Spring 2021 One Room Challenge: Week 6

Friends it’s week 6 of the One Room Challenge hosted by Better Homes & Gardens! This is the week where spaces are starting to feel completely different and transformed. Eyes turn to remaining details, and if you’re like me, you feel a bit of panic at all that’s left to do.

Week six was cabinet painting week, and I’m so excited I got to partner with FreeForm Paintbrush for this project. Their amazing paint brushes have a unique comfort grip, & make quick work of big jobs. I used them for all of my cutting in and detail work. You can buy FreeForm brushes at Walmart.

With cabinet painting, I decided everything needed to be one cohesive color for simplicity. This includes the mudroom bench/space, the cabinets under the countertop, and my brand new built-ins. Originally, I had planned to paint everything a bright white, but as the weeks went on in this challenge, I started thinking that it might feel too cold. Since I was unsure, I decided to buy a few paint samples, and ending up choosing Sandstone Tint by Dutch Boy in a satin finish.

Painting cabinets can be a little more difficult than it may seem. You have to do the prep work ahead of time, and then use the proper type of paint. All basic tutorials will tell you to sand/degloss first, prime, sand again, then paint with an enamel based paint (not a latex paint like you’d use on your wall). I’d had success with the process painting a built-in for my master closet, so I followed it again for all of these cabinets.

I know not everyone loves painting. Painting makes me slow down. It makes me focus on the details. Each brush stroke glides on the surface like a bow on a violin creating a symphony of new color. It’s a very methodical process that can’t be rushed. There were a lot of different angles with all of these built-ins, so it definitely took that attention to detail to get them right.

At the end of the week, I’m so happy I went with a warmer color, and I cannot believe how different this space looks compared to six short weeks ago. I definitely have a lot I want to accomplish to finish this space out in the next two weeks so stay tuned, and make sure you’re following the One Room Challenge Blog to see what everyone else has been up to for their week 6!

Published by Bonitabyrachel

I'm Rachel! An avid DIYer, crafter, & maker. I love diving in and trying new things. I live in Indiana with my husband Dylan & our sweet dog Hoss. When I'm not building, you can find me caring for my plants, cooking a yummy meal, or painting some watercolors. Thanks for joining my DIY journey!

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