Happy Friday – Happy Cabinetry!

Last weekend I finally put the last of the drawer faces on the remaining blank spots in our kitchen.  And boy oh boy does it feel good to be done*!

*Technically I still need to put the baseboard and baseboard faces on the toe kick drawers, but I kindof need this victory right now, so please don’t begrudge me on it.  =)

Why do I need the victory?  Because it has been just a hair over 2 YEARS since I started building these darned things!  Am I mildly crazy?  Yes.  Would I do it again?  Probably yes, because it is sooooo nice having the exact cabinetry I wanted.  For the most part, I have space to store what I want (so many fun kitchen stuffs!) where I want it (not on the counter unless it’s a knife block) and it’s all there at the ready.  Best yet, now that everything has doors I don’t have to stare at our food and dishes anymore.  =)

So, for the sake of the somewhat official record keeping here – these are the last of the cabinet faces that I finished up over the past couple months.

First: The uppers on the pantry… the tops will have glass in them and the lights inside the cabinets will shine through the glass when they are on.  We just need to get it worked out what we want the glass to be like and then probably work with our friend who is a glass artist.

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Then I saved the hardest ones for last… the corner drawers and double door for the lazy susan on the bottom in the corner here.

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The lazy susan door opens up like this:

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and then the corner drawers (they are very deep!) pull out at a 45-degree angle like this:


They are cool, but they were a HUGE pain in the butt to get adjusted properly.

And the panorama view…. Sorry, I couldn’t figure out how to get a panorama that also included the pantry because I was basically standing right next to it to take this one.

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The kitchen’s still not quite done (basically baseboards, backsplash, and a cover for the duct work is all that’s still needed), but with the cabinet doors and drawer faces finally out of the way, it sure feels like we’ve come a long way.

In fact, sometimes it’s nice to remind ourselves that the view from our bedroom used to be this (ignore the blue line that showed the idea to modify the ceiling and move the wall, which we ended up doing):


And now it looks like this:

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Feel free to flip back and forth between those two pictures a couple of times, I always find myself doing that because in many ways it doesn’t even feel like the same kitchen even though the major parts (sink, oven, dishwasher, and fridge) are all basically in the same spot.

It’s just so much lighter and brighter and spacious enough to host people – which we have been doing with much more regularity than we did with our old kitchen/dining area.


But after all this hard work, I’m actually more likely to follow Kitty PoP’s lead and take a nap.



This is what I’m happy about this Friday.  What are you happy about today?

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