Kitchen reno from traditionalish to contemporary

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Blog series by shwoodnt updated 09-25-2017 01:57 AM 6 parts 4908 reads 2 comments total

Part 1: Kitchen about half way done

07-23-2016 08:17 PM by shwoodnt | 0 comments »

Awhile ago, when our kitchen mdf cabinets began to fall apart, my wife said she thought we should consider making some changes. I had watched some videos of guys planing boards with traditional hand tools and declared, “No problem honey, I could do that.” There is some debate about whether we are now 18 months or 3 years into the project. A friend recently pointed out that, depending on where we place the start date, it could be both. It has been interesting. Much of the ...

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Part 2: Where we started

07-23-2016 08:21 PM by shwoodnt | 0 comments »

Here is the kitchen we wanted to change. I guess I should disclose that I had some experience with renovations before beginning because I had put in a hardwood floor and I just noticed that the copper backsplash shown in these photos was made by me by wrapping some thin copper sheet around a 1×6.

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Part 3: What we are shooting for

07-23-2016 08:31 PM by shwoodnt | 1 comment »

Here are drawings of what we are shooting for. We have changed the plan a bit as we went along. The floor will be grey rather than yellow. I couldn’t find anyone to make the sink for a price I liked, so I bought an off the shelf concave front apron sink and then build a countertop from plywood and putty and epopxy. Not sure how long it will last, but I’ll just build a new one when I have too. This changed some other things too which I’ll describe in subsequent posts...

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Part 4: Where we are on July 23, 2016

07-23-2016 08:49 PM by shwoodnt | 0 comments »

Here is where we are today: When I couldn’t find a sink maker to make a sink for a price I liked, I bought the one shown and built the countertop. Making it red means we will have to change the red drawers to yellow. The black countertops are slate. I cut them from the three pieces of an old pool table. I have been unable to find a sealant to prevent staining. The three or so I’ve tried are ineffective, even though their containers say they are made to seal slate. So, I cut ...

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Part 5: Some more of the color starting to show

08-03-2016 07:43 PM by shwoodnt | 0 comments »

Have added some colored drawer fronts with advice from Mako1 and Clin from lumberjocks Went with yellow rather than the originally planned red for two of them because I switched to a red countertop above the sink when I couldn’t find a sink maker to make the sink I wanted for a price I liked. The drawer fronts are painted baltic birch 3/4” plywood. The handles are sapele with Watco Danish Oil.

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Part 6: The project from start to finish, or at least as finished as it will be for awhile

09-25-2017 01:57 AM by shwoodnt | 1 comment »

Once the kitchen became fully functional, I moved onto other things. It works fine as is. The stainless steel herb garden must be added. However, we are having second thoughts about the curved cabinet to the left of the stove and the shelves above the sink. My wife seems to like it open the way it is now. I think we need the maple cabinet above the fridge, and, to support that, the curved cabinet above the dish rack, and to support that, the revolving dishrack. If those are goi...

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