Kitchen: Electric, Stripping & Getting Fancy

The thing about posting kitchen updates every week (rather than taking 3 weeks off and coming back with a killer HOLY-CRAP-LOOK-AT-ALL-OF-THE-THINGS post) is the amount accomplished looks a little piddly. It FEELS amazing though.

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This weekend was incredibly productive. Little details that had been hanging over me got crossed over the list.

Dad installed the outlets & light switch in the backsplash.

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I love that the black pretty much disappears on the soapstone. There’s a 3-gang to the left of the stove and a 2-gang to the right of it.

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The slight overhang of the shelf/ledge also comes out just far enough to cover the depth of the faceplate. I would love to pretend I designed it with that in mind but it’s totally a happy accident.

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We can go into more detail about the electric in the kitchen in another post but the switch controls the 3 can lights installed in the “kitchen” side of the ceiling. The other can lights (in the “dining room” side of the ceiling) are operated by a switch on the opposite side of the room.

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My best friend came into town for Saturday to get her hands dirty and help.

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This girl, man. THIS.GIRL.

We killed it with the trim.

The 36″ upper cabinets were looking a little pathetic last week.

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I had taken off the 15″ upper cabinet for the counter installation. Loosening the bolts on the 39″ high upper cabinet allowed the cabinet a little bit of play up & down, which I needed to get the backsplash installed.

I am planning use this nook of 36″ wide cabinetry to store most (if not all) of my china and serving pieces. Fun fact about me – I have a rather extensive collection of china/dishware. I think the count last stood at 7 different sets but I’ve never lived in a place that I was able to store everything all together. Hopefully this set of cabinets will house it all. Hopefully.

With that in mind, these upper cabinets are going to be HEAVY. I didn’t want to put all that weight solely on the rail system, so I designed the backsplash to come right up to the cabinet. The bottom, back edge of the cabinet actually rests on the top edge of the soapstone.

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Once the soapstone went in, the 15″ high upper could be reinstalled (which Megs did) and then we could trim it out with some crown.

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The more time consuming project was reinstalling the missing picture rail trim.

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I didn’t originally take it down, as you can see in the picture below.

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I thought I might be able to just work with it in place but, as things progressed, it became obvious that probably wasn’t the best choice.

Then I thought maybe I’d just pull the old nails out of it, slap it back up and call it a day. (And my mother just laughed.)

The trim was covered in 130+ years of paint, spackle & plaster. The edges and mitered corners were crusty, so I got out the heat gun to just clean that up a little.

2+ hours later, Megs & I had stripped the entire piece.

Here’s the thing about stripping lead based paint – in my personal opinion – it’s not all crazy ridiculous as most scare tactics lead you to believe. I’ve read the literature, guidelines and laws. There are certain protocols any professional company must adhere to so, if you’re hiring the job out, be prepared for a litany of requirements.

In NJ at least, things relax a little if a homeowner is doing the work themselves. Should you do your best to adhere to the guidelines as much as possible? ABSOLUTELY. Are they going to cart you off for not being perfect? Nope. Are you going to immediately get lead poisoning? If you’re careful and follow the guidelines, highly unlikely.

Do you own research. I’m sure every state is different. Here in NJ, you can strip lead based paint a variety of ways but I find a heat gun works the best. Use one that doesn’t get over 1100 degrees and wear a respirator. Covering your work area with plastic to contain the little paint bits is also smart. Then put it all in a plastic bag and throw out in your regular household trash. I hand-stripped the entire portico this way and it came out pretty spectacularly.

Anyway, that’s my little soapbox about lead paint. Be careful and smart but there’s no need to fear it.

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Because I had removed all the plaster from behind the picture rail, it needed to be built out a little more than just the poplar face I had already installed.

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Of course nothing is straight in this house, so the spacer piece ended up needing to be 3/4″ thick on one end and taper down to 3/8″ thick on the other end.

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There’s plenty of holes to fill, so what’s a few more.

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All in all – it’s really coming together! Getting this trim back up was huge with regards to getting the paint prep moving.

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Done by the end of June?? Maybe.

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Kitchen: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Been a couple weeks, huh? Quiet here. Not quiet in the kitchen. LOTS has happened.

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Hey gurl!

