Updated Pics: Traditional Old World Style Kitchen

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Project by DS posted 10-31-2011 06:29 PM 4496 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Usually I don’t do painted cabinets—escpecially not WHITE painted cabinets. Too many people are painting (poorly I might add) their cheap old oak kitchens and then bragging how much nicer they look. YUCK! Gag, cough, hack!
I blame the media with all these DIY home improvement TV shows which promote this as a “good” thing.

But when my cousin insisted she wanted a white kitchen, I promised her my best work.

These are Hard Maple Paint Grade cabinets with European 32mm construction with traditional accoutrements and a modern flair.

The finish is SB Ibes White in a ML Campbell hi performance precatalized lacquer.
I ordered the raised panel doors, then added a half-round applied molding just outside the cope and stick detail to give the appearence of a full applied molding door. It looks very nice at a fraction of the cost.

The sub-zero fridge and dishwasher have fully integrated front panels in a flush-inset configuration.
The corner has a slick corner shelf system that maximizes access.
The drawers are dovetailed Baltic Birch plywood with Blumotion soft-closing undermounted guides.
The pantry has a pilaster type pullout shelf system inside.
The corbels under the Mantle and on the end of the island were cut on my 19” bandsaw then hand carved to “pillow” the sides and faces.
There are spice rack pullouts left and right of the range above the corbels. These turned out very slick and make for easy access when cooking.
A Pan caddy and towell rack pull out on either side of the range in the base cabinets.
Deep and wide drawers on either side of the range provide plenty of storage.
A side-access appliance garage sits next to the built-in microwave.
Double pull-out trash cans to the right side of the sink in the island.

The casework was cut on a CNC which I leased at a local cabinet shop.
The arched hood vent I made on my router table with a cope and stick cutter set.
Counter tops are Granite.

My cousin is super pleased with the result.

I have some in-progress pics in my shop which I will post in a couple of days when I find them.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#1 posted 10-31-2011 07:01 PM

As far as white kitchens go, that is very, very nice!
I look forward to seeing the ‘in-progress’ shots.

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#2 posted 10-31-2011 07:21 PM

I’m not a painted cabinet guy either but if you’re going to do it, this is how you do it. It strikes me as a very functional kitchen and is certainly well laid out with tons of room. That’s some major job, that’s for sure. Nice work.

Edit: how is that hood constructed? And of what materials? It’s quite majestic.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 10-31-2011 07:33 PM

The hood vent is in a melamine cabinet with the stainless steel blower unit in it. After I installed the Mantle piece above the blower, thier handyman came in and framed the chimney portion of the hood, connected the ductwork out through the ceiling and wrapped it in drywall.

I came back and trimmed the crown and side fillers to the chimney.

It’s a little hard to tell in the photos, but the chimney is painted with the same SB Ibes White as the cabinets, but, in an interior latex. The walls are a little more cream colored.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#4 posted 10-31-2011 10:31 PM

White, green or purple, that kitchen came out spectacularly!
I bet your cousin loves it !
Beautiful work !

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#5 posted 11-01-2011 06:01 PM

There’s a story about this style of hood:

I had actually seen one like this in an old monestary in Lisbon, Portugal.
It was over a thousand years old, back in the days when this type of hood was over an open fireplace in the kitchen. Iron hooks and swing out rods for hanging pots lined the back wall. The construction was entirely of stone and the stone “corbels” were embedded three feet into the massive outer walls to support the entire structure. A huge mantle stone bridged the front opening and was very decoratively carved. the chimney tapered almost thirty feet to the ceiling above.

A small stream was diverted into tunnels that branched throughout various parts the building.
One small tunnel ran directly below the hearth stone and could be accessed by removing a metal grate in the floor. This would’ve been an early form of garbage disposal, I suppose. Ash and food waste would be tossed into the channel and swept downstream.

In all, I remember how efficient such a kitchen was for its day.
This was my inspiration for this design, though with far more modern features.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#6 posted 11-04-2011 05:06 AM

Beautiful kitchen!

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#7 posted 12-09-2011 06:38 PM

sorry… what’s wrong with a classic white kitchen? Crappy DIY T.V. shows aside of course.

-- Blair

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#8 posted 12-09-2011 07:19 PM

Blair, thanks for looking. My cousin now has an absoutely spectacular classic white kitchen and there is nothing wrong with it.

My personal preference is for more natural woods. With not much more effort, this could’ve been a nice Cherry wood kitchen, which suits me better. (Mine is dark red)

My bias against the painted look is based on the ugly ones that are out there. Or, even the “nice attempts” which just don’t quite pull it off. If a “nice attempt” is made in natural wood, there is, IMHO, some additional natural beauty that the wood grain lends to redeem it some.

I am prone to painted islands (usually black with rub-through edges) inside a medium tone natural wood kitchen.

I think that white paint borders on cliche’ and needs a lot of architectual elements to pull off the ‘triple wow’ factor I shoot for in all my kitchen designs.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#9 posted 02-29-2012 07:08 PM

Okay, I found my progress pics in my phone sd card and finally got them out where they could do some good.
Sorry it took so long.

Here’s a close up of the corbel with out the granite top on.

And after the competed install.

And here’s a close look at my finished ends. You can see the applied molding that makes it pop.

A closse up of the corberls

Corbels rough cut on my bandsaw

Another look at the cluttered space I had to work in.

The hood being assembled in the driveway. I had 1/2 of a 2 car garage. The only way to make that work was to open the doors and spill out into the driveway. Fortunately my neighbors on both sides were also avid woodworkers and tolerated it pretty well.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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