Sometimes I’m spontaneous.

Ok, often when it involves a DIY project, I’m almost always spontaneous.

The rest of my life is pretty planned out. I have my planner (I’m a paper and pen kind of planner gal)ย  and all of our family’s activities penciled in, but when I decide it is time for a project….

HOLD ON TIGHT.

This is what happened last week. Dicky and I were talking down in the kitchen and then my eyes started wandering around. He immediately knew what was about to happen. This isn’t the first time this has happened.

“Oh no. What are you thinking? You want to paint something, don’t you?”

“How did you know?”

“I know that look.”

“Ok, I’m going to paint the cabinets this week.”

I know he had to be thinking “Good grief woman.” But he was (as always) behind my craziness.

“Ok, how about I can help with Millie while you paint?”

I. LOVE. HIM. Teamwork at its finest.

There have been seasons where he’s all up in the project with me. But the season we’re in…playing defense with the toddler is the most helpful thing he could offer. If you have little ones at home, you know what I mean.

Sometimes she is helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚

WHAT HAVE I STARTED?!?

Once I got started, I knew this was going to be quite possibly one of the biggest projects that I had ever tackled. There was chalk paint and wax on the cabinets. Nothing wrong with that. I had done that on our previous house. But….it was going to take lots of research and elbow grease to figure out how to remove the waxย  and then prep the wood before I could move on to the actual painting.

Oh and I had to get this done quickly because we have house guests in 2 weeks. That’s another thing I tend to do. Start a project when there is a deadline coming up. Hey…it makes you work fast.

If you’ve done a big project like this, you know that we rest of the house temporaily falls into a chaotic mess because all of your energy goes towards getting your project done. And we eat lots of Kraft Mac and Cheese. Powdered cheese and all. And use paper plates. And use lots of dry shampoo. All something to stock up on before you start a project. Mac and cheese. Paper plates. Dry shampoo. Grab a big box of goldfish while you’re at it.

I’m planning to share each step of this process with you once I’m all finished. I need to finish the island and our hardware has been ordered and is (hopefully) on its way soon!

This picture makes me laugh. I’m smiling here and feeling all proud of getting the first coat of paint on. Little did I know that a few hours later, the paint would be completely stuck and painted onto that paper that I have the doors laying on.

Uggg.

I wasn’t smiling then. So that’s what NOT to do. Don’t lay your cabinets on paper. I should’ve known better.

I will share all of my tidbits with you once I’m complete, but here are some of the things that I learned during this process…

  1. How to paint over chalk paint and wax. Actually how to remove all of it so that you can paint with a paint other than chalk paint. I had trouble finding a lot of info on this, so I will share with you how I successfully removed it and painted over it.
  2. How to pick a cabinet color that will coordinate with what you already have going on. Sometimes (ok, this is the case most often) it just isn’t in the budget to get new counter tops, so you have to work with what you’ve got going on vs picking the color of your dreams. It all works out in the end.
  3. The best paint for your cabinets! This is my 4th time using this paint and once it is fully cured, a complete DREAM! So durable if you have littles. See where I used it on our front door here.
  4. Get out of your comfort zone when getting new hardware! I’m so excited about the cabinet hardware I ordered. It isn’t something I would normally pick. Here is a little teaser…BRASS IS BACK. At least maybe in the kitchen hardware department.

I should be done soon and I will share with you once I am! I hope you enjoyed a sneak peek and a little dose of reality behind the scenes!