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This is the FIRST ‘official’ LOOK at our new apartment! When we moved into our newest apartment this August I already had a detailed plan of all the DIYs on the to-do list. The cabinets were my number one priority! We moved into the best apartment in Gainesville! I realize that this statement is biased, but I take a lot of pride in where I live. I think your home is an extension of your personality. Your home should feel like that really good hair day, every day. That’s what I work towards in every DIY project and every rearranging of furniture and accessories. By the way, anything you see with #HappyHome407 on any of my SM accounts is this girl right here showing you through our moving process and our apartment updates.
The cabinets in Happy Home 407 are GREAT don’t get me wrong, I love the cabinets. They’re old, and well-made. They weren’t made the way cabinets are today which is a good thing relative to IKEA and compressed-wood quality. But they needed an update, desperately. You could see the different pieces of wood that were glued together for the doors. The amount of wood was overwhelming and made the kitchen feel small and dingy. The yellow-patterned countertops don’t help much either!
The cabinets are young and fresh-faced, modern and perfectly fit our apartment decor concept. They are a subtle focal point in the open concept that is our kitchen, dining and living room. Think microsized apartment, people, after all we only have 460 sqft. half of that being the bedroom/bathroom side of the apartment. We have made it work though!
Painting the cabinets required three coats of paint and lots of patience. We should have sanded all of the cabinets and started from scratch but it’s a rental and that would have been too much effort for cabinets we may only enjoy for a year or two. So we cleaned every inch of them and then on went 2 coats of this lovely gray shade. I then applied a coat of polyurethane to “protect the wood from water spilling.” It turned out to be a big mistake because it made the cabinets look like an overused, white T-shirt… as in yellowish. So on went a third coat of paint to finish it all off.
I wanted a neat look so I followed all the rules:
-Be sure to take off all hardware. At first it may seem like it’s more work, but trust me painting around hardware will be messy; and cleaning up after you inevitably hit it with a roller… so annoying.
-Protect your floors with a painting cloth or old sheets. Always have a moist rag around for cleaning up spots.
-Tape the edges of the cabinets for a clean line.
Some of you may be saying I’m crazy for putting this much effort into a rental. This is a very valid observation indeed, but I think it’s totally worth it. You knock it out as soon as you move in, when nothing is unpacked and everything is already semi-dirty from the constant movement, and drilling for shelves and what not. Now that we’ve settled in, I’m trying to at least get 1 major project done a month, but you know how things get put on an imaginary list to get done “someday”.
I had to include this photo! How stunning do these white roses look?
I’d love to see your cabinet projects and kitchen inspiration! Comment below!