Is there a spot in your kitchen that drives your crazy? That one place that just stands out and dates your whole kitchen? I had one, but I don't anymore! Thanks to my friend's great idea, my 1970's-looking counter top is now modernized. And it was so simple! Check out this easy kitchen fix.
I recently moved into a great house, but it needs a little updating. We just finished the kitchen floors and baseboards, but the braces under the kitchen counter top were still driving me crazy! To me, they just stood out and called attention to the cabinet color that I don't love.
My friend has the same house. When I visited her kitchen, I realized that I didn't notice her cabinet color or the braces under the kitchen counter at all. What was the difference? One, she had a beautiful paint color in her kitchen. (I hope to get to that eventually.) Two, she painted her braces to match her trim, and they disappeared. I had to try it.
Here's my before:
Don't those braces just scream 1970's? And why does that counter top need so many braces? I'm sure half of them are just for show.
Check out the after:
So much better! They just disappeared! Now, I just need a nice paint color to add some pizzazz. I'd love to paint the cabinets white, but there are a lot of projects in line before that one.
Want to try this in your home? Do you have a feature that bugs you because it stands out and dates your home? Have you considered painting it? What have you got to lose?
If you are ready to try it, here's what to do:
If you are painting wood, give it a light sanding and then wipe off the dust with a damp cloth. Caulk any loose areas. Paint with a coat of primer, and then your trim color.
- Don't forget to watch for drips.
- If your paint is showing lots of brush strokes, try adding a tiny bit of water to your paint.
- Try to do this project in one day or two. If you leave the tape on too long, it will peel off some of the paint when you remove it. I painted the primer on Saturday and the paint on Monday. It was not a smart move. I had to do a lot of touch up. If you make the same mistake, use an x-acto knife to cut the paint from the edge of the tape before you peel it off. Be smart so you don't have to do it the hard way!
That's it. This kitchen fix is so easy, and I hope you can apply it to whatever feature is driving you crazy in your home. Happy DIY-ing! Thanks for stopping by.
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