Stop! Kitchen. Drawers. *thunk*Wednesday, November 16, 2016
That's me, passing out. *ka-thunk*
We have kitchen drawers now. I know, right?! I kid you not. Kitchen. Drawers. Hole-eeeee cow people. Drawers!!
|Omg. Omg. *thunk*|
Right, so speedy recap, yes, I've been whining incessantly for three and a half years that our brilliant flipper is not a kitchen designer, left out every trace of sanity and drawers. Then me ungratefully sniveling about the cart (which I'm selling on Craigslist -- in Chicago? Need a kitchen cart?).
Went off the rails a hair then still whined for eons about how I needed to come up with a solution. Drew idea after idea after idea on the computer.
Clearance came on the final design from elusive-approval-giver Mike, the super kind carpenters constructed and here we are today, beaming ear to ear.
|Hey, wanna go for a car ride? To your new home?! Let's go!|
SoooOOooo obviously I didn't build this. Wimp. Yep. 'Dat's me. But! I did toil over its design. I did do all the finishing. Mike and I installed it.
Way big thanks to the carpenters, Sam and Chris to be exact, for additionally making it stupid easy to install. Seriously huge thanks. Sam suggested the french cleat route, I swooned too much, it became awkward, he looked at me like I had three heads.
Wait, right, hold up.....Design choice explanation.
See, the cart (wow, Amazon has the darn exact same one* but for much less than I paid. Harrumph, grrr. Oh, wood top, ah ha.) was merely 18" deep. Mike and I felt like it took up more than a decent share of coveted space in our poorly laid out dysfunctional kitchen.
Regular base cabinets are 24" deep (why I didn't just go buy some), countertops are 25". Roundabout, therefore I designed the new drawer unit to be 17" deep, the counter at 18" to harmonize with our engrained traffic pattern. Hence, bzzzz, table saw to butcher block.
A couple trips loading the Rockstar Rabbit from work to home (yes, I designed so it'd all fit in my wee powerhouse car too), all the pieces and parts were ready to go. Waiting on me.
Remember Heather? The woman who also shared a tool rant, yes. We've been e-chatting and she generously hooked me up with PureColor, environmentally friendly water based finishing products, who were looking to have bloggery type folks check out their goodies. Wow, nice, right?!
See, originally I planned to paint the drawer cabinet black but she caught me in the nick of time; turns out they have a black stain, Ink Blot. Bingo!
Ever so kindly, because I was color waffling, go figure, they sent a pint each of Ink Blot, Marine Gray, and Adega along with a quart of their semi-gloss sealer and two sample packs, Lemon and Red Special.
Flattered and agog at my box of staining goodies, that's for sure. Thrilled at the Lemon I was as yellow is my fave. How they knew, I dunno, but I'm tickled and pondering a future yellow project.
So, right, as such, I got to try them out. Originally I typed up the whole testing and finishing process here but it made this post painfully long so I'll spill the beans on the next one. Wah wah, I know, sorry. Hey, we get to talk about drawers more, win win!
If you are too eager to wait for me, you can order the stains up here.*
In the end, long stain story-to-come short, I went with one coat of Ink Blot stain thinned with water 50%, one coat (so far) of Varathane Heavy Use* sealer in satin. Only one seal coat as I wanted to see the unit up, in, on, and together before I fully color committed.
Not color committed, you chime, huh?
Design choice explanation...Because this drawer unit is thoroughly opposite in design aesthetic from our existing cabinets, I opted to not attempt matching the blacks. I figured the new would stand out awkwardly in its efforts as it never will match, thereby, therefore embrace the difference.
Mike asked me about eight times, are you gonna match the blacks, are you gonna match, looks like you need a second coat, do a second coat. Are you gonna stain the edges....Heh. I tried to explain why not, got the "you're such a designer" eyeroll in return. That's ok, I still love him. And I amuse him, heh.
Why did I opt not to use the semi-gloss the nice PureColor folks sent? The existing cabinets, the Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations* kit sealer is satin, I wanted the same sheen. Rest assured, I will test the semi-gloss.
Not the same color but the same sheen? Huh? Becky, you're weird, you spurt....design choice explanation. If the new cabinet were any glossier, it'd pull focus thereby further accentuating its design aesthetic difference and make the all the cabinets all mad at each other.
Slightly different color/shade/value/hue whatev's lends eye movement; different sheen, flashy blinky lights "look at me!!"
Two days after finishing the finishing, Mike had an extra day off. "Hey babe, wanna help?" Wanna and choice were not applicable so I quickly revised, "Hey babe, when can we install?" "Now babe, let's do it now."
First a little math (ugh!!!), using AutoCAD as a crutch. Hey, do whatcha gotta do, man.
|Go AutoCAD! Go AutoCAD!|
|Line me up here, says cleat.|
|X marks the spot.|
Used my fussy stud finder* and after some cracks from wiseguy on the couch about finding a stud, it was time. Time for butterflies in my stomach.
Using some of those vicious 2 1/2" WallDog screws* leftover from the rescue of the tv console,
|Lookie at that sweet befreckled hand of his. (He was not pleased that I snapped this. Plus he lost his wedding ring the night before. Sigh.)|
|My 1x shim and second assistant.|
|It's on! It's on!!!! Did you see it's on?! It's on!!|
Next the drawers. I ordered up these full extension drawer slides* by the way and they're awesome. They pop out easily by lifting one side tab, pushing down the other side tab then pull (wish I had known as I bought some moving straps* to move the unit, bum arm ya know, it's heavy. Straps were useless, woulda helped to pull the drawers out, doh).
Someone at the company hand wrote two thank you notes for my purchase. Two! Seriously.
|Squish one side up, one side down and easy out.|
|The uh, food safe mineral oil.|
Step back and omg. Omg. OMG it's done and we have drawers!!! Holy sh*t-eating grin! I text the carpenters, I email my mom! I dance! Jaw → floor then *thuunk*!
Hey, I noticed you've got a cabinet part too in that photo above, is that going in? I'm not sure yet.
Mainly I'm concerned about it's girth swallowing up all the air in the room too, so we'll see. I have my stain mix at the ready in case.
|Aaaafter. Siiiiiiiiggggghhhhh. Got new LED's that are quite warm, hence the weird pictures.|
|Then this happened. hahaha, oh my. Turned it to the side and it's alllll good. Ha! SMH.|
|Hallelujah. We have freakin' drawers. Wow. Oh hey, dog slobber splash blocker looks great with them too!|
|Hey hey! Kitchen today.|
I will say I should have gotten soft close drawer slides as I came downstairs this morning and three drawers were left partially open, ahem Mike. Heh, poor guy!
And I will say too, I shot all those existing cabinets the stink eye for still being so unattractive. Imagined them in the alley, replaced by other better looking cousins. Cough. Excuse me!
But drawers! I'mma gonna go pet them now.
So yay, I'm back! Now onto the first floor bathroom! Whoooo doggie! Hang on peeps, here we gooooo!
*The kitchen cart, PureColor stains, Varathane poly, Kitchen Transformations kit, stud finders, WallDog screws, drawer slides, moving straps, butcher block oil, and mineral oil, whew, are Amazon affiliate links. Mwah, thanks! Please see the "boring stuff" tab for more info.