Last Updated on December 24, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Now that I’m pretty much finished with the wall of cabinets, the other two sections should go faster. However, there’s one thing about the wall of cabinets that made things easy on me — everything was symmetrical and all of the cabinets had doors. Having all doors and everything symmetrical really made the gold leaf accents work out just perfectly. But on the other two sections, I have drawers to contend with, and the drawers currently have no trim on them. Plus, the peninsula really isn’t symmetrical at all because of the dishwasher.
Welcome to my mess. I really should take a day and get everything cleaned up and organized before I continue on with the other sections. Things have gotten just a bit out of hand, and I feel like I spend most of my time looking for tools in all of the mess. 🙂
But back to the drawers. The peninsula isn’t symmetrical at all, and consists mostly of drawers. The other section has mostly doors but two drawers.
So in order to have something to gold leaf on the drawers, I bought the smallest trim I could find, which is actually called cabinet and door trim at Home Depot. It’s from the section where you buy the trim in 8-foot sections and they’re sold by the piece rather than by the linear foot.
So now I have to decide where to attach the trim to the drawers. Obviously, no matter where I place the trim, the drawers are going to look different than the doors because they don’t have recessed panels like the doors. I’m okay with them looking different. It’s a very common thing for doors and drawers to look different. After all, they look different on the plain stock cabinets as is, and nobody would think anything of that.
So I thought if they’re going to look different anyway, why not make the difference look very intentional by attaching the trim just inside the routed edge of the drawers.
Of course, I’d miter the corners and attach it all the way around and make everything look very neat and precise.
The second option is to attach the trim at the same distance from the edge as the doors. This shows approximately where that would be.
So I’m kind of torn between making it look intentionally different, or making it look more similar to the doors.
A third option (which literally just dawned on me as I was writing that last option and looking at the pictures) would be to leave the trim off altogether and just gold leaf a thin border around the face of the drawer. So it could look something like this…
Sorry…I’m not good at the photoshoppy stuff, so I only had the patience to do three drawers, and those look pretty awful. But you get the idea, right? No trim, just a flat gold leafed border on all of the drawers.
And actually, now that I’ve typed all of these options out, this last one might be my favorite. I think I’ve been trying to force the whole “adding trim” idea, but if I left off the trim and just did gold leaf flat onto the face of the drawers, I would be able to not only decide the exact position of the gold leaf border, but I could also determine the exact width I want rather than be bound by the width of the smallest trim I could find (which still seems a bit too wide to me).
I knew this would be an issue I’d eventually have to deal with if I went with the gold leaf design, but I buried my head in the sand on this and pressed on with the wall of cabinets. Now I’m at the point where I need to make a decision on these drawers, because if I need to add trim, it needs to be done before I can prime everything.
Any thoughts on those options? Or can any you think of other options I’m missing? I’d love to hear them!
One thing…leaving the gold leaf off of the drawers is not an option. If the peninsula were more symmetrical, or had a more even mix of drawers and doors (like the range wall opposite the peninsula), leaving it off might be an option. But with the peninsula only having three doors, and the rest of the space filled up with drawers, and nothing symmetrical, the doors absolutely have to have gold leaf added to them somehow. It would look completely ridiculous to have just the three doors gold leafed, and nothing else on the peninsula. Know what I mean?
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