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A Crazy Year to DIY the Kitchen – Cabinet Shelves


DIY the Kitchen – Cabinet Shelves

Cabinet shelves. They blend into the background of your cabinets, because you have all kinds of dishes and food on top of them. Do you want them to be invisible?

cabinet shelves

old look inside

Not me! I wanted the cabinet shelves to a focal point when you open the door. I wanted people to say “That is so cool!”

How do you do that?

This is the ONLY place where contact paper is appropriate. People use it to cover furniture all the time. Okay maybe if it is a cheap piece of furniture, but seriously!

Contact paper now comes in all kinds of colors and patterns. Rumor has it wallpaper is dying, and when people are in a home improvement store, they are being directed to contact paper for most of their projects. I guess you have to go to a design studio or the internet if you want wall paper.

It takes very little time to add a pop of color to your shelves. I wanted something to match the cabinet hardware, and the closest I found was fire engine red. Not quite a cherry or candy apple red, but it was still really red, and went well with inside white paint of the cabinets.

It is very easy to attach. Hopefully you have removable, adjustable shelves, which is what I have. If you have stuck cabinet shelves, it will take a ladder and a lot more patience and time than I have.

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A Crazy Year to DIY the Kitchen – Kitchen Cabinets


DIY The Kitchen – Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen Update

This is what my kitchen looked like right after I moved in, bought new appliances, and painted some walls.

This post talks about the kitchen cabinet outsides. My cabinets were in great shape, even though the cabinets were original to the 1974 house. The only weird thing was they put thin plywood on the inside (top, bottom, sides and back). And not very well.

I actually had done the kitchen cabinets a couple of years ago myself. I had used the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations kit ($75). I lightened my cabinets from a darker oak to a vintage color. It took 5 days to do, completing the project only at night after work.

Go here for the post where I used the Transformations kit.

kitchen cabinet

After the first transformation with Rustoleum

t was a great idea at the time, but I decided I really didn’t like it after a while. No clue why, other than it was not inspiring. And my kitchen needs to be inspiring in order for me to cook something other than Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (my daughter’s favorite food).  Does that make sense?

Giving it a Second Go Around

So I decided to change the kitchen cabinets. Again. I was starting to fall in love with mid-century designs. I think I was born about 20 years too late. The 50’s are when almost every woman knew how to cook! Read more

Cheap Kitchen Updates – Part 2


Cheap Kitchen Updates – Part 2

Kitchen updates again? Really?

Okay, so you’ve decided to paint the kitchen, and got that accomplished last weekend. Isn’t there something else a goddess can do to create a new kitchen without having to take out a loan?

Of course there is! That is what I did last year, and I am here to help you decide what you want to do as an overhaul, without having to break the bank.

The next easiest thing (actually easier than painting), and a little bit pricier would be to change the hardware on your cabinet doors and drawers.

But I like my cabinet hardware! Don’t make me change it! Fine, don’t change it. But I bet it could use some cleaning. Has it ever been cleaned? No? What do you mean you don’t clean your hardware. Well, neither do I. But I learned how just in case.

Metal cabinet hardware needs to be cleaned regularly, else it looks seriously dingy. Think about it. We have grease, dirt, fingerprints, dust, spilled food, all in a small area called our kitchen. The hardware should be cleaned on a regular basis. Let’s say monthly, please. Read more

Cheap Kitchen Updates – Part 1


Cheap Kitchen Updates – Part 1

Do you want a cheap kitchen update? How about spending (depending on taste) under $100?

At one point or another, all kitchens get boring. Maybe it’s the color of the backsplash, or maybe you don’t have a backsplash. Maybe it’s the color of the cabinets themselves. Maybe you want something more special than just laminate countertops.

There are a multitude of things you can do with a kitchen update, anywhere from the simple to the extreme. The kitchen is the best place to do a remodel and get the most bang for your buck. But do you have tens of thousands of dollars to redo it? Do you have potentially months of having minimal or no access to your beloved heart of the home? I know I didn’t.

But I wanted a change, a dramatic kitchen update. I spent almost a full year doing it a little at a time, what I could afford. My kitchen does not look anything like it used to, other than the appliances and the walls.

Kitchen Update

This is what my kitchen looked like right after I moved in, bought new appliances, and painted some walls.

The easiest things to change your kitchen are at your fingertips. Two easy makeovers that don’t take a lot of time, and ones you can do yourself. Read more

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