Thursday, June 14, 2012

Risky - Taking my Cabinet Doors Off

Happy Thursday morning! I am baby sitting one of the sweetest little boys today.  But while he naps, I thought I would show y'all my latest project!  

I was reading my Better Homes & Gardens magazine and I came across this kitchen makeover.

It's just so simple.  So I decided to take off my cabinet doors.  I've wanted to do this for a while, but didn't have the guts until I saw this.  Paint! Of course painting the inside is the cheapest/easiest way to get the job done.  

So I did it!

Here's the BEFORE:

Ok, so I got excited and had already taken off one of the doors.  Oh well.  

I did a little organizing to see if it would look good.  Then a few weeks later I went to town on painting the inside :)  Yeah, I got bored.

At this point I was thinking I think this might actually work.  But painting inside here was actually tough.  I couldn't sand down the cabinets because they are fake wood.  So with every stroke some paint would come back off.  Ugh.  

The other side.  

I started to realize that putting plates and such back and forth was going to scratch every single time.  That was not going to do.  I thought of putting contact paper down. Then MR.P took it one step further and thought of cork board!  We found this cork contact paper here.  I think it was a brilliant solution since it gives a bit.

And here's the AFTER:

Sorry the quality isn't great.  But I'm no professional photographer.

I think I like the outcome.  I'd like to make a roman shade for the kitchen window. I said I was going to do this years ago and I chickened out and made cafe drapes.  But now they take up too much visual space and my eyes couldn't handle it.  So I'll have to try the roman shade tutorials I've seen all over the internet.  And for the counter tops the plan is still to do butcher block. Can't wait!

Oh and a little update.  This past weekend we had some excitement.  Smith fell and bumped his head.  We had to rush to Urgent Care.  I knew it was coming since Smith is so active, but we were not prepared.  Matt had the car WITH the carseat and I can't drive his because it's a stick shift and two because it won't start at the moment.  So I stayed as calm as I could. Called my neighbor and she and her husband ran over as fast as possible.  Then called my friend and she brought over her extra carseat.  Oh and I had just taken a shower and my hair was wet with no make-up on.  Anyway, we were there in no time and then MR.P met us there.  By this time Smith was happy again and acting like it was no big deal.

Such a tough little man.

The snacks didn't hurt. 

And the after.  

Glad he wasn't hurt more. Not sure I could have handled that on our first trip to Urgent Care. And even though I know this isn't our last trip there I'll say it, I hope he doesn't have to get stitches again!


Emily Lacy said...

seriously Beth, you are so talented. come move in with us for a little bit and teach me your ways! and, smith really is the cutest! can't believe how much he has grown. Love you guys!

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Bless his little heart! Is there anything more distressing than having your child hurt? Glad it wasn't serious - love your cabinet makeover! Stop by and help me choose my front door color if you get a moment!

Sherry said...

I think it looks great. I have oak cabinets and DO NOT want or have the time to paint all of them so I decided to take some of the doors off, like yours, on both sides of the sink, and paint the inside white. Tomorrow is the big day. They are open now and brown on the inside, I think white will look better??? Anyway, I love your curtain. It is adorable. I came across this when I googled cabinet doors off images :)

From The Homesteading Cottage said...

Great job! So glad the little one is okay too. I just found your blog and became a new follower (: Can't wait to come back for more posts...Hope you have a lovely week!!

Michele xoxo
The Homesteading Cottage