DIY Project #1: Cabinet Handles

DIY Project #1 was probably the quickest and easiest project we have tackled and completed in the “Fleer abode” thus far! Though it happened months ago, I thought that it was time to finally share it with you all!

Our house was built in the 70’s and so I’m pretty sure our otherwise attractive kitchen cabinets were brought down by these terribly ugly, 70’s style cabinet handles that somehow never saw a trash can! Yuck! I mean, just look at these terrible things!

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Zach kept saying that he wasn’t a fan of the cabinets. He’d say things like, “Well, maybe we can paint them or refinish them.” Though I loved the deep mahogany color because they went so well with our already Earthy style. I was convinced that all we needed were new cabinet handles….until I found ones I loved and looked at the price. At $5-$12 a piece for the handles that I fell in love with and a total of 25 handles was going to make this purchase well over $200! In the grand scheme of house remodels and updates, $200 wasn’t that expensive but for kitchen cabinet handles?! I’m too much of a cheap skate to led that slide! I was contemplating choosing a less unique and more common type of handle just so that I would no longer have to go blind when I’d looked at these things.

Zach and I decided to pull one of the cabinet handles off just to measure it and look at the distance between the holes in the cabinets so that we could find new ones. But then, we discovered that those disgustingly ugly plates on the back actually came a part from the handle itself! Alas, a solution to this terrible problem! We decided to take the plates off of all the handles and although the handles themselves aren’t my favorite, the cabinets looked completely different and gave our poor kitchen cabinets new life! Check out the difference! Much better, right?

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Now we both feel that our kitchen cabinets’ are starting to show their full potential. Though I haven’t decided if I will sand them down and repaint them yet, at least I can rest easy knowing that I will not be blinded by the outdated 70’s look! More importantly, I love being able to update our house by just reinventing the furniture/hardware we already have and not spending a fortune on something that wasn’t needed! I’d say we won this battle for now…Mission accomplished!

 

Making our House A Home

After 6 1/2 years of marriage, Zach and I are finally homeowners (well, as of December 14, 2017)! The moment Zach and I looked at our house was the moment we fell in love! We’ve always wanted a spot out in the country and we always liked the thought of having a brick home…well, God answered our prayers on both of those things! We were blessed with a cute 4 bedroom/2 bathroom home in a little town only about ten short minutes from Columbia! It’s close to the city, while living on an acre of land surrounded by larger tracts of land…making it the perfect set up for our family! It’s our little oasis!

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Something I’ve always enjoyed has been decorating our house but it’s always been limited living in rentals. But now that we are homeowners, the home decorating has been brought to a whole new level of A-W-E-S-O-M-E! I can finally make this house OUR HOME! We’ve only been moved into our home for a few months and I already have quite a list of projects that will help add character!

Some projects I have planned so far:
1. Update kitchen cabinet handles
2. Paint the living room and kitchen
3. Put in a pallet wall
4. Paint the front doors
5. Re-paint and refurbish our white cabinet
6. Re-paint an old desk
7. Make pallet board/cedar shutters
8. Strip and repaint our back doors

As I begin to perform projects on our house, I would love to share some of the things we are doing with you all and so I have added a DIY Project tab to my blog. I hope that you all have fun watching as I add the “Fleer Flair” to our humbled abode!