Before I get back to the bashed cabinets, here are a few other pieces that will go in the Mansard Victorian’s kitchen.
I bought this metal Cassidy Creations sink for a few dollars at a mini flea market. It had already been painted with glossy white paint.
The sink has two legs in the front and none in back — it’s meant to lean against the wall. I propped a piece of strip wood under the back of the sink while the glue dried on the legs.
The soap holder that goes between the taps was missing from this kit. A little disappointing, but the sink looks fine without it.
Beggars People who pay $2 for a discontinued sink kit at a flea market can’t be choosers.
These ladderback chairs are a recent eBay purchase. The listing attributed them to Bauder-Pine but they’re not signed, so I reached out to the seller to ask about them.
The seller wrote back to me that these were part of a collection of Bauder-Pine pieces from 1994 that included a Hoosier cabinet, an ice box, a table, and four chairs. All the pieces were signed except for the chairs. The rest were sold off separately — I’d seen them on eBay, but didn’t bid since I already had the kitchen furniture I needed for this house.
The chairs look good with the Bauder-Pine trestle table I bought on eBay last year. The peg on the end of the table keeps the chair from pushing all the way in, but luckily no one will actually be sitting in these…
Okay, back to the cabinets. As I explained last time, I’m making these cabinets out of Cassidy Creations cupboard kits and a changing table kit that I divided into two pieces. When I left off, I’d finished the first base cabinet and started on the second one.
When I started reading Nutshell News magazines in the 1990s, some of my favorite articles were the ones that showed how to bash furniture kits into something other than what they were supposed to be. In my quest to furnish the Mansard Victorian (almost) exclusively with Cassidy Creations and Bauder-Pine furniture, I’ll do the same to make kitchen cabinets.
This is a Bauder-Pine kitchen cupboard that was recently listed on eBay. The same cupboard was available from Cassidy Creations in kit form, and I got my hands on two of them to use them on either side of the stove.
Here are the pieces in one cupboard kit — base cabinet on the left and upper cabinet on the right.
For some reason the top and bottom pieces of the base cabinet only had holes drilled to hinge one door. Both of my cupboard kits were like this.
I added my own holes to the other corners.
Next I stained the interior pieces, using a Red Oak Minwax stain pen.
Then I assembled the first base cabinet.
And the doors and drawers.
At this point I put the partially built cabinet aside for several months. Now that the kitchen floor is done, I’m ready to build the rest.
My plan had been to put the stove, cupboards, and the refrigerator all along the back wall.
Continuing with the checkerboard floor. I’m not sure what these white smudges are on a few of the tiles.
But they were easily covered up with black Sharpie.
Can’t even see the touch-ups!
I didn’t take a picture of this, but in covering up a white spot right on the edge of one black tile, I smudged Sharpie on the white tile next to it. Attempting to wipe it off didn’t work.
It was it the middle of other tiles that had already been glued down, so I couldn’t easily remove the it, but my weird vinyl tiles came to the rescue! I was able to peel up *just* the vinyl layer, and then glue down another vinyl piece on top of it. Crisis averted.
When I got to the transition to the bump-out addition, I needed to add a strip of cardboard to make the floor level.
Then I used a paper template to figure out where to cut the tile that goes around the corner.
Here’s how it looks.