It’s Day 6 of being back to blogging and I’m thrilled to share my RX for my tiny house’s tired kitchen cabinets. This past summer I began renting a tiny house for personal and professional use. It actually lives quite large at about 1,000 square feet. And I love every inch of this gorgeous 1905 shotgun boasting incredibly high ceilings, tall windows with original transoms, thick white-painted hardwood trim and character to spare. With all those vintage details going for it, the apartment grade refurbished oak kitchen cabinets were the only thing that weren’t pretty. Good thing my landlords were up for letting this DIYer give them a much needed facelift. They even provided the paint and supplies for the RX for my kitchen cabinets!
After two weekends of sanding, removing knobs and pulls, priming, painting and then reapplying the knobs and pulls (I did the top cabinets first, took a break then attacked the lower with renewed vigor!) the kitchen looks like it goes with the rest of the house. All of the time and elbow grease were well worth it. Not only because the room is now aesthetically pleasing but because of the sense of satisfaction that comes with having done it myself.
And you can too. Have cabinets in your home or office that need a refresh? Why not be Pink Collar Savvy & Chic and tackle them yourself? You don’t need lots of money, just the will and the work ethic. As a first timer painting cabinets, I can tell you from experience , it will be worth your while if you give provide a little RX for your cabinets!
It’s Day 358 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project, and I’m thrilled with the way my spray painted Swan business card holder turned out. A few weeks ago my Swan Sister, Kibby, who has played an integral part in me defining my logo, gifted me with a ceramic swan she purchased while on vacation at a North Carolina thrift store for a quarter! Though it had muted Shabby Chic colors, pure white goes better with my business card and white, pink and gold branding. That wasn’t a problem since I’m a quick draw with my white spray paint can and knew a few coats would bring it fully into my preferred pallet. I’d transformed a black coaster holder for my novel, Seasons of Her Soul’s book cards and it now looks more at home on my marketing table than any standard plastic card holder purchased at an office supply store ever could. Armed with this knowledge and my paint can, I went under the deck and transformed the cute ceramic piece. Now it is an elegant spray painted Swan business card holder.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose DIYer, entrepreneur and small business owner, I love it when my passions and purpose come together. I’ve always loved taking something inexpensive and using a little energy and little expense to transform it into something beautiful and useful. Though I started doing this as a child long before Rachel Ashwell, the founder of Shabby Chic style, made it chic (I got my dream bedroom at age 13 by painting my wood bedroom furniture white), she’s such an amazing DIYer, entrepreneur and business owner that continue to be inspired by her. Channeling her as I applied the final touches, completing the transformation, I was delighted to find my new business cards with their Swan logo had arrived when I went inside. Just in time for last weekend’s women’s workshop! There they nestled inside the spray painted Swan business card holder gracing the table – such a lovely symbol of transformation – beckoning other Swans to embark on total transformation experiences of their own.
Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about transforming ordinary items into something extraordinary for your home or business? Look around you. Could a can of spray paint turn an object into something that speaks about you as a person or professional?
It’s Day 303 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I’ve had an unplanned three-day break as a blogger to become a weekend warrior who completed a massive wall whitewashing. As many of you regular readers know, I’ve carried around a disgust (another D!) with our living room’s large faux stone wall that was equally massive. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve held strong views on interior decorating, including a deep-seated desire for things to be light and airy. This has only grown over time and manifested itself in dramatic DIY acts like whitewashing my bedroom furniture in the middle of the night to give it an English country feel when I was thirteen. My mother responded part angry, part in awe and ended up buying me Laura Ashley bedding and curtains to complete the look. I ended up with the teenage room of my dreams – all because I took matters – a paintbrush – into my own hands. The love of decor led me to earn a degree in Interior Design, jobs in the field, and clients to this day. And I was blessed to have free reign in decorating all of my homes… Until eight years ago when I remarried and moved into the home my hubby already owned. I only agreed to when he assured me I could redecorate any rooms except for his three boys’ and the man cave. With that understanding, I didn’t expect to have a battle on my hands regarding painting the faux stone. Attempting to avoid conflict, I tried to make peace with the wall by adding white folding screens, architectural pieces, etc. All in vain. Finally, on Friday afternoon, I decided to minimize the D and to maximize the potential beauty of the room. I went weekend warrior mode, took up my painting supplies and whitewashed the wall.
Though labor intensive – as in 15 hours with another touch up one to go – my spontaneous project wasn’t expensive. Our handyman, Mark, painted the first floor, stairwell and landing turned library creamy white a few years ago and had gallons of paint left over. Like me, he thought the wall looked out of place with the room’s lighter paint and decor. The home used to look like a lodge where a ginormous dark wall fit in. But now? It’s Shabby Chic cottage and needed to reflect that. So we conspired for him to put the leftovers to good use on the stone wall. Sadly, he was killed in a lawn mower accident last fall and never got the chance. Instead, I took it. My husband’s response was less than pleased. Still, I hope Mark would be – that I finished what he started.
As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose DIYer, I’m proud of my work and think the transformation is magical. I just wish my hubby could appreciate it. He and my adult stepsons (one has his own house, one has an apartment, and one lives here PT) have the man cave which is truly a second living room for watching sports, violent/scary movies, etc. My kiddos, both gamers, love it down there, too. I have zero say in its decor and am restricted from adding even add a throw pillow to make it possible for me to sit on the oversized sectional without my feet dangling in the air. It seems what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander when it comes to the living room where I read, write, watch HGTV chick flicks and movies with my kids, listen to music, etc. Though it’s the main living room, it’s also my she space. Though the guys in my life don’t approve of my decorating taste, it’s a lifelong part of who I am and one I didn’t think I’d have to give up because I was told I could redo the living room. Last I checked, that meant all four walls. That being the case, I won’t fight about it, but I will hold my weekend warrior ground and defend whitewashing the wall.
Any Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose perspective appreciated. Thank you!