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Friday, June 18, 2010

Project Progress: Kitchen Update Week 5

Such an insane week this was in my kitchen!

I was going so slowly on refinishing the doors and drawers. Part of the reason was that David put away the hand sander and every time I thought about working on it, grabbing the key to the shed and walking ten steps sounded like too much work. Clearly, I need to get back to the gym. Once I actually had the sander in my hands and plugged in, I would sand for hours.

Sanding is gross. I don't think I've ever before felt quite that filthy. Maybe after a week at Girl's Camp.

I finally got up the motivation to get out the sander, and after that, I was focus and got so much done.

Three drawers without their finish:

And stained:


The last big push came the day before my sister was due over with her kids. Mine are mostly out of the get-into-everything stage, but hers are most certainly not. So, I couldn't leave my kitchen looking like this:

Can you say chaos? Seriously, that is craziness! Miles and Graham would have made short work of the bottom cupboards, I'm sure.

So, I did nine doors the day before she was due over, including sanding, staining and coat a coat of poly. They really need one more coat, but I wanted to get them back up before she came. I will probably just take the handles off and do a coat of poly with them still on the hinges since I didn't refinish the backs.

I had blisters on my fingers from putting them all back up, because I was too lazy to get out the drill. I know. I have a talent for bad logic. And making things a lot harder on myself.

Recap time!







Not too shabby! I'm loving my kitchen now. A lot of that didn't strictly need to be refinished, but we all know that story, and they look so good now!
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  1. Loving your new kitchen! It's looking wonderful! I love the white breakfast bar with the dark cabinets -- you did a wonderful job!!

  2. Kara,

    I just want to say that you do amazing work. I've been checking out your blog to see all the designing that you have been doing lately and you have totally inspired me.

    Your quilled monogram, by the way, inspired me to create one of my own.

    The kitchen looks awesome. You accomplished that bright, sunny look that it needed. Great job!


  3. It looks great! We are doing our kitchen right now...about 1 week away from being finished and one week away form a birthday party...wonder which comes first!

    You have done a great job!


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