I have good news today, I just learned that my apartment complex is no longer for sale. The owner has decided to keep the building and make necessary repairs and improvements. I am sure this will bring a bit of an increase in rent but it will be worth it to me. I no longer have to plan what I will be doing in the garden by how difficult it would be to move it should a new owner decide we can’t use the field. As for rent, I am very fortunate to have open land and a beach across the street. Where most properties are very pricey this close to the water, I pay a total of $410 which includes all utilities, so an increase won’t break the bank.
Now for an update on the kitchen I am working on.
If you don’t know what I am talking about a good friend and neighbor had had enough with her ugly, muddy kitchen and was planning to have a new kitchen put in at her own cost. I talked her out of it by offering to redo the existing cabinetry.
Here is a look at the before of one of the cabinet doors. Yes, there are many stains on this door but I had to give her a pass when I realized the dark stained door was given a single coat of flat latex paint. Everything stuck to this and nothing was washable or it damaged the paint. Anyone considering painting kitchen cabinets, go ahead and do it. It’s cheap, easy and eco friendly because you won’t have a stack of cabinets heading for the trash. Just be sure to seal the finished cabinets with a water based sealer.
The sanding went along just fine….until I started on the recessed panel in the center. I had a feeling this was going to be an issue. Unfortunately I was right. The panel isn’t wood it’s Masonite, something you don’t see very often any more. Trying to remove the paint left the surface scratched and it was an ugly brown. I had to call my friend and suggest a few alternatives. She settled on paint but had no idea what color. We narrowed it down to three. I painted each of the colors on a section of the door and sent it home with her to consider.
The colors aren’t very clear in this photo, but from left to right there’s white, khaki, and sand. The khaki and sand were similar but the khaki was a bit darker. Sand was chosen so I got back to work sanding off the samples, prepping and painting. To hold up to anything a door can take in a kitchen I added three coats of polycrylic, sanding lightly between coats. This is what I sent back up stairs.
I left the original dark stain around the edges (same as the drawer) to tie in with the darker cabinet bases. When my friend spotted the finished door her response was ” Oooo I like!” While this isn’t what I would have done if given free reign as painted cabinets would have a wider appeal in a rental, this is what my friend wanted. She is a purist when it comes to wood despising paint on wooden objects. I’m still waiting to hear back whether she wants pulls or knobs on the doors as they didn’t have them.
Total cost is negligible for the kitchen. Some sandpaper, a bit of polycrylic and paint I received from Freecycle All total my cost will be between $5 and $10 for the entire kitchen. Once again: