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 2: Prep

With all the old floors gone, we were ready for the second part of this massive project-prep. To really update the look and feel of the house, we had decided to accent our new dark flooring with a clean white trim. Again, to save some money, I planned to paint the existing door frames and doors to match the new baseboards we were having installed. We also had other parts of the house the needed the wood that couldn’t be removed, for one reason or another, to be painted as well. A few weeks prior, we removed the wood spindles that I have HATED since the first time I stepped into the house. 2015-01-03 13.21.58  2015-01-03 13.28.13 I now needed to touch up the ceiling and railing these things had previously been attached to. I used the same process as the stair trim-sand (and touch up), prime, paint, and caulk. While I was working on this, I also had to paint some trim on the wall that used for decorative purposes but that could not be removed. 2015-01-19 13.19.22 2015-01-19 15.34.53 2015-01-19 16.03.15 After this was done, I moved on to painting the dining room and kitchen openings as well as working on all SEVEN doorways in the hallway. Everything had to be hand sanded and taped off. Then I went door by door to prime, and paint. The most time consuming part was the first coat of paint. The primer and second coat went on easily and quickly.                              2015-01-24 18.58.26 2015-01-24 18.58.07   2015-01-24 19.51.04 2015-01-24 19.50.56 2015-01-24 19.08.49 I also had to paint the attic door and trim because once everything else was white, it stuck out like a sore thumb. This was tricky because the door could not be removed (easily, at least) so it had to remain open while painting so as not to paint it shut. 2015-01-24 19.55.30 2015-01-25 14.58.41 2015-01-25 14.58.02   The next part of the prep phase was pretty easy. We had to paint the 16 foot long baseboards. Luckily we purchased primed baseboards so all we had to do was paint each with one coat of white paint. We laid 5 or 6 out on the saw horses at a time and finished those things in no time. 2015-01-27 20.35.54-2 With the prep completed, we were ready for installation!!!!! ****The last part of the prep project (that I am STILL working on, 2 weeks later) is painting all the doors. This has been a major undertaking that is TIME COMSUMING. With 7 doors in the hallway, plus 2 additional doors in the hall bathroom, the master bath door, and master bedroom closet doors, I am beginning to think I will never finish. Each door must be sanded, primed and get 2 coats of paint on EACH SIDE. It takes about 2 hours to dry between coats, so about 6 hours per door. I am working on the last 3 doors and will get those installed before we do our REVEAL.***** 2015-01-29 17.15.06

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.

2014-11-09 19.42.02It took two coats and about 2 hours, and turned out great! It was the just the right amount of pop Robin Lane needed.

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Project Math:

Paint- $18.00

Brush- $10.00

Total- $28.00

Thursday, work day

As you all know, this week has been Spring Break for the schools and I was happy to have some projects to work on…because I’m not very good at relaxing. 

In my last post, I shared our kitchen shelves and talked about needing some art work to fill the other blank wall. While wasting time on eBay, I came across some vintage Hallmark kitchen posters. They came in a set of four and were all 8×10 in size. I knew they would be perfect! The best part…they were $1.87 for the whole set. At that price, they had to be mine. I ordered them and they got here 2 days later. Since they were just prints, I knew they needed to be framed and I just wanted plain black frames, nothing fancy. So I headed to our local Dollar Tree and purchased 4 black frames for $4.24. I couldn’t wait to get the frames home and get the prints inside them. I was VERY pleased with how they turned out and the best part, the whole project was less than $10!


That was my small Thursday project, but I have been working on a big project the last 3 days…painting the living room/entry way/hallway Cafe to get rid of the drab white. I have been dreading this project because its huge and I knew would take a long time. 

Let’s start with the entry way….

Our entry way is not huge in size, but because the house is a split level, its a nice size landing that needs to make an impression. The ceilings are an incredible 15 ft. and nearly impossible to paint. I started by standing on a 10ft ladder on the very top.

