Anyhow, I had planned for a LONG time to paint my built in cabinets around my fireplace in my den white, but every time I thought about doing it I just lost motivation. After I finished the bathroom I decided since I had just conquered those cabinets that I would tackle the ones in the den. After all, I'm not staining them.
Um. Did I mention my husband and oldest kids were out of town that weekend I decided to do it?
Did I mention that I had my four year old and two year old alone in the house with me?
Yeah, I wasn't thinking clearly. Obviously I'm pretty delusional about the amount of work that this was going to take.
Here is where I started. The bookcases were a mess. Not only were they ugly, they were COVERED in polyurethane and they were cluttered.
|My messy bookcases filled with UGLY paperbacks.|
|The whole room. The fan has GOT to go, but that's another project for another day.|
So I moved all the books, games and everything out of the cabinets. I moved the sofa, and covered it a bit because I knew some dust would kick up. My plan was to give enough "tooth" to scuff up the poly and let the primer do the rest. I should have just sanded by hand everything, but I decided to grab the power sander.
I was delusional on just HOW MUCH dust this was going to kick up. I quickly grew weary of sanding. I was NOT as diligent as I should have been about the sanding process. Yes, this would haunt me later.
|You can almost still see the dust in the air.|
|See that shiny poly on the back cabinet. Yeah, I didn't. Tsk. Tsk. Bad Julie.|
I went to the garage to check my primer. Latex. Drats.
I loaded up my two little ones and went to Home Depot. My 4 year old was running a slight fever, so I parked near the carts, and put both girls in the cart, and ran in. It was my fastest trip in and out of Home Depot ever! I got my primer and came home and started priming.
I've never used oil based paints or primers before, and oh GAWD it's the worst smelling stuff ever. I mean it's bad people. I figured I'd do a quick coat of primer and be done. It took me THREE HOURS to prime these things because of all the nooks and crannies that I didn't sand. The primer just was wiping off the corners of the cabinets and wouldn't stick. Finally I had this foam brush and I was dabbing it into the corners and that seemed to work at last.
|My mantel, primed.|
|My cabinet primed. See those corners. Arrgh. They were the death of me I tell you.|
Anyhoo, the next day I woke up after a horrible night with my four year old and decided I needed to take her to urgent care. Turned out she had strep again. I got her her medicine, brought her home and got the girls down for a nap and I started my painting. The first coat took forever, but the second and third went much faster.
I let the paint cure for a few days before I started putting things back on the shelf, in the meantime I did the doors of the cabinets outside during the girls nap time and the rest of the project was really relaxed and I had a lot of fun. I'd take a few hours a day and put things back on the shelf slowly, getting them all to look good. My biggest problem was the paperbacks. I found a few small baskets that held SOME but I had a TON left. I had no place to put them and I didn't want them back on the shelf. I was at Michaels the other day and ran across this gem for only $6:
|Its a decorative box! Held a TON of paperbacks and looks pretty on the shelf!|
|It held ALL the rest of the paperbacks and it was pretty! YAY!|
|I can't BELIEVE how much brighter the room is. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.|
|No more cluttered books. I streamlined.|
|Seriously a MILLION times better.|
|My mantel with my bird painting.|