And now for the kitchen! This is the before-
|Glaze highlights all of the detailing in the cabinets|
gal has an easy DIY tutorial on how to make them yourself! (Found her on Pinterest of course!)
I added a simple valance on top of the Roman Shades, No sew! I used the fusing tape and an iron to make this. Super easy!
Lastly, I added some definitions to my glass canisters. I love the way they turned out. I must say however, I won't be selling these as the words are so small it is a nightmare to weed the negative parts of the vinyl out of the solid sheet! If you just want the labels, ie. SUGAR, FLOUR etc. No problem! I can do that. It' the little itty bitty words that were not fun!
This is always time consuming but well worth the effort! It is actually a simple process.
Here are some simple step by step instructions~
Quick glance guide-
1- Remove doors and hinges
3-Clean doors and bases with TSP
1- Remove Each door and hinge ONE BY ONE.
2- Label each door so that you know where it goes.
(I know you may think that this is a silly step and your thinking- "Of course I will know where they will go"- TRUST ME....label them. It is much easier! I wrote inside the hole where the hinge fits because it provided enough room to write without it being covered with paint. Another option is to use painters tape on the back side if you are not planning on painting the inside of the cupboard doors.) I labeled them "U" for upper and then a #. For example U1, U2 etc. L for lower-
3. Use "TSP" to clean the fronts of your doors and cabinet bases. This is an important step. It will get all of the hidden grease and grime off of your cabinets. It's there even if you don't see it! You can get this at your local hardware store.
4. Lightly sand or use a deglosser/liquid sander solution. This will give the primer a better surface to stick to. DON"T SKIP THIS STEP! This is key to a good, long lasting finish. I would recommend sanding over the liquid because it is a fail proof method.
5. Next prime. I prefer "Gripper" brand primer as it is amazingly durable. You can find it at Home Depot. I cut into the grooves with a paint brush and then immediately roll over it with a smooth sponge roller. This will prevent brush strokes and give a nice smooth finish.
6. Time to paint! Apply at least 2 coats of your paint in the same way you applied your primer. Use a brush and then roll over it with a sponge roller. BTW- The paint people (at Home Depot) tried to tell me years ago when I started doing this not to use the sponge roller because it soaks up to much paint. Don't listen to them. :) This is the only way to get the pro finish you want. It doesn't soak up that much paint.
7. Lastly, if you want to glaze your cabinet doors, mix one part paint, (espresso) to 2 parts glaze. Brush the glaze over the doors where there are grooves. I brushed mine over the beveled part of my doors.
Next, with a lint free cloth, rub away the glaze so that it leaves behind a rich dark color in the grooves of the door. If you are picky like me, you can methodically pull your rag down one side of the groove and then the other to be sure the glaze leaves a nice straight (ish) line.
I ran a line of color around the edges of the doors as well even though there was no groove. I just liked the look of it. Again, I pulled the rag down both sides of the line to get an even line. (If this seems confusing I basically wiped away the paint on each side of the line so that all that was left was a thin line.) You don't want it to be perfect because it is suppose to look a bit aged. :)
8. Last, (because I go a little over the top) I applied a coat of glaze over the entire door to seal everything and protect the paint! This makes it easier to clean and since your kitchen gets a lot of wear and tear, it is best to seal everything.
9. Once the cabinet bases and door are dry...(BE PATIENT,) you get to hang them and admire all of your hard work!