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Old 12-09-2011, 03:12 PM   #76
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Looks great! You know, we started our renovations at around the same time and I have a feeling your going to be done before I am and I bought my cabinets from IKEA!

One suggestion, very minor but one that I feel very strongly about. Use draw and cabinet pulls that don't have anything that can catch on clothes. The kitchen I just tore out had very nice pewter knobs that ripped a few pockets and almost broke a few doors from catching. Before that, our first kitchen in our old house had a similar problem...they were pulls not knobs but they had ends that loved to find seams in your clothes and rend them. If you wear cargo shorts the risk goes up considerably.
Per the cabinet pulls: The upper handles will some neat over the top thigns I found at a resale store. I think they're from an old church. The lower drawers will have a pocket-pull that won't snag! I didn't plan on that at first but someone else on this forum mentioned that as a problem (maybe it was you?) so I considered it and bought some.

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Old 12-09-2011, 05:49 PM   #77
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Might have been me. It's my pet peeve, fueled largely by the loss of several pairs of relatively expensive dress pants for work and a few cargo shorts. I was complaining so much my wife started calling them the "evil knobs from hell."

We hates them.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:53 PM   #78
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Haha - filthy little knobises . .. they catch you they catch you!
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Ok - well I started staining the drawers and realized that somehow - somewhere - for some insane reason . . . I had my color choices all wrong. I was thinking of Early American and Red Mahogany - but when I started using them they actually look quite close in hue - thankfully I didn't start on an area that would be visible.

So I spent a ridiculous amount figuring this issue out and couldn't come up with the right answer. Everything that I have seemed too dark or too light when actually applied - nothing at all like the sample I actually tested months ago and went "yes - that's right" *shrug* - I have no clue why this is.

So - I made my own stain hue by taking 6T of Natural and adding 1t of Early American. . . thus saving money and I like the mix.

Maybe I just like mixing my own stuff up and sabotage my efforts on purpose, eh?
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It is a door! It's actually carriage bolted together in 8 places for real stability and strength. . . and to prevent splitting of the cleat that ties it all together on the back. Wasn't my first idea - but I split several cleats even with pre-drilling the screws and got ticked. The bolts will be labeled as a 'steam punk touch'

That's what happens when you go from doing skeletal diy repair and transition to cabinetry. :D



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I did a little better on this 2nd one: the first one gave some issues (which is normal when you're doing the first of anything)

I'm going to redo the first one at some point to take care of a slight warp that happened when I constructed it. . . to avoid this in the 2nd one I strapped the slats down to my workbench to obtain flatness - then I drilled and constructed . . . problem solved.



A closeup of the bolts - I'll grind them out a bit and paint them black most likely after I stain the door.



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I've started staining the doors - my homemade blend of stain b/c I'm cheap . . . 6T of natural 2t of Early American. The blend really snags the knots and grain and gives good contrast.

Obviously I didn't frame off the doors with a trim of wood around the outside. I think that would be too much - visually. They look great just bare slats.

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That's because I spent over a month being sick - or having sick kids (we all had the flu over Christmas/into the new year). I just didn't work on it at all - things got crazy between everyone being sick and family visiting for a week.

So I've leveled the floor in the kitchen area - which was not as smooth oging as I would have liked but finally addressed some issues. I used 7 bags in total: one didn't set so I had to scrape it up and relay it . . . which caused an overlap issue - and took patching to get it smoothed out. But that's done and I was abot to move on and do a partial layer on top where needed (to the right of the fridge near the exit from the kitchen into the livingroom). I have a heater in there so I can warm the room up before I lay the flooring - it's COLD in there now and that just won't do.

And I've constructed all the doors and drawer fronts - the last few need to be installed but I'm waiting on my screw-order (I'm using elongated screws that secure into the carcass rather than just the faceframe for security - but they're not available at stores around here)





Obviously I'm not done yet - arg. My classes started this week so now progress is relegated to the weekend . . . I still have hte diningroom to do all the work in. But progress is still being made which is something.
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Is what you're using to level the floor a cement like product to even it out in preparation for the install of vinyl? Thanks for the updates.
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Is what you're using to level the floor a cement like product to even it out in preparation for the install of vinyl? Thanks for the updates.
Yes - Level Quik RS with a 4hr set time . . . the vinyl will be going in soon - it'll look awesome. Since it's exposed for a while I'll have to clean the floor before I adhere the vinyl but that won't take long.

Still waiting on the screw order to arrive - I'll finish hanging this weekend if it comes in tomorrow or Saturday.
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I've started staining the doors - my homemade blend of stain b/c I'm cheap . . . 6T of natural 2t of Early American. The blend really snags the knots and grain and gives good contrast.

Obviously I didn't frame off the doors with a trim of wood around the outside. I think that would be too much - visually. They look great just bare slats.

I would of painted them
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I would of painted them

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I paint my stain on with a brush - close enough.

No progress - ended up with 6 classes for the semester. Project time = 0

I did finally get a mix of stain that's darker but still in good contrast - but I haven't stained them again, yet.

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