This post is the first in a series of the transformation of our Kitchen Cabinets. The first step we took was to move the cabinets to the ceiling. Here are our Kitchen Before Pictures when we bought our house:
BEFORE Left of the Counter Corner BEFORE Right of the Counter Corner
“Stove Wall” “Sink Wall”
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Everything doesn’t look so bad, does it?
- Except if you don’t like the color of fuchsia pink on your kitchen walls.
- Except if you don’t care for your cabinet doors all being painted with latex wall paint on their centers.
- Except if you don’t care for the 6 inches of wasted space to the right of the refrigerator.
- Until you realize that the rug to the left of the stove is hiding a giant hole in the linoleum/ vinyl floor.
- Except if the five inches from your cabinets to your ceiling leave no room for storing anything on top of them in your small kitchen.
Well, I had a lot of ideas how to improve this kitchen to fit my needs, taste, and style. I’m excited to start this series on our Kitchen Cabinets! I will also post about all sorts of other improvements that I have made to our kitchen.
It is not very often that I catch my husband with a drill in his hand ; ). But this time, he had a helper directing him what to do (it wasn’t me).
You can see that I had already begun painting the walls a light gray. I used this gray in my kitchen, living room, and hallway. I won’t tell you what color it is, because in certain lights it has an awful tint, and I don’t recommend it!! But it seems to photograph well….. Anyway, I was waiting on the cabinets to be moved up to finish painting the rest of the kitchen. This is the first cabinet to be moved up, and you can see the bare never-painted wall below. (See how I patched those holes here.)
Here is a closeup of the cabinet over the sink. I didn’t care for the light fixture. I don’t think it worked, either. There was one thing in the kitchen that I liked though, and that was the new cabinet hardware in a brushed nickel finish.
Improve the Lighting
I decided to have the light removed, and recessed lighting installed to that light switch instead. I had bought 4 recessed lighting “cans” earlier for a different project and had never used them. They were perfect for this project. We had the electrician put one over the sink, one to the right of the sink, one in the corner, and one directly over the stove. The lighting is such an improvement! I know we have cleaner dishes because of it!
Here you can see the corner cabinet moved up to the ceiling, and the unpainted wall where the cabinets had been before.
Oh yes, over the stove. Over the stove I decided to have an over-the-range microwave* installed. They come with a venting system that hooks into the fan vent hole already in the wall. Then the short cabinet would be reinstalled over the microwave. The bottom of the microwave comes about to the bottom of where the cabinets used to be.
A Tip about Cleaning the Fridge…
After I cleaned the old refrigerator, it stopped working. Has that ever happened to you? You clean something, and then it falls apart? Well, this was the second time it had happened to me with a refrigerator. And recently someone told me why. The reason is that I hadn’t turned off the fridge while I was cleaning it. So the motor had kept running while I had the door open– and burned itself up. At least now I know!
I had decided to move the fridge from its home beside the dishwasher, to beside the stove instead. I know that some people think that a fridge and stove should not be next to each other, but I have seen it done in several other places…. However, my fridge is not still beside the stove. You’ll have to stay tuned to see where I moved it to its final home! (I am not one to move furniture around very much, but the fridge– well, I just kept finding much better places for it!)
And so here are all of the cabinets moved to the ceiling (except the one over the microwave and stove), and the walls are all painted light gray. (Yes, that’s a new vinyl floor– you’ll find that post here.)
Do you see how few total cabinets there are? Just four upper ones, and barely four lower ones. I actually had less cabinet space than in the condo we lived in previously. But I have an idea of how to fix that, too! Stay tuned!