Saturday, April 7, 2012

Kitchen Cabinets, Before and After, and an Estate Sale Find

I'm finally done with the kitchen cabinets!

Here are the before and after pics.  Thanks everyone for all the encouragement along the way.  I'm glad I tackled this in sections -- that way we were able to keep using the kitchen during the two month refinishing process.






In this last photo you can see this turquoise canister set I scored at an estate sale yesterday.  It's in great shape, and it even came with this matching paper towel, wax paper, aluminum foil dispenser.



With the cabinets done, now I need to focus on getting the Frigidaire Flair double oven installed and working.  Then I want to think about paint or wallpaper for the kitchen, and I need to figure out our best option for replacing or updating the counter tops.  Sadly, the mint-green-with-gold-specks Formica is really in bad shape.


17 comments:

  1. Great job on the cabinets! Your estate sale finds look great with the new look!

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    1. Thanks, I was pretty happy with the canister find

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  2. It looks great! like iv'e beens aying all through your reno- If i was certian that all the cabinets in my 1943 were solid good pieces of wood i'd strip them and do that. It looks so nice, and whata perfect estate sale find!

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  3. You should try removing the paint from something and see what you have. Stuff was well built in that era.

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  4. Your kitchen looks AMAZING!!! What a great job you did refinishing everything! And those canisters are FAB! Do you want to come over and refinish some Heywood for me now??? :D

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    1. Hey Sara,
      If you lived closer I could take care of that H/W for you! If you follow my blog and have some time, patience and space, I have some advise there...

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    2. Hi Modern Line - Thanks so much for the offer! Actually, I have refinished a bunch of Heywood on my own over the past couple years. It's a bit grueling, but so worth it in the end. You should check it out on my blog sometime - No Pattern Required. Just type in 'Sara' and 'refinish Heywood' in the search box at the top.

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  5. Great job with the kitchen cabinets, bravo!
    Ooh, the canisters are cool.

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  6. The cabinets look great, and I love your canister set!

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  7. Looks great! Very nice job! And love those canisters, they're so pretty!

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  8. Looks great! Good work Uncle Atom - when you're done with your projects feel free to come over and tackle some of ours ;-)

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  9. WoW! Awesome job! What a big difference! Turquoise anything is so cool... Your renovation is opposite of most that I see....removing paint instead of painting everything in sight!!
    Robin, AR

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  10. What a job. That was a lot of work for you. I can't imagine. Looks great! Love the aqua canisters!! Fantastic find! Too bad you can't keep your formica--sure is neat. Sadly I had to relaminate over my pink boomerang in the bathroom.

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  12. Whoo that looks like a lot of work! Really good job though!

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  13. Hi Uncle Atom, I have the same Sheirich cabinets and hardware in my 1960 I.M. Pei townhouse. They are in somewhat rough shape and need a new finish. If you had the chance to redo your cabinets from the beginning, what would you do? Would you clean, sand and reshellac? I'm not really sure where to start and if shellac needs to be removed prior to reshellacing. I'm so glad I came across your post. I will definitely use the shellac you mentioned in your post. melcloseatgmaildotcom

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