Sorry, I just wanted to see how many times I could get the words “cabinet” and “pimp” into one sentence. (Two is the answer.) Let’s get right to the meat and potatoes, shall we?
As promised, the cabinets are done! Aren’t they glorious? And pretty amazing, when you consider what they used to look like:
Can you believe those are the same cabinets? I honestly can’t, and I was there for the entire transformation — a process that started 3 months ago.
BTW, every other blogger I follow has done a cabinet-painting project that takes them, like, a weekend. Maybe an entire week, tops. To them, and to anyone else who’s done it, I address this question, “HOW??!” I mean, I admit, we could have done ours in waaay less than 3 months if we had just tried a little bit…one month would have been reasonable. But a week? Nuh-uh.
But let’s remind ourselves that this wasn’t a simple painting project. Oh no. It’s “Sarah’s BIG Idea,” right? Not “Sarah’s Puny Do-What-Everyone-Else-Is-Doing Idea.” No, painting was only Step 2 of a 5-step cabinet-pimping extravaganza.
So what did it take to get from the Before to the After? Well, the first step was to add some height, or as the pros say*, “embiggen” the cabinets. You can read about here.
*False. Pros do not say this. Do not hire a pro who says things like that.
Highlights of the embiggening process included:
- Taking some of my new Ryobi tools for a test run
- Using MDF to add boxes to the top of the already mismatched cabinets
- Most of my friends and family doubting my design judgement (I didn’t tell you about that part).
In the face of dissent, I just did what I always do: I stuck my fingers in my ears and yelled “LA-LA-LA-LA-LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU AND MY IDEA IS AWESOME LA-LA-LA-LA-LA!” and barrelled on through to Phase 2: Painting.
Highlights of Phase 2 include:
- Sealing up the kitchen, a la Dexter
- Getting the hang of using my HomeRight paint sprayer
- Keeping the windows open and the A/C off during the hottest week of the year, to allow the paint fumes to escape.
Once the cabinets looked more like cabinets and less like a collection of cardboard boxes taped to the wall, I moved on to Phase 3: adding crown molding.
Highlights of Phase 3:
- We learn that my quality craftsmanship is not one of the reasons the cabinets took so long
- This awesome crown molding tutorial by Sawdust girl, which I still managed to screw up
- This image, which inexplicably makes me laugh:
Some people might have called their cabinet-painting project done at this point, but not me. I had a vision of something a little more…interesting.
So during Phase 4, I directed my attention to the insides of the cabinets. Highlights include:
- Me spending approximately 27 hours, 32 minutes, and 14 seconds at Online Fabric Store, indecisively trying to pick my favorites
- A total DIY fail involving ribbon, of all things
- The realization that if you don’t count the ribbon thing, this was one of the few kitchen projects that took exactly as long as I thought it would, and was exactly as easy as I thought it would be. It’s nice to avoid all those amorous monkeys and their footballs once in a while.
I loved walking into the kitchen and seeing the happy pink zigzags, but alas, my love affair with the fabric was destined to be a secret and occasional thing; I had to move on to Phase 5: Closing things up.
I figured, if the doors had to cover up the happy pink zigzags, then we might as well make the doors look classy. Highlights include:
- My version of “classy” involves spray paint
- My tutorial on how to make installing cabinet hardware easier, if you’ve got a lot to do
- The end of the “Pimp My Cabinets” series, so you don’t have to read the words “pimp” and “cabinet” in the same sentence anymore.
And now? It’s time for vindication that my judgement was spot-on. 🙂
Now, I’m kind of a stickler for before-and-afters; I hate it when they’re not shot from the same angle. So I feel the need to assure you that although the angle is a little off, the following pictures are indeed of the same corner of our kitchen.
Obviously, we changed a little more than just the color of the cabinets.
Hehheeheheee. I never get tired of looking at these.
Of course, as awesome as all of this is, if you look closely at the pictures you can see that the kitchen is not quite done yet. We have a few finishing touches to put on yet, like switchplate covers and window casing and pulling up the carpet on the stairs. And a bathroom door would be nice. So stay tuned, because I’ve got a lot more coming!
In the mean time, I want to hear from those of you out there who have managed to knock out cabinet-painting projects in a week or less. What’s your secret? And where can I get some?
Update: for the full kitchen reveal, click here.