How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets – Complete Guide

How to paint kitchen cabinets

Remodeling your kitchen can be one of the biggest expenses a homeowner has. On average it cost between $10,000 & $15,000 to replace your kitchen cabinets.  Did you know that you can simply paint your cabinets for a fraction of the price?


With a few quick DIY tips you can be painting your kitchen cabinets in no time. I will walk you step-by-step droopy entire process of painting your kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinets

Should I just replace my cabinets?

Before we get started painting our kitchen cabinets  let’s start by taking a look at our cabinets. Is there any damage or excess wear & tear to the cabinets?  If there is excess wear-and-tear or damage can it be repaired?

Minor  scrapes and bruises can easily be repaired by a  weekend warrior! If you’re cabinets are falling apart at the seams it may be time to compare repair vs replacement costs.  

The average cost of a standard base can run anywhere from $200 – $500 plus installation costs.  You can see how these costs can quickly add up.  

If you’re unsure whether your cabinets are worth fixing you can always find a local Handy man.  If you’re in the St Johns FL area this is something that I specialize in and save folks money all the time over replacement costs.  Contact me HERE

Picking the right color for your kitchen cabinets

Now that you have determined your cabinets are in good shape to paint let’s get started.   First you’ll need to choose the color of the paint that best fits your needs.

Farmhouse kitchen

Do you have a Small Space?

Consider the size of your kitchen!  If you have a small or confined kitchen space you will want to stick with lighter colors.  This will make your space feel much larger & more open than it may be.

Selling your home soon?

Are you selling your home anytime soon?  If so you will want to stick with neutral colors so that you don’t scare away any potential buyers.  Some homeowners may not have an eye for design or DIY skills that you do.

Surrounding decor, walls & backsplash colors

Also consider the design & color of your backsplash or surrounding walls.  Many homeowners decide to go with a more neutral cabinet color and add accent colors to the walls or backsplash.  It is much easier to add accent colors with temporary decor. Home Decor can change the entire feel of a room with little effort

What is the current finish on your cabinet?

First you will need to determine whether it’s oil-based or water-based finish that is currently on your kitchen cabinets. This will make a huge difference in deciding what  prep work is needed to paint your kitchen cabinets.


To determine whether the finish is oil-based or water-based you simply need to raid your wife’s bathroom cabinet for some nail polish remover. The nail polish remover must contain acetone. Acetone will remove some color from a water-based finish but not an oil-based finish.


Most kitchen doors are constructed of solid wood but the shells of a cabinet are often particle board covered in a vinyl or melamine material.

Pro Classic

Best paints for kitchen cabinets

Picking the right paint  can make or break a painting project.  If you only paint here and there it can be difficult to understand the differences between a quality paint and your basic paint.  


When painting Kitchen Cabinets my goto paint is Sherman Williams Pro Classic with Alkyd.  This is a water-based paint that also contains an oil additive. This has been the best paint by far that levels great, hiding most of your brush marks with ease.  The last thing you want to look at are brush marks on your freshly painted kitchen cabinets.


I typically us a Satin sheen for all my kitchen cabinet projects.  It is a step up from a flat sheen with minimal shine while adding the scrubbability factor.  Being able to wipe down your kitchen cabinets is vital in my house!

Kitchen Cabinets with doors off

Getting started - Stay Organized!

If this is your first  time taking on a bigger project it is key to stay organized. It is best to remove all your cabinet doors, drawer fronts  and hardware and paint elsewhere.

Label your cabinet doors

Go through & label every cabinet door starting at the top left and working your way around.  I use painters tape numbering your cabinets as you go. Taking the time to do this will save you any headache when trying to match the completed doors back to the right cabinet.

Removing the hardware

Starting with the first door you will need to remove the door from the cabinet.  Most cabinets have a standard hidden hinge. The newer style of hidden hinges typically have a release button that will separate the door from the cabinet side of the hinge.

Hidden hinges

Remove the Hinges

If there is no button on your hinge don’t worry.  There are 4 screws that hold the hinge in place. I find it easier to remove the screws from the cabinet side of the hinge starting with the bottom.  This makes it much easier to support the door while removing them.  


Regardless how the door is removed that is your first step.  After the hinges are removed from the door it is best practice to place the hinge in a ziplock back and label it for each door.  Most hidden hinges are adjustable and set to that specific door. This will save you time rather than adjusting all the doors at the end.

Cabinet door Knob

Remove the knobs or handles

Now remove the knob or handle from the door.  I like to place the screw/s into the knob after removed from the door so that they don’t get misplaced.  Place the know in the ziplock bag with the hinges.

Cabinet Door bumper

Remove the rubber bumpers

On most cabinets there is a tiny little rubber bumper attached to the doors.  They help to cut down on the door slamming into the face frame of the cabinet.  They are attached with double sided tape. Use a putty knife to pop those little guys off. 


I typically replace the bumpers.  The adhesive on the old bumpers typically doesn’t stick as well the second go around.  You can pick up enough for all your doors for a few dollars. They are sold at most big box stores like Home Depot or Lowes.

Starting the prepwork - Clean & Sanding

This is by far the most important step in painting your kitchen cabinets. The first thing you must do is wipe down all the surfaces you intend to paint with a degreaser.  I typically use mineral spirits or denatured alcohol to clean the surfaces that are being painted.

Take your time to remove all the dirt and grease that can build up on cabinets over the years.  Even if your cabinets appear clean never skip this step.

Sanded Cabinet Door

Sanding the surfaces

The second step in preparing your kitchen cabinets for paint is to sand the surfaces.  The wood surfaces such as doors and cabinet face frames are fairly easy. You don’t have to sand down surfaces to a bare wood, you just need to remove the clear coat.


The sides of a cabinet tend to be covered in a different material such as a vinyl or melamine.  These surfaces can be a bit difficult to paint. You MUST sand these surfaces pretty darn good to create a rough surface that paint actually wants to stick to.


When pre-sanding I like to start with an 80-120 grit sandpaper.  Orbital sanders sanders make easy work for sanding flat surfaces.  You may also want to consider picking up a pointed vibrating sander.  This will make sanding in corners a breeze.


When it comes down to the detailed trim or door profiles there is no simple solution.  There are foam sanding blocks that will make it more bearable but you make find its just as easy to use an 80 piece of sandpaper.


Just take your time with all the prepwork!  These although not that fun will make sure that the paint lasts.  There is nothing more disappointing than putting in all the work only to have it peel off later.

Let’s get to painting these kitchen cabinets

Get a nice Paint Brush

Now that you’ve done all the prep work, it’s time to get painting. If you don’t have a paint sprayer that’s ok.  Start purchasing a quality bristle paint brush. I prefer an angled Purdy brush which runs around $15. A fine bristle brush will help to minimize the amount of brush strokes.

Grab a small paint roller

Also grab a 4” – 6” paint roller.  This is key to covering up any brush marks left behind.  I prefer a smooth foam roller but you can get away with a fine nap roller as well.

Do you really need Primer?

The life long question, do you really need primer before painting your kitchen cabinets?  {Primer is definitely best practice to ensure that paints hold up over time. Spray paint primers such as Zinsser Bulls Eye work great for applying a quick coat or primer to your doors.  

Bulls Eye also sells paint by the gallon as well.  The difference between the Aerosol cans & gallon cans are the types of paint.  I find that oil based primers work best adding the most bang for your buck (and your time). 

What paint should you use on kitchen cabinets?

Sherman Williams ProClassic Interior Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd is where it’s at.  Prior to using this product I had a difficult time covering up brush marks.  


