Well, I guess I should've actually started with Day Zero.
This was our kitchen before:
Here we have the during photo:
Sunday afternoon I had Tom take down all of the upper cupboard doors. We practiced our counting in Spanish as we numbered them. Is it sad that we had to Google what comes after "ocho"? Gotta start hanging out with our Spanish neighbour more often.
Here's an awesome keepin'-it-real shot of the cupboards with no doors. I guess I can take this opportunity to straighten up and purge, right?
Apparently I have a dedicated vase and champagne glass cupboard. Who knew?
I bet that door hasn't been opened in months.
I was also able to get rid of the cow hook that's been hanging above the stove since we moved in. Goodbye Missus Cow - I'm sorry, but I'm not going to miss you.
Here is my test strip. The divided areas from left to right show TSP, hand sanding with a sponge sanding block, then power sanding + stain. The lighter brown area is my experiment with steel wool and apple cider vinegar. It was in the running, but I couldn't get a consistent colour so I didn't want to chance it. The final area is just the board sanded bare.
I'm pretty happy with the colour it's going to be. I'm going to go with my fave stain - Rustoleum's Jacobean.
You can see that the cupboards needed work regardless. They've been there for 13 years and the stain just wasn't holding up. We're also going to replace the knobs with handles.
So it's off to the garage to sand. I sacrificed a week of my vacation time to do this. But I'm not complaining - this is much better than getting up at 6am and commuting an hour each way. Plus I get to spend the day in my jammies.
Day One was all about the power sanding. I managed to get about 6 doors done. I started with the smallest doors so that I felt like I'd accomplished more. Don't take this little victory away from me.
Day three is going to be more of the same I fear. I've started to think I need to upgrade to an orbital sander. My little Black & Decker 1/4 sheet sander, as much as I love him, just isn't keeping up.
Speaking of Black & Decker, have you seen this guy?
It's the new 4 volt Gyro Screwdriver. I am so in love. It just went on the market yesterday, but it's been on my wish list for weeks. Anyone bought one yet?