So I’m about to buy the appliances because my kitchen can’t go into production without knowing the final sizes of everything. It’s like buying a car, you can spend a fortune! Anyway, I’ll let you know what I chose in the end, in the meantime I met with Mike at Quality Cabinets and Jan Romanuk again this week to finalize some details.
Jan says renovations are all about compromise, compromise, compromise. You create your wish list and then start making compromises to get what you want with the existing limitations of your space.
We reviewed my plan again and decided that even though many of you felt strongly that there should be a counter beside the wall oven, we like the feel of the pantry wall that will be created without another counter. Otherwise it’s a lower with a counter and then an upper again. I want a kitchen without the look of uppers.
Also, some of you expressed concern over the oven being right beside the fridge. This is not perfect either but it’s the only way it’ll work in this kitchen (and it’s not a concern with today’s appliances). We have TONS of space, so we don’t need full 24″ cabinets on either side of the fridge and wall oven. They are 14″ instead. Compromise.
Instead, on the left side of the fridge/wall oven, we will install a pull-out shelf for the toaster & espresso machine. This leaves the counters free for chopping and prepping.
I showed you the cabinet style I wanted last week but the reason it’s so pretty is because it’s face frame cabinetry. That’s how cabinets were built until they discovered hinges from Europe (Mike said). It makes them a lot more expensive. So I chose a 3″ shaker instead. It’s not as common as the 2″ shaker style cabinet.
See the cooktop (above)? Right beside it we will install a pull-out for oils and vinegars.
That leaves nothing on the counters and the decoration will be on the shelves!
I considered painting the island yellow but that idea was nixed. Apparently there’s enough yellow in our house with my sunflower yellow sofa!
Have a great weekend my lovelies!
ps. I’m doing a poll, we are about to nix the wine fridge that is currently designed to go into the island (first elevation above) because we need all new appliances including a washer and dryer and that is already almost $10,000. Should I bite the bullet and keep it in? Or take it out?
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