I’m so behind on posting updates for our guest room/playroom! Soccer season has begun and things have popped up (see: needing sprinkler system valves replaced in one day turns into 5 day job) Why does it seem like everything wants to break when we begin a room makeover?! I’d much rather spend money on the fun stuff like pretty lamps and pillows than literally bury it in the ground just so our grass can grow!
Rant over. Moving on… 😉
Last weekend I spent a day priming and painting the raw cabinets we bought at Home Depot. We bought two wall cabinets when they were having a promotion for 20% off stock cabinets, and thats what ultimately made my decision to purchase them versus IKEA even though I like IKEA’s better. I forgot to snap a picture before I painted them so here’s a picture from Home Depots website…
…and here’s what it looks like now in the room painted white.
I wanted the paint to be perfectly matched to the Ikea Expedit we already had in that room since it’s staying for now. Plus, I really love IKEA’s white! I think it’s perfect! So of course I did what any other paint loving logical person would do… Took that sucker apart so I could bring a piece of it in to be color matched 🙂
Before I started anything I had to sand down the cabinets. They were a little rough, especially around the edges since they were raw. Once everything was smooth, I wiped the dust off with a dry cloth, then again with a damp cloth and let it dry. I also removed the doors and the hardware. Once the cabinets were cleaned off I was able to prime. I chose an oil based spray primer, since I was also painting the insides of the cabinets which are a glossy laminate. I wanted to make sure the paint would stick to it with no problems.
It took two cans for each cabinet, so four in total.
Once the primer dried and cured for a bit I got out my paint sprayer and watered down the IKEA white paint per the manufacturers instructions. I love using a paint sprayer versus a roller or brush for cabinets and furniture because it gives a professional finish that can’t be duplicated! Plus it just makes the process a breeze with how quickly everything gets painted!
We also built little platforms out of 2×4’s for the cabinets to be raised up off the floor and give them a bit of height once they’re installed in the room. Nothing fancy, just cut to size, pre drilled holes, and screwed them together with wood screws.
So that’s where I’ll leave you for now. The room is coming together slowly but surely, which is totally our style and the norm around here. But we’re going to have to crank up the pace a bit since word on the street says my mother-in-law is coming to town at the end of March! I think we’ll get it done in time ( I hope!) 😉
Talk to you soon friends, take care!