This weekend was a productive one, filled with small tasks that have been on our to do list for a while. Filling cracks in the pool base, ordering the new liner, and finishing the pool kitchen cabinets.
Last I shared, I had painted the cabinet boxes Rolling Hills from Benjamin Moore. The color is beautiful, but didn’t have enough contrast for this space. I brought the quart back to the store, hoping to have it tinted closer to Forest Floor, the darkest color on the swatch strip. Unknowingly, the paint guy accidentally added too much black, making my color a bit darker.
I tested it out, thinking maybe it read more black than green like I had in mind. Even still, I knew on the larger door fronts it would be a more accurate representation.
After realizing the hinges we had weren’t right, then exchanging them for the right ones, Ben hung the unpainted panels. Knowing they all fit, I set to work priming and painting the panels. If you have two-sided paint projects in your future, get paint pyramids to cut your time in half.
Waiting for paint to dry isn’t a strength of mine, but it is crucial for a durable paint job. After several days to cure, we attached the hinges to the doors, then doors to the frames.
A few more days of waiting, then I marked the placement for the custom walnut hardware. With that step, the pool house kitchen is complete, minus styling.
With the vast amount of stainless steel in this space, I knew I wanted warm hardware. I considered leather, but worried about durability.
When I asked Ben if he could make walnut handles, he asked what exactly I had in mind. Something simple with clean lines.
Using the table saw, he cut a strip of walnut to width, then made a few passes to notch out the side. The result is an L shape, perfect for grabbing the side.
Each handle has so much character, and I love the warm tone against the deep green.
Each handle has a standard hole width, making it easy to swap out if we ever decide we no longer want these.
The handles bring just a touch of the walnut shelving and vent hood wrap down; a warm contrast against the sleek stainless counters.
The pool liner and mechanical components are all that remain to finish in this space. With our current temps hovering around 100 degrees, I’m so ready to have water to jump in whenever the mood strikes.