|Project by Nate Meadows||posted 05-23-2012 01:41 PM||2123 views||1 time favorited||31 comments|
This is the kitchen that I also did in our house in Virginia along with the deck and block work landscaping outside. I was struggling with my therapy, or in the beginning to even get help as the Army did not believe my wounds were sufficient to merit adequate medical attention. My superiors thought I was malingering or just going crazy from coming home from combat. Invisible wounds were a joke to them. At that time TBI was not even on the Armys radar. Walter Reed treated us with distain. I had one neuro surgeon stand and full on yell at me in the hall way in front of my wife. My immediate supervisor just wanted to kick me out of the Army as fast as he could so “the VA could take care of me” (his words, a man who had never seen combat!).
Here I was, born to be a soldier, in love with the Army. A triple stacked uniform (meaning I had three badges on my chest. Combat Medic, Airborne Wings, and Air Assault Wings and they were trying to grind me under their feet like a used up cigarette! Anyway, my Purple Heart was finally approved and even then it was like pulling teeth to get help. I owe everything to my old platoon commander. He became the Wounded Warrior Company Commander and knew I needed help. So he was able to pull me into and under his wings. While I was getting the help I so desired and needed I poured myself into woodworking and creating. It kept me sober, sane and motivated!
Unfortunately a combination of my wounds progression and a major car accident were a guy ran into me while I was stopped at a light caused the Army to retire me. It broke my heart! But I did find new and revived life in woodworking.
I am sorry to have rambled like that. Thank you for letting me get it out! Back to the kitchen. Both my wife and I hated the kitchen so I designed a new floor, keeping with the triangle rosette theme. I then cleaned all the cabinets with my wife and but on three coats of high gloss poly. I added new pulls with nickel plates to the drawers and doors. I installed slide out organizers in the cabinets after I ran a line to the refrigerator for the ice maker. (I used copper because I hate plastic!) On the base I ebonized an Oak half round and installed it under the counters. I then installed Jaharrah strips with Ebony accent on the upper cabinets. (except on the center cabinet I reversed that. I used Gaboon Ebony strips) I topped the strips with Curly Maple Crown Molding. Over the window I laid a Curly Maple arch and capped it with a Gaboon Ebony triange rosette with aluminum accents and Jaharrah strips. The aluminum keys you see in the corner cabinet I but in as accents as well. They are from my Hoffman Key Machine. I think I got it all:) Thanks for listening!
-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate