Monday, April 22, 2013

Traditional Kitchen Update - Part 1

At long last, we're ready to put in the new kitchen.  Remember our starting point?  It was probably last updated in the 70's, and while still in respectable shape, there was very little storage, no dishwasher and the appliances.....well, let's just say I sold them on Craigslist for $25.  It was time for some updating.

We removed the scary staircase (remember this post? -,  tore down lots of walls, installed new windows and raised the ceiling - thanks to a whole new joist system that we installed for the 2nd floor.  Then we had to complete the key infrastructure.    It created a bright, open slate to start the new kitchen.

With that behind us, it's time to start installing the cabinets.  It's always amazing to me, how this big jumble of giant boxes and molding can come together so beautifully in a new kitchen.  Waterhouse Builders got to work and started with the upper cabinets.

Crown molding goes on first
We're using Martha Stewart's Ox Hill cabinets in a brand new color - Heavy Cream.  I love the simple styling of the doors and drawers for our traditional style kitchen.  We ordered glass doors for either side of the stove and we're using a complex crown molding to take the cabinets all the way to the ceiling - a nice custom touch that highlights our high ceiling.

The upper cabinets go in first, followed by the lowers and the fridge cabinet with side panel.

Getting ready for the new stainless steel vent hood

Coming together!
Cabinets are installed!  
Now that the cabinets are installed, we're ready for the fancy trim work, countertops, appliances and lighting.  Getting closer to completion!

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    1. Thanks Carol, can't wait for you to come and see it!


  2. I have her Ox Hill in Ocean Floor. Very nice!

    1. I love Ocean Floor. I'll bet they look fabulous!

      I'd love to do a more daring cabinet color one of these days, but worry they might not appeal to a broad group of buyers.

  3. Absolutely beauteous! I am a sucker for architectural details like crown.

    1. Thanks Terri - the crown detail makes such a difference. And I'm always so surprised when people decide to save money, by not using the crown molding. It can really 'make' the room!

  4. Oh it looks like it's going to be just lovely!! Gorgeous wood floors, love the mix of the darker and lighter woods together. Nice tall cabinets as well, they always make kitchens look taller and more streamlined. Beautiful!!

  5. Hello,
    I have never posted but I found your blog and your beautiful kitchen and I am hoping you can give me some insight. We are having some issues figuring out the crown for our Martha Stewart cabinets. May I ask - Is your crown custom or did you order it along with your cabinets? I would love to duplicate the look of your crown but have had some hiccups. Thank you so much!

    1. The crown molding can be tricky! This is the Martha Stewart molding (I think this is the Scullery style). The key to getting a custom look, is to use a filler strip to build out to the front of the cabinet doors. You can do that do that by creating a 'box' from filler strips. The crown can be mounted on the box. As you see from the pics, my guys usually build that all on the ground and then lift the whole assembly up for installation. Hope that helps!

    2. That definitely helps! I really appreciate your advice. Thank you for being so willing to share your knowledge.


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