Getting Knotty in the Kitchen

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Project by Blake posted 04-07-2008 01:48 AM 3812 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here it is. My finished kitchen cabinets. After a little blunder with the Stile and Rail router bit...

This kitchen was a dump when we moved in (along with the rest of the house.) There was a rusty old metal sink falling into a rotting brown laminated counter top, an old brown, rusty, nasty stove, no cabinets (just shelves), the worst wall paper you’ve ever seen, a flickering shop lamp for a light, etc.

Anyway, I rebuilt the cabinets, installed a new deep porcelain sink (which I am proud to say I payed $40 for at a recycled building materials yard), all new plumbing, new tile counter tops, new stove, new paint throughout, new electrical and lighting fixtures (including under-cabinet lights), and a few other details here and there.

I found the green knobs at the flea market. I am a big fan of polished chrome or stainless knobs because it looks modern and classy. That’s what I might have used if I hadn’t found these green knobs for such a deal. But I really like the green knobs a lot more and it fits the style and the colors so much better.

Our house is a small “rustic” cabin in the Santa Cruz mountains, and surrounded by Redwood and pine tree forest. So we have tried to make it as nice as possible while maintaining the “rustic” feel. So I thought it would be appropriate to use knotty pine throughout the kitchen, since it is also cheap and easy to work with. The large panels are 1/4” knotty pine plywood (about $60 bucks a sheet) in solid pine frames.

The paint in the kitchen is Lime green and Lemon yellow, with Red accents such as tea pot, diner clock, blender, chili pepper lights, etc. It makes for a very “festive” look. Think of sipping a margarita in Mexico.

Here are some more photos:

I will try to get some photos of the rest of the kitchen later.

Boy did I learn a ton from all of these projects, and it was a lot of fun.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 04-07-2008 01:56 AM

Great job and the cat loves it as well.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#2 posted 04-07-2008 02:12 AM

looks great. Looks well made and functional

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 04-07-2008 02:15 AM

Looks nice kotty pine works well with the area. The home I had in Los Gatos had knotty pine paneling through out the house.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#4 posted 04-07-2008 02:25 AM

hmm .. seems like i just left a comment on this project , guess im gettin old ! lol great looking job blake . i like the knotty pine . you did a great job

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#5 posted 04-07-2008 02:41 AM

Looks great Blake. I’m KNOT a fan of knotty pine but it looks ‘right’ in there.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 04-07-2008 02:43 AM

It’s always satisfying to get a big one out of the way. Now, I really like how you handled the rails on the two large doors next to the stove. Instead of centering it, you aligned it with the left door. Only custom cabinets can get that type of detail. Rustic but classy! You did a great job, even your cat feels it’s not worthy.

-- Thuan

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#7 posted 04-07-2008 03:16 AM

Hi Blake,

You did a nice job with these. Bummer having to re-do the cabinet doors but you did save a number of us from making that same error.

I would appreciate seeing more pictures.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 04-07-2008 04:26 AM

Great kitchen. I can tell you had a lot of fun because it looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 04-07-2008 06:35 AM

Blake I can only imagine what your kitchen looked like before your makeover – but it sure looks warm and inviting now. Good job, I bet it feels very rewarding when you stop in for that morning cup of coffee.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 04-07-2008 10:04 AM

Nice job Blake – the cabinet knobs compliment the wall colour nicely, just a little extra touch, that chrome would not have been as appealing.

You have done justice to the small kitchen area you have – it looks bright an appealing.

keep up the good work

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#11 posted 04-07-2008 10:30 AM

Nice looking job Blake. No better feeling than sitting back after all is done and admiring your own handiwork!
Cabin is looking nice, I’d stay there!

-- --Chuck

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#12 posted 04-07-2008 11:59 AM

awesome… green and yellow OH YAH.
now.. did you EMBED this project in a HomeRerfurber post?? :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 04-07-2008 07:55 PM

great job!

-- life can always be weaved into a song.

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#14 posted 04-09-2008 01:41 AM


great job. Nice colors and blending it all in. It looks very festive.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Douglas Krueger

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#15 posted 04-10-2008 09:38 AM

Growing up in northern WI meant a lot of exposure to knotty pine and you have done an excellent job with it. Projects like this are appreciated everytime you fix something to eat. All of the individual pieces add up to a job well done.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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