For those just tuning in, my wife and I are painting our kitchen cabinets white this week. For today’s post I’ll give you all a progress report.
Our original goal was for this to basically be a two-day project. We knew it wouldn’t be totally completed in two days, but we hoped that it mostly would. This is because our little 16-month old boy is staying with his grandparents for two days while we work on our kitchen. We have to go pick him up tomorrow, so we want the majority of the work finished by then.
Something Unplanned Always Happens
With almost any project, something completely unexpected comes up and threatens to derail the entire project. Painting our kitchen cabinets is certainly no exception to this. We borrowed a power hand sander (a Black and Decker Mouse) from my father-in-law to use on our cabinets. Well, I was sanding away, and before long the motor quit. Of course this happened just before midnight, so most hardware stores were no longer open. However, one of the 24-hour big-box stores carried the same sander, so I went out and bought a new one and was back in business. Fast forward to around noon the following day, and the new sander that I had just bought some twelve hours ago literally starts to fall apart. As in, the pad portion of the sander started to detach from the motor. So, I had to go back to the store and exchange it for yet another sander. Luckily I was able to finish the rest of the sanding with no further incidents.
I’ve mentioned before that we have a pet Greyhound named Fin. Well, apparently he doesn’t understand the concept of wet paint and isn’t used to cabinet doors being spread out on the floor. Luckily my wife caught him before he tracked wet paint through the entire house.
We worked really hard today and accomplished quite a bit. I sanded all our cabinet doors and drawers, as well as the wood on the cabinets themselves. It took a few hours Tuesday night, plus several additional hours on Wednesday. As I sanded the doors and drawers, my wife put on a coat of primer. So, as of right now, here is where things stand:
- Everything is sanded
- All cabinet doors and drawers are primed (on both sides) and have one coat of paint (on one side)
- We have our kitchen cabinets taped off, so we can start putting primer on first thing tomorrow morning
- Our hinges are spray-painted, and look pretty good so far. We’ll apply another coat or two tomorrow.
Now, I have to go pick up our little boy tomorrow afternoon, so we want most of the painting done by then. Not sure if that’s going to happen, though. The most difficult aspect is that things just take a long time. Sanding takes a long time, painting takes a long time, you have to wait hours for the paint to dry, etc. Here is a list of things we still need to get done:
- Finish painting the doors and drawers, as well as the actual cabinets
- Apply another coat or two of spraypaint to the hinges
- Put the hinges back on all the doors, and install our new knobs and pulls
- Put everything back into our kitchen cabinets (food, pots and pans, etc).
Pictures of our Progress