Monday, January 9, 2012

Our Kitchen Cabinet Rehab

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.



  1. Wow, it all turned out beautiful Pam!!! We have space above our cabinets too, so I am excited to see what you and hubby are up to. I could live in your kitchen. :)

  2. oh I love what you did with the island..although I know me..I would have left it open..and put baskets in there with my potatoes and veggies and stuff and or put a curtain there..I can't wait to see what you do with the open space above the cabinets.:)

  3. Love what you did with the island. I can just see the kitties hiding and jumping out!!!! Great place to do that, but you needed the space. I would too!!!!! lol

  4. Pam,
    It looks wonderful!! Wish I had space above my cabinets to display things. Can't wait to the pics of what you did with that area.

  5. Love your kitchen! Love those wood floors and the vaulted ceiling! I'm sure you're LOVING that added space! Never enough cabinet space in a kitchen! ~~Annie

  6. This looks really beautiful. I can't wait to see the next pictures. I would love to have an island. Land or wood lol.

  7. Looks FABULOUS !!!! You have a dream kitchen. I am looking forward to the above the kitchen cabinet pictures too. Sherry

  8. What a beautiful color of wood. I am happy you got the holes fixed. I would love more space in my kitchen. Great job. -Steph-

  9. Love the drawers! and the ceiling with recessed lights! I also have vaulted ceilings in my kitchen. I collect stoneware pitchers, so I use graduated sizes along the tops of my cabinets.
    Looks great!

  10. LOVE LOVE LOVE your kitchen!!

  11. Aren't remodels fun? NOT! well it all looks good Pam. :-)

  12. Oh man...first chocolate and now kitchen envy. You're doing me in Girlfriend. What I wouldn't do for 1/4th of the space you have!!! And I would have kept at least one beverage cooler for the sodas and hubby's "adult" beverages....I might even have room in my frig for food then! ;o) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin (Kinda even afraid to look at your next post....)


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