If you thought cabinets were only for kitchens & bathrooms, guess again!
After years of living with a mish mash of furniture in our office and showroom, we decided it was time to freshen up. We’ve created a highly functional office/showroom where you, our customers, can work alongside us as we plan and design your new or renovated spaces. What we did was take the new Fabuwood Fusion Chestnut cabinets and tailor them specifically to our needs. For example, we’ve designed a buffet, which for our purposes makes a great place to show our many painted and stained color chips. We used what would normally be a wall cabinet, increased the depth, added a toe kick, snuck in 4 custom roll-outs to maximize out space and voila – a wonderful place to view our painted, stained and exotic color chips. The lower middle cabinet received 3 roll-outs. On the right, we added an 18” pantry cabinet and decided to use a combination of shelving and roll-outs to showcase our wood countertop samples. Our top left wall with double drawer cabinet could easily be used for your taller vanities or in your kitchen for terrific organization. We also added a glass door cabinet with glass for display.
We’ve had so much fun organizing the cabinets and drawers in our actual workspace. On the left and mirroring the 18” pantry is a 24” wide double door pantry which you could use not only as a pantry, but as great storage in your laundry room, a coat or utility closet or even shelving in your bedroom. We added electric in our pantry cabinet so our printer could easily be plugged in without seeing the cord stretching across the desk, which I know drives many of us crazy as well! We added three 36” wall cabinets above the desk, which is at standard desk height so we could easily mount our large-screen computer monitor. The upper cabinets are flanked by a taller wall cabinet with drawers, which is made to sit right on the countertop. Along the desk base, we have added 4 filing drawers and, for the ultimate in convenience, we have added a trash cabinet, which although standard is at normal base cabinet height, we were able to remove the top drawer, add ¼ of an inch and voila again, it now is used under a desk! Our far right top desk drawer is the all-important charging station for small electronics. In a bathroom for example, this same electrical set up works equally well for your bathroom and grooming equipment.
For a backsplash, we’ve added a custom cork board on the buffet, beautifully trimmed with standard molding. We have not, however, given up our post-it notes!
You might think, looking at the pictures, that the countertop is granite. Nope, it's Formica! And it was, of course, a fraction of the cost of granite. With the expanded desktop, over a set of plans and a cup of coffee, we've got plenty of space to spread out and work!
What didn’t we do in this project? We opted out of finished end doors and flush cabinetry ends. We also did not add crown molding due to the low beamed ceilings in our farmhouse home. Admittedly, it looks great when done with higher ceilings with beams!
FYI, the brushed satin pulls come from Hafele.
For our display, we’ve mixed the hardware on the doors to show you the differences. They are all slow and soft close, but we’ve shown the new Blum hinges Fabuwood now offers as well.
Adding to the storage/functionality quotient, sometimes we’re using two leather padded storage benches (which also happen to be very comfortable), and sometimes we change it up with cute red chairs.
Among the major reasons for this project was to create a functional space for you to see what we offer! Little by little, our entire farmhouse is being converted into a showroom. We have hundreds of door samples and color chips for your perusing pleasure from the companies we currently represent: Fabuwood, Elmwood Fine Custom Cabinetry, Haas, Canyon Creek, Echelon Cabinetry, NatureKast Weatherproof Cabinetry, Trex Outdoor Storage, Grothouse Wood Countertops, Engrain Wood Countertops, The Galley Workstation and many Hafele design and organization accessories.
Come visit us soon!