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Sarah happened to be flying to New York for a day (literally less than 24 hours) and, since my house is a 9 minute drive from EWR, I persuaded her to let me play hostess. Which is fun when you don’t have a kitchen and your truck gets hit by a girl running a red light on your way to pick her up at the airport.

Even though plans for a fun evening showing her a favorite neighborhood restaurant were hijacked by police reports and tow trucks and replaced with a bar pie at the local Irish pub, she was gracious and wonderfully understanding about the whole thing.

Attempting to make it up to her, we spent the afternoon after her morning plans grabbing a burger at The Spotted Pig and wandering around much of the west side of New York.

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BUT KITCHEN! You’re not here to hear about warm spring days spent sharing a strawberry basil popsicle while strolling along the High Line. You’re here for THE KITCHEN.

Last we caught up, I just just gotten the cover panel installed on the bottom of the soffit cabs and the 15″ upper cab was hung to the right of the stove. Things were primed & ready to paint.

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Since that time, I am happy to report the underside of the cover panel & the 15″ cabinet have both been painted.

The cabinet above the fridge was closed up.

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The counters were templated.

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Trim was added and doors were built.

And now, things look like this –

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BOOM!

Counters? CHECK!

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Finished island (expect for drawer pulls)? Check!

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Cabinet above the fridge? CHECK.

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Tilt out trays & cabinet doors installed in the sink cabinet? Check.

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Range hood hanging on the wall? 24″ cabinet installed in the blind? Trim installed on the underside of the soffit? Check. Check. AND CHECK.

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Under-cabinet lights? LIKE A BOSS.

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This kitchen is GETTING THERE, people!

Lots of finish work left to do. Cover panels need to hop on the 24″ cabinet that’s in the nook (not really pictured much in this post). The picture rail trim needs to be reinstalled along the soffit.

Then begins the caulking and patching. Sanding. Filling. More sanding. Tedium. Then on to the priming, painting, and painting drill.

There was a hiccup with my faucet which the dealer is working out with the manufacturer. A few faucet will need to be shipped out and then I’ll have to have that one stripped before I can get running water back on. Maybe in the next couple weeks?

The goal is to have the kitchen D.O.N.E. before the end of June. Optimistic? Totally. Doable? Maybe.

I hear Sarah is checking things off her list too. Just a couple of ladies kicking butt in the kitchen. As we do.

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Kitchen:

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So much progress you guys! So much.

After getting the soffit cabinets securely supported from their fronts, it was time to move on to installing the cover panels underneath them.

Pretty much every cabinet in the kitchen is getting wrapped in a cover panel of some variety. I don’t want the white IKEA boxes showing. Having the boxes wrapped in cover panels allows me to paint them the same color as the door, so they look like legit cabinets (not IKEA boxes I slapped some painted doors on). I’m also extending the cover panels 3/4″ past the front edge of the cabinet box so that the 3/4″ thick doors look inset (drool) without the cost of actual inset cabinets (win).

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The cover panels I’m using are from IKEA and match the Ramsjo white doors I purchased there. Both are getting painted, so I’m not TOO worried about them matching but the grains will match and they are 3’x8′ with finished edges. While they retail for $135, I kept an eye on the AS-IS section and waited until something decent came down to a price I was comfortable with. I ended up getting 2 for $20/ea, 1 at $33, and 1 at $15. Ended up being cheaper than plywood and I didn’t have to put any edge banding on them (well, mostly – I did on a few spots I cut and got a raw edge).

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On the bottom of the cover panel, about 2″ in from the edge, Dad & I routed out a channel for the LED strip lights.

This also gave us a place to hide the bolts. Drilled the hole and then used a spade bit to countersink it a little.

To aid in installation, we clamped a piece of 3/4″ thick poplar to the front edge. That way, we could just hold it in place and not have to worry about maintaining the 3/4″ lip along the front.

Once it was in place, the panel got through-bolted along the front edge where we had pre-drilled and then screwed in with drywall screws from the inside of the cabinet down into the cover panel. I pre-drilled the holes in the bottom of the cabinet too. For ease of installation and because all the bite of the screw should really be in the cover panel.

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The inside of the cabinet is littered with the black heads of drywall screws but, from the bottom, all you see is a nice smooth cover panel.

