kitchen-progress3 I’ve got some A-frame progress you guys(!), some very construction dust filled progress, but we are one step closer to a finished kitchen, so I will take it. If you’ve been following along, you already know that we went with Ikea cabinet bases but then chose Semi-handmade doors and drawer fronts for our A-frame kitchen. I love their DIY options (which we also used in our LA kitchen) because they come unfinished and ready for paint which means you get to pick any color your hearts desire. I painted ours months ago now, but we finally got them in! Well, at least the bottom ones. But yay green! You can read about my color choice and the painting process here. And now it is time to choose the hardware…best wood, brass, leather, concrete cabinet pulls knobs My original idea for the door hardware was to cut holes in the doors with my drill press to use as finger pulls but with a million other things on my to-do list, I completely forgot! Since the panels are already painted, and in Palm Springs, I am not about to bring them back to my workshop here, and I don’t trust a hand drill for a job like that, so on to plan B we go. I started searching for some more unique hardware options than my go to brass pulls and pulled together (no pun intended) my favorites from wood, to leather, to concrete.

I am loving wood hardware lately but with the wood countertops, I’m thinking leather or concrete might be the way to go.


Stealth // Meacham // Mid-Century Modern // Reedsport // Kaboom // Half Moon Rounds

Leather Loop // Salamanca Knob // Kennaston Pull // Leather Recessed // Multi Leather Pulls // Leather Bin Pull // Leather Pull // Leather Drawer Pull // XL Leather Pulls

Concrete Knobs // Betty Concrete // Cement Disk // Yoko Knobs // Cement Pillars // The Bunker  kitchen-progressOh and it feels so good to have our appliances in and I delight in a thing called an undercounter fridge. You might remember we did the same thing with our cabin in Michigan and I didn’t miss having a full sized fridge once. Being a vacation home, we aren’t stock piling away groceries for the long haul, so by moving it to below the counter it frees up much needed visual space and adds more work surface area. My other favorite thing about this fridge is that we went with a “panel ready” option, so we had Semi-Handmade make a door front to match the rest of the cabinets and it blends in seamlessly (err, it will be seamless once we level the fridge that is, right now the unit is a bit crooked and covered with dust, but do you see how good it will be, do you see?! If you squint and imagine it all clean it helps, I swear by it).

kitchen-progress2 We still have quite a list of things to do, more painting, lights, skim coating the far wall, figuring out doors for the spice cabinet, toe kicks etc, but I couldn’t wait to share how it is looking with the base cabinets in and the floating shelf up! I also couldn’t help but take a look back at the before photo to see how far we’ve come.

kitchen-BEFORESlowly but surely we are bringing this dark and dated gem of a place into this century. Now if only we could stop running into silly problems that keep eating up our budget like new roofs, and septic systems and such. Septic schmeptic, I want my leather sling chairs!

Catch up on all the A-frame progress here.

Additional Sources:
Tile by Fireclay Tile (2×6 in Calcite) // Faucet from Homary // Cabinet doors and drawer fronts by Semi-Handmade (DIY slab style) // Range and self circulating range hood by Ikea // Countertops from Ikea  // Floating Shelf from Semi-Handmade // Sink from Ikea  //

  • Sarah Bendickson

    I adore this! Such great selections. We are in the process of ordering cabinets for our new kitchen and went with a custom green paint color as well. I was going to go brass with the hardware but I love all these material options and textures. I may need to mix things up a bit. Thanks for the run down. I’m so inspired by all your work. Question about your faucet. It’s gorgeous! I’m curious if you’ve purchased from them before? Is the sink water hooked up yet? Have you had much chance to use it? They’ve obviously hit it out of the park with design but I’m interested in your thoughts about the quality. Looks like it comes from overseas. Was the processing time & shipping time pretty true to what it quotes on the website? They are very reasonably priced. I’m ready to buy some matte black faucets for the kids bath but I’d love to hear about your experience first. Thank you! -Sarah

    • sarah

      HI Sarah,
      Yes the faucet is not the greatest quality, but for the price and being a second home, without a ton of use I am giving it a go. (Plus i loved the shape!) We do have it hooked up with water and so far so good! Having kohler in the bathroom right next door though, you can definitely feel the difference in quality. The processing time and shipping was true to the quote on the site! Good luck!
      x sarah

  • Breck

    Hi Sarah! My husband and I live in a small flat and are considering an under-counter fridge for our kitchen remodel. Any particular brands or models you like? Any tips for living with one? We’re definitely looking to have it integrated/panel-ready, so any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated!

  • Cement knobs! How awesome is that? Loving the green as well. Great blog.

  • Diana Wagenbach

    Hi Sarah,

    Everything looks beautiful!!! Could you please give the details on your floating shelves from semi-handmade? Thanks so much!!

  • Hey! LOVE all of these pulls. The concrete ones are gorgeous! We did leather pulls in our last home and I was obsessed. We always got so many compliments. I’m sure whichever you choose will be amazing!!

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  • evelyne

    Hi Sarah, is there anywhere I can find the hole-to-hole dimensions of these pulls? Thanks!

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