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My Mom’s Kitchen Progress (Plus, My Amazing Mom!)

Y’all, I finally feel like we’re making some real progress on the kitchen. Why? Because things are in a complete state of chaos right now. That’s how you know real progress is being made. 😀

The first week-and-a-half was all about making new cabinet doors. All of that could be done outside and out of the way, so life inside went on in a normal way. The kitchen was completely usable with zero change, and it felt like there was no progress being made.

Well, about halfway through this last week, all of that changed, starting with the removal of the dishwasher — a seemingly easy task that ended up requiring two trips to Home Depot. Then my mom started emptying cabinets (probably for the first time ever 😀 ), and covering every horizontal surface in the neighboring rooms with food items, cookware, bakeware, kitchen gadgets, etc. It was complete chaos, and it finally felt like progress!

Then she proceeded to remove the cabinet doors (quite the chore since all of the hinges had been painted over), and the shelf liner that was probably as old as I am. We’re keeping the cabinet boxes, but because they’re original to this 1960’s house and have gotten quite a beating over the years, they needed quite a bit of wood filling. All of the areas where the hinges were had deep indentations that needed wood filling. Other areas with gouges and scratches needed wood filling.

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And then came the moment I’ve been waiting for — the removal of that scalloped canopy thing above the sink.

Y’all, my mom did this herself while I stood back and watched and videoed the whole process. (I posted it on my Instagram stories yesterday, so it should still be there for a few hours). But just take a look at these still images that I took from the video of my amazing mom. And keep in mind that she’s 81 years old. She amazes me!

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And because the trim above the cabinet boxes had been cut into in order to install that scalloped canopy thing, the trim also had to be removed so that we can replace it with new trim.

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Yeah. She’s amazing. And unstoppable.

I actually did start helping at some point. 😀 I promise that I didn’t just watch her work all day, although I could have! It’s quite the sight watching an 81-year-old woman who moves around and works like a healthy 40-year-old.

Anyway, by the end of yesterday, I felt like we were finally past that hump where things are still being torn apart and getting worse, to the point where things are starting to be put back together and will start getting better from here on out.

The only exception is the back side of the peninsula, which needs to be completely reworked in order to accommodate two sets of double doors. Hopefully I can start on that today.

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But everything else seems to be over that “it needs to get worse before it gets better” hump. All of the insides of the cabinets are primed and ready to be sanded and painted.

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The old trim has been removed and I began adding some new trim, with the rest of it going on today. I’m thinking I might also want to fill the grooves in the paneling just in the areas above the cabinets so it doesn’t look like paneling, and so that it makes that area look more like part of the cabinets rather than a continuation of the walls. It’ll be painted the cabinet color this time, but I think filling in the grooves would help also.

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There’s still quite a bit to do, obviously. While I’ve been working hard on the cabinet doors, I still haven’t done much at all on the drawers. The drawer fronts have been cut, edge banded, primed, and sanded. They’re ready for trim, but I still need to build all new drawer boxes. Thank goodness there are only eight drawers!

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But in addition to all new drawers, my mom also wants lots of pull-out shelves in the bottom cabinets. So those still need to be built.

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But if I can do some sort of assembly line process on those pull-out shelves, those should go pretty quickly as well.

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I have 20 of the 24 cabinet doors mostly finished and just waiting for the final clear coat on the fronts. I made sure that we brought them inside. I’m not taking any more chances on rain. 😀

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FYI, this picture was taken in a dark hallway, so the color is probably not accurate.

The other four cabinet doors that I still need to make go on the back of the peninsula. I need to frame that cabinet before I know exactly what size the doors need to be, so they haven’t even been started yet. Right now, they’re nothing but large rectangles of plywood waiting to be cut down to size.

So that’s the progress! After we get the kitchen cabinets done, we’ll need to paint the walls in the kitchen, family room, and dining room. Since we’re going darker on the cabinets, we’re going lighter on the walls. We’re making good progress! Hopefully we’ll have this wrapped up within the next two weeks.

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    Theresa P
    March 9, 2020 at 10:14 am

    The insta videos of your mom were awesome!! She is amazing!! Great job so far!!

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      March 9, 2020 at 11:06 am

      Rather than just covering up the grout on the floor, try a gel toilet bowl cleaner. Just put on, wait a few minutes, and use a brush to lift years of grime right off. Need to just do a small area at a time because scrubbing (and that’s hardly at all), causes a lot of bubbles. Rinse that away & you’ll see how “amazingly clean” your floor will look.

