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    The kitchen is finished!

    Well, finished except for two side panels, but Lynndy has given me time off to build a piece of furniture


    This post is to conclude what I started, for those interested in kitchen builds ... and, I guess, woodwork. The earlier posts I made - about building Shaker-style doors, and hand finishing them in water-based poly - are on my website for reference: http://www.inthewoodshop.com/Furnitu...20Rebuild.html


    The original kitchen was 25 years old and tired. Even more tired was the fidge-freezer, which we bought 35 years ago. It needed to be replaced. The new fridge was wider and a touch taller than the old. The problem was that the alcove into which it was built had a cabinet above, and changing this cabinet meant changing the door and it would not be possible to match the Tasmanian Oak to blend in with all the other cabinet doors and drawers.


    So we needed new cabinet doors and drawer fronts and then it became a new countertop in granite and then a more modern range hood ... and the gas hob would be replaced with a fancy-shmancy ceramic electric one that Lynndy has been eyeing for a long time.


    Lynndy wanted modern and light. And so the cabinet design would be Shaker and in Hard Maple (from the USA - my local wood salvage supplier had just received a large shipment).


    I think that Lynndy planned this all along.


    The old kitchen ...





    With tiles stripped and a few cabinets removed ...





    The countertop was replaced with granite ...





    Yes, bar stools are on my build bucket list





    The backsplash is now a light green glass. And the new range hood ...





    Some of the drawers ...





    ... and doors ...





    The new (bloody ... mutter .. mutter ..) fridge ...





    LED lighting fitted under one cabinet ...





    A few doors close up ...








    Last picture ...





    Regards from Perth


    Derek

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    Derek,

    Congrats...BTDT a couple of years ago and know what a relief it is to finish. My problem is it has been long enough (the boss wanted paint) they are now needing to be re-painted.

    You and your S.O. did a great job,

    ken

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    Very nice Derek. Well designed too for a smaller space. I see you have designed the corner doors for good access. You won't have "never never" land in the corners. Very clean and should be easy to maintain with the door and drawer style you chose.
    Jim

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    Thanks Ken and Jim. It's been 4 months of weekends.

    Those corner cabinets are planned to be updated internally with some fancy fittings.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    10 times better, at least! Nice work Derek.

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    Thanks. How has your kitchen held up, Kees? I liked your design a lot.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Very nice, but I'm not going to show this to the wife.

    jtk
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    Looks great Derek, the maple, dark granite, stainless appliance combinations is very harmonious.

    Michael

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    Beautiful work as always Derek! I like the layout, hard to improve on that.

    Did you keep the wine rack/bookshelf that's seen in the first picture? That would keep a cabinet from being uselessly deep. I might want to steal that idea.

    -Tom

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    Looks great Derek, really nice modern look. We need to redo our kitchen too, but I never considered just changing the doors and leaving the cabinets mostly as is.....I should float the idea to my wife.

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    Looks fabulous. Good ideas as a kitchen redo is just over my horizon...

    Will look forward to seeing the new bar stools.

    Best
    Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stenzel View Post
    Beautiful work as always Derek! I like the layout, hard to improve on that.

    Did you keep the wine rack/bookshelf that's seen in the first picture? That would keep a cabinet from being uselessly deep. I might want to steal that idea.

    -Tom
    Thanks Tom

    The wine rack is still there. The panel to its left is one I still need to make (did the one on the right) ...



    Regards from Perth

    Derek

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Cohen View Post
    Thanks. How has your kitchen held up, Kees? I liked your design a lot.

    Regards from Perth

    Derek
    Mine holds up fine also the light color of the wood. Except the door of the wet cabinet with the sink has warped quite a bit. Luckily I don't really care but it looks a bit weird.

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    Looks good! Many Canadian kitchens have that exact look, well the better ones anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stenzel View Post
    Beautiful work as always Derek! I like the layout, hard to improve on that.

    -Tom
    +1. Beautifully done.

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