I hate the oppressively low ceiling and the upper cabinets, which make the kitchen feel cramped.
|this is what I see when I enter from the garage|
|from the living room, the window is blocked by the cabinets|
While removing the upper cabinets would open up the space, there would be a drawback – more of the ugly kitchen would be visible. I came up with some cosmetic fixes which will hopefully be relatively inexpensive and easy (and which I hope to feature in future posts as success stories) and decided to go ahead with removing the cabinets.
I began by emptying the cabinets and removing the doors.
Using one of my favorite and most useful tools, the miniature pry bar, I easily removed the paneling and trim from the back of the cabinets. Then it was simply a matter of removing a few screws, and the side cabinets practically fell off the ceiling.
|one side cabinet down|
|mice had chewed through to the bare wire :o|
|cabinets are gone!|
I cut the wire short, peeled back the sheathing to expose the three individual wires, and capped each one separately.
Before poking live wires into my ceiling, I decided to double-check with an informed person. I snapped a photo and drove to my friendly neighborhood Home Depot. I showed the photo to the electrical specialist; he confirmed I’d capped the wires properly and suggested I add some electrical tape for extra security. Reassured that I wouldn’t electrocute myself or burn down my house, I headed home to finish the job.
It’s difficult to properly patch textured walls and ceiling, but luckily, little damage was done when the cabinets came down. I did my best to fill in the holes and sand the high spots. I covered the capped wiring with a metal plate and began to paint the ceiling... and hit my first snag. When wet, the new white paint was exactly the same color as the existing ceiling, so I couldn't tell where I'd painted and where I hadn't. Not good. I'd heard of ceiling paint that goes on pink, making it easy to see where you've painted, and decided to give it a try. My preferred brand, Behr, does not make such a paint (get with the program, Behr!) so I purchased Glidden "EZ Track" ceiling paint. It didn't cover quite as well as Behr, but overall I was pleased. Rolling pink paint over white was MUCH easier than white on white.
|I never expected to use pink paint anywhere in my house|
With a fresh coat of paint, it's hard to tell the cabinets were ever there.
|from the living room, I can see out the window now|