When we moved into our house last June, we knew that there would be a lot of things that we would have to replace: appliances, light fixtures, bathroom accessories, etc. Our kitchen cabinets, however, had spaces for two wine cooler/beverage refrigerators that we had no need for and no intention of replacing. So we were left with gaping holes at each end of our island cabinetry:
Plus there was an extra pullout drawer with two garbage bins in the island that we didn't use (it duplicated another right behind it next to the kitchen sink), so we decided to replace that pullout with a spice pullout instead, since cabinet space was more important than having four garbage cans (our area doesn't recycle...can you believe it?).
So we found the cabinetmakers who had installed the original custom knotty alder cabinets and called them to come out and work a little magic in our kitchen. When they were done, here was the result:
No more holes! And the garbage pullout went from this:
To a much more useful this:
Now I have a LOT more room for storage in my kitchen, which I desperately needed. I'll show you soon how I've organized all of the new storage space; it's still a work-in-progress.
And while they were at it, we had the cabinetmakers replace the kick plates beneath our dishwasher and range that were damaged as the old appliances were removed before we moved in, and when my sweet hubby installed the new appliances.
I didn't get a "before" picture of the ragged kick plate that was replaced; just trust me when I tell you that this is a huge improvement.
The kitties are not at all pleased with the changes...they used to like
to hide in the holes in the cabinet when they were playing tag, and then
jump out and surprise their siblings. But Mom's happy—and when Mom's
happy, then everyone's happy, right?
See all that blank space above my upper cabinets? Hubby and I have been working on doing something about that...I'll share those "before" and "after" pics with you soon.