Friday, February 6, 2009
The Cabinetry Is Complete...What A Relief!
What a relief to have the biggest task of this project successfully completed! My version of an updated classic vintage kitchen has been delivered and I am delighted with how the space has been transformed. The workmanship is outstanding and the job was completed over a week ahead of schedule. For anyone in the Portland area, Larry of LIC Painting is definitely the person to contact for any painting projects. 503-887-6078. This job was also surprisingly affordable...when approaching a kitchen update, painting existing cabinetry can be a great option.
The mantel has also been installed. The craftsman completely listened to my goals for its design. I requested that the new mantel be clean lined and modern with just enough detail to work with the door design of the built-ins. The more substantial scale of the mantel has the correct proportion for the room. The mantel is also flush with the built-ins with no drywall between the two, making it look as if these elements were designed and built together from the start. Finally the striking tile from Pental adds to the overall effect of this wall, creating a timeless mix of modern and traditional elements.
As for the hardware, after the first drawer was installed I reattached the original weathered nickel hardware. Previously this hardware was not even noticed on the dark wood, but now it brings out the grey tones in the granite. This reinforces the goal of lightening the look of the granite. Replacing the hardware was a maybe on the project list and being able to eliminate this to-do item has been a budget friendly surprise. This hardware can be found at National Builders Hardware Co., www.nbhco.com. As a side note, if you want to see an incredible line of hardware visit The Nanz Co., at www.nanz.com...this company has amazingly beautiful designs.
Next...painting walls and removing the carpet in the family room in anticipation of the hardwood installation next week. Then I can begin working on the fun stuff...window treatments, lighting, accessories, the things that bring out the personality of a space!