Video: How to paint cabinets (plus a giveaway)

Here in Pennsylvania, the fall weather has been absolute bliss … perfect for knocking out those lingering summer DIY projects before the weather turns cold. Today, I wanted to share with you my most recent outdoor-ish project as well as a giveaway you will not want to miss.

I’ve been working like mad to get The Great Garage Disaster under control. I’ve cleaned up, painted the walls, installed a tool organizer, and painted the cabinets.

In my opinion, painting cabinets is a lot like plucking your eyebrows: Painful, detailed and risky. The end result can either be beautiful or scary-looking. Either way, you have to stare at them every day. ;)

I took a stab at cabinet painting with the master bathroom vanity redo and was happy with the results. However, my one big wish for that project was that I had a paint sprayer.

So I got braver with the garage cabinets and used a HomeRight® Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer to get the job done like a, well, pro.

As I mentioned earlier, painting cabinets is tricky business. In an effort to help those of you planning to tackle a project like this, I made a video tutorial showing, step by step, how I painted my cabinets. (Note: I used chalky-finish paint, so no primer was required for my project. If you’re using regular paint, you’ll simply have to prime the cabinets first before painting them. Primer can be used in the finish sprayer just as easily as paint.)

If I had an inside spray booth, free of potential gnat and leaf invasions, that would have been ideal. But hey, you work with what you’ve got, right?

To view the video, click here or on the image below.

I am really happy with how the cabinets turned out and how quickly the project got done using the finish sprayer.

To recap, here’s a before of that side of the garage:

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And the after:

Finished garage cabinets

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Now, for the best part, one of you luckies will win your very own HomeRight® Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer. If you do any furniture or cabinetry painting, you definitely want this baby in your tool shed.

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To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what project(s) you would use a HomeRight® Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Sprayer to tackle.

You can also get three additional chances to win by:

  1. Subscribing to HomeRightTV on YouTube
  2. Following HomeRight on Twitter
  3. Subscribing to Living Rich on Less blog posts

To get credit for each bonus entry, be sure to leave a separate comment for each action you complete.

This giveaway will be open for entries until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) Oct. 13. On Oct. 14, I’ll announce a winner. The winner must respond within 72 hours of being chosen or a new winner will be selected.

Who wants to win?

Special thanks to HomeRight for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions and sweat equity are my own.  

Video: How to install a pegboard tool organizer

When it comes to tool organization, I’m always on the lookout for more efficient solutions. My dream is to someday have my own heated workshop with all the trimmings. That would be bliss. For now, I keep most of my tools in the basement in a makeshift workshop space. But it can be a bit inconvenient to trudge down the basement stairs every time I need to grab a hammer or power drill.

So when I planned out the garage renovation, I wanted to designate a small area on one of the walls where I could install a pegboard organizer for easy retrieval of my basic, everyday, go-to tools.

I decided to use a pegboard because they are uber-affordable and quick and easy to install. Mine cost under $25 total, including the hooks and containers.

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I haven’t completely figured out what I want to hang on the pegboard yet or where I want everything to be placed, but this is a start.

I put together a video tutorial showing exactly how to install a pegboard tool organizer from start to finish. You can view the complete video by clicking here or on the image below.

Special thanks to Duluth Trading Company for providing the DIY-friendly boots, jeans and flannel shirt featured in this video. 

Money-saving mend: How to fix a broken Crock-Pot

For quite a while, my slow cooker was broken. I mean, the Crock-Pot itself worked just fine. But the lid was broken, making it tricky to get to the food when the pot was hot.

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After the umpteenth time I burned my hands trying to get the lid off, I finally decided it was time to buy a new slow cooker. But my thrifty brain protested … “It’s just the lid that is broken. Isn’t there a way you can repair it?”

Then I remembered my mom and dad’s Crock-Pot had the same issue a few years back. My dad DIYed a fix for it. So I copied his method.

First, we used a set of grips and a socket wrench to get the hardware removed from the lid. This was the hardest part of the whole project.

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After that, things got really easy. I simply replaced the broken hardware with an old cabinet knob I had left over from the kitchen updates. (I recommend using a drop of super glue or threadlocker adhesive in the knob hole to ensure it stays put. It’s important not to over-tighten the screw or the glass lid may break.)

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That’s it! My Crock-Pot is now as good as new (almost).

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It took a total of about 20 minutes to figure out how to fix a broken Crock-Pot and complete the repair. My pot holds seven quarts, so I saved myself at least $50 in replacement costs. Score!