After several weekends of working on the Kitchen Project, I was starting to get a little burned out. Why you ask? The title of this post sums it up, sand, prime, paint…repeat 31 times! 31 cabinet doors and drawers that all needed a lot of TLC. Some of them were worse than others. One door in particular was the worst of the bunch…
The whole bottom of this plywood veneer door had chipped and peeled. Not my idea of a nice look for the kitchen. My answer for this guy was wood putty. A lot of wood putty.
I peeled off all the loose veneer and then applied about three layers of wood putty (letting each layer dry overnight before applying the next coat). Once everything was dry, I sanded it down with an 80 grit sandpaper and then smoothed it out with a 220 grit.
Even though this door is 10% wood putty, once it is all primed and painted, it will look like new (well maybe not like new, but pretty darn close!)
Saturday morning I finished sanding the last nine cabinet doors! (worst door included) I did a little dance in celebration and then realized I still had to prime and paint nine more doors. Sigh. My adorable husband Jim convinced me to leave the priming and painting until Sunday since I had been working so feverishly on the Kitchen Project for the last four or so weekends. I agreed that a well-deserved break was in order so Jim and I went to the Milwaukee Public Museum to see the Cleopatra exhibit and of course check out all the museum’s regular dioramas. It was a fun and relaxing afternoon, plus it was great to get out of the kitchen for a few hours.
On top of my little excursion to the Museum, Pam featured my new cook top on Retro Renovation on Saturday morning! Between my afternoon off at the Museum, and seeing my cook top on my favorite Retro blog, I suddenly felt recharged!
Today was a whirlwind of activity at the Retro Ranch Revamp. I got started early priming and painting the last nine doors...yes I said the last nine doors..It is hard to believe that the end is in sight! Between coats of paint and primer, I installed the drawers and doors that I had painted last weekend…all the bottom cabinets are back to normal!
2/3 of the kitchen is put back together!
The breakfast area is almost complete! It was so exciting to be able to use all my drawers again! For the last month, all the contents of the drawers has been scattered all over the dining room. That was a mess. My adorable husband Jim was forever looking for the can opener. Poor guy.
As I am typing this, the last nine doors (all the upper cabinet doors except the one shown above) are drying. That means, by this time next week, the Kitchen Project will be complete! (That is assuming I make a final decision on my backsplash and get that installed next weekend…more on that later in the week) Can you believe that? So exciting!