This is what our kitchen looked like last December…
1 – We emptied out the builder oak cabinets in preparation for sanding, priming and painting. We removed the cabinet doors and drawers also.
2 – We piled the contents of our cabinets onto and under our dining table and covered it all with a plastic drop cloth. This made it difficult for us to find what utensils we needed and easier for the kids to find what utensils they wanted to play with.
3 – After a light sanding to scuff up the surface, we taped off the cabinet frames and set to work priming while the kiddos snoozed away.
4 – Several coats of primer and paint later, we placed everything back in the cabinets. It was another month before the cabinet doors and drawers were finished.
Looking back, I don’t remember the mess or the work much. What I do remember are those orange-y oak cabinets that I was determined to paint white the day I saw them. It took us 2 years to get around to doing it. It’s definitely one of those things we look at and think, “Why didn’t we do this sooner?!” Eventually, we added new hardware, DIY’d a glass-front cabinet, switched out the laminate countertops for granite, updated our sink and faucet, tiled the backsplash and customized the existing island. For the full tour as-is, click here. We’ve yet to find a suitable window treatment, hang industrial pendant lights above the island and install new flooring.
I wanted to share this with you to show you things don’t happen overnight here. My kitchen has not always looked the way it does now. Kids, real jobs, time and money constraints, and just plain energy levels usually dictate our project timelines. And that’s fine. We don’t have any big deadlines to meet. So, if you’re thinking of taking on a similar DIY home improvement project, don’t be discouraged. You may have to live with chaos, clutter and dust for a while but that’s what makes the end result that much sweeter.
Happy home improving!
images: all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking