Kitchen Update: Cabinets, Part II

Most of the carpentry on the cabinets is done; all that is left is to put knobs on a few more drawers.

Our kitchen designer ended up having to order more knobs, because when she got a look at the width of some of the drawers, she decided they would look and work better with two pulls rather than one.

To the right there, you can see the view to the window. The sink will be mounted under the window, with the dishwasher left in the space to the viewer’s right.

The range and vent hood go in there to the left.

Now, here to the left is the area that will be my desk–the laptop is going to live there with all of my recipes on it. It will have internet hookup so I can research ingredients and recipes if I need to. Above, you can see one of the glass-fronted doors with the really pretty Arts and Crafts style mullions. In that cabinet, I will probably display some of my Fiesta serving pieces. (If you can remember back when I posted “before” pictures, this is the area where the much-reviled Fruit of the Looms lamp was hanging.)

To the right is the wall opposite the desk–this is where the single glass-fronted cabinet was hanging.

Again, I will put Fiesta serving pieces and the like. Down below, I may keep baking necessities, though I am not certain yet. The butcher-block topped island has wheels, though, so it can be stored against the wall, but if I need a secondary work space near the sink or stove, I can wheel it out to where I want it.

You cannot see them in this picture, but to the right of that cabinet and island are the built in bookcases for the cookbooks.

Here on the left is a view of the wall opposite the range–with the cabinetry that will cradle the refrigerator. The cabinets over the refrigerator go all the way back, so there is plenty of storage space there.

To the left of the refrigerator cubby is a shorter set of cabinets–a very small microwave will be undermounted there. I don’t use my microwave for anything but thawing, melting butter, melting chocolate and reheating leftovers, so I didn’t want to take up space with a large one.

You can tell from this picture, that on either side of the windows is an open cabinet with a rounded valance–I don’t yet know what I am going to put in there, but I have quite a few pretty Fiestaware pieces, so something will look nice in there!

Finally, here are some closeups of the hardware for the cabinets. Below, you can see the handles we chose to be mounted vertically on the hanging cabinets, and to the right are the knobs for the drawers. Our designer told us that generally, people put knobs on cabinets and horizontally mounted handles on drawers, but we reversed the norm.

If you look at the handle/pull below, you can see why–the cut outs on the bronze repeat the motif of the mullions in the glass doors. The effect would not be as obvious if they were used horizontally on drawers on the base cabinetry as it is when used vertically on hanging cabinets.

So far, everything is looking beautiful, and I am amazed at how much storage capability I am going to have once the kitchen is done. The way the cabinets are finished on the top, I can place larger cooking utensils and serving pieces up there for display. They can be out of the way, yet still be decorative.

Right now, the man who is going to do the quartz countertop is measuring and making the template. The sink and faucets are in, but are still in their boxes–I will refrain from photographing them until they are installed.


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  1. Your kitchen is looking more and more fabulous, as usual, but I really have to comment on this post for two reasons.

    First of all, Casey is obsessed with drawer pulls and door handles. He can spend hours on the internet researching all the different kinds. I’m going to send him a link to this page so he can see the great pulls and handles you’re using in your kitchen.

    Secondly, I am a huge fan of the laptop in the kitchen. Casey is even thinking of building me a shelf so that I can have a dedicated space for my computer in the kitchen. Also, I’m more careful with my laptop than cookbooks. I’m sorry to say that I’ve burned and/or melted a number of our really cookbooks by putting them down on a burner while I’m cooking and later turning on that burner. Oops.

    I guess it’s one more reason why it’s important for me to cook with gas, since I never have this problem with a gas stove.

    Comment by Court — November 10, 2005 #

  2. Thanks, Court–glad you like the kitchen so far.

    Casey’s door pull obsession is a familiar one. Both Zak and I notice little weird details like that, so, I reach.

    I have slopped stuff on my books before, but not set them ablaze! That would be a new one. However, I have burned dishtowels on the stove before!

    I think that a dedicated laptop spot is a great idea for a kitchen–they are so useful for recipe storage, data retrieval and internet searches that I think that any computer-literate cook could find a use for a computer in the kitchen.

    How was the trip to Columbus, btw?

    Comment by Barbara Fisher — November 10, 2005 #

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