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Monday, February 21, 2011

Kitchen face-lift {part ten} - Cabinets

The bulk of our cabinets arrived and were installed a couple of weeks ago,  In fact, it was the day before the ice storm that shut our entire area down for the remainder of the week. 


It’s funny that it had just been this big expansive and empty space for so long that once the cabinets began to arrive, we said it felt so small in comparison.  We joked that the space was starting to close in on us (which is only funny if you realize how big the space really is even with the cabinets in there).

They are maple cabinets and we are so pleased with the quality of the workmanship.  The old cabinets that were falling apart were mostly particle board.  Not these.  They are solid.  And we love them.

I love that we used a custom cabinet maker for several reasons.  One of those reasons is the custom hutch that he built for me.  I designed it and he built it.

He took this:

custom hutch drawing

And made this:

 IMG_0820 He did such a perfect job on it that I almost cried.  There is something really wild about seeing a picture you’ve drawn and conceptualized be there in 3D. 

In my opinion, custom cabinets are the way to go.  I can not wait until they are stained and finished and we can move our stuff into them.

But wait, I must. 

One of the challenges of working with independent sub contractors is that they can sometimes be a little… well… flaky.  One sub that was going to do all the stain work on the cabinets just up and left the country.  Not sure why.  The other has had a little bit of a scheduling problem.

So we were delayed by ice and snow and now just by people.  It will get done, but we’re just having to wait.  And if waiting on my cabinets to be stained is the only problem I have right now, then I think I’m doing okay. 

Don’t you?