Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cabinet Makeover

Zak and I wanted to re-finish our cabinets to better match the rest of the house and update the over all look. The kitchen was originally in a "honey oak" finish. We noticed that the kitchen looked glaringly dated next to the new dark wood floors and updated balusters, so we selected a darker wood color to pull it all together.

You didn't think we would do this by ourselves did you?

If so, you don't know us very well. We hired Wood Finishes of Stone Oak to do the dirty work. Susan came over to do our bid and show us some samples. She counted THIRTY TWO cabinets and TWENTY TWO drawers. (I shouldn't be so surprised, but really...who has the need for that many cabinets and drawers?)

The process took about two weeks. Two very messy, dusty, inconvenient weeks. I could have had a demo and install of new cabinets (like five times) in that amount of time. But it would have also cost a boat load of bucks, so sacrifices people! I will sacrifice for you. Oh, the DUST!

The worst part of it was the dusty plastic draping that was EVERYWHERE. I hated it so much, I forgot to take pictures of it. I guess it was supposed to keep the dust from the cabinet sanding at a minimum, but it didn't really work that way.

We also decided to add cabinet knobs and pulls to the cabinets. We made this decision before actually pricing out the knobs and pulls. I don't recommend this type of (non)planning. Susan installed only the knobs on the cabinets because the bin pulls that I ordered didn't match the "oil rubbed bronze" finish (or style) of the knobs. Did you know there are one gazillion different shades of "oil rubbed bronze" out there? The Internet is awesome, but when you're not much of a detail type person who could care less about these types of things, it's frustrating.

The matching pulls finally arrived just in time for my dad's visit. WHAT AN AMAZING COINCIDENCE!

"Oh, look Dad, my cabinet hardware arrived you think you could give Zak some tips on how to drill two perfectly centered holes into my hole-less cabinets without making a mistake and causing our divorce?"

"Also, we can't find our wimpy 9V drill because we haven't used it in four years.....Um, drill bits?"

"Oh look, the screws that the hardware came with aren't going to be long enough for our extra girthy cabinets...So you're telling me that there's more than one type and size of screw for sale at Lowe's!?"

Okay, I'm not really that annoying. RIGHT, DAD?! We decided the best way to do this was to make a template considering we'd be drilling FORTY FOUR perfectly centered holes with ZERO room for error.

I had the bright idea to make the template from the corner of a box, so you could always be assured that the template was perfectly placed on the drawer prior to drilling it. However, my father pulled out his MEGA GRANDPA MATH SKILZ to be sure it was all perfect.

We taped the area where we'd be drilling the holes to prevent the wood from spitting (or scratching the finish) under the pressure of the drill.

Zak? Zak was watching football and setting up his "cabinet assembly station" on the back porch. He positioned himself perfectly to be able to see into the window of the living room to watch the game. He didn't know that my dad and I knew of his little trick, but that's part of the reason why he wasn't on "drill" duty.

My job was to clear out and remove the drawers, dad would measure and drill, and Zak would assemble the hardware.

We also measured TWICE and drilled once. It was precisely during the measuring twice part when we noticed that all the drawers were not the same size. In fact, we had FIVE different sized drawers. Dad had to do some more MEGA GRANDPA MATH SKILZ to figure that out.

We also had five "false" cabinets (two in front of the sink, two in front of the stove, and one under the oven).
We debated and googled on whether or not to add hardware to these drawers. My dad QUICKLY said, "NO!" because (1). That would be a total pain in his the ass since you couldn't pull out the drawer to measure/drill/screw it in (2). Your childbearing hips could hit the protruding pulls when you were cooking and washing dishes. (3). Knuckheads would try to open the false drawers and rip them out. (4.) Susan had already glued them shut for extra kuncklehead protection.

We're super happy with the new color, and always say...."why didn't we do this sooner?"

P.S. The finish is a stain of American walnut and antique mahogany. Here is the style of pulls and the knobs we installed.

1 comment:

Dina said...

They look great! My dad has super grandpa math skilz too. We use him all the time!