Big, hard wood. Lots of it. (Sorry, Ben’s 15-year-old boy humor has rubbed off on me). After a week and a half of waiting. Ben got a call Monday afternoon, but missed it because he was working out. Yesterday we looked at the slabs and loved what we saw.
That dark spot is water, but it kind of shows what it will look like when oiled.
While paying for the boards, Ben talked to the clerk about the cabinet shop to do the finishing work. I guess they refer customers to two shops often, so they delivered the slabs to the shop, free of charge.
Yesterday afternoon Ben went to the shop to help sand everything down to get them ready for install. He and the shop foreman sanded both sides of the slabs, cut the backs square, squared up the pieces for the bar top and glued them together (more on that in a minute) in about an hour and a half. The price? $125, because they did more than we initially agreed on, Ben paid him $160. And here’s what the Bubinga looks like now.
There is a lot of variation in each board.
I can’t wait to see the grain pop once we get oil on it.
One problem though. We were told each slab would be three feet wide and 11 feet long. They’re only 27 inches wide, but 13 feet long. In a way it’s good because we’ll have less waste. To get cabinet depth counters, we’ll cut two inches off each piece.
The reason the narrower pieces are a problem? We planned to use the one foot or so wide remnants for the bar top. Although our counters are only 34 square feet and these pieces have 52 square feet total, the remaining 18 feet are in one large 7 foot by two foot chunk. And we need a piece twenty inches deep and ten feet long for the bar. So we also bought two boards of Sappelle (African Walnut). Each is about ten inches wide and nearly eleven feet long. Hence the reason the cabinet shop joined the pieces together. They’re still drying at the shop. Most likely Ben will pick it up tonight. Countertop cutting can start soon.
After stopping to check out the wood, the boys and I headed over to Hobby Lobby to look for knobs for the upper cabinets. Luckily, all hardware is 50% off! And there’s a lot to choose from. My mental list of requirements: has to have silver to coördinate with the drawer pulls, glass or metal, not ceramic, must look chic, not cheesy. Here’s what made the cut.
Faceted glass knobs are always pretty.
But I think they’re a little safe. I want something fun to add some personality to the neutral space.
Diamond clear glass pulls. Again, too boring.
These square ones are pretty, but they only come in clear glass. Boo.
I looooved these pale pink bubble knobs. Too bad there wasn’t a blue or green or something.
Then, I saw these.
The color is fantastic, the small bubbles and decorative plate add personality. With 50% off, each knob is $2.50; we need six. I think they’re perfect for the kitchen, but we’ll have to see what Ben thinks.
Are you on board with the wood counters? (Pun intended) Have a favorite door knob? Often make jokes a teenage boy would?