Showing posts from May, 2017

How To Paint Laminate Countertops To Look Like Stone

Sanding Sponge RagPaper towels Painters tape Drop cloth Primer Craft paint (I used black, metallic white, metallic gold, and maroon) 2 small paint foam rollerSmall paint synthetic roller  Paint tray Gloves Paper plates 3-4 artist sponges Finishing sponge Angled paint brush Foam paint brush Minwax Polycrylic  Tools:  Artistic ability, I guess.  I really wanted to paint this orange countertop a different color, but I didn't want to pay $70-$100 for one of the kits on the market. So I recreated the look with primer, craft paint, and sponges. It was pretty painless. The end result isn't perfect, but I like it. I had a lot of the materials already on hand. After I bought craft paint, sponges, and polycrylic, this project ended up costing about $30.

Step 1:  Sand laminate surface gently with sanding sponge.  

The purpose of sanding the surface is so the primer will have something to grip. Don't skip this step.

Step 2: Wipe away dust with wet rag. 

After you have wiped awa…

How To Remove Paint From Hardware

Citristrip Stripping Gel Wash Cloth Zipper plastic food storage bag Paper towel Steel wool scrubbing pad Washcloth Small plastic bucket Plastic gloves Tools:  Drill or screwdriver 
Is your fixer upper full of lazily-painted cabinets, where no one bothered to protect the hinges from paint? Is it just me, or does it drive you crazy too? Here's an easy and non-smelly way to remove paint from your cabinet hardware.

Step 1:  Remove hardware from your cabinets 
Remove hinges, etc. from your cabinets using a drill or screwdriver 
Step 2:  Put your hardware in a plastic food storage bag, then pour in some Citristrip. 
You don't really need a ton of gel. I would say enough to cover 1/4 of your hardware. Why use Citristrip? It actually smells NICE, and is safe to use indoors. That being said, I would recommend you open some windows when handling. 
Step 3: Seal bag, and massage until spread evenly on your hardware. 

It will look something like this when you are done:  Step 4: Let Citri…

$20 Hollow Core Bi-Fold Closet Door Makeover

1/4" thick, 4x8 sheet of plywood, cut into 3 1/2" strips the long way (I used this from Lowes) Liquid NailsCaulk w/Caulk Gun Sanding Sponge Wood Filler 6" foam roller 2" Angled Paint Brush 1/2" Angled Paint Brush Primer Paint Plastic Drop Cloth Painter's Tape New Hardware (knob or pull) Tools: 
Miter SawBrad Nailer with 1" finishing nailsPencil Level Tape Measure Drill A Second Pair of Hands (I used my trusty husband) Step 1:  Cut your plywood into 3 1/2" strips the long way 
A very nice employee at Lowe's did this for me. Were they cut perfectly? No. But after caulk, and paint, you really couldn't see the imperfections. You will need about 8 strips or less. Note: There are two sizes to the plywood: One is more smooth, the other has knots. I used the smooth side because I didn't want the knots to show. 

Step 2: Remove hardware from closet 
Remove knobs or pulls using a screwdriver or drill. Step 3: Attach top and bottom pieces o…

How To Paint Laminate Furniture

(Note: This post contains affiliate links)  Angled Sanding Sponge  (I use these for almost every project, so it is worth buying in bulk.) 2" Angled Paint Brush (This one is affordable and works just as well as pricier brushes)Mini Foam Paint Roller (I used this set from Lowe's and it works great) Tack Cloth DAP Alex Plus Caulk (I'd actually recommend buying in bulk because it is much cheaper, and I use this on almost every project too.) Caulk Gun (no need to buy a fancy one. This one will work fine) Elmer's Wood FillerZinsser Bulls Eye Primer (Or, get the 5 gallon bucket. I've used it on walls, furniture, cabinets, you name it.)Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd Enamel Paint Semi-Gloss (I used Benjamin Moore Advance, but you can also use Sherwin Williams ProClassic). Plastic drop cloth (Another item I buy in bulk. Are you seeing a theme?) Cloth or rag New Hardware (I got a 25-pack of oil-rubbed bronze bar pulls. I knew I would be using them on other furniture and …