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The picture above shows the pine paneling that was put in this house when it was built in 1956. The kitchen and den are completely walled in it, and the kitchen cabinets were “piece-built” over top of the paneling from it. EVERY cabinet and EVERY drawer are a different size! Some of the cabinets that are side-by-side are different by more than an inch! I guess whoever built it was the “low bidder” back in 1956. What hasn’t helped is that about 10 years ago Bonnie’s dad was talked into letting someone put high-gloss varnish on it all, which is of course, yellowing pretty good by now!
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SHEEEESH !
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Bonnie’s Dad lived here for the last 20 years of his life and now we have lived here for 3 years. Bonnie has hated this paneling since WAY before we moved in. She has wanted to re-do the kitchen since the day we got here, but our budget just wouldn’t allow it. Well, things have changed (sort of) ... no I didn’t win the lottery, but almost.

Someone from church GAVE me 8 sheets of 7/16 thick BIRCH paneling ! So a couple weeks ago when Bonnie went with our daughter to The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, I decided I’d re-face the cabinets as a surprise for her.

It’s taken me almost 3 weeks, and I’m nearing the end. I’m changing from that God-awful shiny paneling cabinets to white. The 24 cabinet doors are done and I’m working on the 6 drawers. Today, while I was trying to get the drawers lined up and squared off I slipped the first 3 in place and thought ”Hmmmm. How would it look if I leave the drawers au-naturel?” There is also 3 drawers on the other side of the stove.

I will be posting this as a complete project when it’s done so for now I’m just wondering what others think of the natural color drawers with all the other cabinets in white? So that’s why you dont get to see the whole thing yet.

One thing, see that cutting board beside the stove? Yeah, there was originally a 40” stove in this house. When it went belly up, we couldn’t afford a 40 incher, se we got a standard size, which left a big gap between the cabinet and stove. I closed in the gap and since I couldn’t match the (ugly) Formica counter, I put a nice piece of maple there.

So here’s what I’m looking for opinions about … What do YOU think? Do any of you think the natural drawers looks good against the rest of the kitchen in white? (keep in mind these drawers are raw wood, and have no finish on them yet.) I’m leaning towards painting the drawers tooo, and Bonnie says she’d be okay with either way
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And here’s a sneak peek at the other side of the kitchen.
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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 06-08-2016 10:03 PM

It’s looking great, Joe. I’m all for au naturel, when it comes to wood. But, with all the rest painted, it might look as though you’re not done with it yet. I really dig the filler next to the range. It’s just the thing I thought of, while I read, before I saw the photo. There you are. In my head again.

-- Mark

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 06-08-2016 10:28 PM

You certainly have a lot of room for improvement. I definitely prefer the natural look. I am not a fan of T&G siding.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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crowie

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#3 posted 06-08-2016 10:41 PM

Joe, The white is fresh, looks clean and bright. It seems to be the styling of today DownUnder.
And I too struggle with the grooved wood paneling look, so well done as it’s a huge task to tackle.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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MadMark

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#4 posted 06-08-2016 10:54 PM

My only critical detail is that the grain runs different direction on the drawer fronts. Other than that good work getting rid of that awful #2 pine “paneling”.

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-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com

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Gary

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#5 posted 06-08-2016 11:58 PM

I think you should paint it white to match the new look.
What did you do with the beautiful country pine you removed?

-- Gary, Florida

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johnhutchinson

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#6 posted 06-09-2016 01:03 AM

Leave it the way it is and tell everyone it’s “retro”.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 06-09-2016 01:19 AM


... above shows the pine paneling that was put in this house when it was built in 1956….
- JoeinGa

Sorry but it does beat pink elephants in the living area. I only started drinking to justify their presence…

Picture of my first house’s opening party.


... EVERY cabinet and EVERY drawer are a different size!..

- JoeinGa


What craftsmanship back in those days to ensure you don’t put the wrong drawer in the wrong hole..
... no I didn t win the lottery, but almost.

- JoeinGa


I almost win every time I enter… JUST keep missing out by only 5 or 6 numbers.


....So here s what I m looking for opinions about … What do YOU think? Do any of you think ….

