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Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

Paint your Kitchen cabinets-finished look

Paint your Kitchen Cabinets

Just DIY it!

Hello readers, with today’s post we start to show you how to Paint your Kitchen Cabinets!  Well, can you believe we all made it to Friday!  Hope you all have some great projects to complete today – I know I have many.  Lately, I have had clients come to Hello I Live Here for help on how to Paint your kitchen cabinets several times a week.  So, it got us thinking, how about a blog post that shows how we painted our own cabinets.  Hopefully after you read this post you will see what it takes to paint your kitchen cabinets – and say GO FOR IT!  What’s the worst thing that can happen – beautiful new kitchen cabinets for a fraction of the cost?  It makes since to me that if you just follow the prepping steps of your paint choice carefully, you should have happy cabinets for a long time.

When I decided to paint our kitchen cabinets, I had to learn just like anyone else – it’s involved and I wanted it right the first time.  Research was key, and that meant hours of skimming U-Tube videos, reading books, on-line sites proclaiming to be the best at this process, and just asking a million and one questions.   I poured through time and time again.  I got so tired of contradicting messages, do I prime, don’t I prime, do I clean – don’t I clean  – I wanted to rip my hair out.  So I stopped the insanity and did 3 things.

First, I went to a couple local paint shops (because after all those mom and pop shops sell paint – they must know something about the process – right?) It was a good thing I did – using people who know paint saved me a bunch of time. My first stop was at Flanagan’s Paints and Supplies in Ellisville where Jay Donnelly educated me on all their wonderful brands and laid out the steps. Paint your kitchen cabinets - Flanagan paints

Needing more opinions, my second stop Reinke Decorating Centers in Des Peres where Carl Reinke told me about using General Finishes paint (but being a new merchant to the GF family, his stock had not come in yet).

Paint your kitchen cabinets - Reineke decorating

 

Finding both of these paint supply stores was an awesome thing, and if you need a great painter for your cabinets because you are just not up to DIY, they will refer you to local pros who can make those cabinets shine! But if you are a DIY nut like me, you will save a bundle of money doing it yourself and get a great painted cabinet – We did.

Second, arming  myself with all the information, I took the time to visit places that had painted cabinets like Three French Hens (I love the look of their lovely French painted cabinets). I searched and dreamed about the type of cabinet I wanted in my home (which by the way went from a Three French Hen’s story to the simple cottage grey and white theme we have today) – Simple, comfortable, and works well for our laid back style of living.

Paint your kitchen cabinets - three french hens

Oh, you want to know the third thing?  Well, okay – one day when I talked myself out of doing my cabinets after the information paralysis,  I started looking for places to get quotes – I know!!!! I paint for a living!!! But the bidding shops I spoke to left me in fear that I would not be able to handle it.  I went to 4 different places and I was so shocked to see the quotes ranged in prices from $1,500 all the way to $8,000 for a 10 x 10 kitchen!  My reaction was what – say what!!!!  (my clients reading this understand that reaction because I take the time to save them so much on painted furniture) I am sure they could have used a spatula to get my chin off the floor.

 

Torn between paying a contractor and wading through all the information I learned to paint your kitchen cabinets I received a web link for a video on painting cabinets.  It was like the cabinet Gods knew! There it was lit up on my screen a lady with curly hair and a paint brush starring right out of my screen telling me it was easier than I thought!  That little Magic Paint brush taunted me to click around the blog and read all that Jennifer Allwood over at The Magic Brush had to offer me in the kitchen cabinet arena – crazy right?

Paint your kitchen cabinets - Magic Brush

After reading Jennifer’s story – I decide what the heck and down loaded her very informative and encouraging Painted cabinet’s video.  This video gave me the courage (yep even though I paint furniture for all of you; I too needed encouragement for the areas I am not comfy – and mine was cabinets).  This one video gave me the courage to stop painting furniture for a couple days and start painting my own cabinets.  So if you follow the directions carefully you just cannot beat DIY – and paint your kitchen cabinets.

At the cost of a $47 video (each) I learned to paint cabinets and you can too.  The way Jennifer teaches – Magical, just like that brush that popped onto my screen!  When you watch her videos, even though she is talking to all who buy them she has a way of making it sound like she is talking only to you.  It’s a breath of fresh air!  So, I provided a link for you to grab a video and watch before you commit to a $5,000 price tag like I almost did.

