My wife and I were thinking about installing a new kitchen. We are procrastinators so, of course, it has taken us a long time to pull the trigger. now all this *crap* has happened and I don't want to go through the hassle of getting a home improvement loan, especially when I am looking at a kid in college in less than two years and another one on his heels. Now isn't the time to take out any sort of loan.
But the problem is that we *REALLY* need to do something with the kitchen as it can't stay the way it is for much longer. We at least need to buy some new appliances. The wife wants new cabinets as the ones that are in the house are ugly and old and cheap and, well, plain nasty. Most of our, ahem, discussions over the past year-and-a-half have been over what we want in a cabinet: I want wooded ones that are stained and sealed and she wants them to be painted white. The easiest thing to do now would be to paint the stupid ones we have white but I dont think that is an option.
Did I mention these cabinets were cheap? Well, they are covered with a thick laminate that makes it look like a real dark oak and it is shiny and looks just like Formica (probably because it IS Formica). I know of no paint that would stick to it so I have not even tried to paint them.
But today I got a "Eureka!" moment that I think will work but I am not 100% sure...that is where I need help. What if I found decent 1/4" plywood and skin the cabinets using small brads and paint the stupid things white? I don't want a white kitchen but this seems like it will save us a lot of money. I think I will need to buy new door and drawer fronts as I am pretty sure I will not be able to removes the molding that goes around the perimeter and everything is wrapped in that awful Formica crap. Throw a new Formica countertop on, slap some paint on the wall, and install a new light fixture and you have a new look kitchen (sort of) that will last 8-10 years.
Not a permanent solution but it may take 8-10 years to get out of this mess we are currently in economically. We almost need additional cabinet space as well as countertop space but if we lived with what we have this long, we can live a little longer with what we have.
I will have to buy twelve standard size doors, two smaller doors, five small drawer fronts, and two larger drawer fronts. We will need a few sheets of paint grade pine plywood (would luan work??). New hardware for the doors and drawers. New appliances. A new countertop. And some paint. I figure I can get away with only a fraction of what we would spend if we did it right.
Will facing the cabinets in this way be worth it? Or am I just kidding myself? I don't see that it would be that hard. Should I oversize the pieces and then use a router to trim around all the exterior sides and inside the openings? Or would I cut everything to size correctly before I start?
My last problem may be a doozie. I am not 100% sure but I am reasonably sure, that my countertop was connected to the cabinets using Liquid Nails. I have always been afraid to really look hard because I was afraid I may be right but I think I feel the stuff up there and I am cringing thinking I may not be able to change that countertop....
If they used Liquid Nails, is there a snowball's chance in hell that I can remove the countertop??