Kitchen Remodel Progress

I thought I would check in with you with the progress of my kitchen makeover. I have been working on painting the cabinets... a BIG job because my kitchen has a LOT of cabinets... but I've been doing just one section at a time in order to not overwhelm myself.

So far I have worked on this set of uppers and the base cabinets below them.

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The cabinets to the right of the one above the stove will be open cabinets, I'm not planning to put the doors back on them... unless it looks stupid when I'm all done 😋

The doors will be put back on the one over the stove though... you know... since there is a big metal vent pipe there!


The upper cabinets will be white and the base cabinets will be gray so I decided to paint the backs of the open cupboards with the same gray as the base cabinets.

Man! Painting inside cupboards is a bitch!!


The base cabinets had two doors and four drawers.


A couple of the drawers had to be reglued. These are the original cabinets from the 1960's so I guess a little repair work can be expected.


My new drawer pulls didn't come with a template and since I have to drill new holes for these I made myself a template with a scrap of cardboard.

First I colored over the screw holes with a pencil... enough so the lead would hopefully cover the ends.


And then I turned it over and pressed it down hard onto the cardboard.


It worked!


Now I just darkened them up and marked the center so I could match it up with the center of each drawer.

I drilled the new holes in the drawers right through the cardboard template.


That worked like a charm but then I realized that the screws that came with the pulls were too long! Drat! The chances of finding shorter screws with the same thread pattern would be pretty slim so I did some McGuyvering!

Adding a little piece of wood and counter sinking the screws a little made for a perfect fit!

Don't judge the messy counter sunk screw holes... it's inside the drawers... no one will be the wiser unless they are inspecting the drawers...

... and if they have enough time to inspect my kitchen they can make themselves useful and cook up a meal while they are in there!


I also had problems with the new hinges I ordered... they are too big and after making about a billion holes in the cupboard trying to get the doors back on I gave up for awhile.

I have since decided to reuse the old hinges and spray paint them to match the new pulls and knobs. I'll use the screws that came with the new hinges to avoid having to mess with painting screws too!


I'm hoping to make some more progress in the next few weeks. I'll check in again soon!