apple Our Fifth House: The Ghosts of DIYs Past

Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Ghosts of DIYs Past

First of all, thank you all so very much for all of your comments yesterday!  I knew I could count on you!  I've yet to make a lighting decision, but when you plan on living in a house for, oh, say about the next 30 years or so, what's another day or two right?!

Anyhow, I've had other things to occupy my time and energy anyway.  You already know that we inherited white painted cabinets from the previous owners of our home.  They looked like this when we moved in almost two years ago.



You also know that we made a change to these cabinets by adding molding, changing the hardware, and distressing/glazing them.





We've also had new floors, a back splash, and hood installed.  The kitchen looks really different now, and I'll soon be doing the big before and after mini-renovation reveal.

You've seen mostly the progress and pretty pictures, but what you don't know is that the owners that painted these light oak cabinets white left traces of evidence that this paint job was a diy project with a less than perfect result.  I mean I seriously doubt that this was the work of a professional painter.



Believe me when I say, that I am not the best diy'er.  I am in no way criticizing the efforts put forth by the previous owners, as I am sure that I left behind a ghost or two in my old home.  However, this was a pretty simple fix.  I kept putting it off, but it really didn't take too long to deal with the ghosts of diys past.  It wasn't fun, but I couldn't handle it any longer.  I had to do something about all the nasty paint drips.  They were in every drawer!  I cleared the contents of each drawer, sanded, primed (with Zinnser), and then painted 2 coats of our white cabinet paint.  And now, when I open these drawers in front of company I won't feel completely embarrassed or totally disgusted.


My paint job isn't perfect, but it is drip less!  Getting rid of the ghosts (either the ones you inherited or the ones you created) can be such a tedious job, but it's always worth it when the job is done.  Have you had to deal with any ghosts of diys past lately?

13 comments:

  1. Isn't it amazing what a little time and effort will do for our own peace of mind? :) Those drips would have driven me slowly insane. The cupboards look beautiful inside and out now! I'm sure we left more than a few ghosts of DIY past at our last home. Our current house did not have DIY owners previously so we are mostly just dealing with builder stuff. Enjoy your day!

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  2. Very smart move. I never would have known that your cabinets had been painted by looking at them. Funny, you posted about getting rid of ghosts today and I posted about adding them!

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  3. that looks so much cleaner and better- great job! and we definitely have several ghosts hanging out in this house.... all in time. we plan to be here for years, too!

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  4. Our kitchen cabinets were painted white when we bought our house too. For sure not a professional job because they are chipping and look awful. I can't wait to have a professional come paint them!

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  5. Very nice! I love the oil rubbed bronze cup pulls!! Did you buy them or paint them? I can hardly wait to see the before and after pictures.

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  6. Nice job! Now, you're not afraid to open the cabinets!

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  7. I cannot believe how you've transformed that kitchen! It's beautiful!
    Stacy

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  8. Kudos to you. I always say it's in the details.

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  9. Thanks everyone! It feels good to get it over with. Barbara - so true!

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  10. Funny how little things can bother us and taking the time to fix them sets or minds at ease. Yes, I know all about ghosts of diys past.

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  11. Most people could care less about this sort of thing, but I totally understand! I like the inside to look as good as the outside and these sorts of things bother me to. Glad to have found your blog!

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  12. much improved! i always take forever to replace outlet covers and such after i paint. it's so necessary and little, but such a pain.

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