Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ReStore Cabinet Built In

Wow. Sometimes when I think back on the progress in the kitchen it overwhelms me a little. It's been a lot of work. Finally I'm seeing my vision materializing. This corner was one of those key elements that floated around in my brain for years. The photo above is how it's been the whole time we've lived here. Functional, but less than beautiful.

My husband and I hauled that giant metal cabinet to the basement, where it is still VERY functional (and very heavy). THEN I was set on the task of finding base cabinets to begin my project. ReStore to the rescue, as always. The cabinet above was $15....the one below was $10.

See, told ya. $10 smackeroos....cheapest cabinet in the joint. I mean it wasn't beautiful or anything....but the potential was there....I could see it!

With a few little wedges and some fanoodling (that's technical cabinet installer lingo) I managed to install them....and they're ACTUALLY level. Crazy. Next came the even bigger step...which of course I forgot to take photos of because I was just so darn excited. My dad cut down a door for me to use as the countertop....remember?
Then.....oh blessed of blessed all worked out. Look at her now.

The bin pulls......oh how I love thee bin pull.

Gleeming white enamel I love thee...let me count the ways. Weber Paint and're my bff. The paint was spendy....but a gallon has so far painted ALL my metal cabinets (the pic is coming soon....I just want the countertop installed weekend. :-), painted this whole show and there is still plenty left to paint my dining room table base...pretend you didn't read that honey.

These little beauties came out of my basement stash...I've used them you remember this project? That old gal is still screaming to come upstairs into the dining room. If I can round up two strong young bucks it's TOTALLy moving upstairs.

I had to show you all this....even with the mess still surrounding it, painter's tape still on the floor, clutter on the countertop......I just love it....and I know you'll all appreciate it! Dad is going to make two little patches for the spots where the hinges on the "countertop" door were.

Imagine shelves all the way to the ceiling above the cabinet....then it will be complete!!

The light at the end of the tunnel is getting a little brighter. :-)
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  1. WOW. You have done an amazing job with this kitchen reno - and SO frugally too - you're my hero. It looks absolutely GORGEOUS, and with such character. The stories that old door/counter could tell :)

  2. if it wouldn't be highly inappropriate, i'd swear.

    but you are fudgin' amazing. seriously. beautiful. and with a $10 cabinet and some paint ... and a door. crazy.

    i seriously can't wait to see the finished project.

  3. Michael's a better man than I. I just totally DID swear. A-freakin-mazing, Jen. You are my HERO. IT looks amazing. The cabinets? Seriously awesome. I wouldn't have seen the beauty in the befores, I'm not going to lie.

    And, the bin pulls? LOVE. LOVE.

    You are awesome. Have I told you that?

  4. WOW! Looks perfect! You should create a scrapbook on Snapfish as a coffee-table book so you can prove when people come visit that you did it!

    My parents kept their lightswitch covers that were wallpapered to show what they reno-ed.

    *thumbs up!*

  5. OMG! Shut up! Pause the movie! You have done an amazing job! Can you come over and help me?

  6. OMG! Shut up! Pause the movie! You have done an amazing job! Can you come over and help me?

  7. Wow! Wow! Wow! It's hard to believe all those different parts came together to make such a stunning finished project! Jen you have done an amazing job. I am having such a great time following along with this makeover!

    Keep up the great work!

  8. Wowzer.... Great transformation. Give yourself a pat on the back. :)

  9. Gorgeous! And that paint finish is perfect! Our cabinets are painted, but they don't look nearly that good!

  10. It looks fabulous. Can't wait to see that counter all finished.


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