When our realty, Jim Duncan, asked me what our first project would be, I told him I was taking cabinets down. I think Marc thought I was joking.
Eventually, we'll completely renovate the kitchen in the house. With new appliances and counters, albeit ugly ones, that are only five years old, the kitchen functions well and I'm fine with spending our time in other rooms for now. I also think that living in the house for a while will give us some ideas about how to use our space better.
While the kitchen functions, I didn't see myself spending much time there in its condition. A few projects would help a lot.
On our second day of ownership, I was cleaning the cabinets and decided to just get what was in my mind done. I started by taking the doors off the cabinet that was cutting the kitchen in half. After that, I slid the shelves out and was left with a hulking cabinet frame. I'm kind of glad to have cut down on my cleaning just a little bit.
Once Marc showed up with a load of boxes, I didn't give him any time to question what was happening. One of our stools fit almost perfectly between the counter and the bottom of the cabinet, so we slid that in place just in case the whole thing came crashing down as we worked. After unscrewing what seemed like at least two dozen screws, the cabinet base came down with a thud.
Marc was SO happy that we were able to get the entire bank of them down without destroying them. One of our pet peeves is when the people on HGTV take a sledgehammer to perfectly functioning cabinets. Marc's going to put them on Craigslist for free or take them to the Habitat store unless someone who is reading this could use them for a garage or workshop. Want a big bank of cabinets? Let me know in the comments.
You guys are great, but put the sledgehammers down!
By the weight of them and solid construction, these cabinets were pretty good quality when the house was built back in 1974.
We were left with a big break in the plaster work on the ceiling, but the kitchen felt much less cave-like than before. Marc immediately commented on the amazing difference in how the room felt.
My next task to extend the life of this kitchen will be painting the cabinets. Amazingly, it's hard to find many examples of kitchens with the same quartz counters, so I'm left to do what we did in the pre-Pinterest days. I'm working through my fan decks to zero in on the colors that I'll eventually sample. So primitive, I know.