I had the idea that we could use Coroplast for everything that would otherwise be a thin panel board, like all the side walls of the cupboards. I got the idea from Ikea. I’d seen coroplast used in the door panels of one of their cupboard choices. At the time I was annoyed with it. “That stuff’s so cheap, and they’re selling it for how much?” But it did look sleek. We’re talking about the corrugated plastic that’s used for election campaign signs everywhere.
I had to sell H.W. on it, since it’s a plastic product. I figured it would be extremely lightweight, plenty strong, attractive in its simplicity, easy to wipe clean, wouldn’t harbour or spread mold, and perhaps above all, installing it would be dreamy. It was flexible, and it could be cut up with a knife, instead of taking multiple runs at it with a jigsaw (making all the curves).
It was all those things and more. Oh, it was so easy to install. I didn’t have to move. I’d cut my piece, that took about 10 seconds, then carve away at the foam to make a slit to fit it in, then shave my piece a little (repeat, repeat), get it all snug in, and then slice off the outer edge if it was proud, all in situ. Wow. I was thrilled with that, thinking of the back and forthing with the saw if we were using wood- worse even than I’d imagined. It was finicky work, but still went smooth and faster than anything else had. I have a lot of respect for the original builders who were working with an uninsulated shell. I screwed it on with wafer screws, which look flashy and modern.
The thing I didn’t expect, that I realized as soon as I got a couple sides up, was that it lets light through! Instead of creating little caves when the sides go up, the insides of the cabinets are flooded with natural light still. Continue reading Buttoning up the cupboards