Just because you are living on a budget, doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful home. There are many ways to save money while upgrading your home, and I will start off the first day of The Pink Hammer Blog by sharing one of my many budget friendly D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) tips with you!
One of my recent projects was to update my bathroom vanity cupboard to fit the style I love and blend better with the rest of my home. I spent less than $30 on supplies for the project vs. spending hundreds on a complete new vanity set.
Sometimes when you first look at a project..you may feel overwhelmed, and feel that there is no way you can possibly take on such a task by yourself. But I guarantee you that you CAN do it & when you’re finished, you will look back and be so proud of what YOU just completed!
To get the vanity cupboards ready and prepped for painting, I removed all of the drawers and placed them on a flat surface. I washed the vanity cupboard and drawers with soap & water, then sanded them lightly to scuff the surface. Next I applied one coat of Bonding Primer, waited patiently for that to completely dry, and then applied 2-3 coats of white satin finish paint.
Between coats of paint, I suggest grabbing a nice cold drink and putting your feet up. While you are painting, I recommend blasting your radio, and maybe even singing along. It is also good to run a fan in the room you are painting in, not only does it help things dry better, and keep the air circulating, but it cools you down while you’re working hard.
The original vanity had no drawer pulls or cabinet pulls. I purchased them all for around $10.00. After painting the vanity drawers & cupboard doors. I measured the center of each drawer and marked with a pencil where I wanted to drill my hole. Make sure that you find a drill bit that is the same size as the bolt that comes with your cabinet knobs. An easy way to do this is to just take your drill bits and place them end to end against the bolt. Or if you have a handy Drill Bit Gauge, like pictured here;
You can simply take your screw or bolt that you will be using and find the bit size/hole that it matches/fits with, then you know exactly what size drill bit you need to use! One you find the correct drill bit size, you can start the fun part-drilling holes! Once all of your holes are drilled you can easily install your cabinet knobs and door pulls. Just undo the bolts/nuts that came on each knob, place the knob with the bolt attached through the hole, and then place a nut on the back side of the door/drawer and back side of the knob until it is nice and tight. Simple as that!
A simple project, a small amount of money & time = a happy home owner!
Thanks for reading,
You can also view this article in the February 2012 issue of Queen of the Castle Magazine (pages 24/25) here.