Apparently, the chicken scratches meant something.
I didn't take a picture of it, but I did write about those few days in which there was no floor to speak of in this kitchen, just parallel joists we scaled to get through the kitchen and out of the house.
|Mapping out the grain: you do a dry run of how you want the floor laid out so you don't have clusters of tiger stripe and straight grain.|
|laid, sanded, and sealed|
There's a tall cabinet and cubby for each of us, with the lower boxes storing things like shoes, boots, dogfood and winter gear. Basically, everything that we formerly dropped on the floor. I realize mudroom is a fancy way of saying "entry way," which is really what this area is--the main entrance to our house.
One drawer each for the trash, paper, and recycling:
And here's the laundry room cabinets:
Joe and I attended a woodworking conference at Colonial Williamsburg awhile back, and when we toured Thomas Jefferson's estate, Monticello, I wanted to take to heart his theory (though not so much his designs) that one's home should function not only as a shelter, but as a working machine.
The challenge in accommodating the eight people who live here is to make sure that the square footage we have works for us and not against us. Being able to put things away means actually having a place where the things belong, which is not something we'd much considered when we first moved here. A lot of things landed where they did on moving day, and there they remained for many years, and we lived around them. So clearly Shaker thinking on furniture craftsmanship has also been very beneficial here.
The laundry and mudroom are both "working" rooms rather than gathering rooms, and now they are indeed earning their keep.
The kitchen functions as both a working room and a gathering room. It really is where we live.
Joe made this kitchen table several years ago, which seats ten comfortably, out of curly cherry:
It's over eight feet long and takes up about half of the kitchen. So without expanding any cabinet space, we tried to make the space we had more useful. He lobbied for the lazy susan in the corner cabinet, on which I wasn't sold until it was finally in place.
|bending wood edge banding for the lazy susan.|
This slender cabinet fits in the tight space between the stove and the wall.
But it makes a good spot for "sheet goods" as Joe calls them because he's fancy. I call them cutting boards.
And toe kick drawers that sort of disappear when they are closed make a good spot for placemats and table cloths.
|In the lower left corner you can see the stack of oak flooring before it was laid.|
|The sink cabinet.|
|flush mounting the doors on the corner cabinet|
People kept telling us that the cabinets wouldn't match if the uppers and lowers were two different colors. We disagree. It needed to be lighter, but not where the kids could reach it, because then it would always be dirty.
|Apprentice, putting adhesive on the baseboards.|
|researching plumbing to install the sink|
I bought the chandelier for 12 dollars at Value World. So it's "new" too.
Joe did lose a bit of finger from the table saw over the course of this project. Not bad, all told.