Posted by: Scott McCullough | May 7, 2013

Cabinets and Finishes

We’ve been a little delinquent on blog posts lately. Mostly because we haven’t had time as we’re scrambling to get everything finished.  Last weekend we and all of our stuff moved out of our place in Danbury, and are waiting to move into the new house. We’re staying at a friends in the meantime.  Mostly it’s the shower and toilets that we’re waiting to get installed before we move in, but it would be nice to have lights as well.

The Kitchen cabinets are nearly done, we need to finish up some faces, some staining and hardware installation.  Countertops are due this week and next.  Appliances are coming today or tomorrow.  The cabinet boxes are made of 3/4″ birch and fir plywood, the door and drawer faces are 3/4″ pine veneer plywood, stained to match the rest of the pine in the house.  We had everything made on site, including the drawer boxes.  There is no face frame or face banding, we like the utilitarian look of the plywood edges.



Most of the Kitchen ceiling will have wood screening to hide the plumbing and ductwork.  Though the ceiling bay on each end of the Kitchen will remain open.



The Master Bathroom and Closet are close to being completed.  The granite shower curbing from Shaker Hill Granite is installed.  It’ll be a few weeks before the glass shower doors are in.  The plumbing wall will be covered in cedar to match the rest of the Bathroom.


Our vanity top is soapstone.  There are a number of items in the finishes department that we splurged on.



The Master Closet is part of the bathroom.  There are 4 drawers and 4 doors still to add.  Each large pine door has hanging storage behind them.


A few weekends ago we finished the bedroom floors with the same finish as we have on the walls.  Rubio Monocoat is actually intended to be used as a floor finish.  Being the amateurs that we are, it took a trial and error to realize how much the floors should have been sanded before applying the stain.  Without the proper amount of sanding the stain finds and highlights any scuff marks or swirls left behind by the floor sander.  Fortunately we only stained a portion of the Master Bedroom before realizing what was going on.  After going back over all the floors with finer and finer grit paper the scuff marks went away and we applied the stain with better success.




  1. Can I ask what you used to seal the shower walls? We’re finding it hard to locate information on using wood in the shower stall.

    • Hana, we used spar varnish, 3 boats. Typically used on boats, but good for certain residential applications. We’ve been using the shower for over a year and still looks like the day we put it on.

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