Installing Custom Kitchen Cabinets


I have an update on the kitchen! The custom kitchen cabinets are almost all in and I have photos to share. Now, before you look, please note that these are just the boxes of the cabinets. There are no pieces that go over the cabinets or the crown moulding and all the panels (covering the pilasters) are not in yet and there are a lot of them, so bear that in mind. The cabinets at this point are only primed and do not have their lustrous finish coat on them yet. By the way… What color will they be? Well… we looked at many different shades of white and when it came down to choosing, we kept going back to our “old standby,” Benjamin Moore” White Dove. I mean, there is a reason that it’s our old standby! It’s not too bright, too yellow or too anything, but soft creaminess. The painting for these cabinets will be done on site and not in a factory. I have a lot of clients who prefer the factory finish, but that’s not our ideal. And oh. It’s going to be done in oil– not latex. Oil, folks.

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Here is the proud general contractor, Stuart Newsome and a view of the glass built-in piece which is going to get the escutcheon hardware on the doors and French handles on the drawers. For more about the hardware, you can read about that here.

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The nickel hood by Texas Lightsmith!  Yes, of course the pipe will be covered. I told you that it was raw!

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This is not even close to being finished. You may have noticed in the first shot a lot of panel pieces leaning against the wall. But, we can see here one of my favorite features which are the built-in spice niches surrounding the range area.

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A detail of the island that is obviously in progress.  The guys have really been working hard. The cabinets were only delivered on Monday, so this was all in only four days!

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Stuart is one of the most fantastic contractors I’ve ever worked with. He is extremely meticulous and he is also very adept at explaining or answering any questions.  Please notice that we now have new window casings around the windows. In some earlier incarnation, there was only a flat piece of wood, used as the casing. No way. Not in this historic 1910 home!  We also received some of our kitchen hardware today and truly the photos did not do it justice. Wait until you see the fridge handles. They are absolutely amazing!

For the raw space of the kitchen before any cabinets came in please read here.

I hope that everyone is doing well. We are enjoying a nice respite from that bitter cold we had last week here in New York.

best wishes,


PS: how could I forget. This amazing cabinetry was built by JEM Woodworking. Amazing company!

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  • Dorothy - February 10, 2016 - 4:10 PM

    Hi Laurel,
    Thanks for the great articles and photos.
    Would you mind sharing information on the kitchen window?
    Thanks you.ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 10, 2016 - 7:34 PM

      Hi Dorothy,

      The custom windows were sourced and provided by the contractor. I’m sorry, I don’t have that information.ReplyCancel

  • Tania - February 19, 2015 - 8:40 PM

    Who is the manufacturer of your cabinets? Very lovely!ReplyCancel

    • Laurel Bern - February 19, 2015 - 8:50 PM

      Hi Tania,

      they were made by Gem Woodworking. And yes, they did a great job!ReplyCancel