ProClassic is tough, durable, has excellent adhesion, flow and leveling. The leveling factor this paint has to offer makes your brush strokes less visible for sure.

So how do you paint kitchen cabinets without a sprayer?

Start with the cabinet face frame in your kitchen.  The frames are the easiest part of the cabinets to paint.  Start by cutting the edges in with your paint brush. Use your 4”-6” paint roller for all areas possibly similar to painting a wall in your home.


When painting the doors start with your paint brush covering all areas that the paint roller can’t reach.  Then move to the paint roller covering all other areas. Where possible lightly roll over any brushed areas to work out brush strokes. 


Make sure to watch for paint drips or paint sagging.  If you notice and drips or sags that have started to dry it is best to let them dry and sand down after they have completely set up.

So how do you avoid brush strokes?

There are 2 key tips to reducing brush strokes.  First, using a quality paint such as Sherman Williams Proclassic.  Second, using a smooth foam roller to roll out brushed areas.

Graco Paint Sprayer

Do you want to try Spraying your cabinet doors?

If time is money and you have a space to set up for spraying go for it.  Spraying cabinet doors can be a great option for speeding up the entire process.  You will want to have a dedicated space that you can leave the doors to dry. I prefer to have the dry laying flat so that I avoid paint sag.


Laying out a few 2x4s in your garage would work best.  If you need to lay the doors outside to dry just make sure that they are away from trees or areas that potential debris can fall onto your newly painted doors.


I made a drying rack for our shop.  This allows use to stack the doors instead of taking up valuable floor space.  The drying rack is also on wheels which makes life much easier.

Do you need to sand between coats?

Between each coat of paint, after the surfaces are dry make sure to inspect all areas for drips.  If there are any drips, sags brush marks this is the time to same them out. Typically sanding that you do at this stage will be all done by hand.


Since the sanding done at this stage is purely for appearance, it is not necessary to over sand.  For major drips you can use a 120 – 150 grit sandpaper to remove the drips followed by a 220-320 grit to remove any sanding marks.  A 320 grit will help to make a smooth finish during the final stages

Do you need a clear coat?

Although a clear coat is not required it may help with normal wear & tear.  Test spots on your newly painted kitchen cabinets by scratching them with your finger nail.  They will help you decide whether you want a clear coat.

Clear coat beware...

Proceed with caution!  Allow paint to dry completely before applying clear coat.  I prefer using water-based products which is no different for a clear coat.  Minwax Polycrylic Water Based Protective Finish is my go to for clear coats.


Some clear coats will discolor the final paint color.  Polycrylic has been one product that has minimal color change.  The biggest challenge is dealing with yellowing after a clear coat is applied.  If this happens you will need to seal the surface with a Shellac and complete the painting process again.


I personally don’t use a clear coat over most of the quality paints.  A high end paint tends to hold up just fine on its own.

Painted kitchen cabinets

Final Steps - Put your kitchen back together

After everything has been painted and has had enough time to dry it’s time to put it all back together.  Reinstall all the hinges on the doors and attach doors to their cabinets. Attach your knobs, handles and new rubber bumpers.


Make sure that all doors open and close properly.  Also check to make sure that the tops of the doors are all inline.  If we are using the original hinge labeled for a particular door all should line up well.  If there was any mix up don’t worry.

Most hidden hinges are adjustable.  There are typically 2 adjustment screws.  Adjust these screws until the doors look and function correctly.

Final notes

Although taking on a large job such as painting your kitchen cabinets seem out of reach you can do it!  Make sure to do all the prep work, use quality paints & brushes and take your time!


If all else fails, check out our refinishing costs for some of the more common jobs. If your in the St Johns, FL area we can help!  Contact me for a quote HERE!


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Complete Staining Guide for beginners

Staining wood for beginners

Are you getting ready to stain your wood project and have some questions?  In this blog post I have scoured the internet searching for the most common questions people have when tackling a staining project. 

Most of the questions I can answer from personal experience but there are a few that even me “The Professional” had to look up. 

Staining unfinished wood

Applying stain to an unfinished piece of wood is one of the more common applications people run into. This whole process can be so satisfying as you watch the plain wood quickly transform. 

When staining unfinished wood always properly prepare the surface prior to applying the stain. The quick skinny on prep is to always sand, condition and evenly apply stain to the surface. I will get into more specifics later in this article.

Applying wood stain with a rag

This is my preferred method for applying stain. When using a rag to apply stain I personally feel that I have much better control than with a brush. As the say in Karate Kid “Wax on Wax off”. Using a 2 rag technique you can apply with one rag and wipe with the other. 

Using a rag rather than a brush to apply also makes for a more hand finished piece.  I recommend using simple cotton painters rags as they will hold stain well.  

I also recycle my old white t-shirts using them as rags too!  I tend to only use white t-shirts as there is always a possibility of colored t-shirts bleeding while using oil based stains or mineral spirits.

What happens if you don’t wipe off wood stain?

Although the application process is quite quick never let stain set or puddle on an unfinished piece of wood. The longer the stain sits on a piece of wood the more it soaks into the wood. 

What the worst thing that will happen? It can become a nightmare to blend areas that soaked more than others. 

There are times that I would recommend leaving stain sit longer on the wood.  If there are areas that the stain does not soak in, you can try leaving a dab of stain to soak for a bit. I often use this technique to touch up spots.

How long do you let stain dry between coats

Working with stain is much different than working with paint.  There are manufacturer recommendations from 30 minutes to a mind blowing 2 hours.  I follow none of these time frames. I simply rub the surface with the tip of my finger.  If my finger get covered in stain I may wait a little longer.

Regardless, You will not hurt the finish if you don’t wait.  You will just need to work the stain into the material a little differently.

How many coats of stain on pine

The coats of stain needed for pine will be determined on your personal preference of color.  An important fact to keep in mind is that pine is a soft wood. Stains will penetrate soft woods much faster than hard woods.

Starting with one even coat of stain on pine will surely tell the tale. I typically only plan on one coat of stain on pine on going back to touch up areas with a second.

Why is my stain spotty 

Have you stained a sanded or unfinished piece of wood only to end up with a spotty or blotchy finish?  There may be a few areas of the prep that you will want to revisit. If you’re staining a pine board just understand that pine is a soft wood which absorbs stains like crazy.

Sand finished wood done to bare material

If your piece was stained before you will want to make sure that you sanded all the prior finishes off down to bare wood before applying a new stain. If you’re starting with an unfinished wood make sure to sand as well.  Using a fine grit sandpaper (220+) will help in achieving an even coat with minimal spots.

Was the piece stained prior?

If you are trying to stain a cabinet or piece of furniture that was stained prior you may be able to eliminate some of the prep work.  Have you considered using a Gel Stain? Gel Stain is a colored varnish that can be applied over pre-existing finishes. You may prefer using Gel Stains over traditional oil stains if your a beginner.

Wood not taking stain evenly

Wood conditioner?

There are also conditioning products on the market that can be used on bare wood prior to staining.  These products are to be applied prior to staining and help to achieve an even or more consistent coat of stain.  I personally do not use conditioners but always keep this knowledge in my pocket just in case.  

What is gel stain

Despite the name “gel stain” it is not really stain. It is actually a colored varnish in a gel form. Gel stains do not absorb into the material they sit on the surface while allowing some of the wood grains to shine. 

Gel stains have a purpose for sure. They make a great choice if you’re refinishing a cabinet or piece of furniture. You will save tons of time eliminating a complete sanding. Gel stains are also easier to get that even coat you’re trying to achieve. 

