With over two years of planning going into the design of my kitchen, I had several ideas that I knew I wanted to incorporate. Pinterest was a HUGE help to me in gathering all of my ideas in one place and having easy to see pictures to explain what I really meant to my incredibly patient carpenter! (If you don't have a Pinterest account, email me for invitation. It will forever change the way you bookmark!)
With the current layout of my house, I knew that I didn't have enough space for a mudroom, either now or in the future, but I did want a drop zone to put things. When you enter my carport/garage door, the entrance I use 100% of the time, I now have a place for my purse, keys, sunglasses, schoolbag, and a charging station for my million electronic toys. (Eventually I will have undercabinet lighting in here along with a fancy charging station but for now it's a 4 outlet plug and ambient light!)
I must say, it works wonderfully, when I remember to use it! I am slowly getting better and better about it, but it's taking some time. For 2 years I've been dropping my things on whatever flat surface was open. I've got to get used to having a certain spot again.
Now that I have somewhere to store my stuff, what about my everyday food items? Enter my kitchen pantry cabinets, not to be confused with my full room pantry off the laundry.
A few things about my pantry.
-I love the pull-outs at the bottom. This keeps large things from getting lost in the back and makes each shelve completely accessible.
-Notice the cream box on the left in the middle? That's the backside of a covered electrical box that has my laundry, and kitchen light switches and an outlet on the outside pantry wall. (I'll try to shoot a pic so that my jumbled description becomes more clear.)
-The u-shaped shelves up top were my carpenter's idea and they work great. They allow me to store canned goods and other shorter things that I need to access, but still have space for basics like cereal boxes and oatmeal (my daily breakfast) where I can reach them.
Function is one thing, but my kitchen has to be aesthetically pleasing to me or I won't use it... I know, I'm petty thinking about surface beauty, but if being able to cook was all I needed I would have never done this remodel! I wanted my island to be symmetrical, and I needed to store pots and pans, and I wanted it to house my trash/recycle, and my nifty paper towel holder..
Not too much to ask right??
Thanks to Pinterest, I had my problems solved...
I have two working drawers for cooking tools and silverware, left and right respectively. My paper towel holder is in the middle. The lower left drawer is my trash/recycle center. (more on that later). The middle drawer is one deep drawer for my large stockpots. (I'll be sure and let you know when I get one!) The bottom right is not one, but two drawers, hiding behind a single door. Confused?
Does this help? From the outside the look is clean and symmetrical, but on the inside is very, very functional. I love having the shorter drawers for storage.
I wanted a dedicated space for not only my trash, but paper recycling. I hate having piles of mail everywhere. Go paperless people!! (Yeah, I hear the irony now because my house is covered in mail piles. I need to sort them and put them away in the office, but the stuff that's in my way in there has to be put away in the kitchen first. Argh!) Anywho... Enter my cabinet trash drawer. The first bin is for trash and the second for paper recycle. The rest of my recycling is stored in the laundry room, out of the way.
When you're buying bins to fit a specific drawer, either give the bins to your builder before the cabinet is built, yeah would have been smart..., or purchase bins from multiple places and try them all. The ones from Lowe's were too big and would have had to be trimmed to fit. The exact same size bin, but different manufacturer, at Home Depot fit like a glove. Go figure.
Pull-outs have to be my new favorite thing. I also had them installed under my kitchen sink. The braces eat a small amount of space, but the functionality of the drawers more than makes up for it.
I can easily access everything and in case I need to get in the cabinet to work, the drawers lift out without a hitch.
The last super custom piece I put into the dining room side. I received many antique linens from both sides of the family. Hanging them is the best way to store them so that they stay
All in all, I am thrilled with my new kitchen. Now if I can just recall where I put everything!!