I don't speak Spanish. Or, at least, I didn't think I did. But now, I'm not so sure.
Unpacking boxes is lot easier when you have a place to put things (duh). So this week was all about getting the drawers finished and reinstalled in my kitchen. I did some light sanding, and added a coat of primer and a few coats of Behr's Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel in "Espresso Bean," (which took about 12 episodes of Law & Order: SVU and several days of drying time in between).
|Cabinets before we bought the house.|
Once the paint was no longer tacky, I lined the drawers with some adorable contact paper I found at Target, and installed the new, brushed nickle cup pulls I bought from Home Depot. Oddly enough, the holes in one of the drawers were too close together by just a couple millimeters, and no matter what I did, I couldn't get the handle screwed on.
I haven't the foggiest clue how the previous owner installed the old handles. Some kind of black magic, I'm sure.
So, I had to bust out the drill and shave off just a little at a time to widen the holes enough (without going overboard and making them too wide and loose). In the process, I split some of the wood on the inside and broke the only drill bit we had to our name.
Luckily, Home Depot sells a small set of probably-crappy-but-functional bits for only a few dollars. Which was a relief, because drill bits are apparently an investment. Most of the other sets I saw were $25-50 bucks. Talk about sticker shock! I guess that shows what I know.
|Now we're talking.|
A little touch-up paint over the splintered area inside the drawer (shh! No one has to know!) fixed that problem well enough, and now I have literally more drawer space than I know what to do with. Granted, there are still about 476 boxes left to unpack, so I'm sure I'll find something to fill them. Probably things like my little 2-cup food processor would fit nicely in one of the deeper drawers. (How I ever functioned in that little apartment kitchen, I'll never know!)
|Contact paper is the wrapping paper of the kitchen.|
Next step: putting the doors on the cabinets. Mostly because I don't think anyone needs to see under my sink every time they walk into my kitchen, but also because I recently discovered that one of my cats has taken a liking to sleeping in my pots and pans.
|Don't even try to play innocent...|