We've been wanting to redo our kitchen cabinets for a while -- a year or more. I was afraid to do it. I know that I am not a patient painter, and I was afraid they would turn out terrible and I would wish I had left them alone. Finally, I decided it was time to put it on the calendar and get it done. I freed my schedule for the week starting Sept 14th. I was sure I could be done in a week -- or at least by my birthday (Sept. 28). That was so optimistic of me!
In reality, everything takes a long time, and I realized the Saturday before my scheduled week, that I had seriously underestimated the time this was going to take. The boys took off the doors and drawer covers that day. When the sanding was done, and I started painting, I realized that I just couldn't physically manage to paint more than a couple of hours a day without giving myself a huge head / neck ache. Thankfully, with Derek's help, and his Mom's -- I didn't have to do all of the painting -- but it was still a lot!
By my birthday I had decided that I would shoot for finishing by Trisa's birthday (Oct. 18). We actually accomplished that goal (for the cabinets), which was a bit more realistic. Getting the counter tops replaced and the new sink in got done by November 4th. Hooray!
|This is the before picture -- I forgot to take it before we took the doors off!|
|The doors and drawer covers took over our garage for a few weeks. We sanded them all, put on two coats of primer and then added two coats of paint -- with a bit of sanding in between most coats.|
|I finished the cabinet boxes quite a while before the cabinet doors and drawer covers were done.|
We were not tempted to keep the open cupboard look!
|I was done with the red and black stools. I discovered that a belt sander is really powerful. It made short work of the old paint on top that was peeling.|
|Now our stools are black, and match the kitchen appliances and the new sink.|
|This is the kitchen all done. Derek framed the kitchen window too.|