Once the cover panels for the soffit cabs were in, I could move on to hanging the 2 cabinets on this wall that will see a lot of daily use.

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I put glue on the back of the rail on the brick to fill in all the unevenness of the brick. I don’t put glue on the back of the rails on the walls.

I build the cabinets mostly like IKEA says. I put glue in the dowel holes and use my little 18g stapler on the backs. Then I wrap them in cover panels. This was in process –

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After it’s hung –

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The 24″ wide cabinet took a little more playing with because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave the 1.5″ opening or fill it in. I ended up keeping it.

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Then it was finally time to whip out some primer and get to work!

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Primed and – as of this very moment – 2 coats of paint have been applied to the blind, bottom of the soffit cover panel & the 15″ cabinet side of things.

Moving along. What’s Sarah up to??

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Kitchen: Flying High

Ahhhh, the end of April. For anyone in the college admissions world, you know that being able to breathe is only a day away. May 1 – the magical national deposit deadline – is just a few hours away. With that comes all of the last minute enrolling and anti-melt initiatives but the massive, show-stopping events, are over until fall.

Life will begin to resume some semblance of normalcy (whatever that means) and, hopefully, a more reasonable work-life balance.

A few weeks ago, I brought you up to the minute with where the kitchen was. I didn’t have anything to update because, with work, not much had happened in the kitchen.

This week, there is progress to share. DUN-duh-DUNNNNNNNNN!!!!!

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After Dad & I got the soffit cabs hung, they stayed like this for a few weeks –

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The front edge of the 24″ deep cabinets supported by 2x4s and clamps.

With such deep cabinets, we didn’t trust the downward force on the front edge of the cabinets to not weaken the connection of the rail out of the brick wall.

The front edge of this row of cabinets needed to be supported and the easiest way to do it was with some leftover IKEA cabinet brackets.

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This is what I needed to get the job done –

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Here’s basically how it went down:

Measure back far enough so the bracket doesn’t get in the way of the cabinet hinge.

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The top holes are too close to the top corner of the cabinet, so I need to use a flex drive to squarely drill the hole.

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Gloves protect your hands from the friction.

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Then go back the other way

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I used the holes on the diagonal because that puts the most material between the two holes.

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Once the brackets were secured, it was time to drill through the top of the cabinet and into the plywood above.

I find these zip-toggles are so much easier to work with than regular toggle bolts.

Then it was a matter of putting together all the right hardware – 5″ hex head bolts, the IKEA bracket plates, a couple fender washers and a hex head for my drill.

Thread the bolts into the toggles.

Tighten with the hex head in your drill.

Adjusting the bolts in & out leveled up the cabinets front to back. And – BAM! – just like that, no more 2×4’s were needed for support.

The soffit cabs were in, up and secure.

I put in 6 toggle bolts in total, plus the end in the blind is screwed directly into a stud. Don’t think these suckers are going anywhere. Which, after all, is kind of the point.

YAY!! PROGRESS!!!

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Kitchen: Cabinets. Island. Life.

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So last week I dropped the ball on updating you guys. I meant to do it Wednesday night and then Thursday but it never happened. Life has been…jam.packed.

I don’t really talk about my day job here but I work in admissions at a large university. Our office has been Director-less since January. There’s a new Chancellor and a major strategic planning processing underway. My biggest project/event of the year is coming up on the 12th. I’m solely in charge of planning, coordinating, designing, & all-around making happen our Open House. Last year we hosted over 2,100 people. It’s a lot of change and a lot to do but in an exciting way.

Planning & designing events and projects is what I do. Theatre & productions are at my core and, when you think about it, everything is a production. In the business & education world they just call it “project management.” Same thing. But I make things look good too.

Anyway, the point is – between work, the kitchen, the dogs (Bruce had cataract surgery and a liver thing on top of his relatively new diabetes), yoga (I’m doing the April 20 classes in 30 days challenge at my yoga studio), and life in general – it’s hard to fit in time to sit, reflect and update you guys.

Thank you for your patience and support. If you’re interested in more day-to-day snapshots of my life, head on over to Instagram. THAT I can manage to fit in on the regular. Love me some Instagram.

