August 24, 2013
Small Changes, Big Impacts
Hey there! I hope you all are having a FANTASTIC weekend. It's been a pretty busy one for me and my family so far. But, in a good way. :-)
We're getting ready for a family boating vacation next week. (Eeee! So excited!!) We haven't had much time for home improvements.
We did get a few small things done, and I think they're the kind of changes that have a big impact.
I'm talking about redoing trim paint, and replacing outlet covers!
That's some exciting stuff, right?
Actually, no. Who am I kidding?? It's really not. It's actually pretty boring stuff. And, honestly, that's why I overlooked the tasks for so long.
BUT, now that I've finally finished doing both ... I wish I'd gotten around to things sooner! Everything looks so much nicer!
First, let's talk outlet covers.
I just had the plain, cheapo, lamo ones in my kitchen:
And no offense if they're the ones you have. Trust me, I'm not judging. I had them up until yesterday!
They just don't say much. You know?
I knew I still wanted white ones. Mainly because I wanted them to fade into my white beadboard backsplash, that you can kinda see here:
I just didn't want them to be all like, "HELLO! LOOK AT ME! OUTLET COVER IN DA HOUSE!!"
But I definitely wanted some more character out of them.
So, I decided to go with these guys:
They're still pretty plain. But, like I said, I wanted that. I didn't want my outlet covers to be movie stars.
I just wanted a tiny bit more detail and charm.
And these do that for me. Here's a before and after:
Don't you just love how my old ones had paint marks on them and everything?
I am sooooo classy.
Here's another before and after:
But, ok, enough of that ... let's talk redoing trim paint now.
This work also took place in the kitchen. The trim in there needed a redo in THE WORST way.
So, I whipped out the semi-gloss, Ultra White paint. Semi-gloss is the most durable, so I always use it for trim. And I'm a Valspar kinda girl:
Of course, I used painter's tape ... because I'm messy:
Sure, putting it up adds prep time, but I never regret doing it.
I always wipe the trim clean before painting. Definitely DON'T want to paint over dust. Or spilled food. Etc.
OOH! And, for trim work, this is my FAVORITE brush:
And speaking of tape, this picture shows *just* how much it's needed:
Holy white stuff smeared everywhere!
Also, did you see that little dent up there? Here's a shot of it, before and after painting:
Isn't it amazing how much better it looks, just with a little bit of paint? I swear, you can't even see it anymore from a normal distance.
The space looks much cleaner now:
So, like I said at the start: Small changes, but big impacts!
A FULL kitchen reveal is coming one of these days, I swear ;-).
And until next time ... enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Hugs and love.