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Kitchen remake- oh, its a doozy

Ok- so when we moved in the house we had the standard cabinets- small drawers on top and cabinet doors- here is a few pics of before.  I took these pictures in October 2011.  Can’t believe it has been that long ago.

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I have always disliked this style of cabinet- when you put your pans and stuff in it, when you open the door they all fall out.  They are disorganized and my husband never puts anything back the same place twice.  Not to mention that for some reason the manufacturer thinks that putting a half shelf in it makes sense- really- does this look like it makes sense?

Inside the cabinet

Of course Ori was away so I designed and retrofitted drawers into the cabinets- with my dad’s help of course- I drew up the cabinets as is

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I then drew up my desired configuration:

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on the depth of the drawers I had to take into consideration the gas pipe in the 45 inch cabinet:

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My dad took a reciprocating saw to the half shelves to get them out and then we removed faceframes or added to face frames as needed.  I cannot find my pics of the actual building of the drawers. That is what happens when you blog about it so much later.  I also got fancy shmancy on my silverware drawer and made it two level with the top level that slides back (based on a drawer I saw at Lowes)

I purchased drawer fronts at Patton Cabinet Doors in Austin, they were very reasonable and cheaper than the tools I would have to buy to make recessed panel doors.  I painted them and the lower cabinets with Rustoleum Cabinet Kits in Linen.  I am so happy with them-  Everything  has a drawer assigned to it- including a drawer that is for kid plates, bowls, and silverware they can reach themselves. Again- no pics from when I completed it but I will show you how they look today.

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Note the missing door- I need to redrill the door hinge holes because the holes stripped two months after reinstallation.

Note the missing door- I need to redrill the door hinge holes because the holes stripped two months after reinstallation. Also note that one of the drawer faces is too short – I have bought a replacement drawer front but haven’t installed it yet.

I also want to show off my silverware drawer.

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This is the only place the rustoleum cabinet paint failed- mostly because it was no match for a 11 year old boy putting away silverware in a haphazard way, and little grubby hands.  I have plans to repaint at some point in time.  Maybe after the girls are Bat Mitzvah :)

This is the only place the rustoleum cabinet paint failed- mostly because it was no match for a boy putting away silverware in a haphazard way, and little grubby hands. I have plans to repaint at some point in time. Maybe after the girls are Bat Mitzvah:)

so what do you think-  worth the effort?  I really should take some better after photos- maybe after I reinstall that door and drawer front- and repaint the faceframe on the 30 inch cabinet.  Thanks for reading.  If anyone is interested I can do a post on how I retrofitted the cabinets with drawers.  And how I built the drawers.

 

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