Here’s an interesting project we did recently. The client had existing cabinets on either side of his fireplace in a beautifully detailed home in Riverdale. The request was to build a low cabinet to serve as a window seat with storage inside, that would complement the existing cabinetry and match it as closely as possible. You can see the results below – click on a thumbnail to see a full sized image.
We built the cabinet out of MDF and had it factory-painted. (Our production shop has a spray facility for factory finishes.) MDF is used for paint-able cabinetry, as it provides a consistent surface for even coverage – and also allows for profiles, like the applied molding on the drawer fronts, the baseboard detail and the wonderful edge detail on the surface. To properly fit a cabinet like this, we perform two site visits with the installation team. The initial trip is what we call the dry fitting: before the cabinet is painted, we bring it to the site to scribe the surface and do any of the tight fitting. (In older homes like this one, right angles are few and far between, so some cutting is to be expected, and you don’t want to be cutting the unit after painting, as that would risk ruining the finishing on the perimeter.) After confirming the fit, the cabinet is then brought back to the shop for painting, and once that has been completed, the finished cabinet is then installed, and the handles attached. The client then outfitted his new window seat with a stylish cushion, and the result is a piece of furniture that is as beautiful as it is functional.
We can also install the cabinet for you as unfinished MDF, in which case you – or a painter you might hire – would paint it afterwards. You can use whatever paint you might be using say for your baseboards, and the cabinet can blend right in. It may depend on the size and look of your project which way you’d want to go – and of course, what your budget is, as painting it yourself will be more economical than a factory finish. We have examples of cabinets both factory-painted and hand-painted in our showroom, so you can see the results for yourself.
Click here to read another post about another factory painted cabinet project. And click here to request an in home consultation for your next project.