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  1. Jayne Z
    September 29, 2015 @ 2:04 pm

    I actually like them and think they tie in nicely with your piano island. I would probably go to the expense of having the hood over the stove made to match the two cabinets and then use white, grey or sage green or grey-blue finish on the other cabinets so they stand out and all of your cab- inets don’t look matchy-matchy! More importantly, though, hope Elvis is doing okay.

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  2. Linda Montgomery
    September 29, 2015 @ 2:08 pm

    I adore you and believe it or not your line of reasoning is something that makes perfect sense to me. Rock on my sister…rock on!

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  3. Cassandra
    September 29, 2015 @ 2:28 pm

    Paul is a very patient man.

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  4. Katie
    September 29, 2015 @ 3:23 pm

    The only bad idea is the idea not acted upon immediately and rashly.

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  5. Sue J.
    September 29, 2015 @ 3:30 pm

    “…and not wander off to examine the bark in the indecision forest?” best.line.ever.

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  6. Gay Carter
    September 29, 2015 @ 3:41 pm

    I must send you a picture of cabinetry that is very similar to yours and how it was used in a kitchen ASAP, before you scrap your idea. Send me an email address to send it to.

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  7. Kim
    September 29, 2015 @ 7:17 pm

    I think that even Rage Paul would have to respect that you can admit that the purchase may have been impulsive. I’m sorry this didn’t work out as the kitchen. But on the plus side, rockin’ bookshelves. And you really are acquiring all the amazing things.

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  8. Lori
    September 29, 2015 @ 9:05 pm

    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/m/photos/0,,20952854_30388258,00.html

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  9. toni
    September 29, 2015 @ 9:17 pm

    I was sure those were going to be your base cabinets! I love them. Wish they were mine.

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  10. Rosalind
    September 29, 2015 @ 10:25 pm

    Who cares about errors of spatial misalignment?
    YOU are a genius!!
    Paul is a saint.
    Everything else is just stuff!

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    • Fitzy Girl
      September 30, 2015 @ 12:07 am

      PERFECTLY stated Rosalind.

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  11. Kathleen
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:04 pm

    While I like the cabinets, I don’t like them in the kitchen. I lean a little to purist and like the piano island as the show stopper with purchased cabinets otherwise. Too much mix and it’s chaos to me. If you can buy a complete Victorian kitchen and make the cabinets fit in your space sure, but the bookcases belong somewhere else. Like in my library!

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  12. R
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:09 pm

    Hi, me from Cape May NJ with the huge Victorian still not done…Why don’t these books elves work as cabinets. There are perfect!

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  13. R
    September 29, 2015 @ 11:10 pm

    Shelves not elves, dear lord!

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  14. Fitzy Girl
    September 30, 2015 @ 12:04 am

    Please IMMEDIATELY provide the name of the magic substance ? that you put in his coffee every morning. A bulk purchase ??? of same is on my urgent list. Love & prayers for the Awesomeness that is Elvis ?????

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  15. Annadele
    September 30, 2015 @ 1:30 am

    Victoria, Victoria, Victoria…problem is, as my husband says, you fell down on the G in Giant Fancy Things. They are simply not big enough! I’m sure you could find some fantastic craftsman to hack these cabinets – for that is now what they are – by splitting them and adding the width you need to make them as wide as your cabinets on either side of the stove. A pro could pretty much make it so they did not look pieced together. The moulding should not be too difficult to reproduce. Since you have that pretty detail in the center, cut the detail portion out, and add pieces on either side to widen the cabinets. The backs can easily be replaced – perhaps by mirror! Or, wait, you could just split it down the middle and add a new similar doodad in the new center. Perhaps your master carpenter/artist could make a mold of the decorations on the outside edges of the cabinet and match it to the other side. And either a new cap or extension of the top of the cabinet. I think the problem may be the symmetry issue. And don’t worry about kitchen gunk and the antique furniture. This stuff has lasted through oil lamps, fireplace smoke and gas lamps. Meyer’s cleaner in a little water on a cloth would make these babies shine like new. Please do not despair. I see internet research for craftsman artist woodworker in your future.

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  16. Terri Golding
    September 30, 2015 @ 1:59 am

    I’m pretty sure your husband should be nominated for sainthood.

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  17. Mary Engelbreit
    September 30, 2015 @ 3:35 am

    I think you think too much about it. Hang ’em up and call it a day.

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  18. Kathy
    September 30, 2015 @ 10:02 am

    The piano island is truly a genius idea. Self is obviously a creative design force. The island is a giant fancy piece, but is also functional. THAT should be the star of the kitchen. Otherwise, Fancy Cabinets will try to grab all of the attention from Fancy Island, leaving onlookers unsure of where to cast their gaze. That’s my vote…which doesn’t really count since I don’t live there.
    Please give an update on Elvis with photos.

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  19. Pam
    September 30, 2015 @ 10:40 am

    Like many others, I don’t see why you are saying they don’t work? They look fabulous to me.

    Can you please explain? The suspense is killing me.

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  20. Sharon
    September 30, 2015 @ 8:22 pm

    Self has selected beautiful cabinets which appear to be The Thing. Can’t understand why they are not. Paul should be canonized for sainthood; as for Rage Paul, well, he should be tucked away in a secure location. So glad The Lobotomy is working out for Paul.

    Please explain why the gorgeous bookcases are not The Thing. Surely it cannot be some pesky fact-based odious detail. It is obvious that they were meant for adoption into your home…so that you will continue to be The Envy Of All. Love to Elvis, hope she’s doing okay.

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