and 2 days.
It’s been a long haul, you guys.
and 2 days.
It’s been a long haul, you guys.
Hi everybody! I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving. Before heading out of town for the weekend, I actually finished some of that unfinished business I told you about the other day. Remember these little guys?
I figured out how to put doors on them! You might remember that these two angled cabinets are homemade, but made to look exactly like our other cabinets. Those other cabinets have hidden European-style cup hinges.
I had to look up what kind of hinges they were before I wrote that sentence. So it probably won’t surprise you to know that I had no idea how to drill out my homemade doors to install these hinges. Basically, you need a hole exactly as big as the “cup” of the hinge, and exactly as deep — and you can’t go all the way through the door (duh).
I sat on the project for a long time because my only solution was to use a router to make the required hole. But that seemed like a lot of work, and imprecise, and I’d have to figure out how to make a jig…I kept thinking there had to be an easier way; maybe a special drill bit or something?
And then it occurred to me: I’ve been spending a lot of time at American Workshop. I bet they could tell me how this is supposed to be done.
So I took my four doors to the workshop and asked Jim, who has years of experience in the cabinet business, how to install these hinges. And apparently, there is a machine made specifically for this purpose.
And wouldn’t you know, it just so happens that American Workshop has such a machine.
Isn’t it magical?
Jim set up the machine for me and showed me how to work it. All I had to do was line up my door with the drill and push a button.
Seriously. That’s it. In less than two minutes (not counting the three months where I sat around, thinking about how I was going to accomplish this), I had all four doors perfectly drilled.
That’s one less unfinished project staring me in the face, mocking me every time I walk into the kitchen.
And now for the best part: crossing something off the punch list! Yay!
8% done, holla!
No, wait, I started with the easiest one. Make that 5% done. 😉
Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with American Workshop. They have generously allowed me to use their space for this project, but have not told me what to write. All projects and opinions are my own.
Kitchen Remodel: Day 335.
Today, my friends, marks both a milestone and a deadline. On November 14, 2012 I started demolition on the kitchen project (you can read about it here); that makes today the 11-month anniversary. It also leaves me one more month to get to my arbitrary deadline of getting the kitchen D.O.N.E. in one year.
As of today, all we have left on the list is 1) grout the backsplash, 2) make and install the millwork, 3) strip and repaint the doors, and 4) paint the windows. Do-able, if I work my tail off.
BWAH HAHA HA haha ha ha hahahahahaaaaaaaa…
But today, I want to talk about the cabinets. First we enlarged. Then we painted. Then we crowned. Last time I mentioned them, we had jazzed up the insides a little bit. And now, finally, it’s time for the fifth (and final!) installment of the Pimp My Cabinets series. That means that the next time I show you these cabinets, it will be the big cabinet reveal, and you know what that means…before-and-afters! YAY!Continue Reading
Marriage Counseling 101: When life hands you
lemons a spouse who never closes the cabinet doors in the kitchen no matter how many times you pointedly give him “the look” while slowly and deliberately closing said doors and proceeding to point out this annoying character flaw in a public forum such as a blog, make lemonade your open cabinets prettier to look at.
Allow me to present the 45-minute project that makes me smile every single time I walk into the kitchen, and hopefully will continue to make me smile once we put the doors back on and they are subsequently left open:
Okay, this would be a really good idea if you have those fancy cabinets with glass doors, too. But we’re working with what we got over here.Continue Reading
The cabinets are one step closer to being done!
One very sexy step closer.Continue Reading
Happy Tuesday, everybody! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend. My parents came to visit, and in honor of it being Labor Day weekend and all, I put them to work. And we got A LOT done. Several blog posts worth, in fact. Including quite a bit of progress on the counter tops. WOO HOO! It’s beginning to look like a real kitchen in there.
But I’m not going to show you counter tops today. You’ll have to wait. Unless, of course, you follow me on Facebook or Instagram. In which case, you’ve already seen some pics of our counter top progress. And I know you want to see the pics, so I’ll wait here while you click over and hit the “Like” or “Follow” button, respectively. Don’t worry, this post will still be here when you get back.Continue Reading
Kitchen Remodel: Day 285 (but who’s counting?)
Last weekend we made a huge jump forward. Allow me to introduce you to the hero of this project:
Thanks to this little guy, I got two coats done this weekend. Which means I only have one more to do.
Progress, YAY!!Continue Reading
Kitchen Remodel: Day 282
“Putty and paint make a carpenter what he ain’t.”
So said our friend Dylan, after hearing Chris give me a hard time about how much caulk and spackle I used to prep the cabinets for paint. I’d like to put my own twist on that old saying: “Spackle and caulk make a carpenter what he’s not.”
But the phrase really points out the importance of surface preparation in achieving a great paint job. And I really want a great paint job on these cabinets. I didn’t put 9 months of my life into this kitchen so I could end up with an inferior product. And since we’re using inferior materials to begin with (seriously, these are the most cheaply-made cabinets you can find), we have to rely on the prep work and the paint job to make them look good.Continue Reading
Actually, what we did was make the cabinets look taller, but “entallening” isn’t a word, so…
Okay. Quick background info. Our kitchen ceiling is 9 1/2 feet high. Even after making our backsplash taller than normal (21 inches instead of the standard 18), the tops of our upper cabinets only came up to 7 1/4 feet. Which leaves a lot of empty-looking space up top.
Ideally, I’d have awesome extra-tall custom cabinets, but that’s not really a budget-friendly option. So I came up with this idea instead: Add 12 inches of MDF on top of the cabinets, paint it to match the cabinets, then top it with crown molding to give it a nice, finished look. Wanna see how I did it? Okay.
A short anecdote for you:
So, I got the IKEA 2014 catalog in the mail right before I left for Atlanta. I flipped it open to a random page (I actually have yet to look through it) and the first thing I saw was this: