Showing posts with label cabinets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cabinets. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Client Project: Small Vintage Cabinet Restore

A client had this adorable vintage cabinet in her garage for quite some time when she approached Bloom. about giving it a new look. The piece belonged to her grandmother and had been painted once before. After years of wear and tear, the green paint had begun to peel and chip away. The client requested a polished look in a rich shade of navy with a quick refresh to the hardware. Let's take a look at the Befores:

We absolutely love Benjamin Moore's Hale Navy and suggested the color in a satin finish to the client. After applying the paint via HVLP sprayer we added a few coats of polyurethane to just the cabinet top for added protection should the client choose to add decor accessories to the piece. The hardware was given a new look using Barkeeper's Friend and was then sealed using a clear coat of enamel spray. We think the finished look is a polished and classic finish that will give our client many years to enjoy. Take a look:

Let us know what you think in the comments below!


Thursday, April 28, 2016

DIY Series Kitchen Redo: Cabinets Update!

It's been a long time since we've given you an update on our first-ever DIY Series project and we are super excited to fill you in on the latest along with a sneak peek on the progress!

The weather has slowly been getting nicer and now that I can get outside to work, I've been very busy finishing up the cabinets. As you know, one of the biggest aspects to my kitchen redo has been repainting all of my cabinets. The top cabinets have been painted a crisp white, while the bottom cabinets are now blue using Benjamin Moore's amazing Advance line. This paint is THE BEST possible paint you can choose for cabinets. We can't get enough! You can learn a little bit more about using Advance for this project in another Kitchen Redo post here.

On either side of my sink, I decided to try an open shelving concept with a dramatic, dark color for the interiors. So far, I am loving it. My kitchen is on the smaller side so the work has been fairly easy. Moving in sections, I removed all of the cabinet doors and stacked them in my living room. Then I wiped down all cabinet boxes with warm water and TSP. It is important to thoroughly clean all surfaces before painting, to remove built up dirt, grime and grease. I then taped off all edges using my new favorite painter's tape, ScotchBlue Edge-Lock. I got to work using a small, angled brush to cut in the edges and a larger brush and roller for all box faces. While the boxes dried, I headed outside to get to work on the doors. After cleaning all the doors with TSP, I used the HVLP paint sprayer to apply multiple coats of paint to each cabinet door.

Because we have a limited amount of nice days during Michigan's Spring season, actually getting outside to finish the doors took forever. We're talking weeks of open lower cabinets, and dishes piled everywhere. Here's a look at how my kitchen and dining room have looked over the last few months:

What a mess! I've since been able to put the doors back up and was then tasked with finding new hardware on a budget. I knew the look I wanted; something simple and modern. Brass T-bar pulls were at the top of my list.

They were also at the top of my price range. After scouring the internet for something affordable, a friend recommended I try Etsy. Best idea ever! I was able to find these awesome pulls, the exact look I wanted, for $50.00 LESS than the total cost of any other pulls I looked at!

With the cabinets finally finished and back up and the new hardware in, I can start to concentrate on other areas of the Redo like refinishing my kitchen island and a small section of butcher block counter top. Those projects are in full swing and we'll have an update here on those items as well as a few other cool things to share! In the meantime, take a sneak peek at my freshly painted and decorated open cabinets!

Stay tuned and as always, thank you so much for reading!

Friday, January 22, 2016

DIY Series Kitchen Redo: How to Repair Chipped Laminate

Today's post is a quick tutorial on repairing chipped edges. We are working hard on our Kitchen Redo and one of the biggest projects involved is repainting the kitchen cabinets. We've been posting updates as we go and today's update is a quick fix for a chipped cabinet edge.

My cabinets were in decent shape when we purchased our house, although they are rather cheaply put together and have a thin veneer surface that was beginning to chip in certain areas. There was one edge in particular that needed some repair:

There was chipped veneer at the corner and along the front edge of the cabinet, the laminate had started to pull away.

A quick fix involved wood glue and one of our favorite products, Bondo All Purpose Filler. Bondo is an excellent alternative to wood filler. It is easy to work with and sands down nicely for a smooth, even finish.

For this project, we needed the following items:

Wood Glue (We use Titebond II)
Bondo All Purpose Filler
Paper Plates
Painters Tape

To begin, we first wanted to glue down the loose strip of laminate. We simply pulled back the loose edge, filled it with the Titebond, and pressed the strip down firmly.