- JoeinGa


On a serious note (La), I could spin any BS I’d like but at the end of the day il est vous et la Bonnie that have to face it with bleary eyes at breakfast time (unless you post a picture of it every day for all of us to re-live). Rest assured that no matter which you choose whether by coercion or coin toss, you will spend the rest of your life wondering if the other option would have been better. You’ve put up with what you had for 3 years, so take complacency in the fact that if/when you make that bad decision, in another 3 years you’ll probably have gotten used to it.

My coin landed on it’s edge and I kicked it onto it’s white side.

PS. I’d change the lino.

-- There's two ways to do things... My way or the right way.. LBD

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ConnieReed

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#8 posted 06-09-2016 05:06 AM

I like the contrast of the natural wood with the white, but I’ll qualify that by saying I’d really rather see the whole kitchen to make my choice final. In the photo you show, with the cutting board, white and natural is balanced, but if most of the kitchen is white and only the drawers and cutting board are natural wood, then it might be too ‘sticky-outy’ (technical term).

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"

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Porchfish

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#9 posted 06-09-2016 12:18 PM

I re-did a kitchen with new drawers and doors and left the casework as it was. What a f#%# mess. I assumed they were all square and level… woo hoo ! Silly me….so it would have been worthwhile to tear out all the old case work and start new, but $$ and time were not my ally either. I like what you have done with the white resurfacing. I would opt for the all white option, but there is no right or wrong….only opinions. Goodon’ya for going the route you have to give the Mrs. a new look in the kitchen. Maybe you could leave the pieces shown au natural till the wife can give her opinion ? Funny thing, my wife grew up with bead-board kitchen walls in her parents home and loved them. I built new kitchen doors with breadboard inserts surrounded by 2 1/2” spalted hackberry trim for nostalgia. She’s happy and that means so am I. Go Joe ! Kudos to you.

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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JoeinGa

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#10 posted 06-09-2016 07:36 PM

We talked it over and decided to go with the paint. There’s only 2 stacks of drawers and 24 cabinet doors, so there’s really not enough drawers to look good if left natural.

Oh and Gray, that “beautiful country pine” you mention really ISNT so beautiful The cabinets were “piece built” on the outside of the paneling, so the paneling IS the back of the cabinets. The T&G they used is REALLY THIN, so thin in fact that they used 2 layers to make the face of the drawers. It was pretty much cobbled together, cutting small pieces to fill in places where they didn’t have a long enough piece to fit as one piece.

Like I said, I’m thinking back then it was either the home owner that did it himself, or it was someone he found that was the “Low bidder”.... NO WAY these were built by a professional cabinet maker.

There’s also the chance that whoever the contractor was back in 1956, had his guys build them to save a few bucks on the building materials.
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doubleDD

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#11 posted 06-09-2016 10:52 PM

I think that was a trick question Joe. I see you guys decided to paint. My opinion doesn’t count much when it comes to the inside of the house. It’s easier for my wife to decide on that. I think I would of done some kind of wood though. Just me.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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JoeinGa

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#12 posted 06-10-2016 11:49 AM

I hear you Dave. I would have liked to do the whole thing in natural wood, but that kitchen has been in that ugly dark pine for so long, we really wanted to lighten it up. So painting was the best (and most cost effective) option for us.

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ConnieReed

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#13 posted 06-10-2016 04:22 PM

“It was pretty much cobbled together, cutting small pieces to fill in places where they didn’t have a long enough piece to fit as one piece.”

hmm? That sorta sounds like my chicken coop! ;) (except that even though I used reclaimed ‘cheapest’ materials, I used actual planks made of actual solid wood.)

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"

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JoeinGa

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#14 posted 06-10-2016 06:25 PM

Oh Connie.. if anyone with ANY SENSE of carpentry at all were to look on the inside of these, they’d croak !

I’m thinking that who ever did this job looked around while the carpenters were building the house and picked up little pieces as they’d cut them off, thinking ”Hey I can use these to build the kitchen cabinets. ”

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johnhutchinson

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#15 posted 06-10-2016 06:34 PM

Now this is funny.
Every time someone makes a comment, a notification goes to my email where it’s filtered as junk mail.
I’m guessing that the words “New kitchen cabinets” make my security software think it’s an advertisement.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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