Buying Antique Cabinets before design done
So, I went out to Brimfield Antique Fair today, thinking I would pass along business cards to folks who could help me find an antique kitchen for my teeny tiny (950 sq ft) 1928 house.
Lo and behold, I may have found it. I found 5 cabinets, torn out of an apartment in Columbus OH. McDougall cabinets from the same period of my house. Refinished Old growth poplar with lead glass. 33.5 inches wide x 7 feet tall x 22 inches deep. Uppers are 11" deep. $6500 for all 5. They are gorgeous. See attached.
The biggest problem is that my kitchen is not designed yet. I've interviewed my final architects this week, but I'm am probably at least a month from getting to my new architect starting on kitchen design. From my design software, I think at least 3 of them will work, with some potential cutting down (Look like they can be split in 1/2). Then I might have to get the rest made. They have the original ceramic tops, they need patched.
I am also concerned about the softness of Poplar. Custom in a stain grade hardwood would probably cost me at least double this amount (I HATE ready made or semi custom cabinets...I think they look horrible in an old house). But I am concerned about spending lots of $$$ that may not be useable.