Ok, so you've waited LONG enough for me to post about our kitchen remodel. I will be showing you bits and pieces in a series. I tend to be a "have to have it all together before I can show the world" kind of girl. I've realized that it will never get posted if I wait for that moment. It is still a work in progress, since the weather is cold, snowy and not conducive for some of the finishing work (plus the fact that we don't have an area outside the kitchen itself to cut, paint or sand). We are about 95% done and as soon as the weather breaks, we will continue on in this journey.
Without further ado...here are some before pics
(Be forewarned this may not be for the weak of heart...it was U.G.L.Y)
As you can see the original pine cupboards were covered by many layers of paint, along with chips and drawer fronts falling apart (see the lovely screws to right of knob)
The counters were a LOVERLY pink speckled laminate (circa 1950's) which would be fine if you were going with a retro look.
Nope..Nada.. Ain't gonna happen..
I "ignored" the countertop color for years and tried to work around them. Fortunately, in the 80's, the country mauve & blue colors were "in" but that design element faded. I was still left with (sigh) those dreaded pink counters! By October of 2008, I had enough and decided that the paint had to be removed from the cupboards. This was step one in a long process.
The tool of choice: Back to Nature Multi Strip.
Here is the work in progress.
This was a labor intensive project but well worth the effort.
The pine wood underneath the multiple layers of paint had a glorious patina.
This was like uncovering buried treasure!
I'm hoping that by posting this project, you will be encouraged to take a leap of faith and tackle a project in your own home.
(I have received so much inspiration from the blogs that I read!)
~ judi :)