LOOK ... A DIY project on my kitchen cabinets
Last week I did a little DIY project on my kitchen cabinets. Mind you, the idea of the project started out as a huge overhaul, but ended up being fast and cheap, just how I like it.
The end result I desired was to have a brighter kitchen by brightening up the cabinets. Unfortunately, they weren't really made of a material ideal for painting. They were some kind of plastic or fiberglass; I can never tell.
So, I had to find a way around it because I've got this little thing called determination and when I get something in my head that I want to do, I'll do what I have to in order to get it done - except for learning how to do a cartwheel. I'm convinced I will never learn that skill, although I always say I will, and I curse these long legs of mine whenever I think about it.
Anyway, what I decided for the cabinets was that I was going to use contact paper, but I knew it may be a task because the cabinets had a bit of a groove inset in them, so covering the entire door was not plausible.
And cutting the border out of the contact paper wasn't either. In fact, it seemed like a nightmare filled with air bubbles and misalignment - not something I was prepared to take on.
So, knowing that I was using pure white contact paper for the maximum amount of brightness, and knowing that contact paper is basically vinyl with adhesive on the back, a light bulb appeared over my head.
I remembered that I had seen electrical tape - which is basically vinyl with an adhesive backing - in various colors and I was pretty certain one of those colors was white - which is actually the absence of color if we're getting technical, but we're not, so let's move on.
I easily measured and cut the inside panels. I think the spirit of my grandmother, who my mom told me had cabinets similar to mine, helped me in applying the contact paper, because a few of my projects of in the past have ended in air bubbled, misaligned nightmares and she always did anything craft perfectly as I remember.
Needless to say, the application was flawless somehow, so I was ready to tackle and trim the perimeter.
With the help of a very nice gentleman at Jones' Hardware Store, I was able to find a $3 roll of white electrical tape that was of an ideal width.
Outlining the door was so simple, I did it when I came home from work one night and it went so smoothly that I didn't even take my coat off before I was done. It was a matter of minutes, I'm telling you.
So, Sunday night as I watched the Oscars and thought about how celebrities would be downing $100,000 bottles of champagne at after parties and later, literally, after some work by their livers, flushing it down the toilet, I was content in knowing that I saved time and money and was in complete satisfaction with my $8 project.
Spending a fortune and being fancy doesn't necessarily mean something is better. It's completely subjective.
Some may feel the need for silver spoons and expensive materials, but this girl is perfectly OK with an electrical tape and contact paper faux-paint upgrade.
(Jenna Wasakoski, a News-Item editor, is a graduate of Von Lee School of Aesthetics and is certified as a professional makeup artist.)