Anybody that knows me well knows that I don't handle messes very well. In fact, just looking at these pictures is making my stomach clench and my blood pressure go up. I actually get anxiety from living in mess and disorder. So, going through a kitchen remodel is a highly stressful process for me.
is kind of the before the staining shot. My husband took the doors
and hardware off, and we stripped and scrubbed all the beige paint off.
I'll tell you, that is one of the most grueling tasks I have ever
done. We had to take everything from the cabinets downstairs, because
if I put it in the upstairs, Blake will get into it all. I have been
running up and down the basement stairs to get dishes to make
husband used the power sander and went over all the wood, and
unfortunately, we discovered that whoever put the cabinets together
originally used a few different kinds of woods to make repairs. One
cabinet is partially made of particleboard. It doesn't sound like a
problem until you start the whole staining process.
to add to the fun, we woke up yesterday morning to discover that one of
the sump pumps had quit working on us temporarily, and we got several
inches of rain. The concrete floor portion of our basement was flooded
with quite a bit of water. If you're quick, you'll remember where I
told you where over half my dishes were. Yeah.
insulation and some other cardboard/paper things downstairs were
completely ruined, and we had to quit work on the cabinets to get the
pump and clean up all the water downstairs. After that was done, and a
whole lot more prep work was done on the doors and cabinets, we FINALLY
got to the staining part.
started the staining inside the cabinets, while my husband finished
sanding cabinet doors outside. I couldn't believe how dark it was, even
though we wanted a really dark wood color. The stain we used inside
was oil-based, and it really soaked in fast. We weren't leaving it on
long at all, but it was totally absorbing into some parts of the woods,
and not absorbing into other parts at all. We figured out too late that
that was due partially to the different types of wood they used. I was
really concerned about how dark it was getting, but at this point, we
were committed, so we decided to go ahead and finish it. Sometimes,
things look better when they are all the way done and they have some
time to dry.
kitchen just kept getting messier, and the stain just kept getting
darker. I was really on the point of tears, I was afraid that the
fronts of the cabinets would end up black, and I didn't want
black-painted looking cabinets.
final stain color ended up being much darker on the outside, so it
turned out alright on that front. In these pictures you can't see the
final shade, the color develops over a period of time.
was also getting kind of stressed because my dad was coming to visit in
a couple of days, and the house was a total wreck. Not that he'd mind,
but that kind of thing really bothers me, to have company and the house
is a mess. Plus, I was hoping we'd have at least the top cabinets done
to show him.
The day after this was done, my husband
and his friend ripped out the existing countertops and my sink. I will
tell you more about that fun in my next installment on our remodel. So
far, I am realizing that 1) Remodeling is not a good thing for slightly
neurotic people (the end result is, just not the process, and 2) It is
NOT for sissies. It is all hard work. I just keep thinking that we are
doing this so we can get our farm in the next year or so.
also got some other organization projects done because they were
necessary. I totally cleaned out and organized my gardening shed. So I
could find things in there, so I could WALK in there, and so that we
could actually put a mower in there. I was pleased with how much floor
space I made available after I finished.
All my tools and plant markers and various garden implements are separated into different boxes and buckets.
All my garden stakes are organized into buckets. Do you think I have enough stakes?
honey also put some nails up for me so that I can hang all my
harvesting baskets on the back of the shed. Hopefully they will be all
filled with tomatoes soon.
day before our basement had its mini flood, I took all my empty jars
downstairs and organized them on this metal shelf. I sorted them by
size as best as I could. Bring on canning season!
time I post, you will get to see our new countertops. I never want the
summer days to go fast, but I can't wait until we get this done.