Painting Doors, starting from white

I have set myself the goal of painting all our internal doors.

I have some left over paint from the kitchen makeover I have done a couple of months ago.The furniture paint I used for that project was Rust-Oleum furniture paint, classified toy-safe. It really doesn’t smell that much and the satin finush is quite lovely. So I have decided to use it for painting the doors too.

I have read somewhere of this ‘life hack’ of using an elastic band to clean the brush  from the excess paint. It works beautifully!

EQUIPMENT

  • Doors
  • Small paint brush (I used one from the Ikea kids sections)
  • Medium paint brush (a more formal Hamilton speciment)
  • A messy mat
  • Screwdriver 

DIRECTIONS

  • Remove the hardware from the door if possible
  • Clean the door with a dump cloth
  • If you have a panel door, start painting the internal corners of one panel, then complete the panel. 
  • Repeat for each panel.
  • Then paint the rest of the side of the door.
  • Give a second coat if necessary.
  • Let it dry.

    Kitchen makeover

    A couple of months ago we moved into a lovely old Victorian house. The tall ceilings and the exposed wooden floor make it really homey.

    Though, the process of buying a house in the UK is tiresome and very stressful (it took us 40 very long weeks to get the keys!). I was a complete wreck when we finally moved and was obviously even more tired for the actual removal.

    I needed a very long therapy after all these stressful months, so I decided to paint the kitchen cupboards (if that makes sense).

    It took me a long while before I could decide the colors and the kind of paint. I have been flattered by all the chalk paint wave, but the thought of waxing and the costs involved were arguments too strong. Then I bumped into RustOleum furniture satin finish! This paint is amazing. Like the chalk paint, no need to sand, actually hardly any prep at all (just a good clean). But differently than the chalk paint, no waxing involved. I did add a protective layer around the kitchen hob, but otherwise left it bare.

    The paint is very easy to apply with a mini roller and for tiny inaccessible ppaces I used an Ikea paintbrush (from the kids sections.

    Also I painted the cupboards without removing them, which made the process even easier and quicker.

    EQUIPMENT NEEDED

    • Cleansing products
    • Masking tape
    • Rust-Oleum furniture paint satin finish (they also do Gloss finish)
    • Mini roll and tray
    • Small paintbrush
    • Newspapers to protect the floor.

    DIRECTIONS

    • Clean all the surfaces 
    • Whenever possible, remove the hardware. In my case it was just handles (I could not remove the ones from the dishwasher or fridge, so I carefully painted around them).
    • Apply the masking tape wherever needed. I decided to paint only the external side of the cupboards, so I taped all the internal perimeters.
    • If you have cuobiard doors with different layers, complete one layer at a time. Use the small paintbrush to reach the edge between layers and complete the big areas with the small roller.
    • Do at least two coats (for the white paint I did 3 coats).
    • Enjoy the results!

    I am not a skilful painter, but this paintis very forgiving. The brush/roller strokes blend and the result is a very smooth surface.

    Dolls house on a budget

    I saw somewhere a technique to make holes in a cardboard box and pass christmas light through to create a star effect little den. We didn’t have a big box to make a toddler size den (also, we wouldn’t have the space in our flat). B we had an empty cube in our shelving unit (well, we made some space really), some small cardboard boxes, little plastics left overs from ikea flatpacks and some dolls house furniture. That was enough to make a cute minature little dolls house on a budjet.

    EQUIPMENT NEEDED
    – a shelving uni, with some free space
    – smallish cardboard box
    – small battery operated Christmas lights
    – wrapping paper
    – a screwdriver
    – glue (paper and all purpose)

    DIRECTIONS
    1. Choose a cardboard box that fits in your shelving unit. Glue some pretty wrapping paper in the inside and let it dry.
    2. With a screwdriver make as many holes as your Chrismas lights.
    3. Inser the lights in the holes

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    4. With all purpose glue put some plastics where you want your upper floor to be.
    5. Cut a rectangle of cardboard box (we had some left over pieces of board) to be your upper floor. Glue some wrapping paper to make it pretty and glue it to the littlw supports.

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    5. Add the furniture.

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    6. Play.

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    We also had some left over cardboard boxes and popsicle sticks and made a floating door.

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