Picking up where I left off with the kitchen, we had just installed the countertops & backsplash and were eagerly awaiting our SemiHandmade doors & drawer fronts. Well, I was beyond ecstatic that they arrived just in time for Thanksgiving and I am freaking out over how good they turned out.Like I mentioned before, SemiHandmade is a company that makes high quality custom doors and drawer fronts to fit Ikea cabinetry. This allows you to get the look of a custom kitchen for less. The style that we chose is called the DIY Shaker, which is one of the options they offer that comes unstained/unpainted. The picky color fiend in me was thrilled because it meant I got to choose the exact hue I wanted. All the sordid details, a little blood, sweat, & (happy) tears, and more photos after the jump…
Originally we were going to paint the doors & drawer fronts ourselves. I researched spray guns, and read up on different DIY techniques, but in the end we hired a professional. By the time I factored in the price of the sprayer and considered all the time it would take me, it turns out hiring the professional ended up being more cost effective and it also saved me from pulling out my hair over the thought of messing it all up! The DIY maven in me was sad to give it up but in this case it just made sense.You may remember I was loving the idea of painting the base cabinets a dark color. I ended up picking some paint samples up of some of my favorite Farrow & Ball shades that I thought would be the winners (Railings & Studio Green). I also picked up the one you see, Pigeon, kind of on a whim.
The way I decided on my color was I fully painted big foam core boards, one for each color, which created a large color swatch that I could move around and see how the light effected it in different areas of the kitchen. After living with the three jumbo color swatches in the space for a few days, “Pigeon” surprised us as the winner (we picked “Wimborne White” for the top cabinets).It took us one full day to put on all the SemiHandmade doors and drawer fronts and we were able to follow the Ikea instructions without too many swear words uttered (at least on my end). The drawer fronts snapped in quick like lightning but hanging the doors and adjusting the hinges took a bit of time (I volunteered to handle the drawers :)). SemiHandmade also made us this custom panel that covers the back of the cabinets. So there they are! What do you think? There is still a ways to go but I think it’s starting to shape up. Is anyone else exhausted?
Still to do in the kitchen: 1. take down another wall (we just got the approved permits. woo hoo! Details to come) 2. find some pretty hardware 3. find new lighting. 4. extend the countertop & cabinets into the extended kitchen 5. paint the toe-kicks 6. finish the base moulding.
Product Sources: Doors & Drawer fronts by SemiHandmade // Cabinets from Ikea // Faucet by Brizo // Dining Table by Organic Modernism // Rug by The Rug Warehouse // Stools by Organic Modernism // Butterfly Chair & Dining Chairs are vintage // Cabinet paint colors: Pigeon & Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball // Floor Stain Color is Ebony by Minwax
To see the kitchen before look here.
To see all of the renovation progress look here.
Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel