Craftsman Style Kitchen Cabinets #2: Not Even Cabinets Yet

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Douglas posted 11-07-2012 11:17 PM 2575 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Leap Part 2 of Craftsman Style Kitchen Cabinets series no next part

With the windows in an awesome state, it was time to re-arrange some things in the kitchen. There’s a small bedroom off the kitchen, who’s door went right into the kitchen, right next to the sink—a bad place for it. I decided to move that doorway around the corner, pointing towards the rear of the house, making it more private and no longer interfering with the main kitchen area. Luckily, the wall where I wanted to put the door had originally been an exterior window, and the window was still inside. So it was easy to use the same opening, but open it to the floor to be a door—no structural considerations needed.

here’s the new opening next to the door in the old one…

With the door moved, we laid pre-finished 3/4 red oak flooring in the bedroom, the same stuff we later used for the whole kitchen. Then we did the demo on the kitchen, scraped up the poorly laid tiles that were coming up and cracking, and put in the 3/4 red oak flooring on the rest of the kitchen, built a landing, etc. This part is the dull home improvement section, so not too exciting.

But one element that was fun was that our house features classic frame-and-panel doors with two vertical panel configuration. We needed a door to replace the hollow POS that was in the old opening. With all the work we were doing, I just didn’t think I’d have the time to build a door, especially since we needed one more or less NOW, not in a few months. So I checked out a lot of architectural salvage places around town, and found the perfect door for $150. just a hair too wide and tall, and I had to take of less than 3/4 each way to get it to fit the opening. It was in rough shape, so we sanded, stained, and finished it to match the trim.

With the room(s) empty, a new floor in place, some electrical re-routed, I was ready to get the cabinets built, new appliances in, and back to fully functional kitchen. During the demo, we were able to keep the kitchen minimally working except for about 6 weeks. Thats when we did dishes in the bathroom sink, and other work arounds to daily living. Here’s my wife cooking porch bacon…

She’s smiling there, but that got old pretty quick!

Next chapter soon, with actual woodworking.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

1 comment so far

View patron's profile


13610 posts in 3393 days

#1 posted 11-08-2012 04:17 AM

doing a great remodel there douglas

should be nice when you get it all up and running

her smile will be bigger and better then too

good that you are keeping it period too
makes for a cozy home

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics