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A long time friend asked if I could build some cabinets for his daughter. Her house was one of the many that flooded during Hurricane Harvey. We went to look at the house this past Sunday. Every house in the neighborhood had debris piled up on the sidewalk. As I think back, I realize now they were actually pretty lucky. Water did get in the house but would recede after the heavy rainfall would let up. Then it would rain again...and again... As it turns out, his daughter wants to remodel the kitchen with an entirely different lay out. I think this caught Chuck by surprise. He had already told me he would be paying for the cabinets. So, to keep this story short, I took notes and measurements of the existing layout, but dang it, I forgot to take pictures. Oh well. She wants to demo the pantry and relocate the fridge in that spot. Build a new pantry where the fridge sits now. It juts out into the walk through, and she is not a petite person. All bottom cabinets would have drawers instead of doors, and that I agree with wholeheartedly. With cabinets demoed, the new ones would go to the ceiling after the fir down is removed. And she wants a white kitchen. UGH! Oh, I forgot. Then end cabinet on the stove side would be a trash can pullout. Before going into any great detail and creating a job quote, I decided to draw up what she is asking for. I sent the drawings to her last night. I also asked if they knew anyone that could do the demo and frame up the new pantry and close in the old one after a wall is taken down....relocate the electrical and water supply for the fridge and tape float the drywall. I would rather just stick to building cabinets. For a small kitchen, this would greatly increase her usable space. A new cabinet above the fridge would provide good storage for the big gumbo pot! That is where our pot resides. And on the sink side, the upper cabinet on the left can be widened (as indicated) because there is blank wall space that was never used. And no breakfast bar. The pony wall is there just no bar top. Chuck said he was going to put new granite counter tops on the cabinets, so that would be a nice touch. The current rang and vent hood are circa 1979 harvest gold! I guess it is wait and see for now. Mike Note: The Sketchup drawings show the new layout. I didn't bother with drawing a cabinet over the window or the vent hood, but they would be there.
Finally, Margaret's Kitchen Remodel is complete. Well, it is for me. She has counter tops ordered and a flooring guy stopped by to take measurements and give her an estimate. This project has taken a lot longer to complete than expected. Part of the delay was due to Hurricane Harvey and it's impact on the greater Houston area. Also, my wife (cabinet installer and finishing department) was on a cruise with her cousins and they had an extended cruise from 7 to 13 days because the Port of Houston was closed to traffic, and the roads were impassable due to the flooding. Like some other projects we have done, the list can grow at times, and this was no exception. Instead of demoing the cabinets and patching the drywall, we had to take all of the drywall down, and make repairs to the ceiling. The client agreed to the extra expenses and we got after it. This house was built in 1950's and is in bad need of repair throughout (outside also). This is the home she grew up in and it was built by her dad. Now it is hers and she has set out to update it. The cabinets are constructed from knotty alder with pre-finished birch for the boxes that are visible. The face frames, doors and drawer fronts are stained with General Finishes Colonial Maple with a GF Van Dyke Glaze. A couple of custom items included are the utensil drawer and a custom pull out trash receptacle. And then...when it was time to install the sink cabinet, we discovered a leaking valve. UGH! The plumbing was terrible. I managed to replace both of the valves (hot and cold) but the pipes were in bad shape. She is having a plumber come out this weekend to install some new pipes. The plumber should thank me. I cut a custom opening in the back so it would be easy to get to the piping and valves. I found an aerosol can and used it to make a radius at each corner of the opening (see pictures). The end result looks a lot better than just a hack job. Man-o-man, we found some ugly stuff in the walls. When we were demoing the fir down, we found bare wires that were at one time attached to a light over the stove. The wires were cut back and isolated. Now I have them routed into the cabinet over the stove to supply power to the new vent hood. And then, there was the hidden receptacle. Turns out, there was a dish washer in place at one time, but removed. We killed the power to the box, removed it and terminated the wire in a metal junction box (w/cover plate). And... the receptacle for the refrigerator needs to be replaced but we couldn't identify the breaker to kill the power. That one is saved for the electrician to figure out. And then there is the pantry. The original had two plywood doors. However, the ceiling fan was hanging too low and would hit one door so they cut the door and nailed the upper in place. We demoed the doors, and framed the opening for a new pre-hung 36 inch 6 panel door. Note: She has replaced the ceiling fan with a hugger. A couple of notes. I cut the custom utensil drawer on the CNC as well as the pieces for the trash receptacle...and all of the cabinet sides (dadoes and shelf pin holes). Makes it nice to have a helper in the shop...even if I do take a break while the machine is working. ha ha ha. I have uploaded some before and after pictures to an album. Way to many for a single post on this thread. Hope you like them.
An article on painting cabinets https://www.familyhandyman.com/kitchen/diy-kitchen-cabinets/surprising-tips-for-painting-kitchen-cabinets?pmcode=IVBJJU103&_cmp=DiyTipsHints&_ebid=DiyTipsHints7/2/2017&_mid=155448&ehid=EBC4D8BEC6F08D97A318788DB78D9A1244AF138A HINT: if your cabinets have Euro-hinges, most models will separate the door part from the frame part and then you can unscrew each separately. (In fact, if you order these from a commercial supplier, you have to order the hinge (cup part) and frame mount separately) And a video (interesting enough, this guy called me with a half-stripped nightstand and I ended up refinishing the nightstand and bed for his daughter. And, Kevin, there's likely no probability that a factory finish is "polyurethane." Not all clear finishes are poly!
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