THEY ARE HERE! The new kitchen cabinets are here! I am so freaking excited. I have taken 10 million pictures and keep touching and loving on them. I can’t believe how awesome they are! For background, the contractor I hired, a small handyman business, found the cabinet builder by chance while touring another home. He did exactly what I asked, and had some great ideas! I am so pleased! Please remember, these will be painted and hardware will be added.
When Phil (if you are in Kansas I can recommend him if you contact me) came to install I was so nervous! I KNEW something would go wrong, and there was a miscommunication but Phil fixed it like a pro! Where that big gap is was supposed to be space for a dishwasher and another set of drawers. But we had two different visions and had to modify the plan. Phil ended up building me a small cabinet for cookie sheets between the dishwasher and drawers.
The cabinets are made of poplar which I will paint. They are tongue and groove and beautifully made. Very sturdy and solid.
Phil also did a wonderful job matching the routed edges of the doors and drawers to the upper cabinet doors, since we kept the original upper cabinets. He also used classic style, real wood, center bottom drawer slides. I did not want any metal or plastic slides for these cabinets. I wanted everything to be as authentic as possible.
After the cabinets and the butcher block for the sink portion were installed I scheduled the sink install for the next day (Friday). That night I woke up in a panic because I realized I had to install the back splash behind the sink before the sink could be installed! I called our handyman service and let them know they would have to come the following week because I had to learn how to tile and fast! I had a hard time finding the tile I wanted, but eventually found it at Lowes. I wanted a 4×8″ subway tile in white, and apparently that is not the most common size, but I found this American Olean tile called “Starting Line.” The best part was that it cost about 30% less than the more common tiles! For my first time tiling, I am pretty pleased. I have never even used a tile saw before, but I watched a ton of YouTube videos and it came out pretty well. I will finish the rest of the tile after the cabinets are painted.
I oiled the butcher block with mineral oil and it came out beautiful! I am scared of the maintenance of butcher block, but I think the wood is gorgeous. If it gets to be too much of a pain to upkeep, we might just poly it to protect and be done.
After tiling was done in the sink area, the sink was installed, and so was the rest of the butcher block along with the small cabinet. I am especially excited about the dishwasher! I have not had a dishwasher in more years than I can remember! My hand washing days are OVER! The sink is everything I ever could dream of, and I am so excited to finally use it. That two year wait was well worth it! I am also super impressed the handyman was able to get a garbage disposal to fit! He banged on the old drain for an hour before getting it removed. And it was date stamped 1933. The faucet is from the Kingston Heritage line, and I purchased it off Amazon. I broke the porcelain handle while showing it to the handyman the day he installed (oops), but a replacement handle is on the way!
Now to do all the dirty work of priming, painting, caulking, and installing hardware. And I still have to finish stripping the upper cabinets too! I have a long road of details ahead, but at least I can run the dishwasher and use the sink! Squeeeee!