If you haven’t tried a Gel Stain I would definitely consider picking some up and trying them out. You may be surprised. 

Do I need varnish or clear coat after staining?

Adding a varnish or clear coat is completely up to you.  The traditional oil stain soaks into the wood. Adding a clear coat or varnish will help protect the original stain color and wood allowing it to last much longer. 

For surfaces that get a lot of wear & tear I would definitely recommend adding a protective coat. If you have a stained table top the clear coat will protect the wood from spills. 

How long to let stain dry before polyurethane

Unlike the wait time between coats of stain, polyurethane is different. Always follow the recommended dry time before applying a polyurethane. 

If the proper dry time is not met you can end up with a cracked clear coat as time goes on. 

How to get a glass like finish on wood

Whether you’re looking for a glass like finish or just a really smooth finish on your project it just takes time and effort.

To get that really smooth finish on your steam project requires lots of sanding. Most of the sanding can be done in the prep stages prior to staining your piece. 

After your piece is stained I like to start with 220-320 grit sandpaper on an orbital sander.  You will want to get your steam surface as smooth as possible prior to applying any clearcoat or polyurethane.

After the stain surface is sanded smooth you will need to apply your choice of polyurethane, varnish or shellac. There are different advantages in disadvantages to each one of these products. One example is the potential of color change. Shellac has been known to add a yellow tint to the finished stain color.  Oil based clearcoat will hold up much longer in high traffic areas than water-based.

After choosing your clearcoat it is a simple process of applying clear coat and sanding.  We typically end our sanding with a 1200 grit sandpaper to achieve a really smooth surface.

If you want the wood surface to appear more glass like you will most likely be looking for a 2 part epoxy.  This type of finish is often found on bar tops as it will withstand all sorts of abuse.

Well I hope this article has helped you with any of your staining questions.  Happy Staining!

Choosing the Right type of wood

Choosing the right type of wood for your custom built furniture

A custom built piece of furniture can be a great addition to your home.  I have built all types of furniture from small farm house tables to full wall entertainment centers.  I will explain some of the main differences of the wood types, costs and how to choose the right material for your custom built furniture.

What types of woods are available for table tops?

Most table tops are constructed joining multiple planks of solid wood.  The type of wood that you choose for the tops can make a huge difference in the look, feel and durability.  Table tops typically consist of  ¾” to 1 ½”  thick boards that are glued together.

Here (6) common wood choices for table tops listed in order of most affordable (1) to most expensive (6).

#1 Common Pine Construction

1 ½” thick, lengths up to 16 ‘, board widths up to 11.25”

Most Affordable Option

  1. Pros
    1. Most affordable option
    2. Softwood, so it will show wear from daily use
    3. Great option for farm style furniture
    4. Solid heavy table
    5. Various wide wood grains
  2. Cons
    1. Expansion & contraction greater than hard woods
    2. Soft woods show wear easily (if wear is not your style)
    3. Typically contains lots of knots
    4. Sappy wood (if it bleeds, it will dry)

#2 Knotty Common Pine

¾ ” thick, lengths up to 16 ‘,board widths up to 11.25”

2X the cost of Construction Grade

  1. Pros
    1. Affordable 3/4” thick option
    2. Less moisture than construction grade
    3. Softwood, so it will show wear from daily use
    4. Great option for farm style furniture
    5. Light weight, easier to move
    6. Various wide wood grains
  2. Cons
    1. Typically contains lots of knots
    2. Sappy wood (if it bleeds, it will dry)

#3 Clear Pine

¾ ” thick, lengths up to 16 ‘,board widths up to 11.25”

4X the cost of Construction Grade

  1. Pros
    1. Perfect pine grain
    2. Contains NO knots
    3. Great moisture levels, dried to perfection
    4. Softwood, so it will show wear from daily use
    5. Great option for a clean looking piece
    6. Light weight, easier to move
  2. Cons
    1. Approaching higher $ material
    2. Not all stores stock Clear pine, may need ordered#4

#4 Poplar

¾ ” thick, lengths up to 16 ‘,board widths up to 11.25”

5 to 6X the cost of Construction Grade

  1. Pros
    1. Unique wood color
    2. Hardwood, typically doesn’t wear from daily use like pine
    3. Contains some knots
    4. Great moisture levels, dried to perfection
    5. Great option for a for barn style piece
    6. Light weight, easier to move
  2. Cons
    1. Higher end cost
    2. Limited availability

#5 Oak

¾ ” thick, lengths up to 16 ‘

6 to 7X the cost of Construction Grade

  1. Pros
    1. Very tight grain
    2. Looks great with just a clear finish
    3. Hardwood, doesn’t wear from daily use like pine
    4. Typically Knot Free
    5. Great moisture levels, dried to perfection
  2. Cons
    1. High end cost
    2. Limited availability

#6 Barn wood

No real standard sizes

Up to 10X the cost of Construction Grade

  1. Pros
    1. Most Unique wood choice for Farm style
    2. Aged to perfection
    3. Already has wear so no need to worry
  2. Cons
    1. High end cost
    2. Extremely Limited availability
    3. No piece is the same

So hopefully now you have a better understanding of how a custom built piece of furniture’s cost, look and feel can drastically change simply from your choice of wood.

Tips for Decorating a Front Porch

Small Front Porch Decorating Ideas

Your front porch may not be a place that you want to spend to much time right now.  With a few of these valuable tips for Decorating your Front Porch you may find in a bit more inviting.

Decorating a small front porch is relatively inexpensive and simple.  Just by adding some potted flowers or an Awesome Welcome Sign (made by yours truly) can make a drab porch come to life.  I mean we could all use a nice rocker to sit back and relax on.

Here are some things to take care of before you jump right in to decorating a front porch.

1) Clean it all down.. get your hose out

Before you go out in your Sunday’s best, you need to make sure that all the surfaces are well cleaned. Get the broom out to remove cobwebs, dust, and other accumulated litter on the surfaces.

HINT:  If you have an super awesome Lawn & Exterminator Service like I do they knock all those cobwebs off for me.

After your done wiping down all the surfaces I like to drag out the pressure washer and go to town.  Every time I start cleaning my outdoor furniture or exterior walls with my pressure washer it amazes me how much nasty grime comes off.

I try to drag everything off our porch twice a year and just hose it all down.  Its a pain but once you start its worth it.

2) Brighten your porch up with Color

Adding color to a porch is a great way to add a little life to your porch.  Consider painting the walls of your porch for a drastic change.  If that’s too much work try painting your outdoor furniture or adding some fresh flowers.  

Colors can have a great psychological effect. I mean don’t you want your visitors to get that happy vibe when they visit?  Some colors will brighten up your guests while some may not send them running.  Think Happy trees like the man Bob Ross!

Choosing a paint that may last long to help you save on costs. Blend the color pallet of your ceiling and flooring.  If your not great at picking out colors or need a little inspiration (like me) they have all sorts of stuff at your local paint store to help you decide.

Welcome Sign

3) Welcome visitors with a sign

Nothing welcomes a guests like a 4 ft Rustic Welcome Sign! (Again, by yours truly)  Using some inexpensive decor like welcome signs or a Hello doormat can add a little bit of southern hospitality. 

You can get a sign to pin on the door or around the doorposts. Your guests will be smiling whenever they arrive at your front porch.

Trying to scare off unwanted guest?  Here’s your chance to get that message across.  The Beware of Dog signs are just the start these days.

4) Flowers can add more than just color

Flowers are popular as a front porch decoration because you can change them out as often as you’d like. Carex, heucheras and heucherellas are the perfect potted flower that will do just fine on a shaded porch.

