We’ve been debating and debating about what to do with the kitchen at the new house. We started out thinking that we wanted a corner pantry and custom built cupboards but the more and more we think about it, we don’t know if we do.
We love the old look and feel of the house and putting in a modern kitchen is going to take some of that away. In most old houses the kitchens were small and made for one or two not a whole family to be in it at once like is typical at our house. Everything happens at our house in the kitchen…everything. We have friends that come and we laugh and laugh that neither of us could probably descried the furniture in the others living room as we never go in it. Honestly all of our company stays in the kitchen.
We know that we need more kitchen than the house currently has…but how to work with the space is the question.
About Thanksgiving time we found these cupboards in a local for sale group.
They are sitting upside down and are in our garage covered in dust because yes, we bought them. They are fir, the shelves are adjustable and yes, we love the them LOTS. They are a 9′ long section which will work with a little revamp of the original drawing. The window and sink will go in the opening. The little small doors will go all the way across the ceiling.
Our problem…we need bottom cabinets to match-and no the person who had these didn’t recover the bottom cabinets. We also need a few more other cabinets. We bought these knowing the difficulty we’d have but decided we’d have custom cabinets made to match if nothing else. At $300 for this portion we got a deal.
Now we found these cabinets on another for sale site. In love-yep I am-but from the photos, the wood doesn’t match. These are two hours away and need some TLC. Of course the person who is selling them has no idea if they are fir wood or what they are. Again, we could make these work with yet another kitchen revamp. To make these work, I’d loose my pantry…but I think I am okay with that. The cupboards are only 18″ deep and honestly, I am okay with that too. In my experience I end up on my knees trying to find stuff if the cupboard is deeper than 18″.
This cupboard set is $500…we have to remove and haul it from 2 hours away. The thing I love about this set is that it would be what you see when you walk into the back door and look into the house. Of course we’d clean them and spruce them up. Someday I think I would try to get the glass replaced to be frosted like what is in the cupboards we already bought.
What comes now is playing with the house plan to revamp it to accommodate the cupboards-if we would purchase these.
Remember when looking at this, our goal isn’t a new modern kitchen. It’s to be a bigger kitchen yet with an old fashion feel.
This is the original plan…This is the addition on the main floor. To the right is the garage. Coming in that door is first a bathroom then laundry. The laundry access is from the kitchen with a pocket door. Once in the kitchen (room to the left) there is a corner pantry and big island. The door in the kitchen goes outside. The arch way in the kitchen opens to the dining room.
I played with the plan a little to accomodate the cupboards that we have and/or thinking of purchasing. The upper cupboards that we already purchased would go above the kitchen sink. The set of cupboards that we are thinking of purchasing would go where the pantry is in the first illustration the squiggly lines on the second illustration.
Where the “T” is, that’s our kitchen table that Hubby and I don’t want to part with. Where the “B” is, that’s our butcher block table show below. We are think of revamping that to make it into a moving island with barrel drawers underneath it. Other things change as well. The cupboards along the sink would no longer curve around to the stove. Instead we would put a full window there. I know full windows are not a modern feature at all but in old kitchens they had them.
The stove and refrigerator would now have to be side by side. That is not recommended but in old kitchens when modern appliances came, that is what typically happened.
The thing I love about the cupboards that we are thinking of buying….When opening the back door from the garage, those cupboards are what I’d see and I really like those cupboards.
Friends that have seen it lament and say that I don’t have enough counter space. Yes, it’s not a lot in modern standards. Right now in the kitchen where we are living I do all the food prep on a space that is 28″ long.
To buy or not buy…that is the question.
Right now, more than this set of cupboards that we are thinking of buying we really need base cabinets for the ones we already have. We’d love to not have to have them custom built. Anyone know of an old section of fir cabinets that are 9 or 10″ long??
I k now with these old cabinets that my drawers won’t roll out beautifully. I know I won’t have a huge island to work and serve food on, but I don’t think I care….