All About Lynden, Washington

Are you considering a trip or a move to Lynden, Washington? Then this post is for you! We will be touching on the charm and unique aspects of Lynden as well as notable events and things to do nearby.

Lynden is located in northwest Washington. With British Columbia, Canada, a few minutes drive north and Seattle a 2 hour drive south. Lynden is known for it’s beautiful yards and landscaping, excellence in sports, and Dutch heritage. In 2016, Lynden’s Front Street even won Best Main Street in America. With it’s colossal hanging baskets, murals and charming storefronts it’s easy to see why.

A farming community, berry, dairy and potato are currently the top agricultural industries in town. Lynden happens to be the world’s largest producer of raspberries,

Events In Lynden

•The Farmers Day parade takes place on Front Street and is always the first Saturday in June. You’ll see tractors, animals, decorated floats, marching bands and more!

•The Northwest Raspberry Festival takes place downtown in the middle of July and is centered around the Razz Fest 3-on-3 basketball tournament, sponsored and organized by The Muljat Group North. The festival also includes a car show, tons of food vendors, dozens of kids’ activities, a car show and even a beer garden!

•The Northwest Washington Fair takes place every August. The Fair brings rides, grandstand entertainment, animals, shopping, and more! Buildings at the fairgrounds are available to rent for weddings and other private events plus there are often craft shows, home shows, and other events open to the public hosted there throughout the year.

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•The Christmas Parade goes down Front Street on the first Saturday in December and showcases floats decked out in Christmas lights and decorations; it’s always a hit!

**Visit the Chamber of Commerce website to stay up to date on the latest happenings! ➡️ www.lynden.org

Things to See & Do Nearby

•Skagit Valley Tulip Festival – dates change based on the growing season that year, but typically in April!

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•Short cruises are available out of The Ferry Terminal in Bellingham, WA including a whale watching cruise, a dinner cruise, a brewers cruise, a wine cruise and more!

•Take the Washington State Ferry from Anacortes, WA to the San Juan Islands and stay for however long you like! The ferry runs frequently, be sure to a check their current schedule prior to departure. You can walk or drive on (though it is definitely nice to have a car with you once you get there)!

•Lake Whatcom Park in Bellingham, WA offers hiking and other recreational activities.

•Mt Baker Ski Area – one of Washington’s top ski resorts and a beautiful area to explore.

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•The Seattle Premium Outlets located in Tulalip, WA offer a fun outdoor shopping and dining experience.

Have you lived in the area or visited Lynden before? Add your favorite thing to do in the comments!

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10 Things to Consider Investing in Once You Purchase Your First Home

Purchasing your first home is a wild mix of emotions. It’s exciting, fun, and a little scary. Once you are finally pending on your new place it seems like getting to the closing date takes forever. After that day finally comes and the chaos of moving and unpacking commence you may realize that you are missing a few homeowner essentials and begin wondering what else you may come across needing throughout the course of the year. Whether your home is quaint or enormous, small yard or acres of land, new or old, there are a handful of commonly used items within a home that are handy, if not incredibly necessary, to add to your home as time and budget allows. I do find it to be immediately necessary to obtain a vacuum as well as a lawnmower (unless you do not have grass or have hired out yard maintenance, so kept them off of the top 10 considerations as they are a must. Picture 1. Tool Kit
A basic tool kit can help you out in a wide variety of situations. I recommend it at least include a hammer, nails, tape measure, screwdriver and wrench.
2. First Aid Kit
A first aid kit filled with supplies and tools to handle minor injuries is a must around the house. Having the supplies packed conveniently in a kit saves you time and money, plus you have the option to take it on the go if needed.
3. Fire Extinguisher 
Being able to quickly put out or suppress a small fire before it grows or the fire department is able to arrive, can save lives and property. It’s a good idea to keep one on every floor of your home.
4. Plunger
Though rarely used, it’s something you don’t want to be caught without!
5. Flashlight
It’s so important to have a good flashlight readily available. Handy in times of power outages, when you need to check on an outdoor issue at night, when going into a crawl space or attic, etc.
6. Extension Cord
The ability to power your devices, both indoor and outdoor, from farther away and/or multiple devices at a time is so convenient. Extension cords come in various lengths and colors as well if you are looking to match your flooring for indoor use.
7. Ladder/Step Stool
Will you be replacing lightbulbs or changing out fans/light fixtures? Getting a ball off of the roof? Trimming your trees? Painting? Putting up Christmas lights? A ladder or step stool serves multiple purposes around the home.
8. Hose
A necessity for yard and plant up keep, car washing, and driveway cleanup.
9. Shovel
An essential when moving dirt, gravel, snow, or bark. It can also be used to edge your yard, dig trenches, dig holes for fence posts, lifting sod and more.
10. Tarp
This can be used for a wide variety of reasons. To cover a grill or a car, lay down prior to painting, spread out across a vehicle bed or interior prior to loading rocks, plants or bark, to cover and protect plants during a cold front, etc.

