|Project by David Grimes||posted 07-21-2011 01:29 AM||9452 views||6 times favorited||16 comments|
Background: the customer has 9 ft. ceilings, but her builder (not me) chose to go with 30” tall wall cabinets and one piece 4 3/8” crown molding. She already has black as an accent color in the ogee crown on top of her cabinets, in her granite, table and chairs, etc. so she decided to carry on with that. She asked for arched tops without doors. She wanted her old school valence to go away along with the fluorescent tube behind it (over the sink). Good choices.
Here’s a “BEFORE”... (except crown drop trim already added and wall/trim painting underway)
I suggested that we make each opening exactly the size of the two doors below (so the arches could have some width and also the openings would not be so “choppy”. I sketched and explained that to make it look right, each of the arcs would have the same start height on each side and center height in the middle so that they would look the same regardless of the varying widths of each pair of doored cabinets beneath. She liked it.
Here’s a “DURING”...
We carefully removed the old ogee crown and asided for re-use. We next built our boxes out of 3/4” cabinet grade birch plywood, then built the radiused fronts out of some very nice Arkansas pine (solid). All was primed and sanded smooth, then the interiors were painted with Sherwin-Williams Pro Classic semi-gloss alkyd paint that was color matched to her existing pigmented stained cabinets. The inner casing “lip” and the rest of the exterior was painted with Valspar satin black enamel.
The boxes were set and attached, then the ogee crown was re-installed a foot higher onto the new tops. The horizontal intersection of the old cabinets and the new was covered with a simple pine mullion that is also painted black.
The valence and light were removed, the 12-2 Romex that had been hanging out of the sheetrock just above the RB3 window casing was moved to the center of the space between the cabinets and between the RB3 and new cabinets top. The light was then installed.
Most of the rest of the house had the same crown plus a base cap turned upside down about 1 1/4” below the crown. For some reason, the builder did not follow through with this in the kitchen area. We added that as well, plus painted all walls, crown, chair rail, base, window casing, and doors with their casing. As you can see below, we repaired many sheetrock “irregularities” that were from not-perfect original work. Again, we used Sherwin Williams Pro Classic Alkyd in a semi-gloss for the trim and SW egg-shell latex for the flatwork.
The man of the house had tried to cut the bottom of the refrigerator wall cabinet for their new refrigerator (a nice new “counter depth” unit), but his line was uneven and a notch was left that prevented the refrigerator from pushing in to the wall. We took care of that.
As I was taking pictures, I noticed just a few dead bugs in the lenses of the two cloud lights. I had the painter (the man with the ladder) remove the lenses to remove the bugs. All better. Most everyone truly appreciates the little extras and freebies.
I think it turned out nicely. The customer was very pleased. I found out she had been baking sweets for the painter (the person that spent the most time on-site, of course), so you know I had to ask him where mine were. “Uh, well… they’re gone!”
All in all another very pleasant customer and experience for all concerned.
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-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia