So the planning began. It took a surprising amount of steps to get this done:
- Set up iPad (my lifesaver and boredom buster)
- Take off the hardware.
- Take out the glass (now I'm wishing I wouldn't have spent so much time on this step)
- Sand down every inch
- Buy new hardware and hinges
- Fill in old holes that will no longer be used
- Paint on primer
- Paint the inside of the cabinets white.
- Paint the inside of the cabinets white....again.
- More white
- Paint the outside brown (Finally! A change!)
- More brown
- Drill new holes.
- Repaint brown
- Cut new dowels
- Paint new dowels
- Put in new glass panels (the old ones were tinted...no wonder you couldn't see inside!)
- Put on new hinges
- Transport to York
- Put in new hardware.
- Breath a sigh of release and ready, set, DECORATE!
I told you! Lots of steps and if you count potty breaks for the pooch, you could add in about 10 more steps! Dad even made me do number 13 myself (with close supervision of course). It made my head hurt. But it was all worth it! All in all, only 3 trips to Lowe's and 2 to Target.
I love the new look. The paint was/is still tacky so we put a piece of white fabric between the two pieces to avoid scratching the paint.
If you look at the first two pictures I posted, you can see the old bee hives that held up this little gate. Dad cut me new dowels. I think it really helped to update the look.
This is, by far, my favorite part. I love the hardware. I have been eying it up at Target for years (not kidding). I have seen it there almost every time I go. When Lowe's didn't have the stylish look I wanted, I headed to Target.
The flash always makes things look horrible, but I love that this shows how different this color can look. It's called Safari Beige. Me likey. I found it in the gray section of the paint chips.
I need to thank two very important people. First, my dad, who took me through this project step by step and spent as much time in the shop as I did. He cut, glued, sanded and nailed this hutch together. Thanks Dad!
Second, my mom, who kept taking the pooch out for me and helped me get this sucker to York. We moved almost everything into my current apartment, but I don't think we've ever moved something so carefully.
Also, just click on the pictures to see them blown up.