Because I don’t have the bandwidth to give you guys detailed How-To’s just yet, here’s a slew of pictures about what’s going on in the kitchen –

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Muriatic acid will easily remove the mill scale that comes on hot rolled steel. Water also rusts up the naked steel pretty quick. After getting the mill scale off of the steel, I played around with the acid (wearing chemical gloves & protective eyewear, of course) letting parts rust and then rubbing them with the diluted acid to remove some of it. I wasn’t sure how I wanted the steel to look but I didn’t want the mill scale on it and I didn’t want it to be a solid, flat color. I’ll talk more about this when I get around to doing a how-to.

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While this is a photo showing how I drilled & countersunk holes to bolt on the casters, it also clearly shows the dip line of the muriatic bath. The dark (left) side spot is mill scale. The right (lighter) side of the line is what was in the acid bath.

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Old lath. Steel. Stainless. Brassy slotted machine bolts. Brass pulls (eventually). Soapstone (eventually).

It’s fun to see something you designed in your head come together as planned (shockingly!) and look good.

What’s left for the island? Wrap the other side & back with lath.

Now for that 3rd cabinet I promised you 2 weeks ago.

The giant behemoth one on the left.

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This is what it looked like trying to put it up.

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(Thanks, Mom!)

I bought an IKEA cabinet because it was worth $40 to me to have the sides predrilled with all the holes. I replaced the top, bottom & back with custom cut pieces. Home Depot stocks 3/4″ melamine sheets, the thin backer material & white edge banding (to make it look like a solid piece). Word to the wise – don’t iron your finger when putting on the edge banding. It hurts.

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I’m pretty proud of these cuts. It all fit together as planned. You’d think I do this on the regular or something. (Oh wait…I do. haha)

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The wall bows. Whatevs. Caulk. The bottom of the entire row is getting covered with a cover panel anyway.

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The dark staggered dots are screws. Dad & I got this cabinet pretty level and screwed the side into the center stud. The dark line on the far left isn’t a crack in the spackle. It’s a pencil mark showing the edge of the corner stud.

We had taken cabinet #2 (the middle one) down to get cabinet #3 in.

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Cab #2 slipped back in the middle after #3 was up. It looked so small in comparison but it’s a legit 36″ wide. (HEEEYYYYYYYYYY STORAGE!)

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The whole row of 15″h cabs has been bolted together. Next step is to level them up by bolting them to the soffit ceiling on the front edges of each cabinet. I don’t want all the weight & force to rely solely on the rail mounted to the brick. They’re just too deep. By mounting them from the fronts too, the weight on the back rail becomes more of a shear force, rather than a twisting one. YAY engineering!

Also, my faucet arrived. In this hilariously giant box.

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I haven’t nailed down a decorative plater to do the stripping/plating yet. If you do that and want to help, email me. This thing is going to look amazeballs in raw brass. Raw brassy goodness….

I am THISclose to pulling the trigger on some pulls.

I dig these Mission style pulls from House of Antique Hardware. They’re the brassy one in the photo below.

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The biggest they come is 4″ and I was hoping to find something bigger for the 30″ drawers on my island. The ones shown above come in unlacqured brass but they feel a bit chunky. I like the more delicate lines of the ones from House of Antique Hardware.

A different company makes ones with similar proportions but they don’t come in brass. Story of my life.

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I’m getting closer to not caring and putting the 4″ers on everything.

So yeah. Moving along. Progress. Cabinets. Almost island. Making it happen.

What’s going on in your kitchen?? I hear Sarah is almost done. B!tch.😉

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Kitchen: Up, Up, & Away!

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As with any project, there are multiple moving parts & projects and I bounce around, often working on several things at once. Or at least several things each week. Last week, I talked about my foray into the wonderful world of welding. The week before, I was really excited about the soffit getting all buttoned up. We’re gonna bounce back to that this week.

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When we last left off, this is what the kitchen looked like. I no longer saw the underside of the upstairs bathroom floor and it was epic.

Over the past 2 weeks, Dad & I have been pushing really hard to get the upper soffit cabs hung. These 15″h x 24″d cabinets will hang directly under the soffit for seasonal and party storage.

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3 – 36″ wide cabinets (IKEA stocks these in both 30″ & 36″) would almost fit perfectly across this open space. But, as you may recall, I have 14″ of blind space that tuck off to the left of the sink.

