You guys!! You made it! You followed Part One, Part Two, and now we're on to the finishing touches and the fun part - the Before & Afters!
Ok, all that being said, these "easy finishing touches" were a complete bear for me.
I bought new gorgeous handles for all the doors and the screws that came with them were just a hair too long, so the handles rattled around. So after three (yes, I'm totally serious) trips to the hardware store, I ended up just buying some washers to put under the screws. It doesn't look perfect, but other than cutting down each screw (24 in all) individually, that was our only option.
Then, it turns out the old hinges we had on the doors were about 1/8th of an inch smaller than standard cabinet door hinges sold in home improvement stores. So I had to go back, fill in all the hinge holes, sand, prime and paint them and then we had to drill new holes!
Did you know you can't drill cabinet door hinge holes with a regular drill bit? Oh no, you need a special fancy-shmancy self-centering drill bit. Did you know these fancy-shmancy drill bits are not sold in regular home improvement stores? No, you have to go to a fancy-shmancy wood working store or order them online! *headdesk*
Needless to say, this easy part, that pretty much every single tutorial I read breezed right over, was a giant pain in the ass! Like I said in the beginning of this tutorial, I thought this would be a two-weekend - MAX - project. It turned into a month-long disaster!
Alright so, back to the tutorial. You've primed, you've painted, you've sanded, you've done all of this until you feel like maybe buying all new cabinets wouldn't be that bad... But you did it, your kitchen looks awesome, you just need to put everything back together!
Hopefully, if your kitchen was built in the last 10 years, you will not have the problems I did. Your hardware will be normal and not just a tiny bit bigger or smaller than you need and you will be able to do all this in an hour.
Alright, so, hardware time. Grab your new handles, pulls, knobs, whatever you decided on. If you're using your old hardware - great job and good thinking!!
If you are like me and the screws are an inch long and you really need them to be 0.9 inches long, buy some locking washers and put those right underneath the screw head and screw on your handles.
Do not drive to the hardware store, buy 3/4" screws, go home, test them out, realize they are too short, drive back to the hardware store, spend 30 minutes trying to find someone to help you out (seriously, why is no one ever around when you need them!?), then decide on the locking washers, drive home, realize they are too darn small, then drive back, buy the 3/8" washers and tell your new cashier friend that you swear this is the last time you'll see him today.
Now, when it comes to drawers, remember how I said at the beginning that it was important to note which end of the doors were up? Now is when that will come in to play. My drawers were set up so that you could take the screws out and face came off. Easy to paint, but if you put it on upside down, this is what your drawer ends up looking like.
|A little wonky...|
|I'll admit, this does make putting dishes away much easier!|
Ok, we're going to skip the parts where I had to fill the hinge holes, sand, prime and paint them. And skip the part where Dude realizes we need a special drill bit to drill new holes for hinges. And let's also skip the part where when we were finally ready to put the hinges on, I realize I only bought 12 hinges and I need 24!! Needless to say, I'm on a first-name basis with all the cashiers at Lowes now. Two of the hardware guys are also very familiar with my kitchen and my painting project.
Aaaand we're back. Put your dang hinges on and hang your doors and step back to admire your handywork. You are AWESOME! You did it! Look at how much brighter and open your kitchen looks!!
One last thing - those little felt pads that came with the hinges? Put them on the corners of your doors and your drawers. This will keep everything from sticking to the frame and possibly scratching the paint.
You won't have enough to do all your doors and drawers, but it's not a huge deal, you can find these pads pretty much everywhere. I know I've seen them at Lowes, Home Depot, Amazon and Bed, Bath and Beyond.
And once you've done that, unless you're me and decided at the last minute to put a sponge drawer underneath your sink, you're done! Enjoy the praise and compliments your significant other will most likely heap on you. Or that might have been in my head. Dude may have really said something to the effect of "Well, I don't hate it as much as I thought I would."
Now get ready for some pretty amazing Before & Afters! (Please ignore the giant gaping hole underneath the sink. Remember what I said before about the sponge drawer thing?)
And lest you think that I am immaculate and perfect in every way and my counters are always clean and clear like that, here's a picture of the other side of my kitchen.
|Bonus points for spotting the level in this picture|
Door handles: Lowes
Drawer pulls: Amazon
Rug: Urban Outfitters (cut down, the other half is in front of our side door)
Paint: Olympic Premium in their basic white
Primer: Valspar Bonding Primer in their basic white
If you decide to attempt this, let me know how it goes! I'd love to see your before and afters!
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