With my new found confidence I had to find just the right paint brand to paint our kitchen cabinets.  You would think all paints do pretty much the same thing, but you would be wrong.  Every brand is just a little different.  I opted for General Finishes, especially after talking with Carl Reineke and how great General Finishes does on kitchen cabinets.

Paint your kitchen cabinets - General Finishes

The dry rate of General Finishes was awesome – it went on like butter, and leveled out so nice you cannot see one brush stroke – and yep I painted every piece by hand with a good Pro Purdy brush, which we will show you our step by steps on our finished cabinets starting on Monday’s blogs .

Paint your kitchen cabinets - Purdy Professional Brushes

Now that my cabinets are finished, I am going to blog the procedure starting Monday, but don’t look at the counter tops – the new ones are not here yet!   We will show you how to map out your kitchen so all the doors go back into place right the first time, the products that worked best for our kitchen, and hopefully make you a happy DIY homeowner with a new kitchen for a fraction of the cost.

Seriously, once you see how easy it was for us to complete our 10 x 10 kitchen in a weekend – you will want to pick up that brush and do it yourself.  Hubby and I actually had a blast working together on the project, and by the end of the second day (well the first one too) we toasted with a great bottle of wine (which we bought at Luka’s Liquor – go see Gary the owner, he’s a hoot and always has a great story to share)!

Paint your kitchen cabinets - Lukas Liquor

Now that I have you intrigued do you want to try the DIY method and paint your kitchen cabinets? Well, there is some homework.  First, visit some local paint shops in your area. Second, order the cabinet video from Jennifer Allwood’s The Magic Brush site, watch it. (We receive no monetary payments for this reference).  Finally, gain your freedom to keep your money in exchange for your own labor if you have a weekend to spare and the guts to paint your kitchen cabinets.

Well, that’s my share for tonight – Meet me back here on Monday as I show you just how easy it was to create the painted cabinets we now love.

Till Monday my friends!

Linda  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cottage Paint at Flanagan Paints & Supply

Cottage Paint at Flanagan Paints & Supply

Cottage Paint at Flanagan Paints & Supply

Try Something New – Cottage Paint

Happy Thursday HELLO family – tonight I am going to share a great new paint with you called Cottage Paint.  What is Cottage Paint you ask?  Well, it’s the best thing since sliced bread – that’s what it is!

Cottage Paint at Flanagan Paints & Supply

Dreamy Creamy Cottage Paint Tried by Hello I Live Here

We all are loving the very popular Shabby Chic Style with the beauty of distressing right?  Well, Cottage Paint is a fabulous, quick and easy – no stripping, sanding or primer needed paint that is a clay-based paint that dries to a chalky matte finish, and the best thing – It can be distressed as soon as it’s dry by simply rubbing with a damp cloth – that’s right a damp cloth.  It’s velvety smooth to the touch, and so easy to use you will be hooked after your first can!

Cottage Paint at Flanagan Paints & Supply

Tuscan Sage with Antique Glaze from Cottage Paint – Purchase at Flanagan Paint

But the thing I love the most – There are 36 colors to choose from or choose from an endless selection of colors that can be tinted in a store near you.  Want to see the colors for yourself?  Check them out at Cottage Paint Furniture Restoring Color Chart.

Cottage Paint at Flanagan Paints & Supply

Cottage Paint Logo – Click for color charts

Cottage Paints has a full line of Paint, waxes, top coats and glazes.  They also have a great line of brushes, stencils and a full line of metallic paints.  To learn how to use the paint well, they even have a video how to for you to gain the confidence you need to become a pro in no time with this great paint –

Cottage Paint at Flanagan Paints & Supply

2nd Client Piece completed in Tuscan Sage Cottage Paint – Our most popular color

So, now that you’re hooked do you want to know where I found this great paint?  The one and only Flanagan Paints located at 15878 Clayton Road Ellisville, Missouri 63011 phone: 636-391-8448. That’s right Jay Donnelly was the person who introduced me to this wonderful find and he is an exclusive retailer for the paint here in St Louis.

Cottage Paint at Flanagan Paints & Supply

Colors from Flanagan Paint & Supply – Deep Royal Blue – Can be tinted in Cottage Paint

Flanagan is a St Louis icon, being in business since early 1950’s.  Father and Son Owned, by Jim and Jay Donnelly, they know what’s going on.  They are knowledgeable, great at answering your questions and offer an array of services from Paint to blinds/wallpaper to concrete stain products.  They are the best and it shows through their impeccable customer service.  Look them up – Flanagan Paints & Supply. They have 2 locations, the Ellisville store above, and at 1825 S. Broadway St. Louis, MO 63104 Phone: (314)421-0678.

