So you may remember my kitchen “befores” from last week, when I showed you how my idea of moving a set of cabinets decided that we will now be doing a slow but steady FULL kitchen remodel…. I have had cabinets that I got for free off of Craigslist in my garage almost since we moved in because I knew that I wanted another set here, and I knew we could do a really good DIY cabinet makeover on them. Here is the wall last week with the infuriating baseboard heater and complete lack of cabinets underneath. The baseboard heater went adios, and I did a little dance even if it did leave a hole in the wall and a big rectangle of unpainted mess. It will be taken care of soon enough. 🙂
Here are the cabinets in the state we got them in. Kind of scary, really dirty and the complete opposite of something that you would want in your kitchen.
Two of the cabinets were these big drawers. I’m sure they would make a great place to hold a garbage can, but I didn’t need a garbage can on this set of cabinets so they went back in the garage for another project.
The first thing that had to go was the counter top. It was NASTY. There was no way that I would want to put food on it. Sure I could have cleaned it and covered it with something, but I just really didn’t want to bring it in the house if I could avoid it. I didn’t know what they were used for before and I don’t know if I want to learn more about what was on that counter. When we took that off, we realized the “oak” was just paneling that someone had covered the cabinets with before. so we just took all of that off too.
Then we cleaned, scrubbed, sanitized and cleaned some more.
I was in charge of the painting, I used the same stain I used for the benches that we built for my back yard.
Chad went and bought a couple of these bead board panels from The Home Depot, and went to work cutting pieces for the sides of the cabinet and the insides of the open cabinets.
After he got those cut, he attached them using the Ryobi nail gun (no, they are not paying me, or compensating me in any way…we use that thing for EVERYTHING, you should get one if you have any DIY projects-love it!). Then he went to work cutting the trim pieces for the front and he used wood glue to attach those.
That had to be the most tedious part, he had to make sure everything lined up and the pieces were all so little!
After the glue dried, I finished up painting and we put a piece of trim on the bottom and white melamine on top. That is a temporary counter top as we are still deciding on what we are going to do on that and all the other counters in the kitchen. I also want to add pulls to to the drawers and doors, but I am having a hard time choosing. If I put something on this, should I change all the other cabinet hardware too? Decisions, decisions. Also, it is kind of making me want to paint all of my cabinets white, it’s so bright and refreshing.
I love the bead board inside the open cabinets. I want to fill this with cute dishes and things, but my 1 year old nephew is over a lot and he is fast, so for now it has all of my outdoor eating plastic dishes. It’s kind of perfect anyway since it’s right by the back door. We can set it up like a buffet, you can get your dish and take it out on the porch and eat! Also I am still deciding if I should put a shelf in the tall one or not…
My neighbor is a crazy good gardener and she cut me some of this lavender the other day. Oh. My. Word. It smells so amazing! Also I have a place for my Mason Jar measuring cups from World Market now, so that is fantastic!
And just because we all love a good before and after photo!