Sandra & Justin's Kitchen: Cabinets!

Renovation Diary

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It's starting to look like a kitchen.

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Name: Sandra & Justin
Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Arlington, Texas
Type of building: Single-family home, 2,450 square feet

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Cabinet week finally came! We have been waiting for this. Cabinets are what make the space feel like an actual kitchen will be in this room again. But, just days before they were to be delivered and installed, we elected to delay the process. Previously we had planned on saving money (as always) by skipping having the cabinetry shop painted, and having a professional (but hopefully cheaper) painter do the cabinets. But we got tired, and the savings weren't as good as we hoped, so we asked the shop to adjust our bill and go ahead and paint the cabinets. 

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Cabinetry pieces ready to go. 

While we waited the extra days the painting took Lucy and I tripped into Dallas to find a few pieces for the kitchen. Our first stop was the wood salvage section at Orr-Reed Wrecking Co. Rachel and the crew there gave us the grand tour of the old gym floors, shiplap, siding, and barn wood. I dug through the offerings to find enough coordinating pieces to refinish into shelving and accent pieces for the kitchen. I made a grand haul of about ten gorgeously-grained boards needing a little TLC for $55. 

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At the salvage yard.

From there Lucy and I hit the design district, hoping to find an antique pie safe. No such luck. But when we hit Nadeau to look for a sideboard/shelf similar to the table Justin and I purchased there just over a year ago, we got lucky. They had a perfect piece; the wood matched the dining table and was the perfect piece to tie into the kitchen area, but with a car full of wood, I doubted it would fit. But luckily, when I told the warehouse manager my dilemma, he willingly jigsawed it all in, and the piece came home with us.

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Cabinets going in. 

At home we were soon met with the new, smooth and glossy painted cabinetry. As soon as we saw it we were so glad we had C&S Cabinetry finish the cabinets in-shop — they were gorgeous. The expense to have them booth-sprayed was worth it. And the shop was fantastic about getting them the custom cool Artic White shade I had requested. The installation took an entire day. 

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The salvaged wood, all cleaned up, sanded, and ready to stain.  

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Before and after the vinegar stain.  

While the crew worked Justin and I sanded the reclaimed wood pieces, and then stained them with a simple vinegar-steel wool stain. The results were dramatic. We are really excited about the contrast and warmth it will add to the room.

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Bar pulls go on.

The rest of the week we installed the bar pulls on the drawers and hosted the countertop crew as they measured for installation next week. Things are coming together. Next week: countertops! paint! plumbing! We are counting down the days until we can move back into the kitchen.

Estimated time for project: 10 weeks
Time remaining: 3 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #12 of Sandra and Justin's Diary.

(Images and diary text: Sandra Jergensen)

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