At the time of this posting, I am between coats of stain on my kitchen cabinets. It has been a little more tedious than I had imagined.
Prior to staining getting underway, I spent Saturday relocating everything on the counters and floor of the kitchen to our dining area.
Fezzy was not too happy about it.
While cleaning, I had some fun surprises. Like this scene behind my oven where (1) no one ever bothered to paint before and (2) some old holes were COVERED WITH DUCT TAPE. Seriously.
I also found every bit of food that had ever dripped between the oven and the cabinets.
On another gross note, I removed all the old vinyl wall base. Here is a close up (gross up?) and the end of it.
One of the least gross things I did was lay down rosin paper and tape it to the counters. I had to be very careful because I have to stain the edges of the counters. Because of this it took quite a long time to get it all right and make sure the tape was crisply applied.
I also removed all the cabinet doors, knobs and hinges (except one that WILL NOT BUDGE). At the end of the day, I had this:
So that was a pretty good start to the week. I got almost everything done that I'd wanted to that day except cleaning the exteriors cabinets (did it Sunday morning instead) and patching the hole I have in the ceiling above the sink. I just have to do that before I paint, so no rush.
Anyone wondering why I'm not interested in the open shelving look for my kitchen? Yeesh, I don't know how people do it.