Our new kitchen

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Project by Jesse Friesen posted 01-30-2014 04:27 PM 6788 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is our new kitchen that I just finished yesterday. Lower cabinets are raised panel walnut with a clear lacquer, upper cabinets are a light brown flat panel with a dark brown glaze on all the edges, solid maple dovetailed drawer boxes, soft close drawers and doors, upper spice pullout, lower and upper lazy susans in the corner, maple cutlery tray, utensil tray and drawer knife block, solid maple counter on the cabinets by the half wall and Wilsonart HD laminate countertops on the rest. I made the fridge opening for the new fridge we would like to get down the road but our old fridge is in there for now so it looks a little small.

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 04:39 PM

Well done my friend !
Spacious & beautiful, with some very serious storage space as well.
A project you can rightfully be proud of a long time from now.
(Now, to keep this post hidden from my wife !) ha ha

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 07:00 PM

A job well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 01-30-2014 08:25 PM

Outstanding! Now that’s some custom quality.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#4 posted 01-30-2014 08:26 PM

Wow, that looks nice.

We are going to redo our kitchen in a few months. I added your project to my favorites so I can review it later. We also have white appliances with no thought of replacing them since the fridge is only about 4 months old. I will have to make the same enclosure for the fridge as yours. I will share this with my sweetie. She wants a dark stained color for the kitchen to go with our Tuscany theme. While walnut would be more costly, I wouldn’t have to worry about stain. :-)

I really like the way you managed to fit in the buffet and it not stick out in the traffic pattern.

I have a few of questions.
1) How tall are the upper cabinets? Are they mounted a few inches from the ceiling or flush to to it?
2) Did you make your upper cabinet face frame top rails wider than normal so the crown molding would have room to attach.
3) What size of crown molding did you use?

Thanks for sharing. I know a lot of folks will be checking out this project.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#5 posted 01-30-2014 09:26 PM

WOW! 5341 views in only 5 hours! :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 01-30-2014 10:22 PM

Great work. Outstanding finish.

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#7 posted 01-30-2014 10:35 PM

I bet you feel good about this project,looks beautiful…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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Jesse Friesen

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#8 posted 01-31-2014 01:21 AM

Thanks guys. Lots of work but we are definitely happy with it. The upper cabinets are 36” tall plus a 2” undercabinet trim and the crown molding. They are euro style cabinets so no face frames but I attached an extra piece to the top of the cabinets to nail the crown to. They are about 3 1/2” from the ceiling and then there is a 2 piece crown molding. First just a flat piece with the detail routed on the bottom edge which gets nailed to the top of the cabinet and then the crown gets nailed to that. The crown molding is 3 1/4”

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#9 posted 01-31-2014 01:30 AM

Thanks Jesse. Looks great.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 01-31-2014 04:33 AM


What a rewarding project! It turned out fantastic.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 01-31-2014 02:05 PM

Awesome big kitchen and great work! The soft close drawers are awesome too.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#12 posted 01-31-2014 02:53 PM

That kitchen turned out nice and will definitely add a lot of value to your house.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 01-31-2014 06:23 PM

Very nice and big. I like this rustic style.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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