Cue angels singing, this kitchen is DONE! I started building the cabinets over a month ago, and now everything is installed and working and fabulous. I hope you’re ready to ogle dozens of photos, because I’ve got about 22 to share with you. Which is technically less than 2 dozen, but who’s counting? Let’s get started!
This wall was our toughest spot. The sink was tricky to install since it’s a wall mount and the faucet can only be in one place. After a few days of finagling, it’s now leak-free and gorgeous. If you recall it’s a vintage cast-iron sink I found on Craigslist and had resurfaced and is pretty much my heartsong. It’s amazing and I love it. Plus we were able to find an adorable throwback faucet with 4 pronged handles with the little H and C on them.
It’s pretty much the most adorable thing ever. That “curtain” is actually just a throw folded in half over a tension rod, but I’m in love with all those colors so it’s staying. Anyway, back to the sink. My love. It was actually kind of a bitch to get in there. The faucet plumbing was set to the standard dimensions because like a spaz I didn’t tell Tilson exactly where I wanted it. So when we went to install it we were left with an odd 12″ gap to the left of the fridge. Instead of leaving it open, I used a few 1×12′s to build a six-shelf veggie cabinet so the whole wall looks custom and built in.
Happy accidents, right? I’m actually really glad it worked out like this because it makes the wall look really fancy. Those open shelves are another fave feature in this room. I ordered the minimal shelf brackets from the Container store and they were an absolute breeze to install. My dad had some amazing 1×12 oak in his barn which we cut down to size and sanded. I’m definitely no pro at staging, but it’s a great spot for wine glasses and coffee mugs and all our miscellaneous knick knacks and decor!
These two cabinets are both made from a 21″ carcass, and plans will be found on Ana White’s website shortly. The double drawer cabinet is my favorite of this size. I’m planning to build a removable divider so I can store all my silverware upright instead of in those obnoxious organizers.
The bottom holds all my tupperware and such. Though the cabinet next to it looks standard, it has a little surprise.
I decided to make the drawer face a flip top and use it for concealed paper towel storage! I bought a simple closet rod hanging system (just two circular brackets, nothing fancy) and used a scrap dowel to hang my paper towels. It’s so nice to have them close by and handy without cluttering up the countertops!
The oven wall was also custom built, with 30″ standard bases. I decided to leave out drawers and opt for larger doors and shelf space. It helps with all those tall pots! The uppers were supposed to be 27″ but due to some mathematical errors on my part they’re actually 29″. Whoops! Oh well, extra storage, right?
I decided to use vertical dividers on the left for my baking sheets, and horizontal shelves on the right for dishes and glasses.
Since we had a very basic, boring vent hood, I chose to build it in with plywood and trim to match the cabinets. It came out even better than I expected! It’s interesting without overpowering the true star of this show, my 1950′s Magic Chef gas range.
This was also a CL score, and I honestly could not be happier. I get more compliments on the stove than anything else in the kitchen! Plus it’s cooking great so no complaints there. I need to make some french toast on that griddle soon.
I have to say, I’m really surprised with how well the island turned out. It’s composed of 4 separate cabinets, two 24″ bases sandwiching two 21″ standard bases. We “built them in” by using 1/2″ plywood strips between the carcasses and screwing them together. Once they were attached I added on beadboard backing and 1×4 trim and kickplates. It really does look like one cohesive unit.
For this 24″ base we decided to leave off doors and have two shelves, one that would fit our countertop microwave. Jacob ran the electrical wiring so that we can plug in the microwave and added an outlet to the side for mixers and phone chargers. I totally love that it looks like we have built-in appliances. I guess in a way we do!
This is also a 24″ base, with three shelves for cook books and cutting boards. The two 21″ cabinets are your typical “standard” cabinets. Nothing frilly, just a drawer for cooking utensils and hot pads and a door with a shelf inside.
For the legs, we just bought three 35″ table legs from Lowe’s and cut them down to cabinet height. Then we topped it with a sheet of plywood reinforced with a 2×4 frame for strength. I took that to a local welder and he made a stainless steel sleeve for it. Once we got it home we screwed the plywood directly into the legs and cabinets, covered the top with liquid nails and set the sleeve down on it. Then we topped it with a spare blanket and set large rocks on it so the glue would set. And voila! A gorgeous custom island.
This kitchen was a vast labor of love. A lot of planning, tons of sweat, quite a bit of salty language and an overwhelming amount of love and care went into it. I am so, so proud of it. I literally cannot stop smiling when I’m in the room. I hate to turn the lights off at night. Sometimes I just sit and stare at what we did. Because we did this! Not some pricey contractor or big box store. Two people with a little bit of know-how and a lot of determination. Now I sound like a cheesy DIY ad But seriously, it’s been the feather in my cap to have a hand-built kitchen. Something I can really be proud of building!
I know you probably have a lot of questions, but since this post is already a mile long I’m going to get into the dirty details tomorrow. Things like prices and sourcing and all that jazz. But for now, do a little ogling for me and tell me what you think!
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