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Old 11-25-2014, 03:17 PM   #1
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Whew! Finished at last. What seemed like an eternity, only started in August. And we have been almost through for a month or so. Part of that time was waiting on the counter tops.

Here are a few pics of the before kitchen. The house was built in 1983 and we bought it in 1987. The cabinets were oak frame and panel construction with the typical particle board carcases. They were still in good shape, and we found a new home for them - actually two new homes for them. Nothing went into the landfill. The counter tops were laminated butcher block look alike style.

First, the before pics.
Hope you like our end result. Pics will follow.
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:42 PM   #2
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We removed the upper cabinets and built new ones that were taller (39 inches vs 30) and added diagonal corner cabinets. That provided a lot more storage. Also, we built a big cabinet over the refrigerator (42 inches wide, 20 inches tall). Got room for the gumbo pot in there and a lot more. The center stile is false, just a piece mounted on one door to simulate a stile.

After the uppers were attached to the wall and restocked, we turned our attention to the base cabinets. I built them on top of a ladder frame. That worked out nicely. I could get 6 sides from a single sheet of plywood.

For the cabinets, I used knotty alder to make the face frames. All of the interior walls are 3/4 inch pefinished birch plywood with 1/2 inch backs. Nice a solid. I used pocket screw construction to build the face frames and attach them to the carcases. Dadoes and rabbits were used for the bottoms and tops, and back. Lots of glue and screws.

The finish is General Finishes Colonial Maple followed by General Finishes Van Dyke Glaze. The final clear coat is Parks Pro Finishes Crystal Clear Satin.

We were in a time crunch because our daughter is due with her second child the week of Christmas, so my wife said we had to be finished in time for Thanksgiving dinner. UGH! Door and drawe fronts take some time to build. So we outsourced them from Evans Custom Cabinet and Door in Brenham, Tx. It is a short 70 mile drive for us and we got to got visit the Blue Bell Creamery while we were there. The doors and drawer fronts turned out great. They have a lot of designs to choose from and built them to our specs in knotty alder.

In case you are wondering about the techniques used fo build our cabinets, I followed the basic work flow as described in the videos Kris Reynolds has produced on You Tube.

The counter top is Silstone quartz. It turned out nice and the guys did a great job installing it.

My sweetie asked for several custom features that we didn't have before.
  • Trash can pull-out with dual receptacles
  • Diagonal corner upper cabinets with three tier lazy susan's
  • Custom utensil drawer
  • Custom vegetable bins
  • Hidden medicine cabinet/security cabinet
  • All drawers on the bottom cabinets
I talked her into the diagonal corner cabinets on the bottom. I put in 28 inch drawer slides. Those drawers can hold a lot of stuff.
Here are some of the final pics. Ready for dinner Thursday. My wife is happy, so that makes me happy.

Note: She installed the brick back splash. I just cut the pieces. Brick web is the product name.

Mike
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More pics of the finished remodel.

She installed the mosaic tile above and behind the stove. I made a frame for it to give it a finished look. It turned out nice. Of course that meant we had to relocate the microwave and run a new circuit for it, but we we got it done.
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Hey, there was nothing wrong with that fake butcher block....wait another 10 years and it will be in style again.

Ok....all funnies aside.

Outstanding job.

Great color selections and outstanding job of re-arranging the work areas. I'm sure food prep flows a lot better now.
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Final set.

No more aggravating corner sink. Now we have one that is deep and wide.

Hope you like the results.
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Looks well done.

I love that silverware drawer too.

Turned out very nicely.
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I can understand why your wife's happy, even without you having busted your back to finish in time for Thanksgiving. That looks mighty efficient and a lot more attractive than the before shots. Nice job!
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Here are a few more showing the interior details.

Believe you me, my little woman is a go getter - cabinet make, installer, and stainer. She stained everything and glazed it. I sprayed the finish. Sometimes, I just need a little help to get in the tight places.
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I wish you had not shown those last set of photos. The OCD in me is kicking in....you didn't paint behind the cabinets. I would not be able to rest knowing it was not painted the same color.

With that said....

Love the photo of you standing back and looking at the last cabinet....only thing missing....a beer or glass of wine in your hand.
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Not me Dawg, that's my wife. We put up all of the upper cabinets during one Sunday afternoon. She doesn't mind getting a little dirt under her fingernails. :-)
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I particularly love the brick and that medicine cabinet. The whole space looks great!
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I particularly love the brick and that medicine cabinet. The whole space looks great!
Thanks. It looks really nice in person.
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Everything about your work is outstanding--I especially like your choice of wood--the knots --the color--great work.
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Everything about your work is outstanding--I especially like your choice of wood--the knots --the color--great work.
Thank you. My wife is very happy, and that makes me very happy!
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