Your front porch will come alive with some beautiful flowers that your neighbors will be coming to you to help decorate their front porch. Try some Madagascar periwinkles, lilyturf and anemones in the late summer.  If your lonely on valentines day why not add some Bleeding Hearts to liven up your front porch.

There are several techniques used to plant flowers on the front porch of a house. Choose a planting style that suits your style, preference, home design, color, and style. 

Check out my article on some Simple DIY projects anyone can tackle.  Pallet Style Flower pots can look so much cooler than just those plastic containers they have at the big box stores.

Flowers and other plants on the front porch are great in providing aesthetic beauty and a sweet scent to compliment the beauty. These plants make your porch good for relaxing and meditating.


5) Light up your Front Porch

Add some life to your small front porch by lighting it up. Bulbs are available in different colors, and they also provide different intensities of light. Choose a bulb that blends with the exterior home decor.

Choose the bulb of your choice to add exclusive taste and security to your home and front porch. 

Just a few Lighting Options:

  1. Incandescent (Old style bulb)
  2. Halogen (Flood lights)
  3. Fluorescent (Great for laundry, closets & garage)
  4. LED – New style bulb
  5. Soft White, Cool/Bright White or Daylight
  6. Colored LED Strip lighting
  7.  Christmas Lights
  8. Specialty Lights (Flame bulbs)

If you do not prefer using electricity on your front porch, you can improvise. A lantern or some candles are great to keep your porch lit for as long as you prefer.

A game changer for our porch was as simple as a ceiling fan.  We had moved from PA to FL a while ago.  It wasn’t until we felt the heat of the Sunshine state that we realized how much a ceiling fan is a requirement!  I don’t think I ever turn it off.

6) Get Some Cool Furniture for Your Porch

Front Porch

Decorating the front porch is much easier when you have some cool furniture.  I personally love the look and feel of a nice wooden Adirondack chair.  If you have a smaller porch you may want to consider a nice little bench.

To really spice up the look choose chairs and plush pillows that have colors that got with the decor of your front porch. You can also add an outdoor table to increase your comfort in your farmhouse.

When adding furniture to your front porch start small.  Only add pieces that go with the space and add either a visual or functional benefit. Adding to much furniture can really cramp a space while adding furniture with no purpose can make your porch look like a storage room.

7) Keep Decor simple

Decorating a small front porch does not require too much sophistication. Sometimes less is more when it comes to decorating your front porch.

Having a few flower pots rather than 20 flower pots will keep your porch more inviting.  Simple garden flags can be great to add some character to your porch.  Adding your address to a door or sign can make it feel like home.

Simple decorations that provide architectural design of your home work best. Think about the lines of your home and your focal points. 

8) Use Outdoor Accessories

When decorating your front porch, think about what you like.  If you’re a bird lover why not add a nice bird house or feeder to your porch if space allows.

If you love to garden why not add some fun garden Gnomes around your space.  Into sports?  Why not add your favorite teams flag to your front porch to support your team.  

Just because something is technically made for the outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t bring it onto your porch.  Like the smell of fresh cut logs?  Why not store a few on your front porch in a nice firewood holder. 

9) Holiday Season is here

The holidays is the time of year to really go overboard.  Change out those light bulbs for the holidays!  Replace your front porch lighting with some fun string Christmas lights or just replace bulbs in your porch lights with some good old red & green bulbs.

In the fall time why not get a bail of hay that you can use as an end table or a place to set your flower pots.  Bring in some of those fall colors as well to give your porch a warm fuzzy feeling.

Bring those inflatables onto your porch not only will they add to your front porch decor but they might be easier to plug in.

Final thoughts

So often your front porch is overlooked as a place you can actually use & enjoy.  Taking the time to decorate your front porch will make it a much more enjoyable place for you & your visitors.

You may be surprised what you have been missing out on.  Get outside and enjoy the smell of fresh flowers!


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I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.


This site is owned and operated by Home Built Woodworking. Home Built Woodworking is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Home Built Woodworking also participates in affiliate programs with Clickbank and other sites. Home Built Woodworking is compensated for referring traffic and business to these companies.

How to avoid brush strokes when painting cabinets

How to avoid brush strokes when painting cabinets

Almost everyone who indulges in painting and ends up getting brush strokes is left wondering how other people paint and still not get them. How is that possible? Well, from our side, we let you know that it’s entirely possible, but only if you adhere to the guide below.

Everyone in painting wants an excellent painting finish but fails to remember that great painting starts right from the tools on use.

Taking up the right paintbrush for the job is the key milestone to avoid brush strokes. Keep reading, and you will learn a thing or two.

Choosing the right Paintbrush

Our markets nowadays have an overflow of brush paints to the extent that one can’t differentiate between the genuine brush and counterfeit. Ideally, not all brushes can act perfectly in painting kitchen cabinets. There exist a little difference in brushes types, paints to use, and the technique of painting.

The kind of brush you take up for painting determines a lot the quality of work you will get at the end. Even though most people tend to use rollers to smoothen off paints at the end, getting the right brush first is a key determinant on work quality. The following are the best paint brush for cabinets that will ensure you do not get brush strokes.

1). Purdy Pro-Extra or Purdy Ebony

Pro-Extra brush is the best in primer paint. It’s stiff and cuts nicely, applying the paint evenly. Purdy Ebony which is a mini brush to the Pro-Extra paints well but does not cut well since it’s a natural bristle brush.

2). Corona Chinex brush for Bin

A bin is impossible to apply smoothly with any brush or a roller since it dries off very fast. It must be applied very fast and sanded flat after painting. 

Corona brush is the best in doing all this task since it ensures the Bin is applied fairly even with a considerate of the dying constraints.

3). Corona Tynex

Corona Tynex is the best brush for fine water-based trimming and finishing paint. Its handle is beavertail while the bristle is angled. 

Corona Tynex applies paints smoothly ensuring all is laid off perfectly. This brush is also nice in painting doors for moldings or applying paints on a larger surface using the Wooster Micro Plush roller.

When choosing the right paint brush, you can consider the above as the best options.

Choosing the right Paint type

Life sometimes becomes messy with most of it happening in the kitchen. Kitchen is the place you simmer your favorite food for hours adorning the walls of your cabinets. It’s quite clear you will love your kitchen to be great, good looking, and net like never before. 

This means the right paint is a must for you. Taking up the wrong paint has two consequences. These are, either you repaint all over again or learn to live with the ugliness forever.

For a more functional kitchen, here is the way to make the right decision on cabinet paint.

  • Go for paint that dries and hardens off faster.
  • If possible, avoid oily paint since if by chance your kitchen overheats, the paint melts and the wall tends to ‘sweat.’
  • Look for water-based paints as the best alternative even if they are a bit costly.

Further its of the essence to adhere to the following tips.

1). Take up the sheen

People prefer the pristine look of flat paint since it appears gorgeous. Even with this paint, when it’s time to apply the finishing, put up a paint that is easy to clean and tough to handle frequent scrubbing.

2). Work on baseboards

People painting kitchens overlook the baseboards more often. Baseboards are prune to damages and muddy scuffs, mainly from playing kids, dust and knocking off during cooking. It’s advisable to paint them shining so to keep them appealing.

3). Remember the ceiling

Can you imagine have nice looking cabinets and poorly looking ceiling that dispels appetite? Ceiling likes cracking and becoming settle. You should work to cover those inconsistencies with flat paint so to appeal nice. How less is the reflection, the less the cracks will look from the ground.

