Our boys are fans of Handy Manny, not Bob the Builder, but building better describes what Ben was up to. Maybe we could call his cousin/apprentice, Sam, Handy Sammy. Last Friday, Ben bought twelve sheets of 3/4 inch cabinet grade plywood. You see where I’m going with this, right? Yes, cabinets are built. Kind of. The boxes are assembled. Before Ben could start cutting, we had to do a lot of measuring and some bickering. Both indoors and out in the garage. The measuring, not bickering.
After tons of cutting, Ben had a stack of plywood to piece together like a three-dimensional puzzle. A line of glue around the edges first.
Followed up by several nails to hold the sides together tightly.
After each cabinet piece was assembled, Ben checked to see if everything was square by measuring diagonally each direction.
Surprisingly, building nine frames only took a few hours. Of course, they’re far from finished, but here’s the super rough version of the peninsula, on the left, with the lower sink cabinet to the far right. The cabinet on top will be divided into two with doors.
Just so you can get an idea of how huge these are, here’s Vincent modeling the
coffin cabinet. (Just to clarify, we joked that Ben was building coffins because these cabinet are so huge. I have no intentions of tossing Vincent in one, other than for this picture.) Sam (on the left) is a little over six feet tall. Yeah, I won’t be able to reach the top shelf without a chair or stool to stand on.
And, here’s what the stove side will look like.
Yesterday afternoon, I primed the insides of the cabinets. Afterward, I got a raging headache. We (meaning Ben and Sam while I ‘supervised’) also cut pieces for the drawers. I know these boxes are far from finished, but it’s a start. Still to do:
- Build drawers and prime and paint the insides
- Build two by four bases for the toe kick
- Install the drawers, then build drawer fronts
- Prime and paint the drawer fronts and visible outsides of the cabinets
- Install in the house, the add the face framing for a seamless look
- More priming and painting
Speaking of painting, here’s a glimpse of where we’re headed.
Color me excited. Literally. We saved some money on the paint, too. More pricing details coming tomorrow.
Do you and your spouse bicker about little details? Have you remodeled a kitchen? I think planning a DIY kitchen remodel should be part of marriage classes. If you can successfully plan a kitchen together, I think you can make it through anything. Haha.