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DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Good Morning Family, Friends and DIY'ers! The time has come for me to share my DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover in our Colorado home.
It is a process that cannot be rushed and patience along with a sturdy back, hands and arms are required. I still have about eight more cabinets to do.
I will be sharing before and after photos of our Kitchen cabinets along with a supply list and the real facts on how I successfully stripped, sanded, and painted our builder grade Oak cabinets.
his type of project is perfect for those months that require an individual to be indoors more than outdoors.
So without further delay let's proceed!

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I have always loved a white Kitchen!
 Many of you will remember our white gourmet Kitchen in Rockwall, Texas. My Texas Kitchen was a dream Kitchen which my husband and I designed.
 So with that same design in mind, we are ever so slowly creating an abbreviated version of that dream white Kitchen right here in our Colorado Cottage Home.

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here we go!

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As you can see this Kitchen needs some real love and a gas line for a gas range...once you have cooked with gas figuring out the low, high and medium of an electric range is a tad bit daunting and then just imagine adding high altitude!
I need Julia Childs!

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1. Rubber gloves 7. Sand Paper (100 grit) 2. Painter plastic drop cloths 8. Steel Wool 3. Paper Towels 9. Metal Bucket 4. Newspaper 10. Putty Knife 5. Paint Brushes 11. Screw Driver ( Or drill with attachment) 6. Wire Brush 12. Klean- Strip 1 gal. Sprayable Stripper 13. Kiltz 14. White Enamel or Semi-gloss Paint 15. 4 inch sponge rollers and roller (2 packages of rollers)

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Directions For DIY Kitchen Cabinet Makeover:

When doing this project please make sure you are in a well ventilated space.
I used our garage and an old work table.
The fumes from the stripper are quite strong and truly this a messy project!
Wear tattered clothing, worn out shoes and an old apron and please, please don't forget those safety goggles and rubber gloves.
Once the stripper begins working it sort of bubbles as all of that old varnish and stain begin to loosen, sort of looks like an ooey gooey version of a praline.

Using a screwdriver or drill with the appropriate bit remove all of the drawers and doors and pulls from Kitchen cabinets.
Spread a drop cloth on top of a work table then place the cabinet doors and drawers that you will be working on top of the drop cloth.

Put on rubber gloves then spray or paint a generous amount of stripper onto the face of the cabinet door or drawers. I worked on bundles of 3-4 at a time.
Wait 15- 20 minutes and then scrape off the softened lacquer with a putty knife, starting at the top and scraping down. Let the gel finish fall onto the drop cloth.
Repeat process until all the goo is removed. Wipe down the doors with paper towels.

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Sand all surfaces with 100-grit sandpaper.
 If the cabinet has integrated profiled moldings, use a wire brush to get into the nooks and crannies. Re-sand the cabinets with 100-grit sandpaper.
Sand parallel to the grain on all surfaces until the wood has a consistent look.
I took my cabinet doors and drawers into our guest bathroom and gave them a good washing in the bathtub.
 I didn't soak them, just cleaned them up real good and then set them down to dry.

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I let them dry about 3 hours and then applied my first coat of Kiltz.
I always let my paint dry longer than recommended because I just don't want any chips or honestly ever have to repaint these cabinets EVER again.
Once was enough for me!

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Once the Kiltz had dried I applied my first coat of Behr semi-gloss white paint.
I let it dry overnight and then applied the second the coat in the morning.
I waited 24 hours before installing the doors, drawers and pulls.

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Would I do it all over again...the teetering on ladders, the smelling of toxic fumes, the contortions, the sore back and the exhaustion??

Well of course! I saved us $20,000 dollars in new cabinets and the project took about one month.
This was not one of those enjoyable DIY projects...
But I sure do have a sense of satisfaction and maybe a little backache combined
with a whole lot of joy.

Thanks so much for stopping by! XOXO

Postcard From Jemma

Hello Folks, It's been awhile since we chatted and I hope this finds you all well. Today I am sending you postcards from Colorado, Texas and Puerto Rico from my new blog layout on Blogger! I am thrilled to have migrated from WordPress to blogger with the professional, kind and smart know-how of Rebekah Samuel( Lady Gadget, and her worker bee Team.) A BIG thank you goes out to Rebekah and Cyball for this extensive transformation. Now that I am back in my comfort zone on blogger my intention is to be writing more frequently and sharing my gardening, real estate, cooking, traveling and DIY projects with you all.

Winter in Colorado is nearly a distant memory while Spring is inviting us to enjoy warm weather and patio dining. I had forgotten that Spring in the West arrives like a tired locomotive laboring up a steep, so slowly. I have actually worn shorts one day and a parka the next, naughty Colorado teasing us all like this!

I am wondering what you have all been up to and if your weather is as up and down as ours. My friend (Sandy) told me that her Father believes that Planet Earth has moved ever so slightly off of her axis and that is why the weather seems to have gone bonkers in so many regions of our beautiful country...what do you think?

I have made a couple of trips to see my daughters, son and my grands since we last visited and naturally it did my heart good. There is nothing in this world as sweet and wonderful as a good dose of family time. Family is the elixr of life!

Living in the Springs, Denver area gives me easy access to two airports, so there are many flights and reasonable fares available and that makes traveling so much easier.

Our family is expanding, the grands are growing and I am sliding into the realm of living my best life as a 60 year old, well actually 62.

I have to say that 60 has caught me off guard a bit, 50 was no biggie, but this decade just feels different. I feel as though there is a disconnect to the woman I see in the mirror and the soul of the woman that lives in this 60 year old framework. One of the many physical changes that drives me mad is my hair. If you've been reading At Home With Jemma for awhile you know that my hair color has gone from brown, to blonde to white. Well,here I am again, having gone full circle back to white/blonde again...the struggle is real my friends.

Seems I want to grab more of each moment in each day and never let it go and live it more intentionally than ever before. Loving the philosophy of this gal; Brene Brown. Are you familiar with her? “Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” ~ Brene Brown

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” ~ Brene Brown

“The willingness to show up changes us, It makes us a little braver each time.” ~ Brene Brown

“To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.” ~ Brene Brown

Up next I will be sharing the beginning of our Kitchen makeover and some useful and practical tips on how to take stained cabinets to white.

xoxox Jemma