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I’m the girl who’s retrofitting every base cabinet possible for toe kick drawers. I’m not going to let 14″x15″x24″ of space go unused. So – like everything this kitchen – I must make it more difficult.

We began by hanging the rail. The math for where we decided to put the rail took into account a variety of variables. The soffit itself slopes a little but the cabinets should hang level. I am wrapping every cabinet with 3/4″ cover panels so that the doors look inset. I love the look of inset cabinets but not the price (obvs.), so I want room above it to add a panel &/or crown moulding.

While we’re on the topic of inset doors, Michelle at 4 Men 1 Lady just did a whole series reviewing her own kitchen now that it’s a couple years since her renovation. Her thoughts on insets cabinets were super interesting. I love her kitchen. SO pretty.

But back to my kitchen. The rail.

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Once we decided where it should go, we pre-drilled holes at the beginning and end of each span – making sure it was level – and put it up with masonry screws.

Make sure to add the IKEA hanger bolts before the 2nd piece went up. The second piece ran right up to the fridge cabinet wall, so we wouldn’t have been able to get them in after the fact.

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We added some construction adhesive to the back flat part of the rail, even though this isn’t part of the standard installation instructions. The brick wall is really uneven. The adhesive should help fill in the nooks & crannies, harden, and help stop any potential flexing. Plus it would add some additional staying power.

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This photo was to show the nifty little piece of scrap would we used to join the two pieces of rail, so that they lined up perfectly. What I see when I look at this photo though is an exhaust pipe that we deliberately permanently installed and then had to work around. We did a really great job of making sure it wasn’t going to move before we put the soffit plywood up. Almost too good of a job.

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We started at this end, so we’ll call this soffit cab #1. Soffit cab #1 has the exhaust pipe running through it. I did SUCH a good job planning that the exhaust ended up being right on the inside edge.

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Quick tip – use a nail set to make a divot where you want the pilot hole to be. It’ll keep the bit from walking.

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Then we used the 6″ hole saw from my recessed light installation to cut the holes.

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Our littlest helper dogs enjoyed the sun and the supervising. My parent’s dogs Phoebe & Jovi.

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We cut both holes before assembling this first cabinet but assembly went as per the directions. Mostly. I added some glue to the dowels.

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And a couple screws to the sides, since such a large hole had been cut out.

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Then it was just a matter of getting it hung. There are no photos of this because our hands were a little full. Just know that getting the cabinet over the rail and bolts with a rigid vertical impediment (the exhaust) proved to be a bit more of a challenge than anticipated. We ended up trimming off the top lip that’s on the backside of the cabinet.

You can see the bottom lip in the above photo. The top has the same thing. It’s supposed to cover up the rail and allow for wires to pass behind the cabinet. The top will never ever be seen, so it got cut off in a heartbeat when we realized that there was no way it was making it between the rail and the exhaust pipe.

Also – because I did such a fantastic job of planning things so the exhaust would be just about as far left as possible – it made reaching the far left rail bolt a bit challenging. The bolt for this side ends up tucked a little behind the exhaust. Luckily a 12″ bit extension fit between the cabinet side wall & exhaust.

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Cabinet #1 is up!! HUZZAH. Cabinets 2 & 3 in the next post. Cabinet #3 was also a special case. The middle one, #2, is the only cabinet of the bunch that didn’t require any modification. I’m sure I could make a middle child joke here but, as an oldest, I’m partial to the challenges that come with doing something for the first time.

I’m also noticing that the photo above has 3 ladders in it. All of which we used at the same time. One may think this is a lot of ladders but that would be incorrect. I think this represents half of the ladders in my house right now. So the real question is – how many ladders does a 1600 sqft rowhome actually need? Apparently 6. Plus a painters platform.

Now go check out Sarah’s grout and tell me what y’all have been up to.

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Kitchen: Islands & Bucket Lists

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Have you ever dreamt about doing something?

Bucket list kind of dreamt.

Something that someday, somehow you’ll do.

Welding has been on my list for yeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrssssssssss.

I know. I’m an odd duck. (At least I’m not an ugly duck. OHHHHH!!!!)

But seriously. For me, welding has been something that I wanted to learn how to do.

I want to learn to weld.

I kept telling people. Putting it out into the universe. Someday. Somehow. Somewhere. I want to learn to weld.

