Caulked and Loaded

Perhaps you already read in this post that we re-finished our kitchen cabinets earlier in the year, but, still had a little ways to go before the project could be crossed off the list. However, last weekend we were official able to crossed the cabinet redo off our list as Peddy completed the finishing touches!

When we moved in, the kitchen had wallpaper from floor to ceiling (as you may have figured out by now, wallpaper is not really our style). We removed the wallpaper last year which left a very visible gap between the walls and cabinets, making it look as though the cabinets were not really anchored to the walls. Take a look…

Before we started I went around to make sure that all the areas Peddy would be caulking were clean and free of cobwebs and debris. A quick sweep with the Swiffer Duster followed up by a few damp paper towels did the job perfectly. We decided to start above the fridge (a less visible area of the kitchen) to hide any imperfections that may arise during the “learning curve” portion of the project. First, Peddy pulled the fridge out of its nook so he could get up close and personal with the cabinets. Next he used scissors to cut the caulk tube at the 1/8″ mark, this produced a bead of caulk that was slightly larger than the gap we were filling in. (If you are doing this at home be sure that you cut the caulk tube at a spot which will produce a bead of caulk slightly larger than the opening you are trying to fill in. And remember, you can always cut away a little more but you can’t add it back on!)

Starting at the top and working down (or right to left) in a straight line, Peddy dispensed an even bead of caulk along one side of the cabinet. Using his finger he gently pressed the caulk into the seam while smoothing it at the same time, making sure to evenly disperse any that was bulking up. He repeated these steps one to two more times, making sure that all the gaps were evenly filled in. (Before you reach a corner, stop and allow at least 6″-12″ of space to reposition the caulk to the corner and reverse the direction so that you achieve a smooth, even line.)

Once he had two – three coats of caulk on the seams he worked on making it even with the walls and cabinets. To do this he smoothed the caulk with his finger and removed a majority of the excess with a paper towel. Using his finger once again he smoothed the caulk and then gently ran a slightly damp sponge along the seam to remove any excess caulk that had made its way onto the trim, walls or cabinets and finished with one more sweep with his finger because it left a softer edge than the sponge did.

Check out the finished product below…









If you put the caulk tube down, be sure that caulk is not dripping out of the end.
Work in small manageable sections.

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