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jim C

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08-23-2011 08:08 PM

Topic tags/keywords: modern cherry maple mahogany

Many of you folks are pretty good at visualizing a finished project, and, as well, have experience in finished remodeling.
I have a walkup wet bar in my family room that is begging to be changed from an 80’s decor to a contemporary remodel.
My situation is the the room, as well as the adjoining kitchen area is all finished in “light oak”
The following pictures illustrate the present look.

First the soon to be remodeled bar

the room the bar is in


The adjoining kitchen

So here’s my quandary. Do I stay with monotonous new oak cabinets, or do I contrast the bar by using Cherry, or Maple? Maybe black to match the table legs and chairs?
Has anyone built in cabinets, furniture with different woods and how did it turn out?
The counter and lower cabinets will be replaced as they are the old 30” height. I’m going to 36” high and a Granite top.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!


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David Grimes

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 08:22 PM

Hi, Jim. You are right in that the bar is the only thing really begging for a face lift.

I do these type of things on a daily basis, so I’ll take a shotgun approach if I may.

With the vast abundance of oak, contrasting a different wood may get “lost” and may not “balance” if it is the only place you use the cherry or maple. I would tend to match the oak or as you said paint it black since you already have it as an accent color. I added an island for someone and we painted it black, but then to tie it all together we painted the toe kicks of all the stained cabinets black and added a hickory wine lattice in a wall cabinet and painted it black. It looked like a new kitchen. It really “flowed”.

I, too would go with granite, but if you do go black on the wet bar cabs, I recommend that you don’t go with a predominantly black granite (Uba Tuba, black galaxy, etc.) as that would really add too much black “weight” in one localized spot. Some of the granites with black or dark brown in them might do well to tie the oak and black together in a neutral way (baltic brown and many others).

Nice place you have there, Jim. I can tell you take good care of it.

Hope I have been of some help.

Regards,

DG

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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jim C

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#2 posted 08-23-2011 08:36 PM

Thanks David
Thats the exact kind of advice I’m looking for.
The black Idea is intriguing.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#3 posted 08-24-2011 04:17 AM

Interesting stuff. Excited to see how it comes out.

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#4 posted 08-26-2011 07:06 PM

This is an after shot of my Kitchen.The cabinets are just cheep Euro style white melamine.The boxes were decent and the hardware was not bad so I re laminated with this cherry pre finished real wood veneer.Took about three days to edge sand edge band,laminate and re install the hard ware.I used light cherry pre finished veneer and pvc edge band from a company called Tape Ease.3M 90 glue from Home Depot.

This looks like it would work for your wet bar anyways.

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#5 posted 08-26-2011 07:17 PM

^very intriguing. Did you have to score the melamine for the veneer to bite? This looks a lot nicer than I would have expected if it was described to me. Nice work.

^In response to David, I like Uba Tuba just because I like saying it. But you’re right, the homogenous black granites are very “heavy” looking. I want concrete but everyone keeps saying granite.

If you go with black, it might change the spatial appearance. That might not be such a bad thing. I might be tempted to install the cabinets at a uniform height. You’ll likely lose some storage but it might help with the flow.

Should be a rewarding project, whatever you decide.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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jim C

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#6 posted 11-01-2011 02:55 PM

Well, here’s the progress so far. Rather than destroy the mirrors to change the counter,I chose an “engineered” quartz that was installed over the existing counter. I also incorporated an under mount quartz sink.
I purchased the oak doors from www.Rawdoors.net and they came in flawless and in 8 working days. I did the hidden euro hinges and installed them over the weekend.
Now they all come off for light oak stain, and Deft gloss lacquer.

Big difference.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#7 posted 12-09-2011 12:16 AM

Nice work, Jim. Hell, I’d hire you ! ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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jim C

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#8 posted 12-09-2011 12:23 AM

Thanks David, I just posted a finished project of it.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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