This weekend was beautiful, so we finally decided to take Julius to Davis Farmland. It was great! We actually enjoyed it so much we decided to buy a season pass and went both Saturday and Monday. It is ridiculously close to our house, so it is slightly embarrassing that we’ve never been before. Though I do think Julius is still a bit young for some of the things, he had lots of fun petting the animals, driving a tractor, playing in the water exploration area and sliding down the giant “cowabunga” slide. (Will and I both liked the last part too because we got to go down with him.) I wish we’d checked it out earlier!
Speaking of things I should have done earlier – a couple months ago I finally removed the center bar of the pots and pan cabinet. I’ve wanted to do this for years but was worried maybe it was structural. I finally got up the nerve to remove it and my counter hasn’t fallen down yet (great news). I feel like it’s probably a good excuse for me to redo the kitchen if the cabinets do collapse. The cabinet is so much more functional now! My original plan was to remove the center bar so I could put pull out drawers in the cabinet. After some deliberation I decided that wasn’t the optimal use of space so I left up my now fitting pot lid holder and added a stand for my saucepans! No more lifting out 3 pans to get to the one I want!
Remove the Center Bar on Your Cabinets
Note: I was concerned the beam was glued in place, but it was luckily just screwed in. This gives me further hope that it is decorative and not structural, but do this at your own risk.
Step 1: Remove the screws holding the center bar in place. Using a rubber mallet slowly tap the center bar until you can remove it.
Step 2: Cut the center bar down 1/8″ in length.
Step 3: Attach a piece of wood the same thickness as your center bar a couple inches shorter than the height of your cabinet doors to the side of the center bar. I used my pocket hole jig to do this!
Step 4: Use clamps to close one cabinet door and position newly widened center bar to the edge of the closed door. Close second door to make sure with the doors closed it still looks like the center bar is fastened to the cabinets.
Step 5: Drill pilot holes through the piece of side wood attached to the center bar and through the cabinet face. Make sure you don’t drill clean through to the other side of the cabinet face.
Step 6: Choose screws 1/8″ shorter than combined depth of the side wood and the cabinet face. Screw side wood to the cabinet face.
Step 7: Stain and apply wax/polyurethane to the unfinished edges of the center bar and the cabinet where the center bar was removed.