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Additional items that can be incredibly useful around the home but are typically used less frequently include a wheelbarrow, rake, leaf blower, string trimmer, edger, drill, saw, and shop vacuum.

Any additional items you’d recommend?? Share in the comments!

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Spring Cleaning: Products We Love

Now that we all have Spring Cleaning on our minds I thought it would be the perfect time to go over some of our favorite household cleaning products! I love picking out fresh scents and new products for the season; it really helps me get excited about cleaning. 

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day

From the sleek, colorful packaging to the simple, garden inspired scents, Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day has been a household favorite of mine for years. We regularly use their dish soap, hand soap and room freshener though their product list is much more extensive than that. Mrs. Meyer’s products are made with cruelty-free formulas containing essential oils and other thoughtfully chosen ingredients. They are formulated for use in a home with children and pets. I love that the range of products all come in every scent so that you can choose a singular scent for your home or for each bathroom, kitchen, etc. Our favorite scents are Honeysuckle, Pear Tree (Limited Edition), Lavender and Lemon Verbena. Shop Mrs. Meyers by clicking HERE.

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Cordless Vacuum

A powerful vacuum is a household essential and I find a cordless, lightweight vacuum to be incredibly helpful. Being able to move around the house as you please without having to unplug the vacuum or worry about tripping over the cord is so convenient. This particular one is available on Amazon and comes with multiple attachments which make cleaning sofas, mattresses, cars, cribs, mattresses, etc. much easier. Shop this cordless vacuum on Amazon HERE.

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Multi-Surface Spray Mop

For quick, easy mopping I love to use my spray mop after vacuuming up the crumbs and dirt. I’ve had this one for years and it does a great job of cleaning hard surface floors without having to get down on your hands and knees or use a bucket of water. The residue-free cleaner it comes with has a light, pleasant scent and the microfiber cleaning pad can be tossed right into the washing machine. Shop this spray mop HERE.

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Bathroom Cleaner

When it comes to bathroom cleaner, I don’t mess around. I look for products that get the job done quickly and efficiently. I love these Oxi Clean multi-purpose disinfectants. They can be found at most major retailers/grocery stores which also makes it an easy, convenient purchase. Not only do I feel good knowing it kills 99.9% of bacteria but I also enjoy both the citrus and fresh scents. They make my bathrooms smell so clean without being too overpowering. Shop Oxi Clean on Amazon HERE.

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Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

These are a must if your desire streak-free, lint-free results when cleaning. Microfiber cloths are great on household surfaces as well as in vehicles and boats. They are very absorbent, dry quickly, are durable and are machine washable so you’re able to use them hundreds of times. They come in multiple color options too! Shop microfiber cleaning cloths HERE.

