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Navy Blue and Copper Kitchen



Here's what I was aiming at. The finished kitchen in Albany, NY

While the other contractors were at work elsewhere in the house, I decided to build myself a kitchen. The plumbing, electric, and sheetrock had already been installed. Here I've laid down some 2×4's to rest the carcasses of the cabinets on. Later I'll shoot the kickplate directly onto the 2×4's.
The carcasses were built of 3/4″ birch plywood with a 1/2″ birch ply back. The main cabinet (seen below) is one large rectangular box with two dividers–very easy and fast to build. These cabinets are significantly stronger than the higher grade stock cabinets available today.
I use copper counters on many of my projects. They're inexpensive, easy to make, and I like the way they look. The counter is made from two sheets of CDX plywood glued and screwed together and a sheet of copper that's bent on a brake. (I've also bent them by hand with a wood block.) When the copper is cut to size and bent it's glued with contact cement to the plywood.
The cabinet carcasses and face frames finished.
I don't usually make the doors myself. I use Keystone Wood Specialties. They're fast, reliable, and they do beautiful work. Below, I'm insetting a door into a face frame. I prefer inset doors; they make the cabinets look more like furniture.


The cabinets are painted Benjamin Moore Hale Navy. The pulls are solid unlacquered brass. The pulls and counter will both develop a patina in time. The floor is a new southern pine decking to be painted.

The finished kitchen


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