My kitchen is a hot mess!  As you may know, Bub and I are currently smack dab in the middle of a kitchen renovation.  We (he) are (is) doing most of the work ourselves.  And, at this point it seems endless!

Luckily there are lots of people in my corner at Curtis Lumber!

Our first major task is to strip and sand the original cabinets.

We did some research and decided that CitriStrip would be the best product for the job.  We weren't sure how many coats of paint were on the cabinets, but there's only one way to find out!  Dig in!

So we slapped on some of the goopy orange stuff and let it sit.  It actually made the entire house smell citrus-y so it was kinda yummy!

Some trial and error, steel wool, and some broken plastic scrapers later, we had some relatively clean looking wood.

It looked to us like there were about 3 coats of paint.  The oldest was a weird dusty blue that came off the hardest.  It's still visible in some spots, but I think after we stain the cabinets, you won't notice the blue at all.

We are keeping all the original hardware, too.  But it needed to be cleaned up as well.  It was dingy, and old and some of it was even painted.  I learned a little tip once about letting old hardware soak in a crock-pot full of water over night... it makes all the grime and paint just fall right off!  Good as new!

I can't believe what a big different all the wood is making to the kitchen!  Getting some of it done kinda makes me want the whole thing finished right now!

Here are some pics of the progress!

Bub scraping the cabinets.
The window wall all stripped and awaiting a finish!

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