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Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

Magic Erasers have been trending the last few years and for good reason: they do wonders on a wide range of surfaces! They provide a powerful clean with no harsh chemicals added. Simply wet, squeeze and get to cleaning. They can be used to clean anything kitchen messes and bathtubs to car wheels, shoes and outdoor furniture. Shop Magic Erasers HERE.

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What household products and cleaners do you use and love? Any of these? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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Spring Cleaning Tasks You Won’t Want to Skip

It’s that time of year again! Birds are chirping, sun is shining (at least sometimes!) and we are getting eager to organize, declutter and refresh. Spring cleaning can be daunting but when you break it down into smaller tasks and go at it one at a time it’s far more manageable. Whether you are looking to list your house soon to sell or just looking to start fresh, the rewards of spending some time now to spring clean and declutter can make a big difference in your daily life going forward. Many tasks can be easily missed with routine weekly cleaning and organizing so we’ve created a round up of spring cleaning tasks to check off this year. Picture Picture Interior Tasks
•change decor
​•clean baseboards
•wipe down furniture
•vacuum under and between couch cushions
​•clean out refrigerator
•clean out freezer
•dust ceiling fans
•dust skylights
​•dust vents
​•clean out pantry and organize
​•vacuum curtains
•replace air filters
•toss old and expired makeup
​•toss old and expired pantry items
•toss expired medicine
​•clean out nightstands
•replace burnt out lightbulbs
​•touch up any scuffs on the walls
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•wipe patio furniture
•wash patio furniture cushions
•wipe window panes
•wipe down decor (outdoor lanterns, candles, tables, etc)
•repair any damaged fencing, deck/patio, etc
•replenish bark
​•pull weeds
•pull and replace dead flowers, bushes, etc
​•replace burnt out lightbulbs
•pressure wash or spray off driveway, sidewalks, patio(s)
•fix anything that’s broken Picture Items to Declutter
•winter clothing and shoes that did not get worn/too small
•kid’s bikes, scooters, roller blades, etc that they’ve outgrown
•old towels
•excess kitchenware **Bonus Task** Clean out your car! Get rid of any garbage, duplicates and unnecessary items. If you keep diapers, change or clothes or toys in the car for your kids make sure they are the current size/age appropriate items and swap if necessary. Vacuum and wipe down the interior for exceptional results that will keep your smiling every time your hop in! Picture Picture

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What You Need in a Home Office

Our last post went over top questions to ask yourself when setting up your home office and how to make it a productive, organized and comfortable space suited to your needs. Now we will touch on the top items to consider adding to your office to help with this. From the big things like a desk and chair to the small things like paper clips and pens, taking care of the details right away will set you up for success.

Here are helpful items we recommend adding to your home office:

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Office Items to Enhance Comfort & Efficiency

•ergonomic chair
​•surge protector power strip
​•noise canceling headphones
​•laptop stand
•ergonomic keyboard
•ergonomic mouse
​•good lighting (new light fixture, lamp, etc)
•standing desk with anti fatigue floor mat
​•coffee mug warmer
​•password book (only recommended in home offices where you aren’t at risk of others having access to it)
•mousepad with wrist support
•ergonomic foot rest
​•lumbar support pillow
•cell phone stand

Standard Office Supplies

•pens
•Sharpie
​•highlighter pen
•notebook/notepad
•sticky notes
•printer
•printer paper
•backup printer ink
​•paperclips
•envelopes
​•blank cards
•stamps
​•laptop/computer
•stapler and staples
•desktop organizer
​•binder clips
•scissors
•tape
•bookshelf
​•paper shredder
•dry erase board and markers
•file folders and desk drawer/cabinet/container to keep them in
•trash can

Is there anything else that you can think of or that you use personally that has made a difference in your office space? We’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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How to Set Up the Perfect Home Office

Whether you work from home or not, having an organized, well functioning office space can help eliminate stress and frustration.

Having a dedicated office space, whether it be a room, a closet, a desk or a nook somewhere in your home can be key to keeping your life in order. This can be a place you work from daily or simply where your store your important documents and stationary.

