The hardware is the next step...I will be acquiring a power tool for this step. The old cabs don't have holes for hardware, even though they desperately need it, so I will have to drill the holes for them myself. That way I won't have to claw at the cabinets, and break nails (gasp,) just to get the suckers open. I will need to be supervised, as me and power tools, potentially spell disaster. It should still prove to be a very worthwhile project, as it's amazing how much of a difference a little hardware can make. It like jewelry for your kitchen. Here are my shiny choices...
As you remember, I have been promising photos of the finished cabinets for close to a week now. I am now delivering! Three coats of oil-based paint, an untold amount of champagne/wine glasses later, and heeeeere's the finished product. I really like it. It truly updates the bland/stock cabinets. What was funny, is there were two types of cabinets used, they had 2 different finishes, and looked totally pieced together. Like someone got a deal and said..."Ehhhh, close enough." Now they look cohesive, and like they belong in a hip/modern loft.
Next is the tile...it is ordered and on it's way. It was an absolute steal, I'm doing the entire backsplash for around $200!!! I'm so excited about it. The penny tile is different and interesting...not your typical backsplash, yet it's still neutral enough not to overpower the space. It will be my second attempt at tiling a backsplash. The first crashed and burned (sorry Mom.) But, I've had a lot more tiling experience since then, and have a much better idea of what I'm doing, so this should have a much better turn out. Definitely! As a certain best friend always told me, "Fake it til you make it." Check!
So there is the overall plan. Stage one is done...stages 2 & 3 are yet to come...stay tuned!