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DIY How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro

During Spring Break, instead of playing or vacationing, we worked hard and refinished our kitchen cabinets. I must say, our end results are near perfect! Going into it, you need to know this - we spent 3 full days of prepping (don't skim on this), 1 day of painting with a rented sprayer (MUST), and 1 day of putting everything back. We used this awesome waterborne paint to paint the cabinets and didn't need a polyurethane coat - more on that later. We have a large kitchen and we spent just over $300 for everything. Let's get started.

Remove all doors and drawers. Remove hinges and number all parts so you can easily put everything back where it was.

Wash everything to remove gunk and grease. I used S.O.S Wool Pads.

Very lightly sand everything with about 220 grit. 

Cover all markings/numbers with painters tape before painting.

Tape off drawers to cover anything that you don't want painted.

Caulk before you paint. We even caulked the doors so there would be no cracks in our paint.

Tape off boxes.

Pull out appliances and cover with plastic, along with walls or open areas.

Lay drop cloths on the floor.

Make a spraying center in garage and put all doors and drawers in there.

We put screws in the hinge areas of each door so we could spray one side of the door with paint and flip it over so the doors rest on the screws while we spray the other side.

 As you can see, we rented a paint sprayer and we used Glidden Professional Primer along with Benjamin Moore Advance Waterborne paint in Satin. I can't rave about this paint enough! We hardly dealt with any fumes, it was fast drying, and seems to dry really hard, and it looks flawless when used with a sprayer. We did 1 coat of primer and 2 coats of paint.

Begin spraying. Flip the doors over and spray the sides and fronts.

 When everything is dry, remove the tape and put everything back. Ta Da!!! A fabulous new kitchen for just about $300. It was so worth it!



DIY: Old Crib Into Toddler Bed

That old crib was what I slept in as a baby, and so did all of my siblings. Of course crib safety has changed since then and I couldn't pass this down to my own kids without completely changing it. Converting it into a toddler bed was a great idea and my 2 year old loves his little bed. Let's get started.

Because cribs styles vary, this is just a general idea of what you can do to make an old crib into something new. 

The following is written by my engineer hubby.

It is very important that you make an inventory of the parts you have available to you from the old crib before you begin to disassemble.  For example, with the exception of a few fasteners, we determined no new parts (i.e. hardware, side rails) were needed for this conversion.

Also before disassembling the crib, measure and mark your anticipated cut lines.  We labeled the cut lines and measurements in between for clarity.  Here are the toddler bed dimensions we followed:

  • Headboard - 28" Tall
  • Footboard - 18" Tall
  • Length - same as original crib
  • Width- same as original crib
  • Distance from top of mattress support to ground - 7.5"
  • Distance from top of safety rail to ground - 19.5"
  • Safety rail height - 11.5"
  • Length of safety rail - 26" or roughly half the length of the crib

Once you are comfortable with your plan, begin to carefully disassemble the crib.  Organization of your work space is key during this step.  As you can see in the photos below and depending on the style of the crib you are working on, a mountain of parts can begin to pile up.

We carefully removed all hardware and fasteners - utilizing plastic baggies to make sure we didn't lose anything. 

The challenging part about this project is to see how creative you can be in reusing old elements of the crib.  Below is an example of how we used the top rail of the old side board to build the safety rail.  It became tricky as we tried to align dowel holes in the bottom rail and the new location of the top rail.  Once the safety rail was completely assembled, we rounded off an exterior, sharp corners.

Because this is a re-purposing project, be prepared to deal with little details like old dowel holes in the side board as shown in the following picture.  In this situation, These dowels holes were no longer being used, so we had to plug each one.. 

Frequently dry fit your project together during the build process.  Here is an example of the footboard and partially finished headboard.  Only glue/permanently fasten pieces together when you are happy with how all dependent elements interact together.

The most rewarding part in my opinion is applying the finish.  We used an oil based stain with a urethane sealant

And finally, the finished product.  

Don't forget the reason for repurposing this old crib is two-fold; adding new life to an old, well-used piece of furniture and providing our kids with a safe place to rest.  Make sure all exterior corners are eased, all hardware/fasteners are well protected, and that the finish is smooth and without burrs.


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