Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Amputation

You may remember how our far left upper cabinet had a mini orange toaster garage at the bottom that sat on the counter.  Possibly you blocked it from your memory.  Good news, I have a picture to refresh your memory. 


You can't tell from the picture but the bottom of the garage has detached from the powder blue counter tops over time leaving its glue behind which attracts all the dirt on our counter.  So not only is this garage ugly, orange, and dysfunctionally small, but it is also unsanitary.  Basically, it is the gangrene of our kitchen.  It needs to be cut off.

Gangrene had spread to the curvy cabinet connector wood over the window.  This useless wood reminds me of a doll house and makes the kitchen look more closed off.  It needs to be cut off.


The amputation process started by removing the crown molding running along the top of the right cabinet, over the curvy connector word, and along the top of the left cabinet.  This crown molding was just nailed in place, so Titus pried it off with his mini crow bar tool.  Next, the curvy connector wood was removed from between the right and left cabinets.  This was also a separate piece which was nailed in place, so Titus was able to pry that off with his mini crow bar as well.

Now that the cabinets were not connected between the window any longer we could remove the left cabinet so that its garage could be cut off.  To make rehanging the amputated cabinet easier, Titus screwed a 12" piece of MDF directly under the upper part of the cabinet.  This way we could easily hang the cabinet back up exactly where it had started after the garage was cut off.  He was able to screw the MDF right to the wall while the cabinet was still hanging because our cabinets have no backs... just the sheetrock of the wall.  That's how you know your cabinets are high quality.  With our MDF ledge in place, we removed the left cabinet from the wall by taking out the screws.

Look how much more open the kitchen looks!  As you can see cabinet sanding prep is in full force.


Now, to cut the garage off the cabinet, Titus measured how long the upper cabinet should end up being based on the upper cabinets to the right of the window.   He then applied a piece of painters tape along the line he would be cutting, and marked the exact cut line with a pencil.  Using a circular saw, he apprehensively cut a flawless line along all three sides of the cabinet.  Bam, no more toaster garage.  Since the bottom of our other cabinets have a rounded edge, Titus used our cheap Ryobi orbital sander to create a curved edge on the sides of the cabinet. 



Titus is actually going to sand that cabinet before we rehang it.  So for now, it lives in the garage, and our kitchen is nice and open.  Now to start sanding!

1 comment:

  1. You are going to really like the extra counter space you will have, now that the garage is gone. I'm soooo eager to see the finished product!!!

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