Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Don't Try This One At Home

Today, I'm going to share a little trick with you. However, I would never ever recommend actually using this technique. It's probably one of the most dangerous home renovation techniques you could ever allow yourself to use.

(And by dangerous, I don't actually mean physically dangerous. You'll understand in a moment.)

You may have noticed all the unfinished details in our kitchen as I've shared it over the past few days. The unfinished details are there, a few too many for comfort, in fact. Our kitchen isn't finished, but we have no one else to blame but ourselves.

And my mother.

Because she taught us this trick.

Yes, that's painter's tape.

Painter's tape doubled over.

And stuck to the inside of the cupboard door.

Painter's tape allows us to open our kitchen cabinets without using a fork or breaking any fingernails, or driving ourselves insane.

Painter's tape allows us to live in a kitchen with no cabinet door handles in perfect contentment.

Painter's tape will kill the progress of your renovation.

You have been warned.

(In all seriousness, it works great if, for some reason, you have to pause your progress right at the point at which you could be adding pulls and knobs to your cabinet doors.)

(We don't really have a good reason.)


  1. haha.. I can totally see my husband and I doing this! It's funny how you get used to such things.. it's not until you have friends over that you realize how odd it is. :P

  2. Haha, that's an awesome progress killer. We went several months with NO cabinet doors while they were waiting to be slowly painted. It's a good way to get to know where everything is but I wouldn't recommend it :)

  3. Hey, open-concept cabinets are trendy right now! Do you think painter's tape cabinet pulls will come in style too? Why do we do these kinds of things to ourselves, eh?

  4. We had friends over! They commented. We still have them. :)

    We did this in the basement too and, it was when I was taking photos to send to our tenants that I really reaalized how funny it looked. I flipped them inside all the drawers and cupboards to take the picture and we made sure to get handles on ASAP. Unfortunately, we can tolerate it a lot longer for our personal use...

  5. Directions Not IncludedSeptember 27, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    I seriously wish we would have done this when we had no handles...but then again, we still might not have them. It would have saved many screaming matches I had with my drawers trying to open them during the renovation ;)

    We ended up putting up ours the night we were having people over for dinner and I freaked out because it was taking me twice as long to cook because I couldn't open anything.

  6. *LOL* That's exactly what we did until I braved drilling into my brand-new kitchen cabinet doors to attach the knobs and pulls :o)

  7. Hey Nette! Just trying out your comment thing before I install it, thanks for your email today :)

  8. Brilliant! Handy! Totally lazy, but so awesome! Now i know exactly how to deal with the handles in my kitchen that I loathe - painters tape is the new brushed nickel, right? ;-)

  9. That is a great idea... the handle broke the other day on my one cabinet and I have some tape. I have been a bit frustrated when opening the door.

    Thanks for the temporary fix idea :)

  10. Haha! Cute trick and I've used this trick myself but not on cabinet doors/drawers. So...now get out there and find your perfect handles and "get er done!" :-)

  11. Oh, that would have driven me nuts! Yes, you're right... this trick would have been very useful in that situation! But, at least you have handles now!

  12. Ah yes, the bravery part... I messed up one of the doors in our basement apartment when I got impatient with the Husband's lack of response to my request for handles. I took it into my own hands with NO idea how to do it, messed up the first one and gave up. Definitely a good reason to leave the tape on the doors!

  13. Good one!

    Actually, a modified version of this in leather or silver leaf could actually look a little chic... maybe?

  14. I know, I know! We just have to shake off our renovation exhaustion and get on it!

  15. Haha! I noticed the green tape in a photo earlier and wondered. But hey, sometimes you just gotta do what you've gotta do. Can't wait to see the hardware you pick out, though.