August 25, 2014

Barker Door Cabinets

I have so many fond memories of visiting my aunt at her old country house growing up. However, the last time I went there was for a not-so-happy occasion. Her husband had recently passed away, and the house was too big for her to take care of alone, so I went to help her move. We gathered up her belongings and set out for her new, smaller home. Although this house was closer to the city, my aunt wanted to decorate it in her familiar rustic style. The place needed quite a bit of work, starting with the kitchen. It had these terrible plastic laminated cabinets which were peeling. I offered to look online to find some barker door cabinets to replace them.

Well, my dear aunt nearly had a heart attack when she heard my suggestion! You see, her late husband was an amazing woodworker, and he had handmade almost all of the furniture, doors and cabinets in their old house. Justifiably, my aunt was highly skeptical that cabinets ordered online could live up to the quality she had grown accustomed to. But I had seen these type of barker door cabinets in friends’ houses and thought they looked good. My aunt agreed to give them a try.

After reviewing all the options, my aunt settled on a color and we chose cabinet sizes that fit her cozy kitchen. Although the barker door cabinets arrived ready-to-assemble, my aunt is elderly and I’m pretty uncoordinated, so we enlisted my aunt’s college-aged grandsons to put the cabinets in. The whole process only took one day’s work. Afterwards, my aunt ordered pizza for all of us and we sat around admiring the renovated kitchen. For someone who was so used to fine woodwork, my aunt was surprisingly impressed with the material and look of her new barker door cabinets.