If you will be using your office space frequently, say for your full-time job, it is important to set up and create your space in a way that will boost your productivity. You don’t want to be able to see household tasks lingering beyond your computer screen that may cause you to lose focus and get off track. 

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When designing your office space here are the main questions you’ll want to ask yourself:

1. Is it comfortable?

Comfort is key to allowing you to focus and stay on track. This may vary based on your line of work. If you are on the phone a lot, this may mean you need to find a comfortable headset that allows you to talk without having to hold the phone up to your ear. If you are sitting a lot, this may mean finding the perfect chair for you. Standing desks as well as desks with a stationary bike or treadmill have become popular in recent years too. 

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2. Is it free of distractions?

I recommend keeping decor simple and extras at a minimum. It is ideal to have a desk with drawers that you’re able to dedicate to filling with items such as a stapler, envelopes, paper clips, etc. so that those items are within reach without having to sit out in the open. The more open and clear space you have by the computer, the better. 

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3. Does it inspire me?

This can vary so much dependent on your job, personality, and the purpose of your office space. If you worked hard for a degree that lead to your profession, this may mean hanging your degree(s) on the wall to remind and inspire you. If you are a creative you may want to showcase your favorite quote, piece of art, or something that you created and are proud of.

Do you have a dedicated office space? In my next post I will be going over the top items you need in your office space to allow you to be the most productive, organized and comfortable.

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Home Design and Decore Trends for 2022

Does diving into 2022 have you wondering what the new trends in home decor and design will be? Today I’ll touch on ten trends for 2022.

​I always love hearing what the new trending styles are but also encourage you to not take it too seriously. I believe you should decorate and design your home how best fits your family and based on the colors and styles that you enjoy. However, learning about the on trend styles can give you great ideas that you do love too, just never thought of, which can be really fun. Typically the on trend styles are easy to shop for and find, even at the more affordable big name stores. Geometric Shapes & Patterns Squares, triangles, hexagons and more fun geometric shapes are booming in popularity. Some examples of places this is popping up is in tables, chairs, vases, and other tabletop decor. Picture Natural Materials Incorporating natural materials adds warmth and coziness to a space. Think rattan, cotton and jute. This can be in the form of baskets, lanterns, clocks and larger furniture pieces like tables and chairs. My egg chair pictured here is one of my favorite items in our home, it is cozy and unique, plus it adds personality to our space. Picture Picture Lighter Floors Dark wood floors are on their way out and lighter woods such as white oak and French oak are trending for 2022. Wide-planks are the most common and desired this year. Picture Minimalism Society as a whole is starting to part with unnecessary possessions and take greater thought into deciding what we put in our homes. The desire to have a well thought out, relaxing home free of clutter is the goal going into 2022. Incorporating Green Green is calming and soothing, associated with nature and growth. Olive and emerald tones are especially popular right now. Green can be incorporated as large furniture pieces such as a sofa, live or faux plants, candles, and even green cabinetry is skyrocketing in popularity. Black Accents When it comes to trim, cabinet hardware, faucets, doors and light fixtures, black is the trending choice. It is also becoming a popular cabinet color, especially for a bathroom or a kitchen island. Picture Painted Interior Doors I mentioned above how black is a trending color when it comes to hardware, fixtures and accents including doors, but painted interior doors in general have shot up in popularity. Now many homes feature light walls with dark interior doors that make a statement, adding depth and character. Comfortable Furniture Pieces As we continue to spend more time at home, possibly more than ever before, quality, durable, comfortable pieces have become more desired. Say Bye to Stainless! The desire for stainless steel appliances is fading. White, black, and integrated appliances are coming back. Stainless will always be around as it is a commercial staple but higher value homes are looking to really wow guests and homeowners with the seamless look of integrated appliances or the high end features of more unique appliances. Picture Picture Outdoor Relaxation Spaces With more people staying home more and many even working from home, outdoor relaxation spaces are on the rise. Even with a small backyard, patio or balcony you can create a beautiful, relaxing outdoor oasis. Having that special place to retreat to and refresh is strongly desired, especially with many having to cancel or postpone vacation plans this year. How to you feel about these 2022 trends? Have or will you incorporated any of them into your home?

