As I had hoped, we crossed a few more items off our kitchen to do list.
Install the new dishwasher. Did that on Thursday night.
- Sand the ceiling and walls smooth
Build the five remaining drawers we’ve waited on (we needed to see how things were in place before we could build one drawer in the dining room, the trash can pull out, and the under the sink drawer)
Fill, sand, prime and paint said drawers
Install every drawer, 16 total
- Buy the wood for the counters. Hopefully we’ll get a call today!
- Haul the wood slabs to a cabinet shop to have them sand both sides smooth
- Cut the wood to fit and install the counters
- Hang the upper cabinets
Add decorative face trim to all cabinets for a smooth, pretty, even front
Fill, sand, prime, and paint all cabinet faces
- Build the drawer and cabinet fronts, including two glass front doors
- More filling, sanding, priming, and painting of the cabinet fronts
- Install the drawer fronts and hardware pulls
- Prime and paint the kitchen and living room. Probably the dining room too.
- Add lights: sconces, recessed light halos, and the rope lighting
- Trim out the posts and door frames
- Add crown molding to the top of the cabinets
- Decide whether we want to add decorative trim to the vent hood or paint it to match the wall color
- Install the pretty new marble tile backsplash
- Put everything back in place and enjoy
Ben built five drawers: the top dining side:
See the window sill? We had to make this drawer narrower than the others so it doesn’t hit the sill. Instead of wasting three inches on the entire stack, Ben attached a few plywood scraps to build the cabinet out to the width of just the top drawer.
Three for the drawer stack we thought would be the trash drawer:
The top drawer by the sink isn’t installed because we ran out of drawer glides. We bought 15 when we planned to have only two drawers in that stack. We’ll install it once we get another set of glides.
And one under the sink:
I think this one is my favorite, just because I’ve never seen a drawer under the sink, and it’s so much more functional with the drawer. To cover the exposed plywood edges, we filled the top with wood filler, let it dry, then sanded it smooth.
We could have used iron-on wood veneer, but it peeled off easily when we tested it for the laundry room. That’s why I’ve made a few light fixtures
After fitting the drawers, Ben started on the cabinet face framing. Quarter inch MDF cut into strips cover the rough plywood edges.
Visible cabinet ends got a layer of 1/2 inch MDF followed by a 2 1/2 inch wide by 1/4 inch thick MDF decorative frame.
Wood filler seals the cracks. Once everything is sanded, it should have a seamless edge.
We have a special plan to deal with the bare back and the drawer front for the dining side.
And, the trim covers the gap between the dishwasher and counter.
If all goes well, I’ll have the trim sanded and primed later today. Hoping Everett takes a long nap.
What did you do this weekend? Start or finish any big projects? Planned out your Thanksgiving dinner menu? Rake up leaves? We tried but then it snowed. Can you believe winter has already started? Folks in warm climates, please send your weather our way.