Fifty Shades of Ugly

What On Earth Was I Thinking?

Some really ugly paint on the insides of our cabinets :(

Some really ugly paint on the insides of our cabinets 🙁

…Or, What on Earth Were THEY Thinking?

Ugh…sweat drips from my nose onto the wrinkled surface of paint bubbling up with paint stripper. This is the third layer I’ve scraped from the INSIDE of the cabinets. What on earth were these people thinking? I’ve seen some questionable paint choices in my life, but the previous owners of our home really take the cake. I think that every single room in our house was painted red at some point. Not that there is anything wrong with red, but really…who wants an entire room painted fire engine red?

More red paint!

More red paint!

Remodeling Our Kitchen this Summer

Our kitchen doesn’t function very well. I realized that as I unpacked our pots and pans 4 years ago and noticed that there are absolutely no bottom cabinets to store them in. So when Tom decided that we should remodel our kitchen this summer, I was all for it! Woo hoo!

Then the realization of how much work it would take settled in. I felt a little overwhelmed. But we remodeled our last kitchen and we can do it again, right?! After looking at the cost of replacing the cabinets, and thinking about the waste and trees being harvested for my convenience and desire for ‘new’,  I decided to refinish the ones we have and add a couple more. No biggie, right?

Not pretty, but I can make them work. Sure, Lisa, anything you say. ;-)

Not pretty, but I can make them work. Sure, Lisa, anything you say. 😉

Wrong! Although the cabinets aren’t in terrible shape, they are 30 years old. Plus the insides and ends are all laminated particle board…not a great material for refinishing. I know I can cover the ends with a veneer and stain them to match the doors. I can also paint the interiors to look fresh and updated.

What I really wasn’t prepared for was the multiple layers of paint on the interior of some of the cabinets. They were painted baby poo gold and ketchup red when we moved in…so I covered that with a cream color. But underneath that were several layers of brown, blue, grey, and a color that I can’t quite identify. Add to this the fact that the previous owners didn’t seem to understand the importance of sticking with latex or oil, and I have an interesting mix of peeling, crappy looking paint to deal with. Sigh.

The wall cabinets are down...looks better already!

The wall cabinets are down…looks better already!

I’m not even half way into this refinishing project and I really want to cry. Yesterday was the tipping point for me, as I tried to scrape away layer after layer of UGLY paint. So even though there really aren’t 50 shades of paint to deal with…it kinda felt like it by the end of the day. At one point I pretty much lost it and started yelling that I HATE THOSE PEOPLE. It didn’t make me feel much better when Tom reminded me (for the umpteenth time) that he was willing to buy all new cabinets but nooooo, I decided against that! What on earth was I thinking? I regained my composure and managed to remove most of the ‘ugly’ before I called it quits for the day.

Then I went and just stared at the cabinet doors that are stained the pretty shade of black cherry that will be the finished look of our new kitchen. I had to focus on the positive before I went in the house to shower and collapse on the couch for the rest of the evening.

My pretty 'new' cabinet doors are stained with a black cherry color that will look soooo nice when this is all over and done.

My pretty ‘new’ cabinet doors are stained with a black cherry color that will look soooo nice when this is all over and done.

I’m feeling pretty impatient to get this stage of the remodel over with. I should be able to get most of it done before the heat of July sets in and makes this unpleasant job even worse. Today is another day…and I need to go finish scraping, sanding, and staining the top cabinets.

Then the guys will remove the bottom cabinets and bring them out to the garage. Thank heavens they didn’t paint the insides of THOSE cabinets!!!

Have you ever refinished cabinets or remodeled your kitchen? What was the worst part of the job?

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