I’ve corrupted my Dad.
A while back, he was at my house helping me on a project. We finished up and he left. About 10 seconds later, he called.
“Anne, there’s a bunch of kitchen cabinet door samples out on the curb. Do you want ’em?” he asked.
“Heck yeah I want ’em!”
(He has not been doing this his whole life… What can I say? 😉
The samples were sitting outside a small kitchen design shop right around the corner from my house. They were discontinued so the owner was throwing them out.
Dad asked if it would be ok if we took them. The owner kind of gave him that look (you know the look, right? I bet you’ve gotten it yourself before) and said he didn’t mind.
There were about 15 or so and they were heavier than I thought but Dad took every last one.
I knew right away – they’d be perfect for a project I had in mind.
Our fridge is stainless steel and I don’t like the mess of taping stuff on it so that leaves me with no good place to hang the kids’ school papers and art work.
I used the viscosity cup and realized very quickly that the primer and paint I was using was WAY too thick. (You fill the cup with your paint. If it takes longer than X number of seconds to empty, it’s too thick. The little chart is right on the directions. )
No biggie. I thinned both with water and was ready to rock and roll.
I used water based primer and regular old white semi-gloss latex.
(I also did a little bench at the same time. That’s probably one of my best tips. Gather up a group of stuff you want to paint, and spray them all at the same time. It’s NO more work than spraying one thing, and you’re already going to be cleaning up, so get as much bang for your painting buck as you can!)
Easy peasy. The sprayer was easy to use and I didn’t even mind the cleanup – everything washed up easily.
You can also see that I had a large piece of cardboard under my things. If you’re doing small pieces, definitely try this. You can grab the cardboard and turn everything easily so you can be sure to spray from all angles. If you have enough extension cord to walk around, that’s fine, but I didn’t so this was a big help.
I picked up these metal bulldog clips from the office supply store, and with my drill, added a pilot hole to each sample where I wanted my papers to hang.
Then I screwed one clip right into the door on each sample so it was nice and secure. Once the paint was dry, I flipped the samples over, secured the doors shut, and added picture wire for hanging. I used a little black craft paint to put my children’s names on them.
I am thrilled with how these turned out!
They are part of a kitchen wall re-do, that also includes my Pottery Barn office organizer, a little DIY embroidery hoop art, some sticker charts, and up high, a yard sale wall shelf with rotating display space.
If you don’t have access to kitchen cabinet door samples (although I have to believe if you contact a retailer, they might hook you up), you could easily recreate the look with some plywood and a little decorative trim.
This was a very inexpensive project that solved a problem for us while maintaining the aesthetic I want in a space we use ALL the time – isn’t that just the best?
Now the kids love to have their special piece of art or good school paper hung in a place of honor.
I’m so glad I taught my Dad not to pass up the potential you can find on the side of the road! Thanks, Dad!
(And thanks HomeRight! They provided me with the sprayer. All opinions and comments are mine.)