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An Easy Approach to Word Art (and a New Stove!)

Many, many moons ago our stove died.

This was not necessarily a travesty.

We were hankering to replace the old stove with a new stainless one to match our new dishwasher, oven hood and refrigerator. Really, we owe the old girl our gratitude (especially for the fact that I was still able to sell it for $20!)

However, finding a replacement was no easy task. There is reason to believe that the entire kitchen was designed around this awkward stove placement.

We measured and measured and went off in search for the perfectly sized and positioned oven.

One that would fit into the tight spacing, and still let us open our drawer and cabinet door without needing to open the oven door first. If possible, we also wanted a stainless steel top (not black) and metal knobs (not plastic). We are nothing if not specific.

(For appliance hunting, we usually look at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sear’s, Sear’s Outlet and BestBuy, as well as some online retailers.)

The winner was the lovely KitchenAid from Lowe’s (which we had them “Meet and Beat” to the BestBuy price. We also had a coupon. God bless the man who invented coupons).

I am lovin’ my double oven! And this stovetop (with 5 burners) can be removed and turned into a griddle! (We love breakfast, so this was definitely a perk.)

The small space was begging for a small piece of cheery word-art, so I made this sign out of one of our old drawer fronts, similar to this project:

I’ve given word art tutorials before:

But this was the EASIEST way I’ve ever transferred the text outlines before… with chalk!

  1. Paint your background. If you like the weathered look, see my tips from this tutorial.
  2. Print out your words!
  3. Rub chalk all over the backside of the paper.
  4. Tape the paper on to your project and trace the letters firmly with a ballpoint pen.
  5. Remove paper to reveal the transfer of the chalk lines.
  6. Paint inside the lines.
  7. I added some shadow lines with a pencil to give it a little pop.

I love that it matches my taxi-yellow Kitchen Aid!

And check out where we snuck our microwave back into the kitchen!

We installed the outlet when we tore our downstairs bath to pieces. We purchased a Panasonic microwave from Amazon.com and it is SO QUIET! I love it.

I apologize for the helter skelterness of this post. Do people still say that? Or am I turning into my Mother?

All in all, thank you for all the sweet vacation well-wishes! I think my brain is still on vacation though… that does not bode well for the grammatical accurateness of this post!

Upcycled Cabinet Door Artwork Tutorial

Earlier this week I posted a before and after post of my kitchen-cabinets-turned-artwork project.

Truth be told, this project has been a long time coming. I painted these a while ago. We finally hung them up this weekend! Isn’t that how most things happen?

Upcycled Cabinet Door Artwork Tutorial:

I used wood filler in all the holes left from the hinges and knobs. After it dried, I sanded that down and then painted the doors with a foam roller. You can read more about that here.

Fast foward – we didn’t need to use the cabinet doors anymore. I posted them on CraigsList, but due to the assortment of random sizes they weren’t useable to anyone. Before tossing them all, I saved a few thinking they might be useful.

I started by spray painting the cabinet doors. This color is Italian Olive by Krylon.

I printed out my numbers in my font of choice (I used “MyWorld” from DaFont.com). For reference, each number is about 9″ tall.

Since I don’t have a large scale printer, I printed sections of it out on different sheets of paper and then taped them together. I taped that to the door and starting to firmly outline the shape with a ballpoint pen.

You’ll want to press hard enough with the pen to leave an indentation of the outline of the shape on the board. Don’t be afraid to scribble. It doesn’t have to be precise, you just need the general shape.

Use a small craft paint brush to fill in your outline. I did two coats, letting it dry in between coats. If your shapes aren’t perfect you can always sand that part down a bit more in the future steps.

Then I used some leftover stain we had in the basement and covered the whole door with stain.

After the stain dried I began sanding and scraping the doors, focusing especially on the letters.

There is no special way to do this. I used an assortment of sandpapers – ranging from very rough to fine. I also slammed a screwdriver on it a few times to give the board a few nicks.

Then I stained the board a second time to darken the places I had sanded. I let the boards dry for a couple of days before I touched them again.

To hang them, I added some picture hanging hardware. I needed to be sure to use screws that were short enough that they wouldn’t come out the other side!

My previous claim to the project being “F-R-E-E” wasn’t totally true. I forgot about this part. I bought hanging hardware at Target for $2.99. You will get about 20 pieces and wire, and I only used 4. So I suppose I could claim this project only cost about 35 cents.

We are very happy with the end result! And extra excited to finally have the artwork above our couch not seem like we just moved in. This definitely helped bring our living room one step closer to feeling completed.

What kind of artwork or decoration do you have in your living areas? Have you DIYed any of it?

I’m linking up to Nifty Thrifty Tuesday No.113 at Coastal Charm and Beneath my Heart’s Best DIY of May Projects

Turning Old Cabinet Doors into Art

Remember all those pesky kitchen cabinet doors that I attempted to refinish?

Well, since this space above our couch was looking pretty empty…

We decided to make a few additions to help round out the space above the couch…

I upcycled our old kitchen cabinet doors into custom artwork.

Since I refinished all the doors before we decided to were going to buy new ones, I didn’t want to let them all go to waste. (I tried to sell them, but since they were all such weird sizes (again, it’s an old house) they weren’t of any use to anyone.

It fits into my love for graphic art and it’s also sentimental – the dates of our engagement and wedding. It also doesn’t hurt that this project was 100% F-R-E-E.

The boards tie in with the rustic aspects of the oar (Many people ask if I made this -I wish! It is from Pottery Barn.) and pitted wood “matte/border” of the center artwork .

You may also notice, I spray painted the center frame a dark brown so it would pop off the walls more.

I’ll be back with a tutorial later this week!

The Kitchen is DONE!

Phase one is DONE.

After, oh, only 10 months. Yes. We started our kitchen renovations a whopping ten months ago. No wonder I’ve been so anxious to get this over with.

I first posted about our kitchen here when I posted about removing the wallpaper.

I can remember standing in our kitchen for the very first time when we looked at the house.

I must have a good imagination.

It was small. It had a huge creaky ceiling fan. A dank, old, dark pantry. A stained sink and chipping countertop. And the wallpaper. Oh my, the wallpaper.

We tackled the walls and cabinets with a vengeance. We ripped out the inside of the pantry. We knocked down a wall and made a cubby for our recessed fridge. Then we looked for the perfectly sized fridge for six weeks. We ripped out a dishwasher full of magenta water. Yuck. But enough of that. You’ve been hearing about that for ten months now.

Before we get to the final pics, here are a few renovation highlights.

I’ll do a before and after post later this week. You betcha I’m going to savor the flavor of this project being finished!

And now on to the phase I finished product:

Nary an exposed garbage can in sight:

Those last pesky cabinets that we procrastinated on:

I think I can cook here!

There’s miscellaneous paraphernalia on the fridge. We officially live here now.

And the beauty only lasted a week or so.

We just ripped out the microwave last night and I think we’re ready to order our backsplash tile!

This is the hood we got on clearance. The microwave (which is on the brink of death anyways) is now plugged in the basement until we buy a smaller one we will tuck inside the pantry. I will not miss that old clunker.

Do you know the definition of sadistic? Two words. Kitchen. Renovations.

Kitchen Projects left:

– Crown Molding
– Undercabinet lighting
– Shoe Molding
– Backsplash
– Endcap to the left of the stove
– New stove. Eventually.

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