Before, during and after building the kitchen for Iron Works.

Building and creating a compact two butt kitchen for the cabin was a challenging experience with multiple mind-boggling puzzles to solve.  The best laid plans can sometimes have minor quirks and ours had several.  More importantly, though, every headache was worth the end result.

One of the most unusual obstacles centered around the stove and placement of the stove. First, image how to get a 36″ stove into the kitchen opening after the granite counters have been put into place when the opening is only 34″.   Two inches too small to just slide the oven or easily carry the oven to its final position.    To make sure that the stove fit into the final opening after the granite had been put down the installation was delayed.  It wasn’t put in place earlier because of  the possibility of scratch and dent if installed to early.  Luckily, after the granite contractors finished installing the granite, they helped Gus lift the stove over the counters and put it into place.   This also involved taking the stove out of it final place multiple times to grind off about 1/8″ of the counter so the stove would fit into place.  To top it off, the stove would not fit far enough to the back of the wall to allow for the dishwasher to open without hitting the oven handles.  With a little ingenuity, Gus cut out the drywall behind the stove so that it would slide back a couple more inches.  Finally, stove was installed and the dishwasher cleared the top oven handle.  The dishwasher still has to rest on the bottom door handle which is a little odd, but does work.

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Karen’s Two Butt Kitchen
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Steel Cabinet Frames in Oil Rubbed Bronze

The framework for the cabinets are not your typical wood type framing.  They are made entirely from steel that was cut and welded by Gus.  This was another fun experience.  Outside measures were taken as well as inside measures.  One cabinet came out lopsided when the outside measure was used on one side and the inside measure on another.  Poor Gus had to cut it back apart and start it over.  Just as most everything built for Iron Works, the cabinet frames where heavy and awkward.  They were built-in sections.  For example the upper cabinet to the right is one piece while the upper cabinet to the left is also one piece.  Very heavy and cumbersome to install.

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Rain Forest Brown Marble and Industrial Serving Bar

The counters are a Rain Forest Brown Marble.  Just above the counter in the foreground in an industrial metal serving bar that runs the entire length of the front counter.  It is held up by only three posts that are anchored to the ground.   The lighting in the kitchen is all from repurposed light shields that are white porcelain inside and forest green cover.  They were found while picking “American Pickers” style in South Dakota over a year before beginning the cabin. The back-splash runs the entire interior of the kitchen and is small 1″ copper squares that came in 12″ square sheets.  This give the kitchen a full richness of browns, bronze and golden colors.

The kitchen sink is one of the most unusual items in the kitchen.  The base is from an repurposed super heavy-duty 1940’s vintage industrial radial drill press factory table that was purchased from Urban Remains Chicago, an antique and architectural  artifacts company based in Chicago.   It was taken apart and repurposed again for our use.

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Sink Base Industrial Radial Drill Press

Plumbing the sink was a nightmare but it all came together.  The sink itself is hammered copper and has only one bowl.  While two bowls would have been better, we were working with a limited opening and depth. At the base, there is a door that opens to a small storage area for dish soap and other essentials.

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Finished Look of the Industrial Sink

I’ve got to get me some of these! A Facebook friend sent me the link and I think it’s a great gift idea. Please keep in mind that this post is not an sponsored advert for the company or product. It looked like a fun gift idea for anyone who has a love of cooking and that me in a nutshell. I’m putting it on my Christmas list.

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Designs – Tervis Insulated Tumblers – Mugs – Water Bottles – Gifts.

I hope they have an apron, too!

While enjoying weekend guests at our newly finished cabin in Prescott Arizona, a friend snapped a picture of me preparing Happy Hour and staging dinner.  It turned out to be quite a fun picture and captured me at my happiest…  cooking for friends.  I liked the picture so much that it is now my new gravatar and profile picture.

Gus, my hubby, and I designed the kitchen to follow the industrial theme in the cabin.  The raised counter in front of me in the picture was created from plates of heavy metal that are elevated about a foot above the counter.  It’s supposed to serve as a breakfast bar.  Gus made the counter by welding a platform to posts and then securing the bar to the posts.  Quite creative of him even if I say so myself.

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Me in my Two Butt Kitchen

The kitchen cabinets are also industrial inspired.  The framing is all made of welded metal to create the framework and then cabinet facings were attached.  Gus also made and welded the cabinets.  All the metal in the kitchen was painted an oil rubbed bronze color and the back splash on the wall is of a brass metal over small tiles which gives it that rich glow.

I love cooking in the kitchen as everything is at a close arm length away.  The kitchen has everything that the larger kitchen has but in more confined space.  We even were able to squeeze in a wine refrigerator.

Some areas may be a little too close though.  We had to cut away the drywall behind the stove so that it could push back a couple of more inches.  After we installed the stove we were amazed to find that we couldn’t open the dishwasher.  The handles on the stove came so far out that the opened door of the dishwasher hit them.   We were able to make it work with a little ingenuity and elbow grease. You can probably guess that we built the cabin ourselves and that led to a few fun but difficult moments.

I’ll have been thinking of sharing more about the creations in the kitchen and in the home as a new page in my blog.  This cabin is not your typical and is full of fun surprises.

Let me know if you want to learn more about this industrial cabin called “IRONWORKS”.