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A Productive Weekend Ahead (I Hope!!)

Every time I walk into my kitchen, I get a little frustrated and overwhelmed. I still don’t have countertops on one side, the cabinet doors still need to be painted, and the inside of the cabinet boxes in about 1/3 of the cabinets still need to be painted. So this weekend, I’m determined to be productive.

I’m tired of looking at this:

I’ll admit, I’ve been procrastinating on this. The job seems a bit daunting to me because it involves a lot more than just painting. You see, I had to add more cabinets (because I desperately need the storage), so to cut down on costs, I used stock cabinetry from Home Depot. It’s really nice once painted, and I’ve been very pleased with it. The problem is that the doors are different from those I already have. Here’s what the new ones look like:

But here’s what the old ones look like:

(And yes, they’re leaning against my unfinished wainscotting–another project on the long list of things to do/finish.)

So before I can even think about painting, I have to get out the jigsaw, cut out the middle section of each door to get rid raised panels, and then add a flat back. They still won’t match the new ones exactly because the routed detail on the edge is different, but hopefully it won’t be very noticeable once they’re all painted the same color. Maybe at some point in the future I can get brand new doors and drawer fronts for the old cabinets to match the new ones exactly. Until then, this will have to do.

So, I hope to see you back here on Monday with a great report of an incredibly productive weekend.

I was given a little motivation a few days ago when I happened upon this kitchen on Design*Sponge. I was amazed! The cabinet color on the lower cabinets is almost exactly the same as mine, the countertops are the exact ones I want to use (Numerar from Ikea), and the backsplash is similar–although mine will be white subway tile instead of painted brick. Still an amazing similarity, and very inspiring to see what mine will look like when (if) I get mine finished.

So, I have a new resolve. I will…WILL…be productive this weekend.

How about you? Any great plans for the weekend?

UPDATE:

My kitchen is finished! Click here to see the final before and after of my tiny condo kitchen makeover



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    [email protected]
    October 3, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I used butcher block in my kitchen remodel and I love them. I was originally going to use the numerar ones but I needed a longer run. Lumber liquidators carries 12 foot sections. I love your color inspiration and I like that the doors are different.

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    The Redhead Riter
    October 3, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    I love the color of the cabinets.

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    October 4, 2009 at 1:01 am

    hello, I'm so glad to know that you love your butcherblock countertops! I've been wrestling back and forth, because I keep having people tell me that they're hard to care for. I just finally decided I didn't care. Even if they get some worn or stained spots, it'll just add to the charm. I just really, really want butcherblock!!

    Thanks, Redhead! I love the color, too. And even more so now that I've seen it in a completed kitchen! I'm very anxious to get mine finished.

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    Down Pillow
    October 4, 2009 at 2:25 am

    Hopefully you'll show us 'after' photos? 🙂

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    Its So Very Cheri
    October 4, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Ok– I like the different cabinets. I wouldn't cut them out at all and I wouldn't paint them the same color. I would have to see your place but one suggestion would be to paint all the cabinets that match one color and the others a second color. OR paint everything on top one color and the bottom another color. OR paint the old cabinet on the top one color, bottom another color and if the new cabinets are on a totally different wall paint them a 3rd color. Ex: If your top is that cream and bottom the robin egg blue do the 3rd color a black or kahki or kahki with little paint splatters of cream and robin egg blue. I think it would look like a designer kitchen, it would get done a lot quicker and you will have the satisfaction of completion.

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    [email protected]
    October 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    I think people are afraid of butche block and make comments without ever having had them. I grew up in an old stone house and the one section of cabinets had butcher block on the top. The butcherblock was old whem my parents moved in 40 plus years ago. I have never seen it sealed and yes it is not a perfect surface but it is beautiful.Plus eveyone who comes to my house goes crazy over them. I would post a pic but I do not know how. Remeber to use a tight grain like mpale for more durablity.

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    October 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Well, Cheri, it's too late. 🙁 I spent yesterday cutting the panels out of the doors.

    I really think I'll be glad I did. I'm not a huge fan of raised panel doors (and especially not the double raised panels that I had). Also, because I did have to replace one of the old cabinets with a new style cabinet, there wasn't a definitive place where the old ended and the new began. They were kind of mixed together.

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    October 4, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    hello, I would love to see a pic of your countertops!! You can send it to [email protected]

    And if you'd like me to, I could add it to the bottom of this post for others to see.

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    Sharon
    October 4, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Love the colour you are using. Hope you have a good, productive weekend.

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    Sharon
    April 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    Love the colour you are using. Hope you have a good, productive weekend.

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    [email protected]
    April 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I used butcher block in my kitchen remodel and I love them. I was originally going to use the numerar ones but I needed a longer run. Lumber liquidators carries 12 foot sections. I love your color inspiration and I like that the doors are different.

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