Hey all! So this past weekend I went to town on sanding all of the kitchen cabinets—both inside and out. Originally I had planned to finish the upper cabinets first, and then go back and do all of the lower cabinets to cut down on the amount of displaced dishes I had at any given time. BUT, after round #1 of sanding this past week and seeing all of the mess that it created, I decided that I was better off doing everything in one shot. The exception to this will be the pantry-like hutch, which holds most of our food. Our living room and spare bedroom are already littered with pots and pans, and I didn’t feel like adding spice jars and cereal to the mix, so I’ll wait on the hutch until some of my other storage space is back in action.
At first glance, the cabinets look pretty rough, but if you could touch them, you would find out that they are actually as smooth as a baby’s bottom. I had a lot of old hinge holes to fill as well as those pesky joints where the smaller wood pieces come together to form the cabinet faces.
I sanded the inside of the cabinets for a few different reasons. First, some of my cabinets are quite iffy on the inside, so those babies are getting painted both inside and out. Painting them will help freshen things up and keep me from thinking “Ewww…I don’t even want to know what got spilled there.” Also, since the inside of the cabinets are primarily unfinished wood, sanding was my way of cleaning them since I’m pretty sure that any cleaner would just soak right into the wood anyway.
But now I'm ready to start priming things! I'm excited because I've narrowed down my final color choices for the cabinets, which will happen after I'm all done priming:
I'm in love with the yellow-grey color combo. And since the walls in the adjoining dining area are already grey, I'm thinking that yellow would be a nice contrast. White upper cabinets and yellow lowers cabinets? I think so! And don't you just love that calendar? It's made by Smock Paper, which is a letterpress company based right here in Syracuse :) Their stuff is unbelievably gorgeous and you can order online too (you can find the calendar here).
The specific color that I'm leaning towards is called "sunrays" by Benjamin Moore. It goes really well with a lot of other colors too:
Those are dish towels from Target ;) I know, I'm sooo predictable, but I've had my eye on them for over a month, and they went on sale, so I couldn't help myself! They are part of their Threshold Floral collection (and they even have coordinating dishes...ahhh, be still my beating heart...).
So painting is what I'll be doing all week! Not very exciting, but I'll be happy when I can finally put stuff back in my cabinets.