Friday, December 7, 2012
I finally bit the bullet and started in on the kitchen cabinet project. The cabinets are hand built cabinets that are original to the house. They are solid but very dated without a lot of those features I have grown to love from our last kitchen. The corner cabinets don't have lazy suzans built into them meaning there is a lot of dead space in the corners. The drawers are small. The shelves are built of an old type of particle board that I've never seen before.
But the kitchen has some things going for it that I like. First of all, it is there and they are solidly built. It is well arranged for a small kitchen and I like the fact that I can do things quickly without walking long distances back and forth. Our last modern kitchen wasn't laid out nearly as well and I felt as if I was constantly running back and forth in it. The picture above shows the kitchen before we made an offer on the house and gives you a pretty good idea of what we have.
Long term we had planned on expanding the kitchen a bit but short term, we decided that maybe a fresh coat of paint might be the ticket. The cabinets are all dark stained wood which gives the kitchen a dingy appearance. Lightening up the colors and putting on some new hardware might give it a more modern appearance and perhaps persuade us to move our long term remodel off even further.
At the beginning of the week, we went out and purchased some good quality primer and paint to hold up to constant touching with dirty hands. I removed about a third of the doors, degrimed them and puttied up the holes left by the old hardware. I have then spent the rest of the week priming and painting doors, cabinet face frames and a few odd side panels that were visible. I still probably have another week left of painting but I'm already very happy we are doing this. Already the kitchen feels much lighter and more cheery not to mention new again. Once I get the project finished, I will post some pictures for everyone.