Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kitchen Progress: Drawers

I woke up this morning dreaming in Spanish.

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.

Oops.

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...
Yeah, that's gotta stop.

Toodles!

4 comments:

  1. You are hilarious.

    You had me at the first line. :)

    happy day to you.
    karianne

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    1. Thanks for coming by Karianne! So happy we can be so mutually amusing. That is, after all, the foundation of any good friendship. =)

      I look forward to your next post!

      Lauren

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    1. Thanks, Leslie, and thanks for stopping by! The cup pulls are from Home Depot (www.homedepot.com/p/Liberty-Hardware-Brushed-Satin-Nickel-2-1-2-or-3-in-Cabinet-Hardware-Dual-Mount-Cup-Pull-PN1053H-BSN-C/204151714), and the contact paper is from Target (http://www.target.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/p/contact-blue-shelf-liner/-/A-14758421 and http://www.target.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/p/contact-white-shelf-liner/-/A-14758422), in case you wanted to know. Good luck with all your kitchen projects!

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