As the laundry room continues to come together I would like to share where we got everything and how we did the parts we chose to DIY.
The cabinets are from this great website called RTA Cabinet Store. Chris found this place last fall when he installed the wet bar. We wanted a modern, sleek look but didn’t want to spend as much as custom cabinets would cost locally. Chris started researching online and since he has some handyman/carpentry type skills it made sense to order something with custom quality even though it would require assembly in addition to installation. RTA has many options to choose from and we found exactly what we were looking for. A simple shaker style cabinet with simple molding. We ordered a little extra ‘finished’ wood for open shelving between the cabinets and Chris was able to assemble and install them in less than a day. It takes a few weeks for them to build them and get them to you the same as a custom shop locally and the quality, as I said before, is far superior for the price! To order this same configuration in a similar quality from a local cabinet shop would have been between $1200 and $1500 and we got these (including shipping) for around $600.
The counter top is maple butcher block we ordered from CO Lumber Specialties and Unfinished Furniture Warehouse. They made our cabinets for our kitchen when we built our house and they have all kinds of amazing different types of wood and I love love looking at all the wonderful live edge slabs, unfinished furniture and corbels while we are there.
I wanted to finish the counter myself with CeCe Caldwell’s Stain & Finish so this counter top was about $400…and it is spectacular. The edges showing were finished beautifully and they gave us a hole in the back so I can have a lamp. I am very pleased with the quality of this product. We were tossing around getting quartz or granite but in the end we saved a lot by going with wood and I got to use some of the fantastic CeCe Caldwell’s Paint Products I love so much.
I stained the counter top (yes inside, no VOCs!!) with 4 coats of Beechnut Gray Stain & Finish by CeCe Caldwell’s (above picture is after first coat) and then finished it with another 4 coats of Endurance (also done inside as there are no fumes), also CeCe Caldwell’s. Her Stain & Finish has a light duty finish built in so if it had been a shelf or an accent piece I wouldn’t have even bothered with the Endurance but since I was finishing a counter top which will no doubt have constant traffic and potential spills I felt it was right to give it the most durable finish possible from CCCP.
All in all I am very pleased with the laundry room. In hind sight I might have chosen to stain the counter in Kukui Stain as the Beechnut Gray turned out to be way closer in color to the cabinets than I thought it would and since the Beechnut Gray has a lot of paint in it to achieve the color none of the wood grain showed through which is kind of what I wanted. It still looks great and one day I will sand it down and restain it Kukui. The crates on the open shelving I bought unfinished at Home Depot stained in Kukui and once I saw them on those shelves I was smitten.