Decisiveness had lead to accelerated house projects, like removing all the textured wallpaper, replacing the front deck boards, and starting the entryway makeover. Add white cabinets with oil-rubbed bronze hardware (read: re-painting the kitchen cabinets, replacing all the hinges, and installing new hardware) to the list. Woof.
I teased ya’ll with this photo of the cabinet doors as the reason why we went out for Thanksgiving. In all honesty though, we decided to go out before starting the cabinet painting extravaganza. You know that a little construction zone wouldn’t stop us from hosting a gathering, but this was more than a little construction zone.
Removing the Old Hinges
Half of the hinges were so stubborn we had to take a Dremel to them to create a groove for more leverage. (Do you like my pink tool belt?)
It wasn’t hard, but time consuming because nearly half of the hinges were stuck. Sophie provided lots of moral support.
Oil-Rubbed Bronze Hardware
I went to three hardware stores and talked to two uber grumpy old men and one super friendly one. The friendly old man at Rockler Hardware taught me that the hinges are double demountable hinges with a 1/2 inch overlay. Rockler doesn’t sell them though, so he pointed me to another hardware warehouse in town or Amazon. The chances that I’d encounter another grumpy man were high so I went the easy route and bought these from Amazon.
Painting the Cabinets
Glen, Nolan’s dad, came over one Saturday morning to help out. So when Nolan and I were dremeling, Glen cleaned and prepped all the cabinets. One extra set of hands makes such a difference!
The fronts and the backs got two coats of crisp white paint and then we let them dry for a day before re-installing them. We should have waited a full two days, or even longer. We were just so anxious to get our kitchen back. That’s when we realized that the double demountable 1/2 inch overlay hinges were not going to work on all the cabinets. Back to Amazon to order 5 single demountable with 1/2 inch overlay hinges. They were just delivered last week and the drill holes are at the top and bottom of the hinge, not in the middle- where the current holes are, thus part 1 and part 2 of this white cabinets with oil-rubbed bronze hardware saga.