Happy Monday, all! I made some progress on my cabinets, but didn’t get as much done as I had hoped. (Story of my life!) 😀
I forgot how long it takes to do all of that caulking, priming, sanding, and painting!! And I accidentally mixed too much paint conditioner into my paint, which means that it was going on way too thin and required additional coats. (Lesson: Mix paint conditioner exactly as directed, and don’t just try to eyeball it!!)
But here’s where it stands: The lower cabinets are painted, and the doors are caulked, primed, and sanded, and ready to be painted today.
The interesting (and somewhat frustrating) part of using stock cabinets from Home Depot, and having purchased the outer cabinets several years ago, is that they’ve changed the style of their stock cabinets in that time.
Do you notice the differences?
The outer cabinets have exposed hinges, and the doors are smaller. The new center cabinets have the hidden hinges with bigger doors. So in an effort to disguise the main difference (the hinges), I’ve decided to paint the hinges on the outer cabinets. That’s something I would generally never advise, but I just really want them to blend in more.
As I’ve been working, I’ve been contemplating what it would look like to put cubbies over the middle section to mirror the cubbies in the breakfast room.
Here’s the drawing of the look I was originally going for on this wall…
But on the wall directly across from this living room wall (about 30 feet away) is this breakfast room wall…
So now I’m considering putting cubbies in the center section. The thing that’s holding me back is that the would look different. The trim piece on the top of the cubbies in the breakfast room is about 4 inches. The trim I’m going to use on the top of the bookcases will be about 6 inches because I’m going to be installing a light at the top of each side (actually on the bookcase), and I need plenty of space to attach the light. So naturally, the cubbies would follow suit and have the wider trim piece at the top as well.
What do you think? Cubbies or no cubbies? Since they can’t be identical to the breakfast room cubbies, would that look funny?