It’s a well-known fact that at one point in everyone’s life, they are a total genius, unless they are your husband and then this rule NEVER applies! That stated, I thought I would share my “genius moment” with you, Dear Readers.
Yesterday I blocked about spray painting hinges to save both money and time so today I thought I would share with you the total hack I figured out accidentally and it’s all thanks to a stray piece of plastic wrap and the newspaper...
Here is what to do:
Gather the following; newspaper, plastic wrap, spray paint, gloves, cabinets with hinges still attached, an open mind and adventurous spirit. (Paint in a well-ventilated space, I did this in our sunroom.)
Remove the cabinets and screws.
Insert the screws into a folded up piece of newspaper so they stand up right, as shown in the picture. Spray paint them and allow to dry.
Tear off a large enough piece of plastic wrap to cover the area you will be painting. Fit the plastic wrap behind the hinge and covering as much of the cabinet as you feel is necessary to protect it from overspray. Spray paint and allow to dry. (I used the type of spray paint that is a primer
and paint and can be used on metal. Spray paint can actually has a handle you push in not a button you press and I think it’s easier to work with because you have a little more control. After you’ve painted the hinge and are ready to paint another hinge, fold the plastic wrap over onto itself so you don’t get paint on the cabinet and repeat the process. I also found that using something to brace the cabinet up so it doesn’t lay on itself will prevent the backside of the cabinet from getting paint on it. Spray paint tends to pool and to prevent that raising the cabinet is helpful. (I painted over the top of newspaper and made very little mess or trash.) I did my whole kitchen with one can of paint and there’s plenty left over. The entire project cost me nothing more than elbow grease and about six dollars.
Re-install the cabinets, admire your work be grateful you read this blog because this is a heck of a money AND time-saving tip!
Avid home cook and passionate instructor