How to Reburish Your Cabinets

Refinishing cabinets can save homeowners a lot of money during a redesign. By doing the cabinets yourself, you can create the custom look you desired without dropping loads of cash. Plus, the process of refurbishing is quick and easy.

Label The Doors

To avoid future confusion, label which door belongs with which cabinet by assigning numbers. Rip off a piece of tape and write the number with a permanent marker. Door one belongs with cabinet one and vice-versa.

Fill Holes with Wood Putty

This step is optional depending on whether or not you are planning on using the original hardware. If you decide to buy new hardware, fill the original holes with wood putty.

Sand The Wood

Begin by lightly sanding the wood surface to remove any remaining sheen.

Prime Coat The Cabinets

Invest in a quality primer for this project. If you are using a darker paint on your cabinets, buy a tinted primer. If you are painting a lighter color on the cabinets, you will apply fewer coats of paint and primer.

Rent an HVLP Paint Sprayer (Optional)

HVLP paint sprayers can be rented at your local home improvement stores and help with the overall quality and professional look of your cabinets. This sprayer helps avoid streak marks caused by an unsteady hand.

Use a Jig

Mark with a jig where you want your new hardware to be on the cabinet.

Reinstall Doors

You will need to match the doors with the numbers from before, and we are in business.

Apply Touch-ups

Basic touch-ups can be done after installation.

Place Hardware

By now, you should have decided whether or not you want to use your previous hardware or new hardware. New hardware allows you to add your personal touch to the piece. Consider playing around with different sizes and shapes to add character.

Protect with Felt Door Dampers

These help to protect the doors from everyday use. We encourage you to place them on to protect your recently refurbished cabinets.

Revamping your cabinets will add character to the room. Whether you are restoring the kitchen or the bathroom, it is an inexpensive but charismatic look for all budgets.

Real Solutions: Room Dividers

Open layout homes are becoming more common lately.  While the open space is great for creating an airy, free-flowing atmosphere, sometimes it is to your advantage to incorporate room dividers.  For example, studios without privacy walls have a bed technically inside of the living room. Maybe you do not own a studio and want to create more privacy in your home, but luckily, building a “privacy wall” does not mean you need to recreate the blueprints of your house.  There are several creative ways to create room dividers that can keep the open layout feel while providing a temporary or casual room division.  Here are some of our favorite room divider projects you can incorporate in your own home today. Let’s take a look!

Book Shelf

Adding a bookshelf to divide your space is an easy hack that can help create privacy.  Find a bookshelf that is accessible from both sides and turn it perpendicular to the wall.  These will not create a total barrier between the rooms but can still create a division.  Plus, it can help split rooms while allowing the open atmosphere to thrive still.

Frosted Glass

A great way to add privacy to a bedroom or bathroom area in a studio is by adding a frosted glass wall.  It still allows light to move throughout the space to feel open but can create privacy.  This is a great addition and can be a do-it-yourself project just by purchasing the glass and installing it.  You can even install rollers to allow the privacy wall to extend or contract.

Privacy Curtain

Incorporating a privacy curtain is great for bathrooms or even balconies.  Install a rail in which your curtains can hang.  Your rail does not have to be straight across but can be creative and have an arch or bend.  You also are not limited to just textile curtains.  Find a curtain style that enhances your atmosphere.  Metal mesh or wooden bead curtains are some the many different options you can consider including in your home.

Be creative in your room division.  Open layouts have many advantages and are an advantage for resell value.  Consider creating your own room divider in your home while allowing the space to stay open and spacious, and remember that these tricks are great for any size home.  For more great tricks and tips, be sure to subscribe to our email.


How to Remove Popcorn Ceilings

Throughout the 1930s to the 1990s, popcorn ceilings were installed in most homes. Recently, the style has become more obsolete and out-dated, leaving homeowners wanting to remove the dated ceiling look. If you find yourself wanting to get rid of your popcorn ceiling, we have the perfect DIY project for you. Let us get started!

Supply List:

    • Plastic Tarp
    • Spray Bottle
    • Drywall Knife
    • Wet/Dry Vacuum
    • Painter’s Tape
    • Sandpaper
    • Paint + Primer

Step One

Take off any air vents and cover or remove your light fixtures from the ceiling.

Step Two

Place a plastic tarp overtop of all of your furniture to prevent staining.

  • Pro-Tip: Most homeowners find it easier to place all of their furniture into the center of the room then put one giant tarp overtop of all it. This way you do not have to buy multiple plastic tarps.

Step Three

Grab an empty spray bottle and fill it with warm water. Once the bottle is filled, lightly mist the ceiling.

Step Four

Let the dampened ceiling sit for approximately fifteen minutes.

Step Five

Taking a file, you will want to file down your drywall’s knife. This will help to avoid “gouging.”

Step Six

Attach your drywall knife to a wet/dry vacuum head.

  • Pro-Tip: You can use painter’s tape to hold the pieces together.

Step Seven

Run the drywall knife + vacuum over your ceiling to remove the popcorn look.

Step Eight

Take sandpaper and run over any leftover rough patches.

Step Nine

Now that your ceiling has been “un-popcorned,” you will want to prime and paint the area. For suggestions on paint, contact your local paint store for their advice.

Step Ten

Let the ceiling dry before you move back your furniture and put the air vents/light fixtures back in place.

Please Note: It is essential to make sure you are safe during this project. Be sure to wear a face mask to avoid potential exposure to dust and debris. Also, if you own a home that was built before 1978,  you will need to test for lead and asbestos.