Cottage Paint at Flanagan Paints & Supply

Before shot of Furniture Piece for Cottage Paint Display at Flanagan Paints – Painted by Hello I Live Here

So after seeing all the great things we have painted for clients with the Cottage Paints available at Flanagan Paints – are you going to give them a try?  I use a bunch of paint each week, and big name players like Annie Sloan, and Van Gogh, I cannot tell a lie, and it’s my opinion that Cottage Paint stands right next to these two players.  Bravo to Jay for bringing them to St Louis.  I will assure you Cottage Paint and Flanagan Paint Shops are worth your time – so go ahead and give them both a chance – Hello I Live Here is glad we did 😉

Cottage Paint at Flanagan Paints & Supply

Cottage Paint Logo – Click for color charts
Cottage Paint at Flanagan Paints & Supply

Dreamy Creamy Cottage Paint Tried by Hello I Live Here

I will show you more over the next couple days as we were invited to paint the display by Jay that will be the home of Cottage Paints.  So stay tune for the big unveil of this beautiful china hutch that goes paint display with a classy cottage touch.

Cottage Paints at Flanagan Paint & Supply

After (in progress) shot of Furniture Piece for Cottage Paint Display at Flanagan Paints – Painted by Hello I Live Here

Happy Thursday y’all!  See you in a couple days with updates, and as always – thank you for supporting our blog  🙂  Now Don’t forget to try Cottage Paints – I would like to hear your reaction to the paint!

~ Linda

DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench

DIY Chair Bench from Hello I Live Here

Hi everyone!  Hope you’re all doing great and keeping warm today! Sorry I had no post yesterday, but I was working on some Old chairs that became a beautiful DIY Chair Bench for our dining room.  I know, I know, I just ordered new chairs and your right.  If you remember not too long ago, I built a three pedestal table (since sold to a friend who just had to have it), but the awful thing, every chair I just ordered all fell apart and they were only 3 months old! 🙁  No worries, the company made it right by refunding my money, so all is happy with the world.

However, it left me with no chairs, and I could not toss the old ones until the new ones arrived.  Then, we received the notice our new chairs were not coming, back ordered until June of 2014.  With Christmas coming and a Villa full of guests, I took matters into my own hands and comb one of my thrift store haunts, I decided to look for thick ladder back chairs for the perfect DIY Chair Bench, which guess what – I found on the first stop – Insert happy dance here!

Hello I Live Here - DIY Chair Bench - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Once in the door it was like the light shining – there they were, six lovely all wood ladder back chairs staring right at me as I entered the door.  The construction was just what I wanted, and let’s face it for $40, and my time, I knew they would work 🙂   When I returned home with my great deal, Hello I Live Here got to work and made a new DIY chair bench first.

DIY Chair Bench

There were two tall back chairs for the head of the table.  It was my decision right then and there, to turn them into our DIY chair bench seating to fit the back of the table.  Here’s how we did it:

First, I removed the old bottoms and stored them away, and washed down the chairs to remove the sticky debris.

DIY Chair Bench

Then, I sat the two chairs side by side, and added 4 pilot holes with our Ridgid driver from The Home Depot to join the chairs with 3 inch wood screws purchased at Home Depot.

DIY Chair Bench

Next, I added the broken pieces to the bottom and sides of the chair (I only need 4 chairs around the table so the broken chair was used for parts.  I added these piece using Titebond glue and my Ryobi nail gun, both from The Home Depot.  What I did not use went to my scrap wood pile for later use).

DIY Chair Bench

After that, I added some beautiful molding purchased from Lowe’s to cover the joined lines in the wood, and carried the molding to each side of the chair, the front, and the bottom.

DIY Chair Bench

Using Elmer’s wood filler, I repaired all the cracks, then sanded it down with my Ryobi sander.

DIY Chair Bench

To complete the chair, I did an Annie Sloan Old Ochre chalk paint and brown wax mixture.  Once dry, I sealed the stain with Minwax quick dry polyurethane, and let dry.

DIY Chair Bench

While drying I recovered the chair bottoms.  Joining the bottoms together with two braces, and screws on each side between the seat cushions helped to keep them together.  Then I upholstered the bench with some great fabrics on sale at Hancock Fabrics, and reattached to the bench seat.

