yet. I digress…

I’ve hated our stark white front door since the day we moved in, but I wanted it to match or at least coordinate with our shutters, so since we haven’t decided on the shutters, it has stayed white. But yesterday, I had had enough and I decided to paint it.

We went to Lowe’s and purchased a lovely shade of blue for the front door. We used Valspar’s Duramx paint that also has a primer included. It’s a great paint type to use outdoors. We purchased a quart, which was PLENTY, but since that’s the smallest container that Lowe’s sells, that was our only choice. I also bought a special brush that is meant for corners, since our door has tons of details.

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Project Math:

Paint- $18.00

Brush- $10.00

Total- $28.00

Let there be light.

Last week Andrew and I completed the best and simplest project so far. Our house was built in the 1980’s and when we moved in, 20+ years later, we were blessed with all of the original light fixtures. 🙂

The lights screamed 80’s and produced like zero light. We knew something that would be simple, but make a drastic change would be to replace the lights throughout the house.

We went to Lowe’s and with $50 were able to purchase FOUR new fixtures! We bought $12 fixtures for the hallway upstairs and then a 2 pack for $18 for the basement hallway. They are simple, flush fixtures that made ALL the difference. The new lights produce twice as much as the old ones!


What simple projects have you been able to do that made a huge impact with little effort?