blissfully happy with the results, but it was a huge effort, no question.
"Stage one" and as the other things progress, I'll update y'all.
I'd have minimal cleanup. Then I sanded all the wood surfaces of my cabinet frame (except the wood edge of my Formica counter top and that wood strip of "back splash," since that will be getting replaced shortly.) It made a huge mess, so be warned. (I'm a clean-as-I-go girl, so this is a scenario that makes me a little bit nuts.)
Adrain and I cut and hung bead board on all the smooth outside surfaces of my old cabinets, and we used a combination of liquid nails and nail brads. I actually did lots of the bead board cutting and all of the hanging part, all by my onesie! It was terrific fun, I'm not gonna lie. Then we caulked the gaps (of which there were many) and primed over it all. Let me just pause here and say that Adrain and I are NOT handy. If you don't believe me, let me just say that we learned how to use a new saw together (literally reading manuals) over this project and I'm not kidding. Before this project, I'd never used liquid nails in my life! Let me also just say that caulk and primer cover a multitude of sins, so if you're doing this project, do not freak out if you cut a board crooked. When you're done, it will blend right in.
Anyway, once everything was primed, we painted! I used Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Waterborne Alkyd in a semi-gloss finish (for kitchen durability) in the color "Creamy." This paint is amazing because it's a self-leveling paint that smoothes out nicely and is actually an oil-based paint that cleans up with water. I used a tiny roller and it was like paint magic. (And contrary to popular belief I abhor painting. I just love the end result.) Here you can see the foam core board that I covered in fabric and stuck against the backside of my newly opened cabinet.
glass inserts installed in them. (We got horrible customer service and bad information from the original place I contacted and ended up having to take them to a millworker's shop to get the job done.) When it was all said and done however, I loved the way they turned out and it was worth the extra cost in my opinion!
distress and polyurethane them until after floors and countertops are installed, because they are going to need about a week to cure before I can do that, and they are probably going to undergo some natural distressing along the way as people (aka JJ and Ava) bang in to them.
Before and Afters! (Just for Carmen)
Do you think my kiddos will mind if I go take a nap now? Ha!