DIY Chair Bench

Flipping over the bench, and placing it into its new home why it waits for the three other chairs and new table to be finished.

DIY Chair Bench

I hope this post encourages you to try your own version of a DIY chair bench that would go perfect in a dining room or an entry way.  It was amazing just watching the piece come together.  Well, that’s our post for today – but remember, before you ditch those old chairs that have breaks, just remember the great DIY chair bench they all could make!  Thanks for stopping by – happy DIY everyone!

Linda

 

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

 

Hi Everyone!  Today I have been working hard on a new project (a thrift store furniture makeover actually!), but it’s not quite ready to showcase yet.  So today’s post is going to highlight some of our past thrift store furniture makeover finds.

I love thrift store furniture makeover finds because they become something new with a little time and creativity. You just never know where you find the next treasure.  To me there is nothing better than old furniture no one else wants to deal with.  The best challenge of my day to either paint it, or turn it into something new, like our other post on our Part 1 of our china hutch re-do – (ps – the bottom is almost ready!)

To breath life into a thrift store furniture makeover piece, you simply have to have the love for DIY, a creative technique, and a few pieces that want to be loved again.  Here are a few before and after shots of some of the pieces Hello I Live Here has completed.  Each of these pieces have found new homes in and around our Ballwin area.

Here’s a desk I have been trying to date.  Since it looked old, I did some research before I said paint! Does anyone know anything about this piece that restores furniture and may be a reader?  Please let me know with a comment below.

Thrift Store Furniture MakeoverI know, I know somethings should not be painted, (remember the debates on our last post!) but if you are going to love it and unless it’s worth big bucks, then I take pride in just adding new life to these old thrift store furniture makeover pieces.  So come on, sometimes it just feels good to paint it!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

This dresser you see below was found at a thrift store.  It was in great shape, but no one loved the old brown style. Painting it grey and cream – gave the piece a more masculine feel – We fell in love with it and are redesigning our living area upstairs around this one piece.  I know what you are thinking – that dresser was a find – It actually was at $39.95 – I did some research on this great old piece – It’s a John A Colby furniture piece!  It turned out Sleigh Furniture made this gem – and its worth $1,400 if I return it to it’s original gleam – So someday after we are done loving the paint – we will get it restored back to it’s old days!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

Painting is a great way to relax, add new color to your world or just make another person happy when you send that piece into the wild.  There is nothing better than an inexpensive thrift store furniture makeover find that sports a fresh updated look.  But the best thing is it can happen with just a little color, time and creativity!

Thrift Store Furniture Makeover

The next time you’re out looking at yard sales or thrift stores, really look hard at the pieces you see.  Sometimes that little roughed up piece with a tiny bit of muscle and creativity can become a gleaming new piece for your home.

Happy thrift store furniture makeover everyone!  See you tomorrow!

Linda

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Is everyone having an awesome weekend?  As you know from our easy rustic Christmas wreath post yesterday, we started decking the halls at Hello I Live Here. Today we are going to add to our front porch display, our Rustic Christmas Tree Display.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

We finished a rustic Christmas tree display for the front porch.  This rustic Christmas display consists of our rustic planter box we built a couple weeks ago which was featured on Bob Vila Nation.  The wonderful oversized rustic planter box tree display simply makes the porch.  We used Martha Stewart ornaments in rust, gold’s, and whites purchased from The Home Depot.  The tree received beautiful burlap ribbons, which set’s the tree to new highs in this beautiful Minwax Dark Walnut stained planter box.

Here’s how Hello I Lived Here set up the rustic Christmas tree display:

First, we started by finishing the rustic box off with a cross-X pattern to give that rustic feel.  We added a holder inside the rustic box and “I” bolts to secure the real Christmas tree that adorns the box.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Then, I added beautiful rustic burlap green and tan ribbon, and made a lovely bow for the top center of the Tree, and tied the ribbon around the rustic box.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Next, we used rustic decorations to bring the beautiful tree together.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

Finally, we put the lovely decorated tree into place on the porch and lit the tree up.

Rustic Christmas Tree Display

That’s our rustic Christmas display for part of our porch.

We hope you enjoyed our post of the rustic Christmas tree display today.  Tomorrow we will show you the whole porch, lights and all.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful Saturday!

Linda

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