|Project by JasonA||posted 02-25-2009 05:37 PM||3257 views||6 times favorited||20 comments|
We’ll after 300 Hours, 3 months, and $6000…. I’m finally done with my kitchen renovation. I’ve been meaning to post on lumberjocks for sometime just never got around to it, thought this would be a good one to start! After living in my house for a couple of years I was tired of my wife complaining about the kitchen cabinets and how inefficient and impractical they were, so I took action and built her, from scratch, a complete custom kitchen. Looking back on it… probably won’t do something this big again (partly because I have a full time job (Mech. Engineer) and two kids) but now that it’s over it feels pretty good to have been a cabinet maker, demo guy, plumber, electrician, dry wall guy, painter, and finally the clean up guy! I’m a diehard DIY’er, so I did it all (other than installing the granite, very very heavy).
So the details, started out with a load of 3/4 Baltic birch ply (non-prefinished, first mistake! I’m cheap and times are tough, right? ), 74 board feet of cherry, and a few sheets of 5.2mm (1/4 ply) for doors. The design is frameless; I found that this type of cabinet design, for me, will allow the most access and space vs. face frame designs. Total of 15 cabinets, 26 doors, and 7 drawers. The doors are standard panel doors stained with GF’s warm cherry oil base stain, with 3 coats of gloss General Finishes Water base (GF WB) polyacrylic, then a final GF WB Satin coat. I tell everyone I was going for a more contemporary look when they ask why there not raised panel, just too expensive, and a load more work. The base cabinets are your standard frameless boxes, I edge banded with cherry, stained, and then shot (HVLP) the whole cabinet with gloss GF WB acrylic. Holding up pretty well. I did a few custom features like a pull out trash can, double pull out pot/pan drawer, 36 diameter double lazy susan, and added a few more drawers than the originals (2 moderately useless and 2 completely useless drawers, old kitchen picture is attached.. The white one!). The 7 drawers are solid cherry, and the boxes are made out of 1/2 baltic birch dovetailed on all four corners, an excessive use of my dovetail machine. I installed LED under cabinet lighting. To accommodate the lights, I did some under cabinet molding which really dressed it up. I also did a 2 1/2 inch crown on the top. Out of the whole project this was probably the most pain, I had to rip out the original bulk head which was probably the most work when I look back, demo and drywall (I hate this kind of work). However by ripping this out gave me great access to put in new recessed lighting. To top it off, I got a exotic Grade E slab of granite for a good deal, had a full ogee on the edges and a under mount sink cut out and installed to finish it off. Critics welcome. Jason