Saturday, March 14, 2009

First Glimpse

Just received photos of the new kitchen cabinet in progress from John, the cabinet maker at Scheftel Construction (same guy who did my rafter tail restoration).

Catch the little flour bin - how cute it that?! If you look close, he replicated the way my vintage shelves are held in place....a little strip of wood fits into grooves inside the cabinet (more on this later). The little curve on the side of the cabinet mimics the same curve on my existing cabinets. There will also be a little drop down spice rack.

On Monday my mom & I are dropping off the hardware and taking a look at the cabinet so far.  I've also asked John for some scrap maple so I can practice my shellacking skills - I'm finishing it myself to match my existing vintage cabinets.


Carol said...

It is beautiful!!

Anonymous said...


From where did you score the hardware? You didn't mention in your previous post (I think).

Keep the data coming!

Best, Rich

StuccoHouse said...

I'm anxious to see it in real life.

Rich - Here's what I've assembled so far. The large oil rubbed bronze hinges for the doors came from Rejuvenation (clearance - photos two posts ago). The two small oil rubbed bronze hinges for the flour bin also came from Rejuvenation. The salvaged bin pull for the drawer came from Northwest Salvage in St. Paul. The green pull (posted earlier) came from a collection of salvaged hardware I had in my basement.

I'm still looking for three latches for the doors. I did find a presses steel reproduction at Hippo Hardware out in Portland that look good (but I had my heart set on vintage). I also found a some salvaged latches at Northwest that have the steel/brass combo like mine do, but they are larger than I want. I may go with the Hippo version & continue to look. I could also switch some of my vintage latches that aren't really visable w/ the new & use the old on my new cabinet.

cristina said...

Unbelievable! How hard was it to find a skilled craftsman? Did you design the cabinet yourself and is it going to cost thousands of $$$ ? I'd love to have custom cabinets done for my tiny kitchen, but not sure if I'll ever be able to afford it. Can't wait to see your finished kitchen with stove, wallpaper and everything. You are amazing!

Just A Girl And Her Craftsman Bungalow said...

So great. These look very well made

Michele said...

I am soooo jealous. The cabinets are gorgeous. How did you find this guy? We were burned by a cabinet maker and are very gun shy to find a new person. The guy we hired even came with glowing recommendations. I would like to know your process on selecting this cabinet maker.

Josh said...

This looks fabulous-- and I love the flour bin, too.

Ryan said...

I'm excited to see what this drop-down spice rack will look like. I've been on the hunt for a proper spice rack design for years and since I have dozens of bottles most off-the-rack options don't work.

What wood are you using for the counter top? I went with cherry because the grain isn't as dominant as oak.

Omar said...

So the cabinets are maple? Looks beautiful..

Jennifer said...

VERY nice. You can see the craftsmanship!

StuccoHouse said...

Cristina - I'll write a post on how the cabinet design came about & how I found the cabinet maker.

The cabinet it going to be on the pricey end. That said, my kitchen is fairly simple, so the ultimate restoration price will be pretty low. I have some features that added to the cost, but I am saving money by finishing it myself. The guys are also running some chair rail for me. They also will install the cabinet...and crown molding. More on this later.

Michele - watch for a post on how I located this guy.

Josh - Only an old house owner could get totally excited about a feature that "wastes" space, huh?

Omar - It's birch. The cabinet counter is oiled maple (not butcher block). My existing cabinets are birch....the floor is maple.

Just a Girl & Jennifer - Thanks :-)

Rue said...

That is so neat!

Love your blog. I'm an old house owner too :)

via hooked on houses

StuccoHouse said...

Rue - Thanks for the kind comment! I was a little afraid that the uber stylish design crowd of HookedonHouses (love that blog) might not like the decidedly non-decorator and a little bit scruffy nature of my house restoration blog :-)

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Can't wait to see how it all turns out. Love that flour bin! Makes me want to redo my kitchen cabinets. :-)

Thanks for joining my blog party! I love to see people restoring houses like this.

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

What a great visionary you are!! Can't wait to see your finished project!

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