I don't know if anyone really likes these progress posts, but here goes!
Here's the kitchen "before" shot:
and this is the inspiration shot:
I scrubbed the cabinets with TSP and then sanded them lightly with a medium grit sanding sponge. It was tedious work, 1 coat of primer and 3 coats of paint. UGH. I decided to do sections at a time instead of the whole shebang. It was a good way to get through this long project!
I had a heck of a time getting the countertops off the lower cabinets. My ex-boyfriend had cemented those suckers on with PL construction glue. I was afraid that I would have to replace the bases, but after a couple of weekends working at it, I managed to pop the countertops off the build-up and then chip the build-up off separately.
Then I pulled the cabinets apart and reconfigured them so I could move the fridge away from where I wanted a pass-through opening. That's when I discovered the missing flooring... I thought it would be a nightmare but it actually worked out well. I had one piece of flooring that I had found in the crawlspace. I sanded it to see what the floors would look like if I just sanded and oiled them and I loved the look!! I installed that piece right away. Then I went searching through my wood pile for 1" thick boards and luckily I found some!! I cut one short board down so that I would have enough to do one length and I left one board intact. Once I laid them, I rubbed some Minwax Provincial stain over the top (very lightly!) and when it dried I drew a line down the wide board using a Sharpie. Check it out:
I'm going to use a utility knife to cut a groove where the Sharpie line is but so far I'm happy with the way this turned out. Here is the new cabinet configuration (sort of). They still need adjusting slightly and I can't decide whether to leave the fridge there or swap it out with the stove.
If I leave it like this, I can still use my little kitchen cart as an island. But onto the next project which was carving a hole in the wall where the fridge used to be so that I could let in light from the window I installed over my laundry sink.
Max ALWAYS has to get into the act.
TAH DAAAAAAAAAAAH! Look Ma, no lights!
I can use my kitchen without turning a light on!!!!!!!!!! Squeeee!!! I can't tell you how pleased I am. The drywall mess beside the pass through will be covered over by an upper cabinet.
I still have a long road ahead of me, but so far so good! Between the pass-through and the white cabinets, the space is so much brighter. Hopefully the new counters and stripped down floors will lighten it even more.
So far so good!!!
Stay tuned for Part III, the finished product!
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!