One week in and we've only just begun...
Instead of my weekly Favorite Things Friday post, I thought I’d share some of our DIY Kitchen Remodel one week in!
Honestly I thought this would be an easy process… (really!) my bads! I mean, move a couple cabinets, build some shelves, paint the cabinets, tile the backsplash, put in new countertops, build an island, instal a faux paneled ceiling, and hardware… OK, noooowww that I’m saying it all out loud… IT’S A BIG PROJECT!
Let me first start by saying this: If you think painting your cabinets is a “weekend project” you will be sadly, sadly disappointed! There are a million tutorials out there showing you how to DIY painting your cabinets. Everyone has their opinions about the process. Everything from primer, to paint, to what type of product to use to clean the cabinets… it’s all different! But, the ONE thing that every tutorial has in common is, they don’t tell you how it will TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE! Seriously I haven’t been able to sleep! It’s unsettling knowing that just two floors below, in the basement, I have 21 cabinet doors and drawers patiently awaiting paint!
- Draw a map of the cabinets (doesn’t have to be beautiful)
- Remove fronts (save screws)
- Number fronts to match map (this is SO fun)
- Clean cabinets (I used 4 different products with no prevail)
- Sand (dust. is. everywhere.)
- Wipe cabinets
- Prime (3 coats back and front)
- Sand (between each coat)
- Sand (again)
- Let Cure
OK so… I am on step 8… yes 8 eight!!!!
It just takes so long to make sure everything looks perfect, and to let everything dry… I want these to look as professionally painted as possible… patience, patience, patience!
So in the interim I started some other projects IN the kitchen while iterally watching paint dry!
Here’s just a bunch of progress pictures from the last week!
These are my “oops I forgot to take a before picture” pictures…
I started by removing some of the stuff from the cabinets and countertops… there was a lot of clutter!
You can see the paint square where I removed the first cabinet and moved it over the oven…
Then I moved all the cabinets together and added some crown moulding… once that was done I took off the MONSTER!
It already looked 100 times bigger!
I moved it to the “nook” where the new desk area will be… you can see I moved the drawers over to the other side too.
Once that was done I couldn’t wait to rip the countertops off!
Once they were off, I separated the two main cabinet bases (they behave better apart) to make it an even 9 ft across… and installed some shelves in between.
Then it was time for the shiplap wall!
Using FENCE BOARDS ($1.65/piece)
AFTER that was finished (took forever) but OH so worth it, I moved onto the floating shelf wall!
I recessed the L-brackets into the wall and patched over them so I can tile over it and the bracket will disappear!
Here’s some “half done” shelves… Once the bottoms are on they’ll be sanded and stained!
I even propped up the tile behind the shelves because I’m so anxious to instal it! I have to be patient and wait for the countertops to arrive though… One week from Monday!
There you have it! One week down!
I know it doesn’t seem like much, but there were so many things/bumps you run into along the way! I am in love with all the colors so far! All of the base cabinets need a second coat of paint, and I still have yet to paint the actual cabinet faces… Soon… soon!
I did get the hardware in the mail yesterday! Not too happy with the cabinet pulls but the knobs are a REAL winner! Brushed brass! OBSESSED! You can see them HERE!
Hope this post finds you in good DIY spirit! Stay tuned for my DIY Kitchen Renovation triumphs and fails!
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