Wednesday, July 3, 2013

DIY Cabinet Makeover

Having a college apartment means you probably have a fair amount of used furniture and appliances. Don't worry, we won't judge! It's a great way to recycle furniture and is wallet friendly.  But it can also mean that some of your things look, well...dated.  Don't worry, there are easy ways to give your hand me down items a face lift.  All it takes is a little bit of determination and a can of paint.  Today's DIY is all about painting old wooden furniture, cabinets to be exact.  But the same rules apply when you're painting dressers, tables, chairs, entertainment center, or any other furniture made of wood.  Don’t waste your money on new furniture just for the style.  Creating your own furniture piece will make your place seem more like home.  You don't want to walk into your apartment and think about Grandma's couch or Aunt Maude's table.  It's yours so make it your own! 

Here’s an easy to follow tutorial from the DIY Network: 
photo from DIY Network

Turn plain store-bought cabinets into custom pieces by giving them some bold color. Use in the kitchen, bathroom or anywhere you need extra storage and a bright shot of color. The secret to getting a perfect finish: Take time with prep, use tinted primer and buy a good-quality paint sprayer.

Tools and Materials:
ready-made cabinets and knobs
electric sander and sanding pads
quart of tinted primer
spray primer
spray-can handle
semigloss latex paint
paint sprayer
drop cloth
dust mask
drill and drill bit
damp cloth
tape measure, screwdriver and a wrench

photo from DIY Network
 Select the Cabinets
When choosing the proper cabinets, focus on styles with smooth, flat fronts. The less ornamentation the better since paint may bubble when applied to rounded, uneven surfaces
photo from DIY Network

Sand Existing Finish

Wearing dust mask, protect surrounding areas with drop cloth, then use electric sander to remove existing finish from cabinet. Next, wipe cabinet with damp cloth.
photo from DIY Network
Pre-Drill Holes for Hardware
Use tape measure to determine proper placement of hardware. Mark with pencil, then use drill and drill bit to add hole through door front. TIP: For an unexpected touch, consider doubling or tripling the amount of knobs or pulls needed for door fronts. This adds an extra layer of visual interest and graphic punch.
photo from DIY Network

Spray Primer

Wearing dust mask and using paint sprayer and quart of tinted primer or can of spray primer and spray-can handle, add an even coat of primer to the cabinet and door fronts. TIP: Using tinted primers when working with bold colors ensures a better finish and also cuts down on the number of coats needed.
photo from DIY Network

Spray Bold Color

With semigloss or high-gloss paint loaded into paint sprayer and wearing a dust mask, add first coat of bold paint to cabinet, ensuring even coverage of the interior and exterior. To ensure proper coverage, move left and right from top to bottom in a slow, controlled manner. Allow approximately three hours for first coat to cure, then repeat this process to apply second coat.
photo from DIY Network

Attach Hardware

Once paint is dry to the touch, attach new hardware into the pre-drilled holes using screwdriver or wrench.
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