A Labor of Love

Hope you’re having a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

I was super excited to have an extra day to work on the house. My goal for this weekend was to finish painting all the kitchen cabinets. I think I underestimated just how much work that would take. It went a little something like this:

  1. Sand
  2. Wipe Clean
  3. Prime
  4. Wait
  5. Paint
  6. Wait Even Longer
  7. Paint
  8. Wait Again!
  9. Reassemble (My favorite part!)

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! I’m also glad most of the painting is behind us.

And now, for everyone’s favorite part. The before and after!

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It doesn’t even look like the same space! I really love the counter tops next to the black and white now. Custom cabinets are being built all the way to the ceiling. Josh’s dad is building the cabinet boxes. Each will have it’s own spotlight. The cabinet doors have been ordered and will also have to be painted ( but, thankfully, not today!) A contractor estimated these upper cabinets at $6,500. It’s times like these where it’s handy to have a construction foreman as a father-in-law 🙂

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Still on the to-do list for the kitchen is installing the hardware,appliances, backsplash, shelving, finish building the upper cabinets,and more painting. The yellow will soon be replaced with gray (you can see we started painting around the doorway). This space will soon be the modern kitchen of my dreams.

Check out this article from Apartment Therapy, The New Kitchen: Top 5 Trends, for more modern kitchen trends!

More updates to come…after a quick nap.


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