A Little Bit Country

There has been something about my kitchen that has been bothering me.  I call it "The Country Accent."  I'm sure it was a great feature in 1988, when the cabinets were installed, but not so much now.   It isn't old enough to be charming and isn't new enough to... look new.

Behold!  The Country Accent!

Behold!  The Country Accent!

On the march to my mini-kitchen redo (painting and staining, among other things), I have a lot of little prep projects to tackle.  I had to get this thing down before getting to work staining the cabinets in July.  I was convinced  that it was glued in place.  I don't know what made me think that because, after a conversation with my dad and upon closer inspection, I saw that it was merely attached with screws to the cabinet and finishing nails to the ceiling.  Also, there was a length of mini-moulding in front of it that i needed to save to apply to the sides of my newly bare cabinet uppers once I got this thing down.

A darker view of The Country Accent during its dead man's walk.

A darker view of The Country Accent during its dead man's walk.

How I got the darned thing down: 

  1. Made A MILLION slices at the moulding with a razor/box cutter to cleanly cut it at the right spot and save it for later, when I will reattach it.
  2. Located and unscrewed the screws in the adjacent cabinets.  This was only made slightly difficult at the tight and awkward placement of the screws.  
  3. Banged the hell out of it to release it from the ceiling.  Of course, I did this in a manner that allowed it to release the finishing nails nicely with little damage for me to patch later. 
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There's more light already!  You can also see two other projects-a-waiting in this photo- a new light over the sink and removal of that rogue plant hook next to it.  Also, the leaning sponge on the windowsill is not the most lovely.  All in due time!  As for the damage left in the wake of The Country Accent...

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... nothing a little wood filler, joint compound and sand paper can't cure.  Hooray!  This is also where a piece of the old moulding will go to make the top of the cabinet sides match with the rest.   Little improvement for zero cost.  I have to check if I have wood filler or not but, that would be my only potential purchase here.  Go me.  And go away, Country Accent.

 

How about you?  Any non-charming Country Accents driving you batty?  Any charming ones making you happy?