Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Zak Rose

I've been thinking about this post for a while now. I don't quite know how to say what I want to say... I'll just go off the cuff.

We are extraordinarily fortunate (and fully aware of this fortune) to have wonderful, loving and supportive families, and also wonderful, loving and supportive friends, who are also our family. Among these friends, we also have some incredible talents, and to be able to count these among our nearest and dearest is pretty great, just for bragging rights.

One of these, please take note, is our incredible friend Zak Rose. Please pause now and check his work out here. Thank you.

You may remember this base cabinet we bought to add storage and help support the new counter tops in the kitchen:

(courtesy of Home Depot)
We struggled with how to blend this clearly new cabinet in with the old, which we'd painted white. Would painting be enough? Ultimately, we felt we needed outside input, so we consulted with Zak. He encouraged us to try to work on the new cabinet and drawer to get them to match, and offered his services. Obviously, we took him up on his offer. To have the support of friends as we've tackled this project has been more than we knew we'd need at times. But now, to have a friend be part of it in such a notable way, and to be able to see him in the work we've accomplished so far in making this place our home, is just, in a word, beyond.

And behold -- it's amazing:

You would NEVER know they weren't original without serious examination! Can you even believe it?! Here's one of the existing (painted) cabinets for comparison:

While this certainly does not do Zak's substantial talents and artistry enough justice, it's still pretty amazing, and we love it, and couldn't be happier with the result. We never doubted Zak's abilities, but this is absurdly wonderful.

Please, if you're in the Chicago area and are looking for custom work for any reason, consider contacting Zak Rose.

Thank you, Z. We love you.


Beatriz said...

Wow, this came out incredible! I'm guessing he spray painted it that way? My husband and I will be painting all the cabinets in our kitchen... and bathrooms... ourselves... help! We were thinking of doing it by hand? Ugh. Newlyweds+ New homeowners= interesting mess

Hope you have a wonderful Friday!

That Girl in Pearls

Eric said...

Truly fantastic. What a talented and generous friend you have.

So, what's next?