Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Mini Kitchen Makeover=New Ceiling Fan and Pink Cabinets

I don't quite have the funds yet to totally overhaul my kitchen, but I figured there had to be SOMETHING I could do in the interim do spruce things up.

As I sat staring at the orangish-brown cabinets, I remembered that I still had 3/4 of a can of "cherry blossom" aka pink stain left from an earlier project. Hmmmmm...I had always planned on painting the walls an apple green, and my Kitchen Aid appliances are all pink, so why not go all out with the pink and green kitchen concept and have pink cabinets too?!

I immediately got to work:

Taking it all apart
I took all the doors off and removed all hardware, placing the hardware in Ziploc baggies for safe keeping. Then came the sanding, and sanding, and sanding some more. Whatever had been on those cabinets was an absolute nightmare to remove!

After almost wearing out my sander and about 5 million sheets of sandpaper later, I decided to try a varnish remover on the doors (obvi this part was done outside). At first I followed the instructions: dabbing a cloth, rubbing in circles, blah blah blah, it's supposed to come right off--yeah right. I decided that just pouring the remover on was a much better method. I poured some on, sat back ,and watched the varnish bubble up. After that I just took a scraper and removed the "skin" but don't worry, there was still MORE sanding to do ever after that.

***I dont recommend this project to anyone who doesn't like sanding***

Old socks work great for applying stain! You'll definitely want to wear rubber gloves for this, or else you'll end up with a lovely stain covering your hands (I still have pink stain under my fingernails). I ended up doing 3 coats of stain and then 2 coats of the semi-gloss clear coat: oh yeah and make sure everything has dried before your next coat. Also note, that "drying time" varys with temperature and humidity.

Putting it all together
I decided on one of my 50 trips to Home Depot for sandpaper, that I wanted new hardware--easy enough right? One problem, the holes for my old handles were slightly off from my new handles. Luckily my grandfather was on hand to help with the rather tedious task of measuring and drilling new holes. Putting the actual cabinet doors on, was also a bit more difficult than I'd estimated. Since the cabinets are old (early 1900's) and handmade, things don't exactly fit as nicely as you'd like them to. I had to unscrew several doors, and drill new holes just to get everything back to how it had been.

Et Voila!
(that wallpaper is on the list, for the next phase of the kitchen makeover)

Let's not forget my new fan!

Ceiling fans are actually very easy to install if where you're putting is already wired for a fan. Note, that I highly recommend buying a fan without a light and doing your own light kit: you have SO many more options, and they're much better than the ones that come with most fans.
I must admit that for awhile, this whole kitchen project was reminiscent of Humpty Dumpty; I thought I was going to need all the kings horses and definitley all of his men. However, once I realized that things weren't going to happen overnight, I took my time, did it all (almost) by myself, and I couldn't be happier with my pink cabinets!
P.S. I love colored stain, and I've learned that a $14 can of stain can last you, a washstand, 3 picture frames, your kitchen cabinets, and you'll still have some left over!!!

1 comment:

Staci said...

Some ceiling fans are heavy, but I'm glad you had it installed properly. Working on it alone is quite impressive. Buying them without the light is an advantage for you can have the light kit in a way that you like and in many forms. Just be keen on how you attach them so they won't fall.

Staci Severns @ Brooklyn Fan