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Cabinet progress update

Here’s what’s been goin’ on!

-I took all the doors off of my cabinets. This took about 45 minutes or so, and that was with me working super fast, using a drill.

removing cabinet doors

Without a drill, I shudder to think how long this process would have taken!

Having all the doors off is driving me crazy. I keep feeling like I need to go around shutting doors, but there are none to shut.

cabinets with no doors

The good part about this is that it is keeping me motivated to press on. I am sooo not letting this drag on for months.

With all the doors off, I was able to work on filling the holes from the old hardware.

fill hinge holes with spackle

I’m just using a lightweight spackle for this.

hole filler for kitchen cabinets

My cabinets have also got some gouges in them, and I figured this was as good a time as any to address those.


During this process, I remembered another reason I wanted to paint these…the cabinets don’t really match each other.


cabinet color differences

It’s like that all over the kitchen.

I’m not painting the inside of my cabinets, at least not for now, but I’m making an exception for the under-sink cabinet. It’s in pretty dreadful shape, with some water damage, so I’m going to sand it down and paint it.


The next update I share with you should have some more exciting photos…like white painted things!
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Elaine in Ark

Friday 26th of July 2013

You will be so happy that you painted under your sink! Every time you open those doors, it will be bright and clean, and will make you feel good.

I need to do that.


Thursday 25th of July 2013

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Melissa C

Thursday 25th of July 2013

The cabinet doors were taken off of our cabinets when we bought our house. I lived with no doors for 4 1/2 years until I finally asked for them to be installed for my birthday. I had sanded, routed the edges and painted them but since we didn't know what went where and there were doors missing poor Hubby was overwhelmed!! Once they were on it took awhile to get used to having to open/close doors. Its such a tedious project but so worth it in the end!! Lots of luck!


Thursday 25th of July 2013

My dad had a great idea for under the sinks. We had some extra linoleum, so we cut out the cabinet shapes and put some under each sink. Now if/when the sink or piping drips, it doesn't ruin the cabinet and we can just wipe off the linoleum and we are good to go.


Thursday 25th of July 2013

Oh, the non-matching cabinets would make me nuts, too. As would being unable to shut cabinet doors. It will all be worth it in the end.

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