Kitchen Remodel

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Project by kaline posted 10-27-2009 05:46 PM 2067 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on remodeling my kitchen for about a year now. The last main piece is the pantry you see in the picture. My original plan was to use a pilaster system that would allow me to change the placement of the drawers whenever I wanted. But, this proved too complicated and instead I went with face frame adapters.

The cabinets and doors were made with birch with birch plywood inserts. The slides for the pantry are Accuride 3732, while all of the remaining door/drawer hardware is Blum with Blumotion (very cool!). Because we kept some of the original cabinet boxes, we decided to paint everything. The doors above the counter have frosted glass inserts.

All drawer boxes were built from scratch using baltic birch plywood and are joined using dovetails. I don’t recommend using a Leigh dovetail jig on plywood. Never again! Too much tearout. For the last two drawers, I used maple instead, and the results were far superior.

Anyway, that’s about it. There’s more to the kitchen than you can see in the picture, but it’s more of the same look. All in all it’s been a fun, if lengthy, project. My wife loves the results, and that’s all that really matters.

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#1 posted 10-27-2009 05:49 PM

That is cool design! Great work on the kitchen remodelling.

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#2 posted 10-27-2009 06:36 PM

very nice.. if the wife doesn’t like it,, you might starve to death..LOL..very good job

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#3 posted 10-27-2009 06:56 PM

Great Job Kaline

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#4 posted 10-28-2009 12:21 AM

Looks very nice…clean….great job

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#5 posted 10-28-2009 02:45 AM

Really updated your kitchen. Very nice.

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#6 posted 10-28-2009 07:46 AM

Happy Wife, Happy Life or so SHE says!!!

Great job!
I hear you on the plywood dovetails.
What is the colour you used, I really like it.
What type of countertop did you go with??
Those wine bottles, are they all empty and if so, do you find that helps building cabinets??

-- "The Artful Bodger"

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#7 posted 10-28-2009 02:44 PM

Thanks all!

kweenbee – I’d have to look at the paint can for the specific color name. My wife was in charge of painting. She got it from Lowes, but that’s about all I know. The countertop is Corian, and it was there when we bought the house. It was basically new so we decided to keep it and designed around it.

The wine bottles are full, but there are others I consumed after trying to dovetail the plywood!

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