gone missing + the kitchen reveal

What can I say?  It’s been over a year.  Let’s pretend I’m starting over, does that work for you?  Okay thanks!

Where shall we start . . . there have been so many updates.  I think I’ll blame part of my absence on the feeling like things have to be perfectly done before I want to share them.  Realizing that our home to me will always be in process, will always have tweaks and changes, and that I’ll always rearrange the furniture is helping.

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I think we’ll start with the room I spend the most time in – the kitchen.  The boys eat – a lot so we hang out here what feels like all day sometimes.  I definitely didn’t love the golden oak cabinets when we moved in.  We went on a massive Home Depot shopping trip a couple of weeks after we moved and actually got all of the paint to paint the cabinets – it only took me a year to start the project – and another 6 months to share it with you.  At least those times are shrinking right – ha.  Anyhow, here’s where we started:

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I’m lazy – let’s just get that out there.  I had no intention of sanding a l l  t h o s e  c a b i n e t s.  Look, I’m already side-tracked . . . insert quick little project:

2014-03-24_0011 We sold the dining room table and chairs from out last house just guessing they wouldn’t fit.  Plus it was a rectangle shape that sat 6, our little family of 4 always sat awkwardly at it.  I knew I wanted a round table – we just fit better.  So, found this little gem on Craigslist for $30 – score!  It has a leaf and can fit up to 6, which sits nicely in the hall closet 360 days of the year.  Anyhow, back to why I brought this up . . . we wiped the table down with liquid deglosser and then primed it.  No sanding.  Yay!  Zac actually took over the table project after I primed it.  He ended up spraying it and sealing it and it’s held up awesome (until one of the boys took a black sharpie to it, but even that is fading).

So we used the liquid deglosser on the cabinets too (that one bottle goes a long way – still plenty leftover for two bathrooms and a laundry room).  Then got a good coat of primer on them.

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I was worried after the first coat of paint that it would take 18 more coats but two worked just right.  We painted the drawers and most of the doors last summer when it was nice and warm in order to dry everything nicely in the garage.  We ran out of time and room to finish the last round of doors.  I’ve always loved the idea of open shelving, but Zac is not a fan.  I {may} have strategically not painted the doors that I didn’t really want to put back up.  I know he’s onto my schemes.

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I love the little bookshelf over the fridge.  There was actually a cabinet there that Zac had to take down so the fridge would fit.  He then rebuilt it and that shelf fits cookbooks perfectly.  Nice little place to add some color.

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After living with some of the open cabinets for a few months I know that I want to leave the doors off of the upper cabinets where they’re currently open.  But I’m ready to put them back on those two cabinets on each side of the range – it just gets a little too dirty/dusty for me.

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Here’s to hoping that it’s not another year before I post again.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

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