(Closed) Can you make this kitchen better? Pics…

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: Can I add a wall of cabinets?
    No! Too skinny : (5 votes)
    13 %
    Yes but not uppers : (7 votes)
    18 %
    Yes both uppers and base : (23 votes)
    61 %
    I have another suggestion below : (3 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
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    Helper bee

    I think cabinets on the top and bottom would look nice. Maybe also a backsplash behind the stove?

    Post # 4
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    Would you consider open shelving?  I guess it really depends on what you need to store there (if you need the storage space) and how you feel about “clutter”.  If it came down to it, I’d recommend skinny cabinets but even then it could make the room feel smaller even if it’s skinnier than the island you already have there.

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    What about something that folds out, up, down, etc, so that you have more space when you need to prep.

    Or you can just add open shelving above what you have and move the microwave up to a shelf.

    Post # 8
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @jrly10:  I would definitely do upper and lowers. There is no such thing as too much storage.

    If the island that is there now is the same width, there is no reason not to.

    I would also suggest installing an over the range microwave/fan so that you don’t end up using your new counter space for the microwave.

    We just installed this unit in our dining room. We are still awaiting a custom piece of glass so that we can use the top surface of the lower cabinets as a sideboard. There are actually two banks of cabinets in the top section which go all the way to the ceiling.

    If you can match the granite, great. If you can’t I would  do something deliberately different.

     

     

    Post # 9
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I like your original idea–upper and lower cabinets. I think it would look great!

    Post # 10
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Not sure if you’d consider this, but I’d measure out your fridge to see how far it comes out. Id want to move your fridge to where the end of the wood island is. That may be more work than you’re wanting to do though and may not work. I’d then put in matching countertop and upper and lower cabinetjog where the fridge is.

    To increase storage space you can get a add a two cabinets one that can house your microwave right of where the water cooler is and next to that have lower workspace/cabinets and shelving on top. Maybe try relocating your coffee machine, bread box, paper towel holder (can be cabinet mounted) in one location, knives to save work space. The top of your existing cabinets you could frame in and add lights, throw up some more decorative pieces, for a more finished look that doesn’t cut off your kitchen cabinets making it look smaller.

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Check out the Ikea Website…

    They have a Kitchen Design Program that you can download that is pretty easy to use.

    It wil let you SEE your ideas much better than fiddling with pen & paper… or trying to imagine stuff

    As Kitchen Cabinetry come in standard sizes… it doesn’t matter so much that it is the Ikea Website… because no matter where you buy cabinetry from they are going have the majority of the same sized stuff (ie 12, 15, 18, 24, 30 and 36 are standard widths)

    And the program will let you do a bunch of cool stuff…

    1. Move things around – change your mind – try other stuff
    2. Customize to YOUR OWN ROOM Dimensions
    3. SEE in Floorplan View
    4. SEE in 3D View
    5. SEE with different cabinetry finishes
    6. SEE with different decore (such as floor finishes / painted wall colours)

    AND most importantly the program is FREE to use.

    This is how Mr TTR and I designed the Reno for our Kitchen… that we’ll be doing later this year.

    Hope this helps,

    PS… LOVE having extra counter space (our reno will have a counter that I can use for Baking).  BUT we also LOVE having a pantry (did this retro a couple of years ago to an under-used closet in our home).  It is fantastic to get all the food items stowed away in one designated place.  Look at Pinterest for ideas… especially cool ones on how to manage storage… with pull out drawers within a cabinet etc.  So you don’t have to dig around at the back of the pantry.  If you are handy some of that stuff you can do yourself.  Other “insides” you can buy from Ikea or companies like Solutions, Lee Valley etc.

     

    Post # 12
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I think lower cabinets with upper open shelving would look great. It would still give you the open feeling of the kitchen with more prep space. Post pictures when you’ve finished doing the reno, can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

    Post # 13
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’d definitely do lower cabinets (they wouldn’t take up any more space than what is there now but would give you prep space and more storage).

    If you’re worried about closing off the space, maybe skip the upper cabinets (it looks like you already have a lot of kitchen storage anyways).

    Post # 14
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: Central Park

    I think it would look great, and a cute decorative backsplash would look fantastic.

    Post # 15
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    plain and simple: PAINT.

    Post # 16
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I don’t have Photoshop so I can’t help you visualize how cabinets will look in place of the island, but off the top of my head it will make the space appear a bit more closed in because right now the wall is empty. 

    I don’t think the island, or whatever that is you have now, is very efficient – have you considered a movable island that you can pull closer to the sink area when you need it?  I like the open shelving idea but obviously you will have to keep it neat and dust it often.

    If you want to make the space appear larger, I would replace some of the cabinet doors with glass fronts.

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