"Everything But The Kitchen Sink"

Shawn Kasner
by Shawn Kasner
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This was a fun project... Mixed and mismatched cabinets, circa 1980. Installed and uninstalled more times than Windows Vista. Broken doors and missing pieces... shouldn't be a problem, lol. There was a lot of damage to this poor ensemble of cabinets. Luckily there was enough to Frankenstein a quaint, rustic cottage kitchenette.
Having a look at what I have, and where to start.
Starting the sanding stage.
Attempting to piece together door sections. Gluing, clamping, and praying.....
This entire process was an experiment in layers.... 1. Paint 2. Light hand sanding 3. Paint 4. Light hand sanding 5. Paint 6. Light hand sanding 7. Distress edges with palm sander 8. Antique waxing in corners and distressed areas 9. Clear waxing and buffing the full cabinet 10. Polyurethane cabinet interior 11. Repeat for each cabinet
What a treasure! Reclaiming the client's old family dock for the countertop.
Here's the dry fit.
....And done! (minus the handles and with only a rough cut out for the sink, once chosen). Once installed, the reclaimed dock countertop was given a rich, deep shine with multiple layers of hemp oil and polyurethane. Perfectly rustic and fitting for this small lake guest house.
Suggested materials:
  • Paint
  • Sander
  • Clamps
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  • Barb C Barb C on Mar 23, 2019

    I love it, the look and that you reused everything. Nice job. How did you fasten wood to countertop? And did you have to use biscuits or anything more difficult like that to join the boards. Have been wanting to replace my countertops with wood and trying to determine if I can do it successfully at a low skill level. Thanks for any advice.

  • Cou29053572 Cou29053572 on May 04, 2019

    They are beautiful!!!

  • Thelma  Castellano Thelma Castellano on Jun 24, 2020

    I need to make kitchen cabinet

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  • Sheryl Monaspa Sheryl Monaspa on Jun 30, 2023

    Love everything about this space, thanks so much for sharing.

  • Ste88080367 Ste88080367 on Sep 08, 2023

    I love this. I love the wooden countertops, gives it that country look I am wanting. I love the green also. Almost any color would look great. Definitely, going to show this to my sons. They are giving my kitchen a new look. I am now looking for ideas for a country kitchen nook. I would love any suggestions you may have. All of my sons are very good with making and building furniture and so forth. They are in construction. Love your talent. Have a blessed day.