Don't hate me.
This is a half-tutorial. Now don't be mad!!
This top part of my "new" pantry?
Sat down and counted: 40+ cuts. Just that top part. Does anyone wanna read a 5 page post with several diagrams?
I thought not.
Okay, now that we've got that behind us, let us move on.
is what started it all. It's a Clive Christian kitchen. While the menfolk were enjoying the Superbowl, I flipped through Architectural Digest and swooned over this kitchen. You wanna see the other side, don'tcha? DON'TCHA?
Of course you do.
Okay, so here's my before pik-chur:
that's my family room/kitchen, prior to move in. Ain't it speee-ecial?
But really, it looked like this up til last week:
And I love my chalkboard, I do. And my groceries sign. Now look at that luxury pantry. Now back to mine. Now back to the luxury pantry. Nooow back to mine.
That's what your pantry could look like, if your pantry used Old Spice.
That cookie recipe is delicious, by the way.
First things first. A new, Dutch door.
Thanks to my great pal Layne for tipping me off that those are called "Dutch", because I believe I was calling it a "farmhouse" style. Yee-ah.
So this new door: of course the "cabinetry" is faux, and it looks all difficult, right?
3/4 in. plywood. Some molding cut on 45's to make your molding on top. While this is trim run through "the shaper", I'd suggest casing to keep it cheap and still pretty.
Looks like I need another coat on that, darn it.
Okay so look at the big picture again:
and don't talk about my carpet. Regard the dimensions of the door. The top "cabinets", and then the 2nd set of "cabinets"? Twice the size of the top set. And then the bottom "cabinets" are. . . you guessed it. Triple the size of the top "cabinets". It's pleasing to the eye, no?
A word on the pillars. Yeah, you could buy some fluting and slap those down there, but I thought a 3-D, real pillar look was better.
That's some large fluting, there. Pretty much the biggest you can buy. $15 a piece, by the by. Okay, so some of that, and the sides are pieces of 1x4x8. Now, this is a two-man job. The Daddy-o came over, we clamped the 1x4's on both sides of the fluting, starting at the bottom and worked our way up slowly. Wielding my trusty nail gun, I toe-nailed it (i.e., shot the nails in at an angle) into the wall, and put nails in directly from the 1x4 into the fluting.
I would also like to mention that my awesome toe-nailing resulted in a nail shooting out, across my family room, hitting the freaking WINDOW, and bouncing back to hit my DISHES. Oops.
Also, I lost you back there, didn't I?
One more thing. I'm sorry. Really.
The cove molding you see on the sides is to hide the not-so-straight 1x4's. Okey dokey? Plus, more molding is always better. ALWAYS.
One quick word on the crown molding up here:
this can be done a meelion different ways. Pick your favorite molding. Go at it. The top was done by molding stacking. Plain Jane molding, stacked. See? The very top is a 1x10; next goes crown molding. Then it's dentil. And then, and then. . . .
See? You are sooo interested right now, huh?
And here we are.
Mostly. I really should get up on a chair and do a little more spackle/painting. But let's keep that between you and me, okey dokey?
Yes, that is an apple pie, cooling on my new Dutch door!
I do realize since it's not an outside door, the point of that is totally lost. I know. It was to properly break it in, okay?
Besides eating that apple pie? A lock went on the bottom.
Baby girl was driving me nuts with full access to the cocoa pebbles.