kitchen refresh

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Project by rasp posted 08-20-2012 06:17 PM 1468 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

neighbour asked me if I could give him a quote for a kitchen refresh

he had a 1980’s style melamine kitchen, flat panels with oak finger grips.

list of materials

7 sheets of 3/4” flat sliced red oak on particle core
3 rolls flat sliced red oak veneer
2 250’ rolls of red oak edge tape

120~ hours of labour later and I had all the new doors cut, edge taped, and the cabinets removed and skinned with red oak veneer.

after seeing the work so far, my neighbour asked if he could have some extras to modernize the style of the kitchen. Jim wanted a light panel cut for pot lights above the sink. this is held up with two 1 1/4” screws, basically friction fit between the two upper cabinets. the screws keep the panel from sagging along the back edge, and are covered by the pot lights bezel

I also cut a light beam for above the dining table, using EZ mitre technique, folded up into a U shape, cut the ends to 45 degree. I fastened two cleats on the wall where the beam would sit, glued them up with PL premium and drove some brad nails into the drywall for extra support (I didn’t manage to catch any studs)

after the cleats are installed the beam slides onto them from underneath. little bit of PL in there as well, with some 2 inch screws going into the cleats. then wired up the lights.

finish is Minwax ebony stain (sat for 10 minutes to make it nice and dark) with two coats of Goudeys satin (30 sheen) pre catalyzed lacquer

I used half gallon of contact cement, 1 gallon Minwax stain, 10L of lacquer,

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#1 posted 08-23-2012 03:47 AM

That really is a ”day-and-night” difference. I’m working on a kitchen “refresh” now, too, but I don’t think it will have the impact yours has. (I’m hoping to keep the hours fewer and the costs lower.)

Thanks for sharing.


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