Monday, January 2, 2012

Starting the New Year with a New Kitchen

What I did--
  1. Build a locker to contain your husband's backpack, lunchbox, baseball caps, jackets, and charging station.  And for the dog's food and water bowls.  (4 hours)
  2. Scrub the cabinets to remove any food particles and hand oils. (1 hour)
  3. Sand all of the doors, drawers, and cabinet framework. (3 hours)
  4. Wash the sawdust off of every surface.  (Husband did it in 2.5 hours.)
  5. Prime the upper cabinet doors and frames.  (3.5 hours)
  6. Re-coat with primer (2 hours)
  7. Paint the back splash area and above the cabinets so that the drips won't land on newly painted cabinets (1.5 hours)
  8. Paint the lower cabinet frames, doors, and drawers.  Two coats.  (7 hours, two separate days)
  9. Paint the upper cabinet frames and doors.  Two coats.  (5 hours)
  10. Have a friend over to install an outlet above the stove, and put in a microwave with husband's help.  Remove the cabinet from that space so that the microwave height is not weird. (6 hours--what a pal!) 
  11. Take down and spray paint bronze light fixture with satin nickel paint.  Re-install.  (45 minutes)
  12. Team up with husband to re-install doors and drawers with new hinges and add pulls and knobs. Trim out and anchor new locker to the wall.  (4 or 5 hours)
  13. Team up to vacuum sawdust and re-fill contents of drawers. (45 minutes)
  14. Make purchases and returns to various hardware stores over the course of the week. (About 6 trips, and the nearest Lowes/Depot is 30 minutes away.)
  15. Put all the tools and supplies away and take pictures. (30-45 minutes?)
  16. Make a list of everything that remains to be done (paint a faux-tile back splash, change the ceiling fan, commission a stained glass door (thanks to a great friend) for above the microwave, paint the chairs white, re-do the counter top on the island, find new cannisters and throw rugs to compliment the new color scheme, paint the rest of the walls, install new quarter round, get a sliding glass door instead of the French door...) 
  17. Wait for spring break.

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