Mullet Cabinet, located in Fryburg, was chosen to renovate the kitchen of the home of Joe and Rebecca Titlow, as part of the program PBS has dubbed The Bedford Project.
The nearly three-century-old house included restoration and some practical additions, including a new kitchen and butler’s pantry featuring Mullet Cabinet’s Levant Kitchen Furniture.
The Bedford Project includes renovation and restoration of the home of Revolutionary War patriot Nathaniel Page. The home is located in a suburb of Boston, Mass.
While the Titlows wanted to redesign the Georgian house to provide some updates, they didn’t want to lose the historical prominence of the home, and its direct link to an incredibly important historical time in America.
Choosing contractors, builders and furniture and fixtures that embodied that time period was important for them, so on the advice of designer Kathy Marshall, owner of K. Marshall Design, who works with both Mullet Cabinet and This Old House as a consultant, recommended Mullet Cabinet to the producers of This Old House.
Once they recognized the beauty and quality of the product Mullet Cabinet maintains, and the high quality standards and workmanship their cabinets entail, it didn’t take long for the producers to get Holmes County cabinet makers involved in the renovation.
The whirlwind experience with a show as prestigious and respected as This Old House has created a real buzz for Mullet Cabinet, which has seen its website frequency hits double since the project began.
“It’s been pretty amazing,” said Jordan Mullet, who co-owns the company along with his father, Dean, and brothers, Vince and Nick. Jordan Mullet was able to attend the project’s wrap party, along with his wife, Sarah, and Mullet Cabinet service representative Matt Yoder, who all flew to Boston for the event. Once there, they were very excited to see the project and meet the homeowners and cast.
“This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime things, but in reality, we could end up being used again because of the relationship Kathy has with the show,” said Mullet. “It has been a real honor to be associated with a show that so many people watch and trust, and the people who work on that show are just as nice as they appear on TV.”
While the show was seeking a big-box cabinet producer for the home, through Marshall, This Old House producers found that not only could Mullet Cabinet get them exactly what they needed, they could do it in a much quicker fashion, thus saving the show valuable time and helping them finish the home on schedule.
Because Levant cabinets allow a great deal of flexibility in creating custom-built cabinets to fit any need, it was a perfect fit for the home.
“Levant made sense because I wanted to integrate the look of fine furniture-quality cabinetry that would offer the flexibility to work within the open floor plan that included posts and beams,” said Marshall. “And Levant delivered the look the homeowners had hoped for, well within the budget they had set aside. But what really made the company stand apart from the competition is that they were able to deliver a custom product under what would typically be regarded as an unrealistic time frame, when the deadline for the entire project was cut back from nine months to six months.”
For the Mullet family, it was a perfect opportunity to not just show the crew from This Old House what their expertise, customizing quality and innovation are all about, but it then translates to the rest of the nation, who can see it all on the television show and its website.
“This has been absolutely huge for us as a company,” said Mullet. “Word of mouth is really big in this business, and through this we will be able to reach a much larger market. We have some very aggressive marketing plans set for the future, and being on a television show of this caliber definitely validates what we have been working toward for so long.”
All of the Bedford Project’s shows may be found at this link: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/tv/video/0,,20557372,00.html
The Mullet Cabinet show is in Episode #13.
Published: January 11, 2012