This job began as an act of love, not mine, but rather on the part of the
clients. They bought the home in the older part of Catonsville, MD, a home built in the late 19th century. They wanted to
restore it to its original glory which consisted of all naturally finished longleaf yellow pine. They contacted a kitchen
designer, Peggy Wannamaker, now located in Blue Hill, Maine, who in turn called us.
This first cabinet was an afterthought to the original design. The top drawers are more like
apothecary's cabinet one might have found in a 19th century drug store. One of clients had seen such a chest of drawers growning
up in the south. The six larger drawers are really drop down hanging files for her many family recipes.
The walls and trim had many
coats of paper which they carefully removed in the evening when they came home from work. The paint , however was deeply ingrained,
such that uniform traces of white paint remained there in the grain & joints no matter how hard they worked.
The kitchen cabinetry was refinished in the same way. The demands of a late 20th century kitchen called for
not only improved appliances, but more cabinetry. After building cabinetry in the same style with the same species of
wood, we both painted it white & sanded it off. Well, very nearly sanded all off. We left just a enough to blend in with
the existing cabinetry.
The counter top shown appears to have a supporting column running right through it. Actually, the re-enforced
cabinet acts as the base of the column which, aftering jacking up that part of the house 1/4", was slipped into
place before letting it down comfortably into a snug recess in the counter itself.
The window seat, all done in long-leaf
yellow pine as well, served as extra seating for family breakfast and general lounging in the morning sun.