I am quickly becoming involved in a lot of options for unfinished furniture.
A lot of my stuff originally came from a store which I thought was now out of business. Things like 5 6'6" tall open back mission style book cases, 4 plant stands/end tables, a pie safe, a huge chest of drawers, my teak arm chairs, a round drop leaf pedestal table, a Queen Anne side table. And 3 nice pine shelf units having pairs of drawers at the bottom and solid backs. I gave those to my brother after he lost everything in Katrina. And I kept the bookcases even though they were warped and damaged by Katrina too.
I discovered not long ago in a Google search that the old store I originally purchased everything from, is back in business in the same spot, but as a part of an Ace Hardware!
I stopped by this morning to visit David, the man I've talked to on the phone about that big chest for my new closet. It should be in town ready for pickup at the store before the end of September.
After I took the dogs to the vet, I stopped off to tell David my departure dates, and such. I was very pleased to see they had a LOT of items in stock ready to purchase. Also, he said the people they deal with can custom size products for me.
At the top of my brain was PANTRY CABINETS. They had several in stock, but none the dimensions I needed. However, THEY COULD BE BUILT TO MY SPECS. How neat is that!
What I'm thinking is to have the two pantries built as tops and bottoms, and attached in the house. That way, I would not worry about being able to stand up a tall unit if it were one tall piece. Does that make sense? I'd allow at least two inches of "fudge" room at the top, and space for a base or legs at the bottom. Should I ask for them to build a regular kitchen cabinet 4" high base as part of the base unit or not?
I want to have the shallow depth roll out drawers like the custom pantries you guys are building on here. Laying the canned goods on their sides to really use every inch of space.
I can even order the two cabs with NO finished wood on the sides, so that that expense would be removed. And since only one side would need a finished surface, plus the front, I could add the side with the beadboard wallpaper or with just beadboard panelling!
I'm very excited at what is now possible. I suppose I will go back in and take pictures of some things they have in the store, and post those. I like real wood, and a lot of the items are staining grade things, or paintable grade.