It was this time last year that I painted a wall in our kitchen dining area Almost Black. It was part of a grand plan....to revitalise our kitchen area and make it more contemporary. Not that it wasn't modern or contemporary to begin with...just that kitchen design and kitchen aesthetics have moved on considerably since the kitchen was done around 10 years ago by the previous owners. We've been in this house for 7 years. And to be honest, the yellowed polyurethane on birch veneer kitchen cabinets were grating with me. Too much yellow. So at about the time I started planning painting the wall, I also decided I'd redo the kitchen cabinets. All of them. Myself.
While the children were away with my parents enjoying time at the beach and seeing friends' new puppy dogs and going to BBQ's, I started stripping the cabinets, sanding them back, staining them, resanding them, restaining them and realising that polyurethane really sinks into timber and really takes a lot of sanding to get off even if it looks suspiciously like raw timber you are down to. The last few days I have worked solidly on these panels, and despite a change of tact, an addition of extra steps and what seems like a work load which has doubled, panels are starting to come together in small sections.
And they look fantastic.
A beautiful black stain, giving proportion and depth to otherwise bland cabinets. They will completely transform this part of the house - opposite the Almost Black wall, but in a room which is flooded with light all day and can take some dark colours. Something against which any colour pops and sings, and which makes any white or steel objects crisp and neat.
New handles, a new sink tap, a possible feature light and artwork about to be printed and soon a new oven and cooktop [our oven decided to stop working in amongst all this - hows that for timing!] and we will have a 'new' kitchen. The pride at being able to say I did it myself, will be worth every minute of effort.