Kitchen Renovation / Refacing

The dated kitchen in our 1950’s cape seriously needed updating and represented the final of many remodeling projects on our house.  In order to keep costs down and reduce waste, I refaced the cabinets and built all new solid maple dovetailed drawers and raised panel doors in my wood shop. The project included the installation of under-cabinet lighting, nine LED recessed lights, multiple electric outlets, a new dishwasher, ceramic tile back splash, and a duraceramic floor.

The cabinet doors are raised panel doors with poplar rails and stiles and 1/2″ MDF panels.  I was looking for a simple panel design so the doors are installed backwards to keep a thicker center panel.  This allows a sturdy door that does not feel hollow.

Drawers and slide out shelves are made from solid maple with half-blind dovetails.  The drawers are supported on 200 lbs side mount slides and the doors use full overlay self-closing concealed face frame hinges.

The project made the website for a magazine contest budget remodel of the year.  Check it out at: http://youroldhouse.thisoldhouse.com/thisoldhouse/submission.jsp?id=114729