Earlier in the year I posted an article about the making of an oak kitchen island and arched window with an oak shutter for a beautiful old manoir very near to us here in the Mayenne region. Since then, having been delighted with the results, our clients asked us to make two more bespoke oak kitchen cabinets to go either side of their huge fireplace.
We have plenty of pictures of the making, delivery and installation of the units but the very final ‘finished’ pictures are, tantalisingly, going to have to wait a little longer. The granite top won’t be arriving for some weeks yet – French perfection takes time you know (those that live here will know what I mean!).
I can’t wait to see it all come together – this house is full of beautiful French furniture (some of which has been exquisitely bought back to life by our client, a maker and upholsterer herself – Déjà Vu : Upholstery, Furnishings and Upcycling) and intriguing brocante finds as only they can find. It is always a pleasure to come here – a feast for the eyes.
And as you can imagine, none of the walls or floors are straight in this old house, so making something bespoke can be a bit of a challenge. The bespoke oak kitchen units have been made to fit the unequal spaces either side of the rather fabulous Lacanche cooker (range envy!).
It is not always easy to imagine how you will use a space until you are living in it, but our clients have waited so long to find this rare property, that they knew exactly what configuration they wanted for their kitchen. The left hand unit comprises of a double cupboard with horizontal internal shelf and three wide drawers with soft-close runners. The right hand unit again comprises of three wide drawers with soft-close runners, a sink unit with a soft-close bin drawer below and another double cupboard with a soft-close drawer above. Each cooker end of the units houses a large oak tray and there are oak kick-boards below each unit. All the beautiful cupboard handles are supplied by the highly recommended www.morehandles.co.uk .
Although the current worktop is only temporary, the kitchen has been in full use over the summer, catering for the many and varied guests that have passed through this romantic place. Our clients are chomping at the bit to finally finish work abroad before moving here permanently in November – with the granite worktop not too far behind.
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