Mom's kitchen

Cabinet Doors vs. The Rain, Round 2

Do y’all remember when I was remodeling my kitchen (way back in 2014) when I was in the process of painting cabinet doors and drawer fronts, and I left some out over night to dry, only for them to be rained on? I had hope that they could be salvaged, but after everything dried, the corbels were all warped and cracked, and the center panels on the doors were swollen around the edges.

Well, I’m hoping and praying that I don’t have a repeat of that.

I spent eight days (from Tuesday of last week to Tuesday of this week) building brand new cabinet doors and drawer fronts for my mom’s kitchen. I knew I was racing against the weather, because after several days of gorgeous weather, there was a 100% chance of rain in the forecast for yesterday.

So we got all of the building, priming, sanding, and caulking finished up on Tuesday evening, and then because I knew rain was coming, I stacked all of the doors right up against the back wall of my mom’s house under her covered patio. I even put down some 1″ x 2″ lumber on the ground, and then put the doors on that so the doors wouldn’t be right on the concrete just in case there was a little trickle of rain across the floor of the covered patio.

For reference, my mom’s covered patio is wider than our carport by several feet. I think her patio is 24 feet wide on the house side, and extends about 17 feet into her back yard. So I figured stacking them right in the center up against the house, with about 10 feet of covered roof above them in three directions, and the wall of the house protecting them on the fourth side, would be safe. Right? Doesn’t that sound reasonable?

Well, on a normal rainy day, that would have been fine. But not yesterday!

I woke up about 30 minutes before my alarm yesterday morning, so I lay in bed enjoying the sound of the rain on the window, with the occasional bolt of lightening lighting up the room. As soon as my alarm went off at 7:30, I got up and headed to the bathroom, only to look out the back doors of the studio and see that the entire floor of our carport was soaked with rain. The entire thing!

The rain was coming down so hard, and the wind was blowing so hard, that the rain was coming down sideways and soaking everything under the carport roof. And my carport is about 20′ x 20′. If mine was soaked, that means there was a very likely chance that my mom’s was soaked also.

I panicked.

I called my mom immediately, and her words made me want to cry. “Well, they’re all wet.”

Oh my gosh. That’s potentially eight straight days of work ruined, and potentially twenty brand new cabinet doors destroyed.

So I got dressed as fast as I could and headed over to her house, and then she and I spent the next 40 minutes or so drying off cabinet doors, trim, and my tools (which I also thought were safe under the covered patio roof, but were soaked).

We left everything to dry in my mom’s office…

…and I’m just hoping and praying that when I go over there today, nothing will be ruined. If I have to remake the 20 cabinet doors that I had finished and ready to paint by the time I left on Tuesday night, I’ll cry. I’ll do it, but it won’t be without tears.

Anyway, I’ll let y’all know tomorrow how things turned out. Hopefully they’ll just require a little more sanding and then I can get to the painting. I’m hopeful that I won’t be facing the worst case scenario.

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    Sharon W.
    March 5, 2020 at 11:19 am

    Oh Dear! Fingers crossed for a successful outcome!!!

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    Dawn Yeager
    March 5, 2020 at 11:21 am

    OH NO!!! I’m so sorry this happened to you. I sure hope you they dry ok for you. I would cry too if I would have to redo that many doors. As I was reading your post, I was thinkg….”weeellll, if there was wind, they potentially could get wet”. I’ve lived in central IL and now south central WI, and it is windy a lot, soooo wind is always a factor I have to consider.

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    Joan Hornung
    March 5, 2020 at 11:58 am

    OMG – I’m hoping and praying that they are all fine, and good to go. The weather is SO finkle, and I think this has happened to us all in some way, at sometime. I just don’t want all that work to need to be redone! Please tell us quickly – I’m fretting for you and your mom!

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    Marianne in Mo.
    March 5, 2020 at 12:24 pm

    Oh please, let them be okay. If you EVER have to do that again, maybe hang plastic at the edge of the patio sides, and weigh them down with stone! Although if the wind is strong enough, nothing will help. Maybe don’t dry overnight outside again. My luck would be an animal knocks them over or walks all over them, “fouling” them in the process, if ya know what I mean! SMH

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    Mary in VA
    March 5, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    So sorry this happened, prayers the doors can be saved.

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    Alta Craig
    March 5, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Oh dear, life is not without it’s bumps in the road, eh? Hopefully, you got to them quickly enough to prevent any warping. If not, we’ll cry with you! Please do let us know soon how they fared, as I for one am now on the edge of my seat awaiting the outcome, lol.

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    March 5, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Oh no!! Hope all turns out well. I am so tired of the rain too! And there’s more scheduled for early in the week next week again – ARGH! (We live a couple of hours south east of Waco).

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    March 5, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    If the doors were MDF, they would be completely toast, but it looks like you built them from plywood, so maybe they’ll be ok! I’m really hoping for your sake they are, it’s so disheartening when things like that happen!

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    March 5, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Kristi, this is totally off topic,but I’m needing to change my email address and can’t find where or how to do it on here. Help please 😁

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    March 5, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Fingers and toes crossed!

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    Jayne Finkbohner
    March 5, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    I’m praying your email tomorrow share wonderful outcome! I can’t believe all your hard work ruined by weather, not once but twice!