Part II – Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

Here it is…my Cowgirl/Red Licorice Kitchen. Whew! That was a lot of work and it took longer than planned because we had family reunion slap dab in the middle of my project, but it was a nice break, so I’m not complaining.

I mentioned in Part I that I would explain a little more about why I used wax to finish the kitchen cabinets. I also said that I would give a estimate on how much a job like this would cost as a DIY project and how much I would quote this job for. I want to start by saying that this is not a typical project. It is in my home so I used advanced paint techniques and bold color choices that I probably wouldn’t suggest to the typical client. I have bold taste and I have the ability to repaint at anytime if I need to tone the colors down a bit.

So first off…the reason I LIKE WAX, is  for the ability to touch up and blend in repairs without being able to tell the boo-boo ever happened. Okay, so you are saying to yourself…why would there be deep gouges, scratches and other issues that might need touching up? The answer…CAUSE ANYTHING PAINTED HAS THE ABILITY TO SCRATCH with enough force. I have kids, dogs and LIFE that happens every day. Not to mention, these cabinets are NOT even WOOD, so it’s not a question of if…it’s when it scratches, I can make the scratch disappear in minutes with very little effort. With any other finish they would need to be stripped, sanded and completely repainted. With Chalk Paint and Wax you can paint right over the old wax and then re-wax, making it all blend together…like it never happened. Now that is magic!

Now lets get down to the nitty gritty details of the job…

This job it not for the faint of heart or a first timer. There were moments that I wanted to sit in the floor and cry, but I put my big girl boots on and pushed through. I also made mistakes…I’m a human and I do make mistakes…the important part is having the knowledge to fix the mistakes. This only comes with experience and it’s the most valuable tool there is.

So all you DIYers out there here are the numbers…

Hours
China Cab 12
Island 15
Wall 22
Total Hours 49

and here are the supply costs…

Supplies
Zinsser Primer $14
Chalk Paint ™ Primer Red (2) $70
Chalk Paint ™Emperors Silk $35
Chalk Paint ™Florence $35
Spray Paint (Hardware) $7
ASCP Clear Wax (2) $50
ASCP Dark Wax $25
Paint Brushes (2) Purdy Cub $35
Ultimate Wax Brushes (2) $50
Wiping Cloths $10
Total Supply Cost $331

Now for those of you that do not feel comfortable with tackling a project of this scale, here is what I would have charged for a job like this. Please note that this was more than just a single color paint technique. It was actually two colors (the second being a wash).

Labor
Cabinet Doors (Remove, Clean, Paint, Reinstall) 26 x $55 $1,430
Drawers (Remove, Clean, Paint, Reinstall) 12 x $40 $480
Pulls (Remove, Clean, Paint, Reinstall) 38 $25.00
Hinges (Remove, Clean, Paint, Reinstall) 52 $25.00
plus Island (same as 4 extra doors) 4 x $55 $220
Total Labor $2,180

Now add the supplies that labor cost and for about $2500 you have a whole new look. That is significantly less than replacing all the cabinets for a kitchen this size which, by the way is 15′ x 15′.

Here is how I come up with the quote. Each cabinet door is $55 and each drawer is $45. Obviously I’m not painting just the door and drawers…I’m also painting the cabinet itself, but this is just an simplified way to figure the cost quickly when doing a quote. Now there are exceptions to this rule when the kitchen has a large island that doesn’t have doors all the way around I just figure what it would be if the doors were there. (it’s simple, no hard math for me)

I just want to say this about painting a kitchen versus painting a piece of furniture…if it doesn’t turn out right, it’s a little harder to change out than a dresser or a table. It is a LOT of work and it is a major room in your house. It can also make or break your house if you are trying to sell it so make sure that you are prepared for the job if you are going to do it yourself.

Another note…there are a variety of techniques that could change the cost of this job, such as painting the inside of the cabinets and the doors, which is a lot more work and more money, but creates a very nice, finished look. You might also want to distress the doors, trim out flat panels or fill in holes for new hardware, etc, etc…which all changes the cost.

Overall it was a fun project and I’m glad it’s finished. Now who needs a kitchen makeover? I gettin’ bored already…I need a new project or I’m gonna start gettin’ into trouble, lol.

Happy Trails…

~Denna~

First Official Day @ Our New Location

Our new store is located in The Renaissance Building at 411 N. Donnelly Street in Downtown Mount Dora.

WOW! We had a great opening day and now we get to rearrange the store because we sold a couple of big pieces of furniture. Yay!

I was able to meet a few of my blog followers in person, which is always fun.

And of course we played with the paint…

I can’t wait to see everyone that plans on coming tomorrow.

WooHOO!

~Denna~

Inventory Ready To Be ReDesigned

The warehouse is filling up with pieces waiting to be ReDesigned. Here are a few of them…

New Loot! French Market Style

I have spent the last couple days changing out my “girly” booth to reflect more of the French Market Style that I love.  As some of you might already know, I have multiple design personalities and they frequently fight with each other. Sometimes I try to mix them all together and it works, other times it drives me nuts. Currently, I have my “guy” booth and my “girly” booth.

