Okay. Lots of color.
So this whole process has been a slow, painful, nightmare. Said it before, I’ll say it again, “I’m crafty. But I’m no carpenter.” This is totally a learn as you go process. Now here’s the real catch. Do I do it all myself, maybe even only half ass, cause that’s the best I can? Or…do I not do it at all. Paying someone is 100% not an option. So, I opted to do it myself. And I made up my mind that it wouldn’t be perfect.
I’m okay with that. I completely hate it. But I’m learning to accept it.
Here’s a hideous before. Okay, so it’s still hideous, but at least now I can see ahead. I look at it a lot like my photography, I try to vision the final product before I ever start. Before I push that shutter button, I have an idea of what the final image will look like. Or at least, what I want it to look like. That’s pretty much the same thing here. I’m sure it’s hard to see the future (of my kitchen) with so much half-assedness going on. But…I can see it.
As you can see, there is still tons to do! TONS! But I’m getting there. Eventually…well here’s a list:
- All the cabinets will be painted white.
- Countertops will get replaced.
- Tile backsplash. Full of color(s) of course.
- Appliances…not talking about those right now.
- New floor.
- New window dressing.
- Finish and paint ceiling. (yes I should have done that first. whatever)
- New pendant light above the sink.
- Replace ceiling trim around lights.
So…how ‘bout them shelves? Huh? Huh? Yes. I. Am. Proud!
I made them from 2x12” pine. Brand new pine! Really. My goal was make them look aged. How’d I do? The “stain” is actually a mixture of vinegar and steel wool. Yep. No true stain. I beat the shit out of each shelf with a hammer, chain, screwdriver, whatever. Then, I sanded. And sanded some abnormalities into them. Hopefully that helped with the aged look? Once the stain was dry, each shelf got 2 coats of Deft, Semi-Gloss.
See those cook books? They are hiding our modem and wireless router inside. Another post for that one.
And of course, looking at these pictures reminded me that I need to cover all the screws on the shelf brackets with some white paint.
So what say you? Cupboards or open faced shelving?