Kitchen Redo Part 1 – Doors and drawers

January 12, 2012

Before we moved in, we decided to paint the kitchen.  I quickly found out that my assumptions about painting were correct:  I hated it!  So i focused on some other projects and I came back a day later and L had magically transformed THIS

Out of the kitchen and into the living room

into THIS!

So I removed all of the hardware from the cabinets and cabinet doors (I only lost one screw in the process).  I bought a fresh can of BIN Shellac Primer and a brand new Black & Decker random orbital sander and got to work!

So there I was, on the floor of my basement with a bunch of paper unrolled and a bunch of sanded wood.  I got my paint roller and my spray cans and i’m ready to go.  Then I have this realization that I have NO CLUE WHAT I AM DOING!

Of course, me being the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type, I just start painting!

I did take a quick break for a Monster energy drink though.  I was briefly, highly addicted to them. I am trying to ween myself off of them now and am incurring daily caffeine headaches because of it though.

I sanded all of the grime, wood stain, and lacquer off of the cabinets to get down to the base wood.  Our cabinets aren’t of the highest quality so I had to be careful about how I sanded.  I didn’t want to chip anything.  If you plan on doing this, I highly suggest that you buy a mask and goggles for sanding and possibly some ear plugs as it is really loud.  I also would suggest the sanding sponges for the intricate crevices of the cabinet.

I used both a spray paint primer and a roller primer and I would  suggest going with the spray paint if you can afford it!  It was easier to get into the cracks and edges and whatnot with the spray paint and it was also quicker to apply and dry.  The spray paint cans covered about 3 full cabinets (front and back) or 6 sides of a cabinet if you do all fronts at a time which is what I did.

I figured out that you had to move the paint can in a very smooth, even motion and I was doing this under my deck since I don’t have a garage.  When it got windy, it was VERY difficult to get even coats.  I would highly suggest doing it indoors if you have a well ventilated area and don’t mind getting paint dust on EVERYTHING.

Back to me!  Once I got painting on the doors, I couldn’t stop!  It was like I was possessed!  Check out the process in the gallery below!

After that was all said and done, I left for the night and returned a couple days later.  I will take pictures tomorrow of the final product to share with you.  BTW, I just want to say sorry for the terrible photos.  I am not familiar with my camera at all yet and I am still trying to get used to the settings.  I realized halfway through taking the pictures that I had it on some funky setting.  I tried to alter the photos with my photo editing software, but I am an amateur at that as well.

Please, forgive G!


“I’m just gonna….”

November 14, 2011

I discovered something that I have seen on TV a million times but never could really grasp until I truly experienced it first hand.  The dreaded words, “I’m just gonna...”

It started out with me saying to L, “I’m just gonna take these shelves down in the closet.


I come home from playing football (another bad idea!) and luckily L had already done it for me!  She also apparently found a sledge hammer, crowbar, and a little Pandora’s box of anger and knocked out the railing thing in the bathroom….Literally knocked it out.


So you would think that the easy part was all done right!?  ….wrong.  I spent the rest of the day, and the entire next day pretty much.  Putting up spackle, sanding……..and sanding….and respackling and fixing tape joints and sanding.  It was pure ridiculousness!

So then, when L had to go back to the apartment at about 5pm, I made the mistake again!

I’ll be home soon, I’m just gonna sand some more then tape up the rest of the house and get ready for paint.

WHAT?!  Am I crazy!? So then, I thought “I just have to sand harder and faster and that will get the job done quicker.” Makes sense, right?

Well, an hour and three intense scream worthy shoulder cramps later, my but muscles locked up and I could no longer sand anymore!  I left the walk-in closet looking like below.  

I will no longer kid myself into thinking that I’m just gonna do anything, ever again!  I’m sure Michelangelo didn’t wake up one Sunday and say “I’m just gonna suspend myself upside down and paint naked Adam touching God on this curved dome about 80 feet in the air.”

NO,  he was probably much more realistic and said, “I’m just gonna paint his fingernail today.  Maybe a knuckle, but no more.  I mean, I’ve got 4 years to do it, why rush?!

Now excuse me while I go ice my shoulder and butt muscles.