I shared a little love for how far we have come together here. But I hae been fantasizing for years now about ripping out the cabinets and starting over. I have wild dreams of banquets and marble counter tops and such.
But, truth is, my kitchen works. It works well, in fact.
So, perhaps I need a new direction. A way to think about just tweaking it to get it to the next level. So I pondered, I mean seriously pondered, what really needed to change:
- the upper cabinet doors are warped
- the weeny upper cabinets next to the sink are weird
- the wall with the open shelving is a hack and it shows - I'd prefer concealed storage for the appliances and that the dishes live nearer the sink/dishwasher
- the back hall (where we ripped out a bathroom) I'd like to see as a pantry
- the room is dark, lighter cabinets will help fix that
Well, see, that is not a huge list now it it? Certainly less overwhelming that a full kitchen renovation. Could I work with the bones of hat I have, and add to it? Well, while pondering that, I saw this picture:
And, just like that I saw what was possible. See those lower cabinets? I have those. Mine are just 1980s cherry. I could make them gray - I really could! Gray and cream, oh I have new and delightful visions! And no new island or counter tops would be needed. Oh hail the cost savings!
Here's my new thought:
- paint the lowers gray (like the above, see here for more painted cabinet photos)
- replace just the uppers with some that go to the ceiling and are off white/Vanilla Ice Cream (like my trim and island)
- replace the wall unit with a some cohesive enclosed appliance storage - like this:
- have shallow matching cabinets made for the back hall, to frame the window in there and give us space to store food and cleaning supplies
- replace the cabinets next to the sink with open shelves for mugs and glasses, potentially getting rid of the set to the right of the sink to allow for a wider fridge down the road
- frame in the pipes that run up behind the door to the back hall
- potentially get rid of the door to the back hall so the new "pantry" seems integrated
- potentially remove the closet next to the table, replacing it with shallow cabinets or built in banquet seating (this can be phase 2)
I think I just saved myself $50,000. Just like that. I think I need a kitchen designer, stat.