Another way in which I will be focusing the blog will be to highlight TC Millworks craftsmanship. Every Wednesday will be dedicated to a post about a current project, a completed work, a before and after, or simply a woodworking inspiration to help our clientele get ideas. I'll start today with a kitchen refinish we just signed on for. The client has a dark, cherry finish kitchen and, although it was just refinished by a competitor a mere three years ago, the finish has already begun to chip and peel. The client desires an ivory lacquer finish that will be easy to care for and maintain.
Image from DeCesare Design Group
The first option presented to the client was to keep all of the existing cabinetry and again refinish despite the unfortunate longevity of the last attempt (this could have been due to unknown wood origin or poor quality of the original cabinetry doors or inadequate sanding before respraying). The above image resembles what an ivory lacquer might look like with the clients existing style of panels, drawers, and doors. We encouraged the addition of crown moulding should the client go with this option, as you can see above the simplicity of the style is made more interesting with that top detail.
Image via Atlanta Homes Magazine
The second option was to build all new doors, panels, and drawer fronts to be able to offer the typical TC Millwork warranty of work. The client's walnut media unit in the adjoining living room displayed shaker style doors and they wondered about coordinating the kitchen cabinetry. They had also decided to keep the existing black hardware for the refinish. The above image was a great reference to preview the look that this option could achieve. The client decided per our suggestion on this second style. Although slightly more expensive, it was a far more practical decision given the circumstances. Stay posted for a before and after post on this project!