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        March 9, 2020 at 11:33 am

        That’s a great idea if you’re happy with the original grout color. If not (like in the case of my mom’s grout where the original color is quite a bit darker than what she wants now), the only option is to use something like Grout Renew to completely change the color.

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          March 11, 2020 at 7:33 am

          When I installed my tile and after the grout dried I hated the color (to dark). I went to the tile company and they recommended using C Cure Grout Stain to change the color. I brought home samples sticks of the colors I liked and found the perfect color. I purchased a bottle and applied with a small paint brush the same width of the tile. It also seals and protects the grout. Love this product and I high recommend this product.

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    March 9, 2020 at 10:57 am

    Excited to see the progress! And I agree that filling in the grooves above the cabinets will help it feel more seamless.

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      March 9, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      Wow, your mom is awesome and does not look 81!!

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      Barbara Hebert
      March 9, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      I definitely agree. I did that in my kitchen remodel and it made a difference in the end.

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      Chris Quisenberry
      March 25, 2020 at 4:36 pm

      May I ask what color the paint is on the cabinets? I’ve scrolled through the posts, but I must have missed it.

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    Pamela Myers
    March 9, 2020 at 11:09 am

    Wonderful! May I borrow your mom for a few weeks when you are done? I need some motivation and inspiration!
    I agree that the grooves need to go above the cabinets for a more seamless look.

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      March 9, 2020 at 11:22 am

      I love the color of the cabinets! And your Mom is awesome! I would love to paint my kitchen cabinets but my husband won’t even discuss it 🙁

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      Crystal Griffith
      March 9, 2020 at 3:24 pm

      Me too!

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    March 9, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Love seeing this! Your mom is the best!

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    March 9, 2020 at 11:18 am

    That’s the EXACT scalloping and paneled overhead we had in our kitchen (that we door out). Additionally the drawer fronts had the same routed design on the fronts. Must have been the style in the 60’s. I would send photos if I could. It’s so similar.

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    March 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Your mom is rockin’ life not rocking life. Yahoo!!!

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    Ann Pesch
    March 9, 2020 at 11:34 am

    WOW! Your mom gives me hope for the future! 😁 Can’t wait to see the finished product!

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    March 9, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    Consider adding “pull-outs” in the sink cavity, doing so makes life so much easier.

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    March 9, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Kristi – your mom is amazing! She looks great! You would never know she is 81. She looks 20 years younger. The kitchen will be awesome when it is done. Can’t wait to see. Love the color of the cabinets.

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      Miriam Grace Crandall
      March 9, 2020 at 1:10 pm

      What an amazing woman, your mom is! I love seeing two strong, smart ladies working together like this! Way to go!

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    March 9, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    You are such a good daughter. And just when I think I’ve seen you at your greatest accomplishments, you go and make me raise my eyebrows again! 😄. And now we know where it all comes from- what a mother you have!!

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      Kate S
      March 9, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      How does the phrase go? The acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree 😉

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    March 9, 2020 at 12:40 pm

    Of course you knowww, you will not see a drop of rain again for months now that you’ve brought the cabinet fronts inside 🙂 You have me painting the fronts of my bathroom cabinets and doors now. Its taking me so long to do just two doors that I am thinking twice about trying to ever tackle my kitchen doors of which there are 14, ouch. Wish I had your moms health. I have chronic health problems so I start on a door and a week later I’m still trying to get back to the next coat, so all this is taking place in a small open area in my kitchen near the walkway thru acck.

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    March 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    How do the edges of those doors end up looking when painted? Can you tell the plywood layers under the paint?

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      March 9, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      All of the edges are covered with edge banding and then sanded so that the doors look like solid pieces of wood. It’s not obvious that it’s plywood.

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    Kate S
    March 9, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Well if that ain’t the sweetest post ever! Thanks for sharing mama with us…. does she make house call? 😘😜

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    March 9, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    You mom rocks. And your grandma. I’d love a Q&A with them about their lifelong habits to stay healthy and active. 🙂 I can’t wait to see the progress for the kitchen.

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    March 9, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    I bet the kitchen is going to be much brighter now that the fancy scalloped trim around the window is removed – especially since it appears to have been some kind of weird hood design.

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    Rebecca Neustel
    March 9, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    My mother is the same age, but she has Parkinson’s which tries to keep her down. Even so, she does as much as she can. Glad your mom is so healthy. Did you spray her cabinet doors with your little bottle sprayer? I can’t remember the name of it. 😃

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      March 9, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      I did! It’s a Critter. 😃

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        March 9, 2020 at 2:22 pm

        Kristi, have you found that spraying your doors and rolling the cabinets will leave them noticeably different? I’d like to try spraying my cabinet doors…we’re currently DEEP in a kitchen remodel…but I don’t want to spray the boxes because we just finished the counters. Your thoughts?

