Remember when I said I wanted to get the top cabinets done by the end of the weekend? Change of plans! Let’s start from the beginning. I took down all the top doors and propped them up on the boxes our wedding china came in…It was the only thing that I had enough of to keep them off the ground so I could paint!
Here they are in action with their first coat of paint on the back.
I realized that things were moving along quicker than I thought they would! I finished up the top cabinets- two coats of paint and one top coat layer- looking good!
Here is a closer view.
By Thursday, I was basically done with the top doors. I just had to wait for the top coat to dry; it takes 12 hours before you can hang them up. I was so happy with how everything was going that I decided to start on the bottom cabinets and figure out what to do with Charlie later.
At this point, I was SO tired of painting. I had been doing it nonstop for over 8 hours the past two days. It was encouraging to see the frames starting to look “real,” though! It was time for me to go get Charlie and I still had no idea of what to do about those bottom cabinets. I saw his huge pad of paper on the kitchen table and viola! A solution!
Surprisingly, it worked! Charlie didn’t even try to go in there! He did have one incident of leaning on a cabinet “door” and falling through, but I was right there to catch him before he ended up totally in the cabinet
I also started to put up some of the doors that were dry. Looking so good!
The end seemed to take the longest because there was a lot of drying time in between each coat and I didn’t have anything else to paint (the frames). After what seemed like FOREVER- I finished painting the final coats on Saturday- I was done! And yes, you read that right. I did the entire project by myself. It would definitely go much faster with another person, but Nathan was really busy at work last week, so I just kept trucking! Nathan was a HUGE help with the hardware. He got all the knobs and pulls on by Sunday afternoon.
This was a great thing to wake up to this morning!
And another view…
I am so so happy with the result and can’t wait the 5-6 days that it takes to cure. Everything it still a little soft and you have to be careful not to scratch it when you pull a knob! There are still a few things we need to do. We’re going to be removing the curved shelves on the top and hopefully putting some open shelving in between the cabinets and curtains there. I also still need to do the very bottom of the cabinets, but I seriously needed a break from painting! Hopefully we’ll get a new oven/microwave within the next year or so. Very exciting! What do you think?