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9.17.13

Incredible custom kitchen design – La Puerta Originals creates a custom kitchen island incorporating a giant antique column, carved antique panels and reclaimed stamped tin edging, featuring a gorgeous hand-rubbed patina10103-01 Island

This blog post is going to feature only one item, an incredible kitchen island. In keeping with my new plan, I had chosen three pieces to show you, but there were two problems with that: one was that I had too many pictures of the island, making the post rather lopsided, the other being that the remaining two items paled in comparison to the island.  The other two pieces are also fabulous, so I am saving them for the next post, with one spot to spare.  So, one item it is, and here we go!

 

The island started with the selection of the antique material.  The first piece was a beefy antique carved column that was chosen mid-March:

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Then, in mid-April, an antique carved panel and some fragments:

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And some legs with finials from antique dowry chests:

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Construction of the island didn’t begin until June.  There are many reasons that could be.  Sometimes construction is backed out from when a client would like to receive an item, but more often, there are just that many other pieces ahead of it.  Here Edgar begins the process of building the base cabinets of the island, beveling panels of antique wood:

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One week later, the cabinets for the sink side of the island are coming along nicely:

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Here we see some of those antique legs being put to good use.  I love that finials form the feet for the cabinets and all are different:

10103-01 IslandThe following week we see Edgar working on the cabinets for the other side of the island, the ones that will be under the overhang of the enormous island countertop:

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July 3rd, he works on the base moulding:

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That same day I spotted the big antique column, ready to be halved for either side of the island:

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The following Friday I saw the result.  Quite a dramatic end statement:

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Mid-July, not knowing exactly what it was, I snapped a couple of pics of the island countertop:

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And then on July 19, I found it with tin-edging, on Elio’s work bench:

10103-01 IslandHe even brought me a ladder, the better to shoot the giant top:

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Look at that edging, look how thick the countertop is:

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This is Elio from last year sitting on an amazing staircase he built.  I have been wanting to do a blog entry on that piece.  We recently got install pics, so it just might happen…

Elio and the Staircase

Then, end of July, it was off to the finish shop:

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I often, no, I should say that usually, I have no idea what the things I am shooting around the wood shop, metal shop, finish shop are, or what goes with what.  It is only when I choose a piece to feature in the blog and I start going through all of my photos, that I pick out the elements that make up the piece.  In this case, I photographed the panel below a number of times on different days because I was captivated by the finish on the strip.  It is actually one of the drawer fronts.  It almost seemed opalescent, with the blues and greens changing:

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I kept telling Rigo how gorgeous I thought it was.  He didn’t seem to mind:

10103-01 IslandSecond week of August we see another of the drawer front panels:

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Most of the finishes have a good number of steps, sometimes five, six or more.  It is one of the thing that makes La Puerta Originals’ pieces so distinctive – the finishes have depth and character.  And all of those different layers of different color and type of finish, need to dry thoroughly in between.  Sometimes they sit on racks, other times you will see the guys with dryers blowing on the finish – basically a souped-up, commercial grade hair dryer.

Here, in the second week of August I spotted that striking and substantial column end piece in the finish shop during the application of the base brown color:

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The following week it has green accents:

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The teak sink surround section of the countertop:

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And then, Boom! August 28th, Craig emailed me and said, you better get down here.  We’ve got the island all put together in Scott’s area!  Wohoo! (The wohoo being mine…I don’t think Craig is inclined to wohoo):

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Here are some delectable details:

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Mmm!  Mmm!  Mmm!  I don’t think it gets any better than that!

A last minute touch-up on that day was the addition of red accents to the finish, and I have to say, they really make it pop.  These are details that you wouldn’t necessarily notice, but end up making the piece stand out. I have a couple of before the red and after pics to show you.  On most platforms you should be able to click on the pics to see them in greater detail.  I tried to match the pics to the light in which they were taken, but it was a little difficult.  Here are different pictures of the drawer fronts with that beautiful opalescent finish.  Pre-red pics are on the left, post-red on the right.  If you had told me they were going to add red to it, I would have been horrified and would have thought it would ruin it.  Good thing no one asked me, ’cause I would have been wrong:

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Then the next day it is assembled outside for more photography (the loading dock is not even, so there was a whole lot of shimmin’ goin’ on):

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Here comes Julian with the curved base moulding:

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Leonel gets it into place:

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Here comes the top!:

10103-01 IslandThe top and the teak sink surround section wait to be assembled onto the island:

10103-01 IslandTop is on!  Next comes the sink that you can see behind the guys, resting on a rolling mover:

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It took four of them to hoist the sink into place.  I asked Miguel how much he thought it weighed and he said about 250 to 300 pounds:

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10103-01 IslandAnd ta da!  It’s done!  Miguel climbs up, crawls down, all around to get the right pictures:

 

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Photography is done, time to dismantle:

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And into the truck we go:

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I think we all have our favorite pieces.  Some prefer the more refined styles, some the more rustic, some of us like the ones with finishes that show much of the wood, some like the colorful finishes.  But I have to say, there was a lot of standing around during photography, and to a person, we all agreed that this was the best thing to come out of the shop in a long, long time.  It’s a beauty:

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See you next time!

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