Tips & Techniques

Before deciding to repaint cabinets, it’s vital to analyze them if they need repainting or replacement. Once you ascertain that your cabinets need repainting, you will need the following tips

  • Consider the right color

Kitchen is a very welcoming place in the house. It gives the overall house a symbolic picture of how worth and good looking is the house. It’s, therefore, important to take up a color that is welcoming and reflect the aesthetic value of the home.

2). Painting tips

Below are the tips you can follow to repaint your cabinet nicely.

  • Pre-prepare your kitchen painting area

Pre-preparing your kitchen means you must protect your floor from paint that drips off with materials like cardboards or cloths.

  • Pull to pieces the cabinets

Using a screwdriver, remove all cabinet components like doors, front parts. Hinges, knobs, latches, and any other material so to create space for easy painting. Makes sure to keep them in a safe place. You can use a pencil to number them for easy resembling.

  • Clean everything well

Cleaning entails scrubbing off cabinets to remove contaminants. You can use chemical cleaners like the TSP substitute or drops of detergents in warm water.

  • Sand the cabinets

Use sandpaper to smoothen off the surfaces of the cabinet wall and then clean using a tack cloth. A vacuum can be done so to make the surface cleaner.

  • Painting

Painting forms the area that one needs to be more careful to avoid brush stroke. The procedure involves applying paint on the sides’ walls, which ensure the paint bonds well on the wood. Once the first coat dries up, apply the second coat gently ensuring you smoothen the surface off.

Painting with a brush vs. a roller

Brushes do a perfect job in painting, but rollers are more ideal. If you take a comparison on cabinets painted using brushes to that of rollers, you will notice some marks on walls painted with a brush.

Rollers are best in finalizing work done by brushes in that they help smoothen off the surface and brush marks off. Additionally, rollers compress the paint removing air bubbles trapped during painting, making the paint more stable.


We hope that you have learned something from our work. Regardless of who will paint your cabinets next time you update the kitchen outlook, happy remodeling!


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20 Ways to make wood look old

20 Ways to make wood look old


There is something special about the aged wood that draws everyone’s attention.  It adds a real warm and inviting feel to any space.  Often you have to wonder what story’s that board would tell you if it could talk. 

Unfortunately for us there is a limit to the amount of aged wood that is available.   Most barn wood on the market comes in at a high price tag as well.

There are few simple ways you can achieve that old wood look. 

Simple methods such as basic painting techniques, using chains or screws to add texture or simply applying an antique wax over your painted piece may add the old look you want.

In this article I will try to go a little bit more in depth with the techniques that I have used as well as discovered online by doing some research.   

Simple painting & staining techniques to make wood look distressed.

1. Dry brushing

This is a simple painting technique that will give you an incredible rustic look very quickly.  This method involves dipping the tip of your paint brush in paint.  Remove a majority of the paint on a scrap piece of wood or towel.

Afterwards, lightly drag the brush across the surface of the piece using minimal pressure.  This will add a light grain like texture to your piece. 

Dry brushing works best when you use complementary colors.  Starting with a dark base color and dry brushing a light color.  You can also start with a light base color and dry brush a dark color but start lightly as the effect can be drastic.

2. Wet wash with paint

Have you ever heard of a white wash finish?  Well this is basically the same technique.  I like to use darker browns or mud colors for this technique as you can get really cool effects when working on unfinished wood.  When using darker colors the water really help enhance the wood grains.

You will need to find an old spray bottle and fill it up with some water (warm or cold), a sponge and a paint brush. 

Spray the surface of the piece you are finishing using the water bottle.  Apply the paint of your choice to the wet surface using the paint brush. 

Using a wet sponge wipe the paint (you just brushed on) around the surface.  After a few passes your sponge should be pretty full of the color you’re using (this is a good thing).  Lightly drag the colored sponge following the woodgrain for an even finish. 

If there are dark areas that need to be lightened simply use the spray bottle to soak the area and drag with the sponge until you achieve your desired look.

Be sure you work in small sections with this method.  If you notice that the color is more opaque simply rewet the surface and wipe with the sponge.

3. Staining over wet paint or Painting over Wet stain

This method is similar to the wet wash with one key difference.  You’re not using water but instead you’re using stain (or paint) as the moisture.

I have found that this method is best used on unfinished wood surfaces.  You can really get an amazing wood grain look simply by choosing to complementary colors.

I like to start with stain first as you tend to have a longer working time.  If you choose to start with the paint just be sure to work fast so that it doesn’t dry out before mixing.

First, apply a heavy coat of wood stain to the surface almost so that it is puddling in areas.  Next using a paint brush, brush a few random lines of paint on top of the wet stain.  While everything is still wet use a rag to blend all the colors together.  Moving with the grain will give you the best results.

After you have blended the colors together try to remove all the puddling.  You will need to check the piece a few times as it is drying to make sure it looks the way you want it to.

If there are areas that need to be touched up simple rework the smaller areas using the same process.

Interested in seeing this process? Check out a video I made on mixing stains and blending colors to get a cool effect!

4. Painting in layers with different colors

Have you ever saw a really old piece of furniture that looks like it has been repainted 100 times?  Well that’s what painting in layers is except we want to choose colors that all work together.

Start by applying a base coat of paint to the entire piece.  I like to start with a dark color and work through the lighter colors but you can do this either way.

After the base coat has dried add the next color to the piece but this time not the entire piece.  As we work through the colors the sections we paint will be smaller and smaller.  Your last coat (lightest color) will just be areas that you want to highlight such as edges or small cracks and creases.

After all layers are dry go over the piece to check for areas that need darkened or lightened.  You can choose to add more paint as needed or use a sander to remove paint.

5. White Vinegar & Steel Wool

Have you ever wondered how to make your own wood stain?  Well there are a few ways to do so.  One common method that has been around for a while is using white vinegar & steel wool.

What you will need to do is fill a container up with the vinegar and add some steel wool to it.  Tear the steel wool into smaller pieces to speed up the process.  The vinegar will breakdown the steel wool and create a rust colored stain.  This takes a few days to do but this can be a cool effect when it’s all done.

How to make wood look old with white paint

6. Stain & White paint

This is probably one of the most popular methods of really adding that distressed look to any furniture.  When working with a newly built piece you will want to completely stain the piece.  Use a dark colored stain for a bold distressed look.  The darker the base stain the more prominent it will be after distressed.

Let the stain dry completely.  This is important as you do not want the colors to blend.  Also the dryer the stain the less it will bleed through the coat of paint.

First consider how distressed you want the final piece to be.  If you’re looking for a lightly distressed piece you will want to completely paint the piece white after the stain has dried.  If you want a heavily distressed piece you can simple dry brush white over the stained piece.

After the piece is painted and dried simply sand the edges that you want to distress.  This will show the stain that was left underneath.  Stain soaks into the wood and tends to stay behind during the sanding.  Dark stains really stand out under white paint and give you a great looking piece.

Make sure to highlight areas using these techniques

7. Layer different paint colors in spots

As I mentioned previously layering different colored painted is a great way to distress a piece of furniture and make it look old.   When layering paints it is important to make sure and highlight areas that typically are abused and show wear.

 Make sure to go back and check the edges of your piece.   You may tend to find more wear around doors and handles.   If your piece has fine details in it you may want to add darker spots down into grooves and crevices.

 In the end just have fun with it, take your time and think outside the box.

8. Sand down edges

After you’re done painting or finishing your piece be sure to go back over the entire piece and look for places that you can highlight.   Going back over the edges of your piece with an orbital sander really make your piece shine.  