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How to Prep Your Home for the New Year

Now that we are quickly approaching the end of 2021, I thought it would be a good time to go over ways to prep your home for the new year. With all the extra love and fun that the holidays bring, they also tend to bring additional clutter. More clothes, more toys, more snack foods and platters taking over the countertops, more decor (and afterwards trying to decide where and how to store it all)! I personally find myself more anxious and unable to focus when my home is disorganized. By taking a few steps to declutter and revamp your space now, you will save yourself a lot of time and headache come January.

1. Declutter Your Workspace

This is a great time of year to declutter your workspace (at home and/or your work office). Even if your work takes place outside of the home it’s the perfect time to take a few moments to file important mail, tax documents, and other papers away into their appropriate places and get rid of any excess, unnecessary items.

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2. Reassess How Spaces are Being Used

Take a few moments to reassess your home. Are you using your spaces in the best, most appropriate way? Maybe a spare room that never sees guests should become an office and your “office” should stop taking over the kitchen table. Or maybe your kids have gotten older and the “toy room” can be put to more age appropriate use. By reallocating spaces to better suit yourself and your family’s needs you can eliminate a lot of clutter and stress, ensuring you walk into the new year feeling refreshed.

3. Clean Out Closets & Dressers

A big end of the year project for me that always makes a huge difference in our lives is cleaning out our closets and dressers. If you’ve gone a whole calendar year without wearing something, 99% of the time it is time to let it go. I do keep a few sentimental or special occasion items that don’t get worn often but that is minimal. Some items I have chosen to hold onto include my wedding dress, my daughter’s dance recital costumes and a few sentimental baby items. Oftentimes many of my children’s spring/summer pieces don’t fit them anymore by the time year end arrives and with it being out of season anyway there is no need to hang on to them to assess the following year. The sooner they can be consigned or donated, the better.

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4. Get Rid of Extra/Unused Kitchenware

This is one that I’m guilty of. Even with our big purge before our cross country move, I am finding that I hung on to too much. I have too many pots and pans, too many Tupperware containers, too many serving platters, etc. I am currently working through and determining my favorite pieces as well as the ones that are used the most often and will be donating the rest. The same will be happening with our extra cups, spatulas, silverware, etc as well as small kitchen appliances that don’t get used enough.

If you have children you may also want to consider going through your stash of bottles, sippy cups, divider plates and more to eliminate those from your cupboards if they are no longer needed.

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5. Toss Anything Expired

Go through your pantry, refrigerator, makeup drawer, personal hygiene products, etc. and toss anything that is expired. There is no need to allow these items to be taking up extra space, causing more clutter, when chances are you will not use them (and should not). Expired personal products and makeup can be just as unsafe as consumables.

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Is there anything you do on a regular (monthly, quarterly, annual, etc.) basis to keep your home in order?

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4 Ways Homeowners Can Use Their Equity

4 Ways Homeowners Can Use Their Equity | MyKCM

Your equity is a powerful tool that can help you achieve your goals as a homeowner. And chances are, your equity grew substantially over the past year. According to the latest Equity Insights Report from CoreLogic, homeowners gained an average of $51,500 in equity over the past year.

If you’re looking for the best ways to use your growing equity, here are four options:

1. Use Your Equity To Buy a Home That Fits Your Needs

If you’re finding you no longer have the space you need, it might be time to move into a larger home. Or, it’s possible you have too much space and would like something smaller. No matter the situation, consider using your equity to power a move into a home that fits your changing lifestyle. Moving into a larger home can provide extra space for remote work or loved ones. Downsizing, on the other hand, may mean saving time and money by caring for a smaller home.

