We do not have a huge kitchen. It certainly beats the small galley we had in the 'old house', and I am no gourmet, so it's fine for us. When we built the house, keeping in mind our kitchen was a bit smaller than those you see on the market, or on those renovations shows, we added the Butlers Pantry. It was also in keeping with our desire for this house to appear to be an older house.
As does happen with housebuilding we reached a point where our wallet was saying ouch, and some things were coming in way, WAY over budget [$20k well, anyone?] so we started cutting things out. The cabinets in the butler pantry were on that 'we'll do it someday' list.
Now I am glad it worked out that way. I wrote in a previous blog about the Architectural Salvage place where we bought a majority of the items in our house, Green Demolitions. In building this house searching for bargain finish items is a habit I've not been able to shake even though it's mostly finished.
So one day while checking Green Demo I spotted these cabinets, called to get measurements, and bought them sight unseen [ok I obviously saw a pic, but not a detailed one].
When we went to get them hubby was worried they were not what I was expecting, I looked at them and was ecstatic that they were beyond my expectations! They are custom made, solid pine with the most amazing details.
Here are pics of the install:
I put up beadboard wallpaper on the wall as a backsplash and painted it to match. Then we bought some crown molding to finish them off:
See the little turn peg under the glass door?
Each door has one of those, and a groove where they pass over to age the cabinets.
The the right of the cabinets is an Ikea wardrobe we use as a closet. *Someday* I will have a freezer right there, and a pantry closet, so the closet can be a closet like it was supposed to be, not a pantry like my builder decided it should be. Apparently, in his mind, blueprints are merely a suggestion.
And then came the accessorizing, even though, yes the cabinets still need leveling, and a toekick and the ceiling needs to be repainted:
What a great place to display Grandma C's china pieces
Stallion ad from 1805
Miscellaneous equestrian art
WEEEEEEEE! Why do horseman enjoy a 'crash and burn' so much?
Are you sitting down? The cabinets, including the granite counter, were under $400.
They were finished with a pickling finish [you can get an idea of the finish if you look at the back of the inside of the uppers]. I covered that with the dove grey paint, and I had to putty some holes, and of course we added the crown molding, some trim, and the beadboard wallpaper [a roll of which goes a Loooooooong way]. I would guess all totaled, we came in well under $500.
SEE why I love Green Demo???