Building DIY kitchen cabinets… *VIDEO*
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For centuries, I have wanted Paul to build the kitchen cabinets that live in my head… and he just, WOULD NOT.
The customer is an overly-particular lunatic.
In pursuit of my overly-particular dream of perfection-and-lunacy, I got two estimates for custom kitchen cabinets; both were $13,000.
We are not people who spend $13,000 on anything… but if we were going to take temporary leave of our senses, it certainly wouldn’t be for BOXES.
It would be this.
Mid-range cabinets would’ve cost us under $7,000— that’s what Paul wanted.
I just was… no.
Bring me cardboard and duct tape and I will make the cabinets myself and then I can buy AT LEAST FORTYSEVEN GFT’S.*
*giant fancy things
The thing with me is that I can have ideal perfection.
Or a can of garbage.
I have zero interest in anything in-between.
Forever, I have TRIED TO EXPLAIN to Paul, the NO SENSE of spending SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS on something I DON’T WANT— arguing that since mid-range cabinets are ridiculously-expensive-boxes-of-non-ideal, we can skip striving for the conceptual utopia that lives in my head, and just go with five-dollars worth of wood that Paul hammers into something resembling a cube.
But Paul’s resistance has been SO STRONG— his concern: what he makes, will not be FACTORY PERFECT, and this will be problematic, RE: customer expectations.
I finally figured out the right amalgamation of words to convince him:
I want you to build the cabinets.
Exactly as you design them.
I will have no opinion.
All I will say is that they are fantastic.
I will choose the drawer fronts.
And I will find some other human to torture with my stain demands.
Other than that, I’M JUST HERE TO APPLAUD.
Was he skeptical?
Has this been CHALLENGING for me?
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ANTIQUE GILT SCONCES ARE HERE.
New topic— crowdsourcing info on filtration
We currently have reverse osmosis water filtration… we are going to upgrade to a remineralizing system? Yes?
I am looking at two brands… both have good reviews but I cannot tell why the a significant price difference… does anyone have input?
1. $480– 600 GPD High Flow, Tankless, Reduce TDS, Compact, Alkaline Mineral PH, 1.5:1
2. $230– ROES-PH75 Essence Series Top Tier Alkaline Mineral pH+ 75 GPD 6-Stage
Ok! That’s it… we got our sample drawer stained!! So excited to show you!
August 11, 2020 @ 12:58 pm
My God. Is there nothing Paul can’t do?
August 11, 2020 @ 1:50 pm
I am both shocked and not shocked that this kitchen renovation is still happening. The patience you have is completely and utterly amazing. Paul is brilliant and will concoct fabulous cabinets Im sure. Its clear that you both loves this process and at this point Im starting to suspect that you will sad when the kitchen is in fact done.
August 11, 2020 @ 2:43 pm
GFT. Also buying them during quarantine. Obsessively. Trying (also) to reassure my husband if he makes the cabinets they’ll be wonderful. I won’t cry if they’re not (it only happened ONE TIME). PS you’re my favorite blogger and I hope over the YEARs I haven’t built up the fantastic ness of your future finished kitchen too much in my mind 😁
August 11, 2020 @ 3:09 pm
From the (shredded) looks of things, Paul needs a new t-shirt. Although, some people pay a LOT of money for their shirts/jeans to LOOK as if they had been actually used for WORK. Perhaps you could sell his (shredded) work clothes and use all that MONEY for GFTs!!!! Love you!!!!
August 11, 2020 @ 3:15 pm
We have a Zero water system. It sits on our counter. We use it for the electric kettle and making coffee. We’ve had it for about 4 years, and have not had to descale the kettle once! A filter lasts about 6 weeks. Our well water is good, but has lots of minerals that left a horrible scale.
August 11, 2020 @ 3:28 pm
“The thing with me is that I can have ideal perfection.
Or a can of garbage.
I have zero interest in anything in-between.”
Oh my gawd. THIS. This is ME! And I thought it was JUST me! I am so comforted to know I am not alone.
August 11, 2020 @ 5:13 pm
In AZ, we chose a whole house system that we had installed at the main(just inside the garage) not the “loop” that leaves out the kitchen, which then requires either a RO unit under kitchen sink or Brita type alternative. The system we chose filters out the hard water stuff and chlorine, etc and keeps all the minerals. I believe it’s called H2O. Worth looking into a whole house system for the money Good Luck!
August 11, 2020 @ 5:23 pm
August 11, 2020 @ 8:03 pm
I wonder if we might be related. I can’t have anything in between either. I guess it’s just knowing exactly what you want and nothing else will do.
I’m so envious that you have a Paul that is so capable of building all these wonderful things.
I’m not clear – did you actually buy the German chandelier, or not? To me it looks beautiful, and I’d be willing to bet that the problem is that you just haven’t found the right place for it yet. Put it away for a while and don’t look at it. Then, after some time, bring it out again and see how you feel about it. Does it still rock your boat, or was it not such a good purchase? If it rocks your boat, you’ll find the right place for it. If not, sell it. Since you’re a bargain hunter, you’ll probably come out ahead.
I’m sorry that I can’t help you on the water thing. We’re lucky in California that we still have enough of it to go around!