2. Move to the Location of Your Dreams

If the size of your home isn’t a challenge but your current location is, it could be time to relocate to a new area. Maybe you enjoy vacationing in the mountains, at the beach, or another area, and you’re dreaming of living there year-round. Or perhaps the distance between you and your loved ones is greater than you’d like, and you want to close the gap. No matter what, your home equity can fuel your move to the location where you really want to live.

3. Start a New Business

If you’re not ready to move into a new home, you can use your equity to invest in a new business venture. As the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy says:

“There is an estimate of 31.7 million small business owners in the United States, many of them started their business with the equity they had in their home.

While it’s not recommended that homeowners use their equity for unnecessary spending, leveraging your equity to start a business that you’re passionate about can potentially grow your nest egg further.

4. Fund an Education

Whether you have a loved one preparing to head off to college or you’re planning to go back to school yourself, the thought of paying for higher education can be daunting. In either situation, using a portion of your growing equity can help with those costs, so you can make an investment in someone’s future.

Bottom Line

Your equity can help you achieve your goals. If you’re unsure how much equity you have in your home, let’s connect today so you can start planning your next move.

How to Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets

We moved into our new home this past August and after having custom built our last few homes we strongly desired to change a few things in this home to make it better fitted to our needs and style. We adore our new home’s layout and location plus we have a fantastic neighborhood and knew we could make the other aesthetic changes through time. We have been so happy with the outcome of our projects thus far. We have completed almost all of them ourselves with the exception of some yard landscaping and tree removal.

Our last two homes we chose white cabinets for the kitchen and I had always been so happy with them. I love the fresh, bright ambiance of it. I considered white for this home as well but the previous owners had already painted the kitchen walls white plus we changed the countertops to white so I felt white cabinets may be a bit much for this space. I knew I wanted to paint them a light color though and decided on Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray; we love it!

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The trim throughout most of the home was already Agreeable Gray so I had been able to see how the color worked in our home and knew I would be happy with it on a larger scale.

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We are new to DIY projects but my husband has years of construction experience and knowledge. Though his experience is in exterior paneling and waterproofing, etc. his familiarity with the tools and processes was extremely helpful.

After much research online we decided we would spray the majority of the cabinets versus hand paint it all. My husband removed all of the cabinet doors and drawers and brought them to a paint station he had set up in our garage. I stayed inside and, after taping off around the edges, hand painted the cabinet frames that remained. We numbered each cabinet door and drawer so that we wouldn’t have any issues remembering which was which upon completion and removed all hardware prior to painting.

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Here are the supplies we purchased to paint our kitchen cabinets (above). I’ve linked them all here. The entire process took us about 4-5 days as we still had regular life to attend to but it seemed to go by quickly! We did lightly sand the cabinets prior to painting though this particular paint states it isn’t necessary. I’ll go over our tips and what we wish we had known prior to this project.

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Our Biggest Tips for Painting Your Cabinets

•Make sure your paint station for spraying (we set ours up in the garage) is clean and free of debris in the surrounding area. The sprayer gun releases air while in use and you want to ensure nothing blows onto your freshly painted cabinets as they dry.
•Take apart and rinse the spray gun with water between coats.
•Number the cabinet doors and drawers. You may think it’s easy to remember what goes where but it will save you so much time and frustration knowing for sure.
•We did two coats of paint and recommend waiting at least an hour between coats to let the first coat dry.
​•A lazy Susan rotating swivel such a this will come in handy when spraying the cabinet drawers. Set the bottom (back) of the drawer on the swivel and push it to easily spin while spraying.

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After allowing adequate time to dry, we put the cabinet doors and drawers back in place. We kept them open for the first week after to allow the paint to fully cure and dry then added cabinet bumpers to the interior corners.

Have you painted cabinets before? We would love to hear your tips in the comments!

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