First, let me tell you I cannot wait until this project is finished!
This is after primer. Funny how you take pictures and see things you don’t see with the naked eye. I only got half the kitchen done on the first day. I just pooped out! I started out the day sanding. After I got the sanding and the cleanup done, I just couldn’t go any further than half. See that portion of the ceiling over the cabinets in the corner? It is NOT that noticeable IRL. I didn’t notice it for DAYS. I still have not touched it up. I plan to remove the light fixture, so I will do all the ceiling touch-ups at one time.
Why does primer always look so bad? Oh, yeah, and why does it smell so bad! That’s why the window is open.
Do you see the trim on my counter top? I thought it would be impossible to paint.
Scotch Blue to the rescue! I very carefully taped it all off.
After day one, I was unable to get out of bed until I ripped this baby open. If you have never tried these I highly recommend them.
I only bought one of these little trays for rolling the cabinets. Counting the primer, I needed two. Since the primer was oil based and nearly impossible to clean up I came up with this solution. I tied a small garbage bag over the entire tray.
Cleanup was a breeze!
I was so busy with prepping the cabinets I didn’t take any pictures. I wanted to tell you that I had a ton of those small garbage bags so I used them to cover all the contents of each cabinet while I did the sanding. I cut them open and spread them out. After I finished sanding I carefully pulled them out and threw them away.
I don’t usually tape when I paint. But since I am doing this project “by the book” I did tape off the places where the cabinets meet the walls and floors. I did not tape off any of the front facings. I was extremely careful while painting those. I used a small foam roller.
As of today, I think I’m mostly finished painting. I do have those ceiling touchups to do, and a few touchups around the crown molding where I caulked. I don’t think I will be putting the doors and drawer fronts back on until next weekend. I did clean out the drawers and put them back in their homes to get them off the kitchen table. The stove was moved back on Saturday and the fridge was moved on Sunday. The kitchen looks huge! I’m not sure if it’s cause I’m not walking around the fridge and stove in the middle of the room or because the white opens it up and makes it look brighter and larger. Maybe a little of both.
I still have a lot of changes I want to make to the kitchen. But as with most large projects I think it will be a work in progress.
Kitchen pt 2 (prepping the cabinets)
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