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~

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~

New Loot!

I have lots of new loot…here is a snippet whats new…

 

Custom Painted OOAK shutters $200

Vintage Trunk $225

SOLD

Also, I changed the High Falootin’ booth @ the Tavares Antique Mall last Sunday…

French Market Style – Rustic Romance

High meets Low

I love contrast and mixing refined antiques with rustic pieces. It makes the stuffy pieces more inviting and the rustic junk stands out more when juxtaposed with the fancy stuff.

High Falootin’ Junk Booth

I will be posting more pics tomorrow when I have the chandeliers hung. I will be bringing in three big pieces of furniture this week so keep an eye out for more new stuff.

Hope y’all have a great day.

D~

Texas Tuesdays {ALL Things Texas}

Due to my crazy, hectic life I have decided to combine my other blog “Will Work For Boots” and this blog,  I hated to give up the popular topics that were on the other blog, so those topics will have a new home on this blog. On “Will Work For Boots” I did Texas Music Tuesdays, where I featured a different Texas Music artist each week. I will talk more about the Texas Music Scene a little later on, but for now I will just say that if you haven’t heard it, your missing out.  Anyway…since I’m combining the blogs I figured that I would expand the Texas Tuesday theme and talk about all thing’s from the Big O’ state of TEXAS including…

Music

Fashion

Just to prove that Texas IS the style center of the universe, OPI has come out with a new line of Texas inspired nail polish colors. I need ALL of them, but I only ordered Don’t Mess With Texas and Austin-tatious Turquoise. Won’t they look amazing with my Gypsy Soule Flip Flops?

Pic Courtesy of Just Nice Things
Pic Courtesy of Just Nice Things
Pic Courtesy of Just Nice Things

and Western Decor…at it’s finest

like this chair


Steel Strike Leather

and the Marburger/Round Top Antiques Week

 


Pic Courtesy of Amy Boland

This is just a preview of what to expect from Texas Tuesdays.

Now y’all come back ya hear?

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~

Were Moving In {To The Tavares Antique Mall}

We have a major announcement

We will be moving into the Tavares Antique Mall beginning on Jan 18th and will be ready for the Art Around Town Event Jan. 21st @ 5:30. This is a great event and we are very excited to be showing off our booth for the first time at this event.


Come out and see our booth and  join us for a really fun event.

D~

Cowboys & Indians

Hand Carved Indian

This is a one of a kind piece. It is a great decorator/collector piece for any western, cabin or rustic ranch style home. He is $125.

 

Hand Carved Indian

He measures 16.5″ tall x 12″ wide x 7″ deep.

Side Profile of Indian

Back of Indian

just to complete the theme I have a The Outlier by Remington and Remington Collector Plates

Gypsyfied Finds {yes it’s a word…at least in my vocab}

I finished a few more of my smaller pieces yesterday…just in time to get MORE good junk to refinish. I picked up some great stuff last night and tomorrow should bring more good loot my way.

 

Not Too Shabby Bench $29

"Dont Forget to be Shabby" Memo Board $19

My Little Alamo Curio Cabinet $29

Detail of My Little Alamo

Turquesa Grande Memo Board $49

Detail of Turquesa Grande Memo Board

Oodles of Skittle Candle Holders $9-12 each

Thanks for checkin out my loot. There is more to come tomorrow.

Black and Burlap Chair and Stool

In case you didn’t know, I love burlap.  I use it on everything because it goes with almost everything. Here is a cute little chair and stool that has been painted black, distressed and topped with my fave material…you guessed it…Burlap!

 

Black and Burlap Beauty

"Prop your feet up and stay a spell" stool

More New Loot {Turquesa Grande}

Turquesa Grande is indeed a grand desk. He is almost done. I’m waiting for drawer pulls. It’s the story of my life…waiting that is. I’m always waiting for something. Anyway, this guy is rough and rugged but pretty…if that is at all possible. I tend to think so…

 

Turquesa Grande

The Drawer pulls will be a Spanish/Mission style cast iron.

Top of Turquesa Grande

Contact me to reserve before he is listed on my Etsy Store.

Be High Falootin this year!