Friday, December 14, 2012

Sneak Peak


What you see above is a closeup of the doors above the microwave before I started my kitchen painting project. They are still there and they still look the same. However, the doors above the wall oven below which looked just like the ones above, now look much different. I like the stainless hardware compared to the antique brass on the old doors. It gives it a much brighter more modern appearance.

Because I only have so much workbench space, I can only paint a handful of doors at a time. The first batch are painted and hung and I am pleased with the results. I am now on day three of a four day process to paint the second batch. I probably have three more batches left to go.

After I get all the old hardware off, my next project will be to try and sell it. I suspect all those antique brass handles might be worth some money. If not, I'll probably just drop them off at some home recycling store to hopefully make some lucky person very happy. Perhaps even make them as happy as my wife is now with her new looking kitchen.


13 comments:

Ron said...

Looks very nice.

Wood grain looks good, but I really like paint. A person can turn something blemished, dirty, banged up, cast off, whatever... into something that looks great. And all that prep sets you up for a quick refresh coat a few years later.

geri said...

Love it! Yes, I prefer the new, modern version.

Ed said...

Ron - That is what I was hoping. It takes a lot of work to scrape off and clean off 40 years of grime, fill in old handle holes and sand flush, prime with paint being careful to not leave any runs, do another coat of primer, and then two more coats of finish paint. I would have never guessed that this project would take so long. But I tend to underestimate job times anyway.

Geri - Thanks! The real proof is how much better it makes the kitchen seem overall even though we only have half of the cabinets painted right now.

edifice rex said...

Ooooohh! looks great!! and hey, that door hardware looks a lot like mine!! lol! can't wait to see the whole kitchen.

Ed said...

Annie - The hardware I got was from a company called Amerock. I mainly got them from there because they manufactured hinges which had the exact same hole spacing and type of hinge which wasn't all that common since the original cabinets were hand built in place. With the same hinge hole pattern, it saved me oodles of holes that I had to fill and sand and also I could skip the alignment process and just use the existing holes.

warren said...

Holy cow that's a huge improvement! We have painted 2 sets of cabinets in two houses and were delighted in each case!

Heck ,keep the brass. It might be good for your workshop!

edifice rex said...

Mine came from Amerock too! hey, great minds think alike! ;)

Vince said...

It's hard to call it. Yes the white look good. I'm a bit meah with the modernist handles but that's me.
I find it's a balance with wood-white. If in a south facing room with ceilings above 11' and floor length windows then white will pretty much take you eyes out. Face the same room north or east and you could have one wall of glass and be living in a cave if it's wood.
But you are more keen on leading edge design so will tend to the white end of the spectrum instinctively. It how your cookie crumbles.
It really is one of the cheaper ways to get a quick good sale over this side. Spend €3000 on new doors, trim & countertop in the kitchen to take the used look from it and the remove the loo handbasin and shower tray.

http://roaring40.wordpress.com/ I changed things up a few weeks ago. It was taking me too long to sign in so I shortened the tag.

woodysrockyridge said...

That looks great! Does the kitchen feel larger with the cabinets being painted?

Ed said...

Edifice Rex - Indeed!

Vince - Our kitchen has eight foot ceilings and only one window a couple feet in height by a few feet wide. It felt like a cave. Thanks for the address. I wondered where you went too. I updated my links.

Woody - Since I only have one side painted, I can't say for certain yet but I'm guessing the answer is probably going to be know. But it does make it seem much more bright and cheerful especially in the evening now and that is enough for me.

Vince said...

You need to be careful with white, or green. I might be an idea to pick up some of the rebate in another colour for while it will be brighter in reality in practice you can easily make it so you bring in the walls. If you are going to do all in white. It's one of the oddities of those colours. A good trick is to use the wall/ceiling colour or a darkish cream.

malor said...

Beautiful, Ed...

Murf said...

Nice! I bet that really brightens up the kitchen.