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A Productive Weekend, Indeed!

Well, I said I wanted to have a productive weekend, and in fact, I did! Okay, I’ll admit…I didn’t get nearly as much done as I thought I could (I tend to suffer from what my husband calls Super Woman Syndrome), but I’m proud of my progress nonetheless.

So just to refresh your memory, here’s what my cabinets looked like when I moved in to this litte condo of mine:

Isn’t that awful!!?? I could probably have lived with raised panel doors, but double-raised panels? It’s just too much…too busy for such a small space. And that color!! I’m sure (at least, I hope) they weren’t exactly that color when they were new–probably less orange–so the color just emphasized how old and outdate the cabinets were. I mean, the whole place was just a throwback to the 80s. Almost immediately after moving in, I refnished the cabinets and stained them a dark mahogany color. It was better, but still, just not right for the small space. Anyway, moving on…

This is the goal:

Much better. With one flat panel, a shaker-style door just looks much calmer and cleaner in the tiny kitchen.

Soooo…..

Here’s my progress so far:

I got all of the raised panels cut out of the middle of all 15 doors, all of the holes and spaces filled with wood filler, and all of them sanded. Since I’m painting and not staining, I didn’t need to sand ALL of the finish off (phew!!).

So, this is where the project stands after this weekend. I was hoping to get much more done, but the weather was a bit uncooperative, as it rained ALL WEEKEND. I was just proud of myself for not using the weather as an excuse to procrastinate….AGAIN.

So next, I need to cut the flat panels for the backs of the doors, glue those on, fill the cracks with caulk, prime, sand, paint, and paint again.

Oh gosh…will this EVER get done!!???

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    Dee Dee
    October 5, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I sanded and painted cabinets – once! I hope to NEVER have to do it again! 🙂 Good luck w/yours!

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    Isabella & Max Rooms
    October 5, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    This is quite the undertaking, it is all looking great! (Well, I can see where you are going…)
    It was brillant of you to cut out the centers, and love the color you have selected! Please keep us posted on your progress…
    Janell

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    Isabella & Max Rooms
    October 5, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    This is quite the undertaking, it is all looking great! (Well, I can see where you are going…)
    It was brillant of you to cut out the centers, and love the color you have selected! Please keep us posted on your progress…
    Janell

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    Jean
    October 5, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    That looks like quite a job! Can't wait to see the finished cabinets.

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    Jeff Branch
    October 5, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Have fun with that sander. Looking forward to seeing the end results.

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    Loving life in Southern California!
    October 6, 2009 at 1:56 am

    What a big project – kitchen cabinets! You're quite ambitious! Good luck and I can't wait to see the results!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    October 6, 2009 at 2:20 am

    Y'all are quite generous with your encouragements. 🙂 I just looked at that last picture again, and it looks like a mess!!! It looks like I've destroyed perfectly good cabinet doors!!

    I wish there was some way to really capture what they look like in a photo at this stage. They're sanded so smooth!! I was actually shocked at how well they turned out. And let me just say, when it comes to projects like this, wood filler is my BEST friend!!

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    Down Pillow
    October 8, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    It is a LOT of work, but it'll be worth it in the end 🙂

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