The cabinets began arriving Friday afternoon, and honestly I couldn’t have been more delighted if they had been delivered by a parliament of Hogwarts owls.
Here’s where we’ve been since last Wednesday:
Our cabinets were made by the Griner brothers of Havana, who are always slightly grumpy. They keep a pay-by-the-minute phone, and when it runs out of minutes, you are SOL if you need to contact them. Our contractor once drove to Havana and left a note on their car when he needed to talk to them.
They are national treasures. But they make nice cabinets at reasonable prices, so we’ll let it slide. They arrived with a trailer full of awesomeness.
They worked most of Saturday afternoon to install all the cabinets, and now the kitchen looks like a kitchen again.
I am so impressed by the work the Griners did. I love all the details – the side of the fridge enclosure, the back of the peninsula.
I am deeply relieved that I love (LOVE LOVE) the matte black finish we chose for the lower cabinets. It looks great with the floors.
But my favorite thing in the whole room is this beauty right here:
It’s a giant, floor-to-ceiling pantry cabinet whose proportions match the original butler’s pantry you can see over in the back right corner. The Griners repeated this proportion on the panel that encloses the fridge, too.
The cabinet hardware arrived, as scheduled, on Valentine’s Day. This seemed like the logical next step:
The next week will involve a few cabinet tweaks and then on to counter tops.