To remind you:
See the "groove" in the cabinet doors that I mentioned? Yeah, it was SO not working for me!
I did some research and landed on a Pinterest page that took me to Aimee's blog at It's Overflowing. She and her husband had the perfect solution to cover up our grooves, add personality, and give the kitchen a much more timeless look by creating Shaker-style cabinets.
Here's what we did:
We purchased a full sheet of quarter-inch plywood (called underlayment or Luan) at Home Depot, and the friendly guy there cut it into two large pieces, and then cut one of those pieces into 2-inch strips. We took it home and cut the strips to length as needed using a borrowed saw. We cut up the other half ourselves, into the pieces that covered the drawers.
After removing the knobs and drawer pulls, we used clean, lint free rags to apply the de-glosser on every surface that will get painted.
Next, we filled in a bit of the groove with wood filler, otherwise that tiny bit would have peeked out at the junction of the strips. (Aimee's cabinet doors were flat.) **If we had measured more carefully, we would have made the strips slightly larger, and could have skipped this step.
Finally, we were ready for the wood! That's My Hubs (below) with our new-to-us pneumatic brad nailer from a local pawn shop. It had a price tag of $29.99 on it, but they accepted our offer of just $20.00, and that sweet baby was ours!
Because our drawers also had the groove goin' on, we decided to just cover the entire drawer front, turning it into a flat smooth surface!
Once we were done with all the nailing, we gave the drawer fronts a very light sanding, for splinter control.We used the original holes as a guide to drill the holes for the knobs and drawer pulls from behind, and re-installed them. This will help keep oils and dirt from our hands from getting on the wood before we get them painted.
Speaking of paint...we have to wait.
It will be tough waiting for the next couple of months until we can paint, but since we will have a new granddaughter arriving in May, that blessed event will help break up the time for me.
On the plus-side, paint is going on sale in a few days! YAY!
So far we've spent less than $100.00 on the kitchen facelift and that thrills my heart...saving $6500.00 is well worth it!
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