I got all of the cabinet doors finished — primed, sanded, painted, gold leafed, and polyurethaned — and got them all installed at around midnight last night. The gold leafing is my favorite part of the whole process, but wow, is it time-consuming!! I stood on a ladder to get the whole view over the peninsula for this picture, which is why the perspective looks a bit funny and the refrigerator looks so squat.
I’m very pleased with how it turned out. Now I just need to do the tiling, install the vent hood, switch the door swing on the fridge, and move the range back in, and this wall will be completely finished! I’m hoping to do most of that today.
Of course, I still need my door and drawer hardware, but that’s on backorder until early September. I also need to bump the back wall of the refrigerator enclosure back just a bit so that the fridge can be pushed back all the way (with just the thickness of the doors extending past the front edge of the enclosure), but I think I’ll wait on that until I actually work on the music room. I don’t like how it looks now, sticking out that far, but it’s not hoooorible, and it’ll look better once I switch the door swing and lower the front leveling feet more so that it sits straight in the enclosure.
I also had a very hard time getting those two little cabinet doors to go on straight. I was tired last night, so I gave up. I’ll work on it more today and hopefully I can get them on perfectly straight and get that gap (about 1/4-inch) between the doors closed up.
But the painting, polyurethaning, and gold leafing is finished. I love how they look!
And now after seeing these cabinets finished, I’m so glad that we came up with the solution we did for the drawers. If I had gone with my original plan to just do the gold leafing directly onto the flat drawer front, it would have looked so wrong.
With the gold leafing on the cabinet doors being on an area that actually insets into a recessed panel, when you view them from an angle, some of those gold accents are hidden from view. But had I gold leafed directly onto the flat drawer fronts, all four sides of the gold leafed rectangle would have been viewable regardless of the angle at which you view the cabinets. That discrepancy between the doors and drawers would have looked very strange, in my opinion. And it would have made those drawers look like a DIY afterthought rather than a well-planned-out part of a custom design.
I love progress. It’s taken me a while to get here, but I’m finally starting to feel like I might actually have a fully functional, completely finished kitchen here pretty soon. 🙂