**Disclaimer…don’t try this at home**



It was really scary and I hated every second of it, but the walls had to be cut in so I could roller the rest without worrying about the ceiling. I didn’t move, didn’t breathe and got it done…sadly, I had to do two coats, but it eventually got finished. The rest was fairly simple. I used a pole to extend the roller to reach the top and it got the job done. Just 2 coats and it made a WORLD of a difference. I bought a really cool bronze sign that quotes Joshua 24:15 “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Its simple, but a good reminder that as we leave our home, we represent Christ and all that he has done for us.

ImageBecause you can’t tell anything about my nice paint job in the pictures, I took a picture standing in the living room so you could see the living room wall I haven’t finished yet, in comparison to my nice Cafe wall. The warm tones make such a difference. (PS: Don’t judge the not finished paint job…its tomorrow’s project)


The hallway….

This was a tedious job. There are 7 doorways in this hallway (3 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 closets, and the kitchen entry way) that all had to be cut in with a brush. This took a lot of time, but when it came to using the roller, this project was super easy since most of the hallway couldn’t be done with the roller. I’m pleased with how it turned out…pictures will be the next thing to go up.Image

The living room…

Well this room still isn’t finished, I was just too tired today to finish it off. I still have 2 walls to complete in here, but that required moving furniture and I think that can be saved until tomorrow. Today, I painted the main wall and the half-wall that runs along the stairs (pictured above with the chairs). Again, the paint just made the room feel warmer and not so stark and I’m excited to get it completed tomorrow. Pictures are definitely needed in the living room and I’m planning on enlarging one of mine and Andrew’s wedding photos to go on this wall.

ImageTomorrow’s work day is going to need to start early since my goal is to get the living room finished because I’m going to see HUNTER HAYES in concert tomorrow night. Could there be a more perfect way to end spring break?! 

You are my sunshine (yellow) kitchen

Happy Monday!

This morning I woke up to this:

ImageThis storm was all that had been predicted. The sleet started last night around 7 creating a skating rink on pretty much all surfaces. The snow followed and came down all night…resulting in about 6.5 inches of snow.  I mentioned in an earlier post about the similarities of mine and Andrew’s moving experience with my parents’ experience 21 years ago. The weekend after they moved in, WV got 28 inches of snow (March 12-13 1993). While our 6.5 inches of snow last night barely compares to 28 inches, its the most snow we’ve seen in a while and is VERY rare considering its March.

While I enjoyed sleeping in and being lazy for a little bit this morning, after Andrew left for work, I decided to get my butt up and do something productive. I decided to paint the kitchen.

We have had the paint for the kitchen since we moved in, but just like my mom’s philosophy, “the first stroke is the hardest.” I’d been wanting to paint, but just didn’t feel like dragging all the supplies out, painting, and putting all the supplies back away. Well today…I did it! The kitchen is a nice shade a buttercream yellow…which is a far cry from the NEON sunshine yellow it was before.


What’s funny about the kitchen is that it was painted in TWO DIFFERENT shades of yellow- neon, like I mentioned, and a paler yellow (almost cream). The yellow that we picked out was SO close in color to the existing creamy yellow (ours was a little more yellow, less cream) but different enough that it had to be painted.

ImageI like to paint…but only when I can tell a MAJOR difference and can step back and say “WOW! This looks so much better!” Sadly, this job did not have that effect….making it a hard one to complete. The old paint and new paint were so close in shade that I had a hard time telling where I had and had not painted already. It was a rough process.


By the time I got the second coat on, however, I could tell the difference. The yellow we had chosen made the room more cheery, but not TOO cheery like the NEON paint had. Overall, it was a pretty simple project that I’m glad I made myself do. I’m pleased with the results.

The last thing that will need done is for my shelves to be built, stained, and hung up so I can display my colorful Fiestaware. We have so much of it and I love the colors that I want to use it as artwork. Stay tuned for that project.