This is really simple to do and can really make it pop.  If you want a more heavily distressed piece try going over some of the flat surfaces with a sander as well.  Adding bare stops to the top or side can add a really aged look.

Finishing techniques you can use to achieve a rustic look

9. Antique Waxing

Antique waxing is another technique that you can use. This is really easy to do and from what I have learned it works great over top of white paints. If you’re working with more detailed pieces this can be an easier option than sanding edges down.

 Antique waxing comes in a few different colors. Choosing a darker color over top of white paints can really make the fine details stand out.

 After the paint has dried on piece that you’re trying to antique you can simply apply the antiquing wax with a dry rag to any details you want to distress.  

Before and the wax dries you’re going to want to wipe it away from areas you do not want distressed with a clean rag.  The longer you leave the wax on the surface the darker and more difficult it will be to remove.


How to make wood distressed with texture

Sometimes when you’re working on a piece you may really want to add a textured distressed look. There are many ways to accomplish this and I will just mention a few of the more popular methods that I have used.

 Always consider the type of material that you are using before choosing the method that you use.  Softer woods such as pine distress very easily while hardwoods such as oak take a lot more effort and force to distress.

10. Chains

Using chains to distress a piece has one of the most popular methods. Basically all you’re doing is whipping the piece of wood with a chain.

I know it sounds violent but it does leave some ice textured two-piece after you’re done. I actually have a chain attached to a small piece of wood that acts as a handle.

11. Sea shells

Using seashells may not be the best option if you’re not close to the beach. Fortunately for me the beach is right down the road. What you need to do here is find some seashells that have a nice texture on them with very prominent lines.

 You can either do this one shell at a time or use a whole handful. Place the shells with the textured side down on the piece of wood you’re trying to distress.

Lay a flat piece of wood over the shells and strike it with a hammer creating indents in the wood below. What you’re trying to do here is create a manmade fossil.  When the piece finished the stain or paint will soak into the textures creating dark spots.

12. Screws

If you’re going for that farmhouse look you may want to consider using screws to distress your piece of furniture. You can use either a single screw or a handful at a time.

I like to use one screw at time randomly creating divots and textures throughout the piece.   Move to screw around and use a hammer to lightly tap in the screw texture.

13. Gravel

Using gravel can give your piece a lot of texture very quick.  Similar to using shells you will want to place some gravel onto the surface, place a piece of wood over it and hit or step on it creating small indents in the surface.

14. Hammer

If you’re looking for the easiest method well look no further.  Using a hammer is your ticket.  Simply give your piece of furniture a few swift smacks with a hammer and you’re sure to add some nice texture.

15. Belt Sander

I know we have talked about using a sander to distress the edges but this can also be used to add texture.  This is one of my favorite methods for adding texture to farmhouse tables.

Using 50 or 60 grit on a belt sander will leave behind some cool looking texture.  If you’re looking for a lighter texture I would suggest running the sander in the direction of the wood grain.

To create a rough cut lumber look run the belt sander against the wood grain.  I like to make an X pattern to really add to the look after it is stained.

How to make new wood look like barn wood

There is something special about barn wood.  Old wood had that texture that is difficult to recreate.  Here are a few methods that you can try to make a new piece of wood look and feel like barn wood.

16. Wire brush

Use a stiff wire brush or maybe a wire brush similar to the type that is used for clean a grill.  Treat the wood like your combing your hair.  Try to create a lined texture to the surface.

Any texture that you create in wood will take stain differently making your finished piece of furniture look older than it is.

17. Wire grinder for drill

Have you ever seen the old steel brushes that are made to fit a drill?  This can be a faster way to add the lines to wood giving you that old barn wood look and feel.

How to make authentic looking worm holes in new wood

Now this is probably something that you didn’t think of recreating.   Let’s dive into how we can recreate wormholes.   With our method though we can leave out all the bugs and worms.

18. Nails

Pretty simple! Get a hammer and some large common nails or spikes.  Drive the nails into the wood to create a random hole pattern.  Be sure not to drive them in so far that they can’t be removed but far enough to make it appear deep.

19. Drill

Similar yet easier than using nails.  Grab your cordless drill with a ¼” drill bill.  Start drilling holes into the wood in random locations.  You can also drill holes at angles to create a real looking worm hole

20. Cork Screw

A little more difficult but totally possible.  Grab a cork screw and start hand drilling some holes. 

Thanks for stopping by

So there it is folks, that’s my 20 methods for making wood furniture look old. Lots of these methods I have personally tried with great success. When learning how to make wood furniture look old it is always a good idea to test any of these methods on scrap wood first. 

Don’t be afraid to test different colors and combinations of colors to get the look that you’re going for.  The right color combination will go a long way in your woodworking project.

 I hope that you have found this information helpful in any way.  If you’d like to check out some of my projects visit me on Facebook @homebuiltwoodworking


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I am a seasoned woodworker with many years’ experience creating custom furniture among other projects. In 2015 my family and I relocated from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania to sunny Saint Johns, FL. It is here that I refined my skills into fine woodworking & home decor. I currently specialize in rustic home decor & furnishings. This has given me the opportunity to explore the creative side of woodworking to a different level.


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Remove white rings from wood table in seconds

Heat mark on Wood table

What causes white rings on wood furniture?

Stains on wood furniture are the worst!  The white rings
that appear on a table out of nowhere can drive you nuts trying to remove
them.   In this article I will give you a few tips on how you can remove
white ring stains from your wood furniture.

The first time I noticed one of these white ring stains on my brand new table it infuriated me!  I tried all types of cleaners which almost seemed to make it worse!   Products that claim to remove any stain we’re useless. In this article I will give you a couple of quick home remedies for removing these pesky white ring stains from your wood furniture.   

Main cause of white rings on wood furniture

First it’s important to understand where these stains come
from.   Is it that I didn’t use a coaster when I put down my
glass?    Could it be from the oils in your skin as you rest
your arms on the table?   Did somebody spilled an entire thing of
bleach on my table?

There’s a simple answer to this common problem that we all have.
The main cause of these white rings are actually caused by hot
plates.  That’s right, hot plates are the main cause of white rings on
your table. I guess I should have listened to my mom when she told me to
use a placemat at dinner time.

Now don’t get me wrong hot plates are not the only thing that
causes these white rings.  That hot coffee cup that you have every
morning, the warm pizza box that you set on the table on a Friday night or that
quick TV dinner that you just whipped up on a Wednesday while watching

These white rings you’re seeing or actually called heat stains.
What’s happening is the heat is being trapped under these things.  When
the heat is trapped underneath the moisture is building up as well which is
causing these white rings.

Not to worry before you go spending thousands of dollars replacing on your furniture there are some easy fixes.  Now granted all these fixes May not pan out the same depending on your situation.

Five ways to remove white rings from your wood table

1.  Get yourself a hot iron

That’s right, this is one of the easiest ways to remove these white stains.  I was actually freaked out the first time I attempted to use a hot iron on my brand-new table. I mean who in their right mind uses an iron on a dining room table?

So how do you use the iron to remove the stain? 

First you’ll want to go ahead and grab yourself an old white
T-shirt or cloth. The T-shirt or cloth is going to act as your barrier
between the iron and the wood surface. Then you will want to empty out all the
water that maybe in the iron as many recommend.  Although I have found
success with using the steam as well but always proceed with caution! 

Now go ahead and fire up that old iron that has been sitting in your closet for the last 15 years. Once your iron has had a chance to heat up you will want to place the cloth over the stain and slowly move the iron back and forth over the stained area for a short period of time.   Now that your t-shirt is completely wrinkle-free lift it up and use a dry white cloth to wipe away the stain.

