Monday, March 23, 2015


As mentioned in my previous post, I am sharing the built-in shelves makeover. This is how it looks now:
I would not say the makeover is complete. There are still few more tweaks to be worked on. I had left last post with the photo below:
Besides, I had mentioned about staining the top of the lower cabinet. The reason I did not paint the top in white as it would be the most used (abused) surface and I did not have to worry about the white paint getting dirty.  You can see the close-up of the stain here:
After the stain dried, I removed the doors of the lower cabinet; took them to the garage, painted with 2 coats of primer and then 2 coats of white paint. I let the primer and paint dry between coats.

I also painted the frame of the lower cabinet. I wanted to paint the interior of the cabinet a different color and decided to do it the following weekend. That weekend did come and pass by. And it's been 4 months since then.....
The hinges the cabinets had was brass, so I bought the nickel finish hinges from Lowes. And it was not a correct fit. We were having guests over later in the day and Mr. Tweaks wanted me to wrap up.

So I went ahead and reused the old hinges and hung the doors. Changing those hinges is a project that I do not executing soon.
You can see the new nickel hinge on the bottom and brass ones on the top of the door.

The project that calls for change is the smoke alarm that has turned to yellow over the years. As well, the ceiling light needs to be upgraded. There are couple more of these ceiling lights in the house that needs to go.
I did not want to clutter the shelves. Open space in shelves gets filled up in no time. So I have warned both the men in the house not to pile anything else on these shelves.
Few of the decor that are on these shelves are tweaks. I will share them with you. You do see the cellphone charging station that I had shared earlier.
The clay pots have been with me for years now and they went through couple of tweaks before their appearance here.
This is what you see when you climb the stairs and from the landing.

You do see the corner cabinet which I did not touch. I want that cabinet to be removed but Mr. Tweaks is not getting on board with this one. I will keep trying.
It's been sometime I used a before after picture.
Once I have the hinges changed, smoke alarm changed, the ceiling light upgraded and the interior of the lower cabinet painted and organized, I will call it complete.

Did you like this makeover? Do you prefer the covered cabinets or the open shelves?

The stages:
Where I started

Have a great week ahead.
Thanks for reading.


Thursday, March 19, 2015


Cabinets (smaller ones) and bookcase makeover's are the most common and easy to tweak. And soft on the wallets too.

I shared the before pictures and the reason for this cabinet makeover here.
On a Saturday morning, we removed the upper cabinet. The cabinet was hung with screws and was pretty easy to remove. I did not click the pictures during the process. Once removed, the space looked like this:
Most of our projects are done on the weekends (Weekendtweaks???)...ok, most of the tweaks are carried out on weekends. So I do it in phases. Like, I picked the shelves and other supplies from Lowe's the previous weekend.
Now, I should introduce you to Tony from Lowes. For the past couple years, every time I have visited Lowe's, Tony has helped me with cutting the wood, or finding the supplies I wouldn't find, or with some suggestions for my projects. So he does need an introduction here.

I had picked two of the 97 inches long white shelf board and had it cut to my measurement which was 48 inches. And I had also picked the L-brackets to hold the shelves.
Once the upper cabinet was removed, I had the L-brackets screwed to the wall. I had 4 shelf boards and when we did the measurement for placing the shelves 4 looked too crowded so went with just 3 .
Up until this point, I had not made up my mind if I wanted to paint the wall white or a different color or use wall paper or wrapper as wallpaper.
I spread this gift wrapper first.
And then this orange and white stripe wrapper.
When I checked with Mr. Tweaks, he responded saying "Looks good." Sometimes, he plays too safe. I decided to go with white paint for now and could always go back to changing to either wallpaper or different paint color later.
I went ahead and primed the walls. This is after primer.
Then, painted 2 coats of white paint. And when the paint dried, I hung the shelves.
That afternoon, we had an event to attend to. And when we returned later in the evening, I went ahead and styled the shelves.
I just shopped around the house. I did like how it looked but something kept bothering me. It stayed like this for few weeks.
Then one evening during the week, I came home and went on to work on the top of the lower cabinet.
I taped the border of the cabinet and sanded the top.
Wiped the dust and stained the wood. I had this Bombay Mahogany stain left over from couple of other projects that I am yet to share here.
I had to do 3 coats of the stain. The stain has strong odor. There is no ventilation in this part of the house. It was late in the evening and I had to open the windows in the adjoining Guest bedroom to let the fresh air in.

Lesson learnt: Do your projects in the weekend.

The next post will reveal the final tweak.
Happy Friday and have a great weekend.
Thanks for reading.