About a year ago a friend started helping me with some long overdue projects around the house. I explained to her that I wanted to do things that would make me more excited to live here while also having a broad enough appeal that if we decide to sell sooner rather than later, the updates could be appreciated by anyone. So for the last year I have been painting, hanging curtains, refinishing furniture, putting up shelves, and decluttering. It has been hard work, sometimes the progress has been slow, but the results have been pretty fantastic.
The most recent project in this series has been the painting of my kitchen cupboards. When my friend first suggested it I asked her “Really? People Do that?” A quick Pinterest search revealed that indeed people do do this. Here is a little photo journey of this project that actually took me a few months to finish with all the other things going on in life.
These cupboards really were not so bad. Although oak did give a dated look to the kitchen, when we were updating a lot of things around the house to be a little cleaner and more modern.
Admittedly it was not just a case of the the cupboards being a little dated, but also a little grungy. Nothing some sandpaper and good scrubbing in the backyard could not fix!
Pulling the cupboards off
Cupboard doors sanded, washed, and drying in the backyard.
Looking at the size of our kitchen I estimated this would be a quick job. Not so. I did two layers of primer before doing two layers of paint. I had to wait for the cupboards to dry in between before flipping them to do the reverse sides. I spent a whole weekend just doing the top cupboards, which was the bigger job as there are more of them.
After letting my paint cure a few days with the cupboards sitting out in the garage. I brought them back in and got ready to install the new hardware. I am always practicing safety when working on my projects. Here I am using the old corded drill my dad gave me to drill the second set of holes for the new handles.
Wowza! Looking so different already.
Now if you are wondering why it would take me months to complete a project like this I would like to present you with exhibit A. I knew I was going to have to fully empty the bottom cupboards to keep this guy out of trouble.
But I got through painting with a toddler in the house and eventually got the bottom cupboards back on. The black was the part I was really nervous about. But it turned out so good! Even my husband had major doubts and ended up admitting he really liked it. My friend Lindsey is so smart. Are you reading this Lindsey?
I was so very pleased with how this project turned out. It looked fantastic. And just as I wrapped it up I accepted a new job in another province very far away from this little blue house. In 7 more days this house is going to belong to some new people. I am a little sad to walk away after all the work, not just in this project but in many projects we completed over time. However I recognize how much we learned from our first home, how easy it was to sell because of the care we gave it, and how often, its important to turn our gaze forward to look at the promise of the future rather than holding onto the past. All that said, I loved this little project and I hope the new owners will love it just as much.