Well, it has been a long week. On Thursday, I finally felt like I could see the light at the end, even if there are quite a few things I still need to do.
I have finished painting and staining. Here is where I'm at:
Today I spray painted the old hinges using Rustoleum oil-rubbed bronze paint/primer with that awesome trigger bottle.
Of course, these are BS (before spray). This will save me around $150-$175 in buying new hardware since they are in perfect working order, just ugly.
Two nights ago, I put all of the hinges in a bucket with super hot water and dish soap. The next morning I went and looked at the bucket and the water was the color of APPLE JUICE. Ew.
I scrubbed each hinge and left them out to dry outside. They did dry but then by the time I had time to spray them, it started raining out. So, today was their big day. There are around 40-50 hinges and I had to use the entire bottle of paint to get them (mostly) covered.
Still remaining on my to-do list:
- Apply polyurethane to both sides (and the edges) of the cabinet doors
- Install light fixture above the sink (Kris will do this because I'm scared of dying)
- Install base"board" (it's vinyl)
- Paint & stain touch-ups in a few little spots
- Stain the laminate ends of the cabinet boxes (argh)
- Re-Install cabinet doors
Two other things I need to do that have an, as yet, undecided timeline are:
- Paint the frames of some art I had hanging to be pure semi-gloss white to match the door trim and to make them pop a little more on the newly gray wall (they are a light wood right now)
- Decide what to do with the window frame/casing... I think we should paint the frame white and leave the casing as is but I think I need to live with it a short time. The other option is to stain it, too, but I think that will make it too dark.
I hope you all had a great 4th! Dexter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer kept me company while I painted.