The cabinets are painted and the drawers and doors are installed!!!!
Robb and I are so pleased. We stand in the kitchen and grin like fools. We do that anyway, of course. But now we're grinning at the cabinets, in particular.
Robb has been sanding our ceiling over the course of the past week. He built himself a very stable platform, with safety rails. His paralyzed feet aren't really safe on ladders, so this is a very good work-around.
One of the requirements for our type of mortgage was that the house couldn't have any cracks or peeling paint. (I assume this was a lead-safety issue.) The sale was being handled by a panel of lawyers appointed by our county. The lawyers hired a team of painters to scrape and caulk the walls, but nobody actually supervised these painters. (I know this because I stopped by the house while painting was ongoing -- with my own team of painters who wanted to see the place.) The painters did a good job at first, but by the end of the project they slacked off. Our kitchen and bathroom ceilings looked like some drunk monkey had smeared toothpaste all over the place. This filled my heart with dread. The idea of carving the caulk off with a razor blade, or dissolving it with chemicals had what I call a Very High Suck Factor.
But it turns out that if you totally ignore caulk for four years, it will harden up so much that it can be sanded with an orbital sander. Laziness on our part really paid off!
Robb did a photoshop mockup of how the darker blue walls and ceiling will look. You can see that he also drew in a few of the missing cabinet doors. We've never lived with anything but a white kitchen, and are a wee bit nervous about turning this room into a dreary blue cave. So, mocking it up is very helpful.
We'll be priming the walls and ceiling today with tinted primer. This will also help us be sure that we like the idea of blue walls. We figure that even if we hate it, that's no big deal. It's only paint. We can always paint over it, right?