This is my “French Market Style” booth. This style might be confused with Shabby Chic, but it’s a bit more rustic in it’s color palette. It’s more burlap than lace and a little less delicate.

My ReDesigned

“Juliette” bed turned out amazing. She is perfectly imperfect.

So that is a glimpse at my girly side and here is the other side…

Rustic ranch with warm tones, bright colors and funky cowboy junk.

That’s me…eclectic to the max.

Y’all have a great weekend and good luck junkin’

D~

MoRe SpAce for mORe SuPer Cool LooT!

I have expanded my booth at The Tavares Antique Mall to accommodate the ever expanding amount of loot that I score. I brought in more goodies today and did some rearranging,  which is a never ending process for me.

My style is so eclectic that my multiple {design} personalities start to fight with each other. Most of the time they work together but last week they were definitely at odds with each other and nothing turned out the way I wanted.

My junkin personality won out today when I was able to score all kinds of off beat, quirky and slightly unusual things. I typically don’t look for the precious antiques, as I prefer oddities and things that you have to ask what they are. I like mantiques and vintiques a little more than Fenton and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Anyhoo…here is the lowdown on today’s LOOT!

A Super Funky Vintage Box and you ask what for?!?

What else but your Wig…duh!!!!

I love this Vodka Decanter/ Dispenser. It would be fun in a Cowboy -Wild West theme bar.

and everyone needs a light like this one for their bar

and a lamp for their Jetsons House

Tom Torrens Lamp

Decanter with music box that play "How Dry Am I" and this one is pretty dry...

Vintage Sign for Mint Shnapps

Cig. Roller

Good ol' junk Cabinet

full of…well what else…good junk, including these Destash Jars

Green & Yellow Destash Jars

okay… some of you might not get the destash jars, so let me try to explain…to destash is to get rid of all that stuff in your junk drawers. So a destash jar is…you guessed it… junk in a jar, lol. More specifically… color coordinated, silly junk in a jar. It makes a really cool and visually stimulating conversation piece. I used to make them all the time with buttons and jewelry findings, but I love the quirky junk that you find in these.

Anyhoo…gotta run…Have a great week!

Mine is off to a good start, yay!

D~

Find Of The Week & Progress Updates

I found this really great distressed church pew and I knew exactly where I wanted to put it. I didn’t measure it, but somehow I knew that it would fit and it just barely did.  It was meant to be mine. Thank goodness, because I didn’t have anywhere else to put it. Now I have to relocate the prints that are above it. The one thing about being an antiques dealer is that your house decor is constantly rotating to different places every time you bring something else home, lol. I think I am going to do some very un-churchy  wall decor above it. Maybe an old honky-tonk concert poster or a saloon sign to show some contrast.

Look how perfectly distressed it is! I like having odd conversation pieces in my house and when my 18 year old son asked “is that a church pew”? I knew that I had hit the nail on the head with this one.

Updates…

as for the progress on this weeks to do list…

well I got everything sanded, but no painting occurred thanks to the rainy weather. Maybe the weekend will be a productive one.

Y’all have a good one.

D~

Find Of The Week

Hey y’all

this weeks “find of the week” is fresh off the press and straight from the pages of Etsy

I LOVE these hand cut signs made by Etsy seller Slippin’ Southern.

momma tried…yes ma’am, she did…

but

I was born a ramblin (wo)man…

He has many more cute signs on his Esty page. I would love to have these hangin’ in my booth. Maybe I will order a couple…

Y’all have a funky Friday…

D~

No Plans for Tomorrow? Come visit us at the Tavares Antique Mall

I will be at the Tavares Antique Mall tomorrow for a couple hours around lunch time. Come on over…say HOWDY and pick ya up some good ol’ junk.

While you are there make sure you check out my booth and Cary Martins jewelry. Here is a snippet of what you will find.

Cary Martin Designs

Cary Martin Designs

Cary Martin Designs

Cary Martin Designs

and of course don’t leave without checkin’ out the High Falootin’ Booth

High Falootin' Booth

Have a great weekend and good luck junkin’

D~

 

 

Art Around Town {& New Loot}

I wanted to remind y’all about the Art Around Town event tomorrow night in Tavares. Make sure that you stop by the Tavares Antique Mall and say hey to me. I will be hangin’ out in my booth. Y’all come on by!

Also, here are some new goodies…

I call this style…Old Hollywood Glam Revival. It’s 2011 Glammy. (yes, I watch the show Jerseylicious)

The chairs are carved Spanish -Old World style. I have 1 arm chair and 4 side chairs. They are covered in burlap and have a dry brush chippy paint that I chose to keep.

I have a lot more new loot to post later today…

D~

 

We Have Moved In {Tavares Antique Mall}

Were Here…

and just in time for all of you that are out antiquing and junkin’ this weekend during the Renningers Antique Extravaganza. The Tavares Antique Mall is only 15 minutes away from the Mount Dora Event.

Good Luck Junkin’

D~