Bob the Builder

I told you previously about my friend Patti, she  is one of those amazing women who is truly good at whatever she sets out to do and is always willing to help out her friends no matter how much it inconveniences herself. She came up with this elaborate template so that each hole would be in the exact same spot on each cabinet.  This process involved measuring from center, and marking lines and making holes in paper and drilling in sample holes.  It was exhausting just watching her.  I think it took us (really her) over an hour to come up with one template that she felt like was worthy of  actually putting drill to cabinet. I just kept watching her and agreeing when she explained something, but I really didn’t know what she was talking about. However, at the end she thought it looked like it was pretty straight.  I have never picked up a drill in my life, so she decided to let me borrow the drill and advised me to go get a piece of scrap wood from the hardware store and practice drilling.  By the time she left I was exhausted and had to take a nap.  I think we both thought this would be a pretty straightforward process and we could install and hang them in a couple of hours.

I came to the realization that I  was the only one responsible for drilling holes in these smooth, newly painted cabinets.   I am a lefty and I have always had trouble cutting a straight line, so why did I think I could drill 23 accurate sets of holes in perfectly smooth wood?  So I went to Home Advisor, one of those recommendation websites and found a small job handyman, and yes I swear, his name is Bob so of course we are going to call him Bob the Builder.

bob the builder

*This is not Bob the Builder but he does kind of look like this 🙂

Bob the Builder gave me a quote on installing the hardware and hanging the cabinets.  It was so reasonable I agreed at once,  the only catch was I had to put the hinges back on cabinets.  It actually wasn’t too hard as the holes from the hinges were still there so I could just drill them back in to the same spot.  I was very proud of how quickly I drilled those holes and put those hinges on.  There was something kind of stress relieving drilling through the wood.

3 Things Not to Forget when Painting your Kitchen Cabinets

I started painting again and it took me two coats on top of the two previous coats of the old color.  After the second coat I looked clearly at each cabinet and saw all the white spaces needing touch up.  So I touched up the corners and the other imperfections.  Instead of it looking smooth and fabulous, it looked uneven and worse than ever.  I used too much paint of course and so I had to go back and add yet another complete coat to the 4 existing coats. It was finally done and it looked pretty good.  I figured only I would notice the drips and other little imperfections.  If you are a friend and get to see the finished cabinets you are not to notice them either 🙂

Take a look up at the top of the blog and check out those cabinets again.  Do you recall one of the things I said made them so awful?  It was the lack of hardware and the fact that you had to open them using your fingers.  So the next step was to choose the hardware that I would add to the cabinet doors and drawers to update the look.  I picked out a more modern handle in a satin nickel finish that would blend with the stainless steel fridge.   I also had to spray paint all the brass hinges and nails.  I used a Rustoleum specialty metallic spray paint.  It’s hard to believe that all the parts and pieces are finally coming together. handles

My awesome friend Patti is also in the process of re-doing her kitchen, but where  she is McGyver-like in her DIY skills I am more like Inspector Gadget.  She agreed to come over with her drill (because of course she had one) and help me begin to install the hardware and hang the cabinets.  I had been so focused on the drawers and doors I forgot to put the second coat of paint on the frame and still had to spray paint a few more hinges, all of which I did a few hours before she came.  I felt terrible because the frame was still somewhat wet and we couldn’t hang the cabinets because they would stick.

So here are the top 3 things I learned about painting your kitchen cabinets:

  • Use caulk to fill in the gaps between the trim and cabinet.  I didn’t find this out until it was too late 😦
  • Don’t think all you have to do is use the deglosser and that will be all the prep you need.  If you have really old cabinets you will need to at least sand lightly, no matter what the experts tell you.
  • After all your focus on the cabinets and drawers, don’t forget to paint the frame.





ConfettiStyle to the Rescue!

I think there is a stereotype that interior designers are only hired by the wealthy, which I am definitely not!   I would like to introduce  you to interior designer Shelly Dozier-McKee.  Shelly also has a great blog called ConfettiStyle.  Shelly is an interior designer, design blogger, creative maker and style enthusiast.  Shelly came to my house and listened to what I wanted and made great suggestions and not just about the cabinet paint color.


Shelly Dozier-McKee from ConfettiStyle

This kitchen cabinet project is only one of the many DIY projects I want to do over the next year or two. I have been living in my condo for 13 years and its time to do some updates that weren’t necessitated by a flood!   I want to paint the kitchen walls and also paint the living room, dining room, sun room and hallway.  (Who am I kidding, remember me, I’m the girl who hates to paint.)  Shelly spent a lot of time listening to all my ideas and showed me some color samples.  She had a big box of those paint sample swatches like you get from the hardware store and she produced colors like a magician.

She left promising to send me an email with all the things we talked about and sure enough I received a great email with a design board that I will share in a later post.  I am such a dork, I was so excited to have my own design board! It was just like being on the professional blog sites.

Here are her suggestions:


*  Paint kitchen cabinets
*  Paint walls
*  Replace fluorescent ceiling light

Paint Colors:  All Benjamin Moore 

Kitchen Cabinets:  
1) Nimbus—1465 (classic lt. gray with clear undertones)
2) Gray Owl—OC-52 ( classic lt. gray—just a tad richer than Nimbus)
3) Coventry Gray HC-169 (darker than the other two colors—clean and crisp)
Kitchen Walls:  final decision will be made after the accent fabrics are picked for the living room.
So as you can see I have a lot to do.  I went to Benjamin Moore and got the three paint colors she suggested and chose Coventry Gray.  Below is an example of a fantastic  kitchen using Coventry Gray for cabinets so you can get somewhat of an idea of what the color will look like, because those gorgeous cabinets look nothing like mine!

Coventry Gray kitchen

I hope you will follow along as I paint these cabinets and see how they turn out!

Have a great day!