Got Wood?

We do.  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?

P.S.  We’re Fresh Faces and today we’re sharing a recap of kitchen progress.

15 thoughts on “Got Wood?

  1. Lovely boards! Can’t wait to see them installed! I didn’t know they sold decorative knobs at HoLo, I’ll have to look for them next time I’m in there. I tend to go for the brushed steel/industrial/contemporary look, but I love a mix of contemporary and traditional, too. I really like contemporary finishes (like the brushed steel I mentioned…pale gray paint, chocolate browns, etc.) paired with traditional hardware (glass knobs, or at least ones that look like vintage glass knobs, vintage mirrors and furniture pieces, etc.) I call it eclectic, but I’m sure there’s a name for that, LOL. 🙂

  2. So exciting! I really like the color of those knobs, but I’m not keen on the metal detail – they look a bit like boob light fittings to me! I’d keep looking, there are so many to choose from. If you could find the pale pink bubble ones in a different color that would be perfect! Good luck with the counter cutting.

  3. I’m sorry if this is a stupid question, but how are you going to alter those knobs to work for your cabinets? For regular cabinet knobs you just stick the screw through the cabinet hole and into the knob and then the screw head is basically flush with the cabinet door, but these are different… won’t the big screw part stick out from the door quite a bit? Haha please enlighten me because I love Hobby Lobby’s knobs but haven’t figured out how to actually use them as cabinet or drawer pulls! (A teenage boy would have a hay day with this comment…)

    1. Hey John! Hopefully the counters look amazing. 🙂 We’ll just have to see once things are all put together.

      My Honest Answer, I totally get where you’re coming from. That’s kind of what I thought, too. I like the touch of silver to tie in with the hardware we’ll have on the lower drawers. But, I want something with color and I’ve looked at several places and these are the ones I like best that don’t cost a fortune.

      Nikki Kelly, Yep, I’ve looked at Anthro. The problem is I’m waaaaay too cheap to pay $8+ for each pull. But I like what they have. That was my hope in checking Hobby Lobby.

      Hey Amber, Definitely not a stupid question! The bolts can be cut down so the nut sits flush with the door back. These at Anthro are the same way. P.S. Totally laughed at “the big screw” Haha. Teenage boy.

      Hi Regan, Yeah, HoLo (I’m going to start calling it that because another commenter did and I think it’s a cooler name) totally rocks. They have a much bigger selection than Michael’s. And they always seem to have something 50% off. Even better. 🙂

      Hey Jules, Bahaha. I’m glad you got a kick out of that. I guess I’m not the only adult female with a teenage boy’s sense of humor. 😉 I can’t wait to see them oiled up, too. Haha.

      Thanks everyone!

  4. i love the pink bubble knob (although I was totally on board for the blue bubble knob until i saw the metal thing on the front of it… i am not sure it would match your decor???) Love, love, love the wood slab–what finish is going on the cabinet doors–something that will contrast it and the floors??

    1. Hi Autumn, I much prefer the look of the pink knob, but the color of the blue is so much better. I just showed Ben and he literally said, “It looks like something an old lady dealing with gender issues would like.” I think that means he doesn’t really like it. Ha. The cabinets will be painted gray, so they will contrast with the floor and counters. 🙂 We can’t wait to get everything together to show you.

  5. Love, love, love the knobs! I was at first sad you didn’t go with the multi-faceted, then swoooooon when I saw the ones you chose! And, yes, I make very immature jokes, hence my excitement that Beavis and Butthead have made a return to cable 🙂

  6. I am seriously cracking up. I just found your blog today. I have a 10 year-old son, so we’re not up to wood jokes just yet, but anything nut related is always good for a laugh. I’ll be sticking around for both the remodel updates, and your great sense of humor

    1. Hey Katie! Aww, thanks! Nut jokes are good for a laugh, too. 🙂 Looking forward to hearing from you again!


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