So why does this iron method work?

Essentially what you’re doing with this method is heating up the moisture that is trapped in the wood causing it to evaporate and rise to the surface.   Once the moisture reaches the surface you’re wiping away the white ring stain at its root cause.  

2.  Some good old Toothpaste

 I mean if toothpaste is good enough to clean your teeth it
should be good enough to get that stain out of your wood table right?  

 I can honestly say I’ve tried this method a few times and
it didn’t pan out too well for me but it may for you. What you do is place a
dab of toothpaste on your finger or on a towel and rub it into the wood
grain until it gets a little warm.  After you’re done applying toothpaste
take a damp chow and wipe it down.

 It’s recommended that you use the standard White
toothpaste not the gel. Also be sure not to scrub too long or outside the
stained area which may put a little unnecessary wear on the wood finish.  Always remember to test a small hidden
area.   If at first you don’t succeed try and try again until
the stains are gone.

3.  Let’s give that stain the Salon treatment

Now were going to turn your dining room into a full-fledged salon
so break out the hair dryer.  Now take your hair dryer and turn it up to
the highest setting. Get that baby close to the stain and hold it there for
about 30 minutes moving at back and forth over the area.  What we’re
trying to do is evaporate the moisture that is in the wood causing the white
ring.  If and when the stain goes away add a little olive oil onto the
wood to give him a little finish.

I would definitely recommend this method if you have about 30
minutes to kill on a Saturday afternoon. What better to do then sit in your
dining room holding a hair dryer (just kidding?) 

4.   Time to bake with some baking soda

 This method is very similar to the toothpaste
method.  What we’re going to do is make a paste with baking soda and it
little bit of water.   It is recommended to use two parts baking soda
to one part water but you can just eyeball this as it’s not rocket science.

I’ll grab one of those white rags you have laying around and
apply it to the surface gently.   Baking soda can be abrasive I’ll
be sure not to scrub too hard so that you don’t damage the finish.

 Afterwards use a damp cloth to wipe away the baking
soda.   if the stain did not disappear by now you can always try

5. Let’s break out some steel wool

For this method you will need some fine steel wool and a little
bit of lemon oil. You will want to soak the steel war in the lemon
oil for a little bit.   Now take out the steel wool in ever so gently start
rubbing the white ring away.  

  The lemon oil will help to prevent scratching the wood
surface but that’s essentially what you’re doing with this method. 
 Think of it as a real light surface sanding.   After you’re
done taking it clean cloth and wipe down the surface.   If the stain
is still there you can always give it another go.

As you can see there are many ways that can help in removing white
rings from wood furniture.  All furniture
finishes are not created equal so if one method doesn’t work you can always
move on to the next.  Just remember to
always test the method on a hidden spot so that it doesn’t make more issues!

Need professional help?

If you are tired of trying to remove wood stains from your furniture give Home Built Woodworking a call!  We specialize in custom built farmhouse furniture & refinishing.

Barn doors increase your homes value – Selling homes quicker

How a Barn Door Can Increase The Value of your Home

The truth is, a barn door would probably not appear in most folks list of top 10 upgrades that would boost the resale value of a home. This is in light of the fact that many people are still unaware of a barn doors potential with regards to boosting a home’s resale value. In fact, recently Zillow gave a report that showed the efficacy of barn doors in boosting the resale values of homes. According to Zillow, of the 2.8 million homes that were sold between the span of 2014 and 2016, homes that were listed with barn doors got the highest sale premium.

While many people may find this hard to believe, it is very true. Indeed, there are a lot of upsides to having a barn door in your home, especially when you are working to boost the price or your home. In the event that you’re looking for simple and cost-effective ways to boost the resale value of your home, you should probably end your search here.

Here’s how a simple barn door will revolutionize your home and make it all the more appealing for prospective buyers.

When the time comes for buyers to shop for a home, they usually look out for stylish and exciting homes. Since you’ll be waking up in this home, every day until you get another one, it would do you no justice to get a boring home. Barn doors, on the other hand, are well renowned for their efficacy in making a somewhat boring home chirpy and chic.

Along these lines, every potential buyer that comes across the listing of your home would want to explore the added advantage that a barn door offers in a home. Also, barn doors style and designs blend well with both traditional and industrial home decors. As a result, buyers who go for homes with barn door would get to enjoy flexibility in their home décor (and they are aware of this fact).

By simply slapping on a barn door in your home, you can create the perfect hanging space for your artworks. For people who don’t like nails on their walls lest they chip their wall paint, a barn door may be the best alternative. As a matter of fact, the barn door itself can be the art in your home. Rustic barn doors don’t just add character to your home, but they also signal to the potential buyer that your home is more stylish than those without ban doors. This simple realization can help you sell your house quickly and at a much higher price.

In the event that you are not planning to sell your home soon, having a barn door can also be a big bonus for you. So that when you finally make up your mind to sell, you’d get a better offer for your home. Farmhouse furniture like barn doors, rustic bench, rustic nightstand, etc. are the latest home décor trends.

Judging from how long they’ve been trending and how popular they’ve become in our modern day society, the value of a home with a barn door can only be expected to rise. This implies that your investment in a barn door today would fetch a lot of returns for you in the nearest future. Even more than the returns your home would generate if you should sell it with a barn door now.

How much value can a barn door add to your home?

Based on Zillow, the 2.8 million homes that were listed for sale within the span of 2014 to 2016, homes that had barn door in their description had the highest sale premium (about 13% more than the expected values).

To put this in plainer words; you can boost the resale price of your home by a whopping 13% when you include a barn door in your home listing description, which is more than we can say for many of the renovation ideas that we have out there. As a matter of fact, some remodeling ideas that are not as cost-effective as a barn door might not increase your home resale price more than a mere 3-5%. If you are looking for remodeling options that would give you huge returns on your investment, this is it.

Barn doors are also useful when it comes to delineating spaces in your home. Therefore, you can make your home appear as if it has more room than it actually does. This would not only boost your returns on the sale of your home, but it would also quicken the sale process.

Will having a barn door sell my home quicker?

The answer to that question is; yes! It does.

One of the most obvious upsides of having a barn door in your home is character. Consequently, this character would make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Barn Doors in a home signal to potential buyers that your home is more stylish than those without barn doors.

Even though it might not be true for all homes, buyers are still more inclined to go for homes that they perceive as stylish.

When buyers are more attracted to your home than other homes that are listed with yours, you can sit back and relax knowing that your home would get a buyer in no time at all. On the other hand, you shouldn’t use low-quality barn door in your home as it can reduce the overall value of your home. Instead, look for premium quality wood and give your home a nice upgrade. Your home would thank you for it, and the next proprietor would pay good money for your home.

How to Build a Barn Door time lapse Video by Home Built Woodworking

What will a barn door add to my home?

Farmhouse style has gained the appeal of the world, because of a lot of reasons. But then again, all of these reasons revolve around one basic fact – they give the home character. Just like all other farmhouse furniture, barn doors add beauty, style, and value to your home.

Since you have the option of staining or painting your barn door (which makes the barn door all the more appealing to the eyes), barn doors can make your home chicer than any other remodeling alternatives. They are also the best ascent for your home. For people living in homes with limited space, barn doors can help you manage your limited space. This is in light of the fact that barn doors are very effective when it comes to delineating space in the home. But how does it save space in the home?

How will a barn door save space in my home?

We have said earlier that barn doors are great for defining spaces in the home. What we have not told you is that you can also integrate storage spaces in your barn door where you can store essentials. But then again, this would require a bit of inventiveness on your part.

