Cabinet Meetings

2010 April 5
by Otto

The kitchen cabinets are coming in. It’s a really exciting time at the house, where the project pivots from being a dusty construction site to more of a finished-house-in-progress. You can now see what the house is going to look like, which is both exciting and a little daunting. Decisions we made based on drawings, photos in catalogs, and our gut intuition are now suddenly spread before us in full 3D. The oak floor on the main floor is now stained dark and polyurethaned; the first final paint colors are on the walls upstairs; tile is appearing in the bathrooms; and, of course, the kitchen, the most expensive and most debated room in the house, is receiving its cabinetry.

Jess Armitage and Scott McPhie install cabinet lighting and the cabinetry

Jess Armitage and Scott McPhie install cabinet lighting and the cabinetry

You can’t really see the floor underneath the blankets, but since the house is going to be so bright and white, Anne wanted a dark floor. It’s a beautiful coffee color that looks like it will really offset the white walls and cabinetry nicely. I spent more time obsessing about the finish. There are several options: very high VOC finishes like the Swedish Glitsa; oil-based polyurethane finishes; and water-based polyurethane. If you search around online you’ll find various people who swear by one or the other product, but the trend clearly appears to be to the low-VOC water-based finishes. They are now so good that there is hardly a reason to introduce higher-toxicity finishes into the house. Our finish needed only a day of drying before workmen could come back in the house.

Upstairs, the landing/hallway area is starting to take final form. The big north-facing windows that give light to the hallway are painted and uncovered again. The small window to the stairwell we added in the last minute to add light to the hall bathroom is in and painted; and the bookshelf is done and painted.

The windows are in and painted; the bookshelf is painted; we're getting there!

The windows are in and painted; the bookshelf is painted; we're getting there!

In the bathrooms, the addition of the tile is really starting to make the space look plausibly like a usable space. In the photo below, you can see the tiling on the floor and around the tub, as well as the little built-in cabinet that is built up around the opening for the laundry chute (the opening is covered by paper in the middle of the cabinet).

In the master bath, tiles and cabinetry are giving the room a final look

In the master bath, tiles and cabinetry are giving the room a final look

I forget whether I mentioned this previously, but we found that tub on a curb about two blocks from our house. Someone was gutting their house, apparently, and had no more use for this mid-century tub that was almost in perfect condition. We’ll take it!

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