Friday, January 24, 2014

NorCal beachy cabinet trees (post by Tocco)

This is the situation we have to tackle. A nice Frankenstein green, it even glows in the dark.

Even though you may think one can get used to it while it's daylight...

don't turn the light on, or it starts glowing again.

These are the old hinges, but they are original and still work, so we decided to throw them into a crockpot to loosen the 10 layers of paint, strip them and reuse them, quite a bit of work, but definitely worth it.

Step 1: Select a part of the cabinet tree you want to tackle first, we've choosen the drawers, thinking there is not much surface to sand and paint, but that was around the time where the cabinet tree started to fight us.

Step Two:
Put you warrior outfit on and fight back!

Step Three:
Fight back! The whole frame wants to be sanded and painted. Of course, 10 layers of old paint takes a long time, and if you think you can avoid sanding by hand, forget about it. These old paint layers simply start melting under every sander you'd like to try, just hang in there, and sand it by hand, I swear, it's less hassle after all.

Step Four:
After it seems the cabinet tree won a battle by neglecting to be sanded, we decided it may be enough sanding for now and we pulled out the paint.

Step Five:
Put it back together and get excited!

Step Six:

Overlook you imperfections and enjoy the moment and be a little bit proud of yourself, and prepare to get scared, there are five more cabinet trees waiting to receive the same procedure, and they will beat the heck out of you. But as I said, just hang in there and fight back, one day they will be all done ... ;-) We'll keep you posted and let you know who won the battle, the cabinets or us ...


  1. Love it! Great post, Tocco ;-) x

  2. Ha! Too funny! And I cannot believe how neon they once were?!? That's crazy! I love what you've done so far!!

  3. You've ruined it! At least the floor remains as proof of 70ies design superiority ;)

  4. You've ruined it! At least the floor remains as proof of 70ies design superiority ;)