This week, I got to do it for the first time. (!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Turns out, all you really need to do is make friends with a guy who lives in a firehouse and owns a welder, then ask and keep asking if he’d teach you how to weld.

Of course he says ‘yes’ but it’s merely a hypothetical, nice thing to say to the slightly crazy chick who has this weird obsession with learning welding. Until she texts you, “How’s Wednesday at 4?” Suddenly, shit just got real.

Being the gracious human being that your firehouse-owning friend is, Wednesday at 4 is fine.

And just like that, bucket list dreams start coming true and you see Lisa Frank rainbows with unicorns & puppies frolicking alongside a kitten with some wings.

WHEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

“So what, exactly, are we welding?” you may ask. Fabulous question.

The base to my kitchen island.

Because the house is so narrow, I want the flexibility of a rolling island with the storage capacity of a built-in island. I’m making the kitchen island out of a 30″ 2+2 drawer base cab and a 15″ 1 drawer, 1 door base cab.

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Knowing how much I can load up a cabinet (you would really be amazed at my packing abilities), this island could get pretty heavy. But I still need it to roll easily. That means larger, high quality wheels. I can’t just bolt the cabinets together and shove 4 casters under it though. There needs to be some sort of base to tie everything together.

2×4’s would be too big. I still don’t want the island to be more than 36″ high.

Plywood might not be strong enough. Plus then I’d have to finish off the raw edges to make it look intentional.

Angle iron! 1.5″ angle iron. Strong. Visually appealing. The L part of the angle iron would make a skirt to cover the top part of the casters. Annnnnnnnd I would finally have an excuse to learn to weld.

Win. Win.

You should know that this island has been in the works for months. Assembling the cabinets. Spec’ing out the iron and getting it cut.

Dad knew a place by him to get the angle iron that would also miter cut the corners, so I gave him the measurements.

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I have never been here but, given the jumbled assortment of rusty metal and amount of awesome looking stuff, I’m pretty sure I’d love it. Anywhere with a looming threat of tetanus is my kind of place.

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Dad then hand cut the interior supports for the casters and Mom took photos so I’d have them for the blog.

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Everything arrived to me completely dry fit & ready to weld. #bestparentsever

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Then it was just a matter of me welding it up.

HA! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Let me just tell you. “just a matter of me welding it up” is a completely honest reflection of how naive and unprepared I was for how difficult welding actually is.

I have done research. I get the concept of welding. I understood the instructions that were given to me. I thought I would totally rock welding.

Look at how cocky & confident I was before that first weld. I so got this.

I packed up my To-Go bag of tools and carted everything over to “just weld it up.” (what? you don’t have a to-go bag for your tools?)

Everything started out so smooth. The pieces dry fit together nicely.

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It went pretty square without too much of a fight.

I got good instruction. It looked so easy!

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And then it was my turn.

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And I sucked at it so.bad.

REALLY incredibly bad.

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But I kept going.

I got some help and it took way longer than it should have but ultimately, I DID IT.

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That last one was probably my best.

I did that. It looks like crap. But I did that. I melted metal and made something. Pretty proud of myself.

I could have given up when I got frustrated and melted through yet another spot of the angle iron.

It would have been faster, cleaner, and better results if I had just handed it over and asked – please just do it for me.

But I didn’t. I wanted to do it. I wanted to be able to say, ‘I did that. I welded that up.’

I picked the island base for my first weld project for a few reasons.

  1. It didn’t have to be pretty. Most of the welds will be forever hidden under the base of the island or under the cabinets, never to be seen again. The only ones people would ever see are on the outer corners and, well, that’s why God made grinders.
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    The welds certainly make it easier but I’m not counting on them to carry any load. They’re not what holds this all together. Thankfully.
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  3. It seemed like a win-win solution. I needed a relatively thin, strong base for the island and I really wanted to learn to weld. SOLD.

I came home and spent a few minutes with the grinder, smoothing everything out. The corners are now shiny but I’ll deal with that when I attempt to finish the metal. And because I was SO excited to see if it worked, I slapped the casters on it.

And hopped on.

I’m the man. Or at least I felt like it.

And I have awesome friends and family who help make it all happen.

Now what have Sarah and all our other kitchen maniacs been up to??

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