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    Alta Craig
    March 9, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    You GEAUX, Mom! Now we see where Kristi gets her decorating acumen and skill set, lol. Your kitchen basically had good bones, and the update is gonna be EPIC! Can’t wait to see the finished results!

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    March 9, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    We redid our cabinets a couple of years ago and I had crown molding above the sofit like your mother’s kitchen, In the past, I had painted that area the same as my wall color and it really breaks up the cabinetry. We used the same molding on the cabinet doors and made picture frames above each cabinet to give the illusion the cabinet doors go all the way to the crown molding. It made a huge difference!! I wanted to send you a pic, but was unable to do so.

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    March 9, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    We have painted cabinets in our new kitchen, and after 6 months I already have spots along the top edges of some of the most used drawers that are chipping 😭 The painters for our house were terrible so I’m sure it’s at least partly due to that. Do you have recommendations to prevent that, or tricks to fix it once it has happened?

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    Joan Hornung
    March 9, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    I’m sure this is so much fun for your mom to take this on with your help of course. She will so enjoy all the new changes, and I know be bragging about her awesome daughter as much as you do her. And amazing she is. My mom was very much like that too. She passed at 99, and was active until the last 2 months. (She was the WORST patient because she was always so active and had no patience for sitting or sleeping!) I wish your mom that and more – she is adorable. Thanks for sharing. Progress is exciting!

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    Carolyn Harper
    March 9, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    Why haven’t you been picked up by HGTV?

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    Gilmer Gal
    March 9, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    OMG! Your mom! And not one hair out of place!

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    Carolyn Harper
    March 9, 2020 at 3:46 pm

    I had a DIY mother who died of metastatic ovarian cancer at 54 years young. Before she got sick, she took upholstery classes, and removed the varnish, and stained all of the trim in our tiny cape cod house in Connecticut. She loved picking up used furniture at The Salvation Army. Love on your moms, ladies because you never know when they’ll be taken from you. Even if your relationship is strained, like mine was. Love on your moms!

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    Olivia Shake
    March 9, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    Your mom is amazing. She is like my mom (nothing stands in her way – except when her kids lay down the law – we worry about her balance after having several brain surgeries and 27 pins in her shoulder). She acts like she is 30 years younger than she is. I wished I had 1/2 of her energy (even at her age). She had 8 kids, worked outside of the home, our house was spotless and laundry was always done, folded and put away daily (and she separated all colors, towels, sheets, etc. – to this day). I can’t tell you now many washing machines we went through growing up. She lived on only about 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night. I only do one load a day and have to talk myself into folding and putting it away. She did the cooking, baking, painting, wallpapering, sewing, knitting, plumbing, electrical, DIY, etc. I agree with the post above love your moms while you have them in your life.

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    Catherine Banks
    March 9, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Hey..who is that beautiful family on the refrigerator?

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    March 9, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Wow, look at mom go! She’s like a professional! It must be a genetic thing with you ladies! She’s adorable, and I’m very impressed with her skills as I am with yours.

    THE SCALLOPS ARE DOWN! I don’t know if you’ve e-mail me Kristi, I need to check that account! OMG, I CAN’T BELIEVE THE SCALLOPS ARE DOWN LO!

    This is great progress, very impressive! Yay ladies!

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    Julie S
    March 9, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    That lead-in shot is AWESOME. Your mom amazes me. What a great makeover, too!

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    March 10, 2020 at 12:00 am

    WOW!!! Looking good!!! I’m also impressed by your mom. She reminds me of a friend from our church who’s in her early 80s. She’s also very spry and talks about taking her young (1-3 years old?) great grandchildren to the park. She drives herself not just to church, but to places that shock me (i.e. distance, (Sedona) etc). I often wonder what my mother would have been like if she had lived into her 80s. Based on my grandma who lived into her 90s (and ironically she’s the only grandparent I ever knew) she would have been like your mother.

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    Sandy L.
    March 10, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Can’t wait to see how you do the shelve pullouts….this is what my cabinets need as I grow older and less able to see what is in the back of the shelves….and your Mom is amazing…I am 6 years younger and would not be safe to do all of what she did. Hats off to her!

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    Valerie Maddocks
    March 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    WOW WOW and WOW!!! This is so exciting to watch. You two are unstoppable and I’m amazed at how fast you’re working. Just admiration for you both. 👏👏

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    March 11, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Your Mom is amazing! Very agile and works extremely hard. Her kitchen is coming together and I’m sure she will be very happy when you get it completed. Gives me hope for mine.