Then using a piece of tape, we secured the bottom half of the strip down flat. Tape is used here because the clamp would not fit properly at that particular angle.

For the top edge of the strip, two clamps were used to hold everything in place while the glue dried. Typical dry time is around 30 minutes, but we like to wait at least an hour.

While the glue dried, we started in on the chipped edge. Bondo is a professional strength, all-purpose filler that comes with a hardening cream. Once the hardening cream is mixed in with the putty, you have very little time to apply the mixture to the chipped area before it starts to harden. So timing is key. Make sure you are ready to go with all necessary supplies and steps before mixing!

Simply scoop a small amount of the putty onto your paper plate and add a small amount of cream hardener. Mix with your spatula.

Use the spatula to apply a small amount of the mixture to the area. The spatula is great for smoothing the putty, but a small putty knife works great here too. You want to smooth the mixture over the area, and use your spatula to form a smooth edge. Remember not to use too much, because you will be sanding down the excess putty once dry.

We waited about an hour for the putty to completely dry and then began to sand everything down. Start with a very coarse grit sandpaper, around 60 or 80. The putty should smooth out nicely and once you have removed a good amount, move up to a higher grit to finish. We finished this corner with a medium grit sanding block.

And here is the repaired corner, smooth and ready to paint:

Small repairs are worth the effort and time, especially when working on a DIY home project. If cabinet replacements are not in the budget, a simple and quick fix will go a long way to give a clean, professional look. Let us know what you think in the comments below, and be sure to stay with us here on the blog and on our Facebook page for updates to our DIY Series Kitchen Redo!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

DIY Series Kitchen Redo: How to Paint Cabinet Boxes

Refreshing the look of your kitchen can seem like a very huge and expensive project. But it doesn't have to be. As you know, we're in the middle of a kitchen redo here at Bloom. and we've already posted about painting cabinet interiors, as well as how to paint tile grout. Today's post will focus on painting cabinet boxes.

For my kitchen cabinets, I decided on the popular two-toned look, with white cabinets up top and darker cabinets below. After researching different whites, I decided on Decorator's White by Benjamin Moore for the uppers. The lower cabinet color is still up in the air as of now. I will also have two open-concept cabinet boxes, on either side of my sink, with dark interiors, which will showcase my nice dishes and vintage decor items. Here are few inspiration pics to give you an idea of the look I am going for:

Photo Source: Beautiful Matters Blog
Photo Source: Design Sponge
Photo Source: Design Darling
Here are the cabinets after we painted the interiors, but before we started painting the boxes:

To begin, the cabinet doors were removed from the cabinet boxes. I like to work in sections, so I don't feel overwhelmed and can easily plan out my painting schedule. I started with the cabinets over my sink and counter area, and with Danielle's help, we first wiped away all dirt and grime using a wet rag and dish-soap. It is important to get all surface areas clean, especially where there is grease buildup, so the paint will adhere. After cleaning, we went over each cabinet box with a medium grit sanding block. We also made repairs where needed, including chips in the wood veneer. After we finished sanding the entire surface was wiped down with a slightly damp rag and left to dry.

Time to paint! For this project, we are using one of our favorite products by Benjamin Moore, their Advance line. This paint is perfect for cabinets as it offers a durable finish and is waterborne for easy clean up and maintenance.

Beginning at the top of each box, we used small, angled Purdy brushes to cut into the trim and edges.

We then used small, microplush rollers by Wooster starting at the top and working our way down the boxes and finally, underneath.

Quick Tip: Use foil to line your paint tray. When you're finished, simply pull out and throw away for easy clean up!
This paint dries very quickly and within an hour we were able to add two coats. Here's a shot as we were cutting in the edges and trim:

Here's a shot after 1 coat:

Between each coat, we used medium grit sanding blocks and very gently sanded the surface. After 4 coats the cabinets looked great!

Next, we moved on to the cabinets above my stove and refrigerator area. Same process here: Start at the top and working down and then underneath.

Here they were, with doors removed before painting:

And after a few coats:

I am loving how crisp and clean the paint is making the cabinets look! It is amazing how far a few coats of paint can go! I cannot wait to get started on the cabinet doors! We'll be using the HVLP paint sprayer on the doors and of course, will be posting on that process very soon! There's also hardware to choose for the cabinets, as well as deciding on a wall color and a new light fixture over the many new projects in the works for my Kitchen Redo! Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for new posts from our DIY Series!