So now that you have ventured into doing your homework on what a Barn Door can bring to your house here’s a quick video straight from our woodshop to give you an idea on the process!

If you’re the handy type, check out our blog post on “How to Make a Barn Door the Easy way” which will help you in building your own Barn Door!

If you’re interested in having a custom barn door made to add value to your home why not contact Home Built Woodworking to help!  We are located in Saint Johns FL and specialize in all sorts of custom build Farmhouse Furnishings and décor.

(5) EASY Woodworking projects for beginners

5 woodworking projects for beginners

Are you looking for woodworking projects for beginners? I have done some research online and found these to be the top five woodworking projects for beginners.

Whether you have a woodworking shop full of tools or just a few basic tools in your garage you can accomplish these projects.  


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Do you have what it takes to be a woodworker?

There is a certain mindset that woodworker must have.  You must be willing to be creative and think outside the box.  There’s really no right or wrong way to complete your woodworking project but there are preferred ways.  

Are you building this piece to be sold or for yourself? If you are building this for yourself you get the final say.  If you’re building the piece to be sold you may need to be a little more particular.  

Woodworking definitely requires some patience. There is this old rule that all Woodworkers live by and that’s “Measure twice, Cut once”.  With all new projects just take your time and things will work out fine!

Wood is a very forgiving material to work with. In the end it’s just wood and they make wood filler for a reason!  

What are the basic tools I will need?

There are a few tools that you would definitely need to start any woodworking project.  Whether these are power tools or hand tools it makes no difference.

One of the most important Tools in a woodworkers shop is his tape measure. Without a tape measure you will be up a creek without a paddle.  

The second most important tool in a Woodworkers shop is his saw.  Whether this is a hand saw or a powered saw it makes no difference.  

If you’re looking to get into mass production or have a lot of projects to do I would suggest getting a power saw.  The most common powered saw that everyone should have or has already is a circular saw. 

If you’re getting into more of a fine woodworking project you may want to consider a compound miter saw.  This type of Saw allows you to cut Square lines across the width of a board. There’s also makes it easy to cut angles as well.

The last most basic tool that every woodworker should have is of course a hammer.  I am sure if you dig around in your garage you probably already have this.  A hammer is a tool that you will typically buy once and have it for the rest of your life.

Needless to say if you’re looking to do more than one project or have multiple projects you may want to consider a nail gun.  

 Basic Tool List:

  • Tape measure
  • Saw
  • hammer

How long will it take to build these projects?

This is a question that there is no easy answer to. The length of a project really depends on how much time and effort you want to put into the project. 

There is no real reason to get all fancy on your first project with dovetail joints or fancy inlays. I would suggest as a beginner woodworker that you start with the basics.  Let’s save the fancy woodworking for a second project. 

Most of the projects that I have listed below can be completed within a few hours. Depending on the tools you have on hand they may be completed much faster.

I will save the complex woodworking for another post. These projects will just be for fun!

Can I sell my woodworking projects?

You can sell almost any woodworking project that you do. Now that being said that changes the whole amount of time that you’re going to spend on your project.   You also want to watch what you spend on your project.


A lot of times in woodworking you end up spending twice as much time as you expect on the project. Cost Plus materials almost always outweighs the resale value of a piece when completed.

If you’re planning to resell some of these items you want to think about what your outlet is for selling them. Will you be selling these on Etsy or in a brick-and-mortar store? Do you have your own online store?

There are many factors to take in if you’re considering to sell your items.   But it can be a very fulfilling hobby to take up.   If you’re looking to start a resale woodworking business I would definitely suggest sticking to basic woodworking projects.

Save the complex projects for special orders so that you don’t build up an inventory that you’re unable to sell.  Always consider the cost of the project before building up an inventory to sell. 

There are many basic projects that you can do and sell. If that’s what you’re looking to get into some these projects are definite fit.   Again start by getting your hands wet and then build from there.

Wine Bottle Display

The first project we’re going to talk about is the wine bottle display. These displays are easy to to build and fun!

They make great gifts for Christmas, birthdays or to add to your home decor. These can be as simple as a box that holds a single bottle of wine or a shelf to display your Mammoth collection of wine.

I have built many of them to use in the past using simple pieces of pallets or leftover in the shop.

I do enjoy using pallets when I have the time to break them down although breaking down pallets is a lot of work.   Using reclaimed wood such as pallets adds a special rustic feel to any piece.

Pallet Shelf

Simple pallet shelves

I have this one listed as simple pallet shelves. Although I have it listed as pallet shelves there are many different shell styles that you can build. Shelving is probably one of the easiest woodworking projects for anybody.

Shelf’s can be as simple as taking a piece of wood and cutting it to lay. Mini building supply stores sell pre-made wooden brackets that can be attached to your wooden Shelf.

Wooden brackets will run you around $10 each or you can go with a metal bracket for about the same cost. It all comes down to what look you’re going for in the end.

If you’d like to spruce up your shelf and you have access to a router you can add detailed edging to your shelf.

A simple round over bit will make any shelves stand out. If you don’t have access to a router you can use quarter round trim that should be available at your local lumber store.

But if you’re going for that rustic look for your home decor you could definitely give pallets a shot for your project. Using reclaimed wood adds a special up to just about any project you have.

Flower pot hanger

Ah… The flower pot hanger. This is a project that’s going to be great for summer time.  Although I have not built one of these yet I think they’ll be great.

Basically what I’m doing is taking some 2×4’s and building a large picture frame and attaching it to a larger 2×8 base.   I would consider this as a extremely basic woodworking project. It will only consist of straight 90 degree cuts and joints.

At the top of the picture frame right in the middle I will attach a metal hook that can be used to hang a flower pot. You can also spruce up the top of the picture frame by adding a decorative post top.

Sofa cup holder

There now if you have this problem at your house but I do. I sit down on the couch and there is literally no room for an end table. Well the sofa cup holder is the solution!

What is the sofa cup holder you may ask? Basically it’s three Square boards that are nailed together to make a U.  The end goal of this would be to slide it over the arm of your sofa so you have a place to rest your cup.  

This is a great solution if you don’t have the space to add an end table. We’ll also consider this project as another extremely basic woodworking project. Now granted if you’d like to get fancy with this you could route out a circle into the size of a cup. But if you don’t want to get fancy not a problem.

Rustic Candle holders

Candle holders are another great woodworking project for the beginner.   These can be as simple or as detailed as you’d like.  The most basic candle holder is constructed out of a simple 4×4.   To make this style candle holder all you need to do is cut the four by four to length and drill a few holes the size of the candles.  

I’m sure you’ve all seen the little candles better typically used that come with the little tin bottom.  They work great for this style of candle holder

If you’re wanting to display larger candles that’s not a problem. You can also use small pieces of trim as the picture frame around the candle. Essentially making a small box for the candle to sit in.

You can make these candle displays as small or as big as you’d like. This is also a great chance to use some of that reclaimed wood you’ve collected in your past projects.

Thank you for hanging out and best of luck on your woodworking project!

Well if you made it this far in a post I want to thank you for hanging out.  I hope that you have enjoyed the information that I have provided and that it has inspired you to tackle your woodworking project.

With any woodworking project just remember to have fun and be creative.  Sometimes it can be difficult to think of the next project to build and for that there are many resources online to help you.

Below I have listed a link where you can get access to over 16000 woodworking projects. This may be a helpful starting point for many of us Woodworkers as we all hit that creative wall some times. Feel free to check it out

Please feel free to use the comment section for any questions and comments you may I will be happy to answer them.