Hello lovelies! Thank you again SO much for weighing in on my kitchen design! Reading your thoughts really helped me to make a few key decisions. If you missed me discussing my ideas for our kitchen makeover, you can visit that post HERE.
I snapped a few photos of our progress with my phone, and today I thought I’d share some of them and what we have decided so far.
The first issue was the floor.
I asked if I should clean the tile grout and keep the floor tile or bust it out and replace it with the same wood floors we have in the rest of our downstairs? I pretty much had made up my mind that the tile was going, however after reading your suggestions, I am going to paint the cabinets first and see how it looks then. I may not mind it so much, just as in the downstairs guest bath. If I decide I still don’t love it, I can replace it at that point.
I also wanted your input on removing that skinny cabinet to the right of the sink:
Or both on either side? It just looked like it was out of place dangling there all alone. Many of you suggested removing the door and displaying pretty things in there or replacing the door panel with glass to lighten the feel, and I liked those ideas, but here is what I ultimately decided…
Good-bye skinny cabinet!
It looks really off balance at the moment, but I decided to only remove the one, and I am going to look for some chunky corbels and a couple of shelves for that side. Maybe something I can shabby up.
Ya’ll pretty much unanimously agreed I should remove the stainless piece behind the stove, so I put my hubby to work removing that too:
Much better! And there you go ladies, two butt shots in one post. You’re welcome. 😀
In order to remove the stainless piece, we (translation: he) first had to remove the granite backsplash which ya’ll also agreed should find its way to the nearest exit since we are adding a tile backsplash. It looks so much better without it already! It visually opened up that wall behind the counters so much more…
While the hubby was working on his honey-do list, I wasn’t just taking pictures of his behind, I was taking down the cabinet doors and getting them prepped in the garage:
That’s a lot of cabinet doors!! There are 30 in all, including the butler’s pantry, and also three from the laundry room. I decided to tackle those while I was at it. What’s three more, right?
I gave everything a good wipe down with a TSP substitute to remove any grease, and then I sanded everything…
It may seem odd to clean and then sand, but you don’t want to smear any grease or grime into the cabinets with your sandpaper.
I cleaned up all the dust with my shop-vac and a gave everything another wipe down with a damp cloth. The prep is definitely the hardest part, but SO important to a proper paint job.
Yesterday I was able to start priming the backs of the cabinet doors:
Yay! Progress! I hade some errands to run so that is as far as I got, but I am so excited to finally be at this point. My kitchen is well on its way, ya’ll!
I’ll stop back by on Thursday with another update, and hopefully I’ll be onto the painting by then!
UPDATE: We have primer and it looks pretty awful! See it HERE!
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