Monday, March 19, 2012

Simple Painting Tip

During the process of painting the kitchen I discovered a trick (I probably am not the first but I couldn't find anyone else who had done the exact same thing).  I have seen many other people cover paint trays in various materials as opposed to using tray liners or cleaning the tray.  A few examples include plastic grocery bags (Pretty Handy Girl) and aluminum foil (DIY Network), but I do not remember ever seeing anything for a trim cup.  You see I have a favorite cup I use when I have lots of trim to paint or edging to do, the Handy Paint Pail.  The cup not only has a handle for easy holding by a magnet to hold you brush during breaks.  You can buy liners like this one.  They are not very expensive but a waste of money and often I want to avoid running to the store.

So, here is what I did to paint the kitchen.

Once you fill it up with paint, it looks like this.
There are a few nice things about this trick.  I always have Ziploc bags in the house, so there is no need to wait when you get the urge to paint.  Many other people have talked about throwing a brush in a bag in the frig if you want to take a break, this just removes a step and also saves the leftover paint.  The last thing is that cleanup could not be easier and all the trash is concealed in a single Ziploc bag.

It's not rocket science, but it makes the job and cleanup a little easier.  Any other helpful painting tips out there? 

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Walls Don't Talk to Me Anymore

This weekend I tackled one portion of my kitchen that has been bothering me, the wall color.
Lets start out with the fact that I am a bad blogger and did not take any good before pictures.   This was the before color.  Nothing was bad about it.  I even used test pots when deciding what color to paint, but it also did not feel very happy.  I had more than a gallon of paint and primer left over from the laundry room (that post will come someday when I finish).  In a matter of hours I was able to cut in and roll on enough paint to cover the room.

Here is an older before shot.

This was after I cut in the room.
This is keeping it real.  Unfinished laundry room and a sprite can.  Plus art from my niece Julianna.

 Here is the finished color.

It is not super different, but it makes the room so much brighter and cheerier.  Anything that makes doing dishes more appealing is great in my book.

I omitted pictures of the counter top and sink.  That wall is all cabinetry and tile so there is not much to see, and I piled all the stuff from the other side of the kitchen over there for painting.

I have a couple more tips and art hanging before I am done talking about the walls in here.

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Front Looks the Same, But There is a Lot Less of it.

I had some requests about posting after pictures and which hair style I chose from this post.  Well, I kinda did a switcheroo and used some inspiration that I did not list in my post.  I ended up with a mix between Sandra Bullock and Kate from the The Small Things Blog and Pinterest fame.
So in the end here is my new haircut.
What do you guys think? (Not comparing anything else but my hair to these pretty ladies.)  Did I make a good hair call?

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Do Blogs and Their Owners Look Alike?

My blog seems scattered, because I am scattered.

I have things that interest me the are not all related to decor or DIY so I will often add them like a little organization or maybe even a hair consultation.

My home projects are just as scattered.  I have a tendency of starting a few too many projects at one time and not always finishing them in the most timely fashion.  Which is better, putting project posts in a linear order or how they actually occur?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cabinet Plastic Surgery, A Little Nip and Tuck

I'm making plans, big for redoing something by myself.  I have drawn inspiration from a number of kitchens and have decided to try and add molding to the fronts of my cabinets.

When I have no prior experience with a project here is my process.  I read lots of blogs and get inspiration.  Then (recently) I head over to pinterest.  My final internet based step is to search for any tutorials.  Overtime I will make a few trips to Home Depot and Lowes for other projects and look for supplies.  This is all before I get started.  This process might explain why things take me so long to do.

Since I moved into my house I have not been thrilled with the kitchen.  It started out with cornflower blue cabinets, off white walls and linoleum floors.  I hated all the elements in different ways and tried to do small scale changes.  I primed and painted the walls and cabinets.  My boyfriend and I installed a floating linoleum floor because removing the existing flooring and sub floor would have been way too expensive.  I also added a new dishwasher and refrigerator.  I have made all these tweaks but I am still not happy.

Here are some before pictures of the kitchen.
Nice colored cabinets, huh?
That Wedgewood stove WAS the selling point of the kitchen.

Some of the things that still bug me are the counter tops, wall color, floor and the cabinets.

Counter Tops
Eventually I would like to replace the counter tops with butcher block.  Currently they are 1950s tile that has seen better days.  There is no enamel anymore so the surface of the tile (not just the grout) is stained. 

Wall Color
I thought I like my wall color.  It is kind of a slate blue, but I have become less and less satisfied with it.  I have fallen in love with a teal green color that I used in the bathroom and laundry room.  I definitely have enough left from the laundry room to put up in the kitchen.

I was never super thrilled with the floor but it was the most cost effective solution and still is.  It is not that the floor is offensive, it just not my dream.

The cabinets are plain plywood with no detail.  This is the part of the kitchen that I am currently obsessed with.
No bad cabinets, but boring.
I have seen a bunch of kitchens and drueled over cabinets.  Here is the one that is actually kicking my butt in gear.

My hope is to add molding to the cabinets and then repaint them.  The main thing that makes this project a pain is that the corners of my existing cabinets are rounded so they will all need to be filled with wood putty.  Like most of the projects I have done, I have no clue what I am doing when I start.  For this particular project I have a place to practice my skills before the real deal.  I have almost Identical non-finished cabinet doors in my laundry room.  I plan on trying out my technique on the laundry doors first.

Hopefully, I can finish most of the project next weekend and post some pictures.  This project will also make the completion of the current laundry room refreshing that has lasted about 6 months.  Those pictures will be up soon too.

If I Close My Eyes and Wish Hard Enough....

Lately all I seem to notice are kitchen photos.  Here are some that are completely distracting and making me day dream.

These kitchens have something in common.  Anyone have a guess?