Aaaaaand, I’m back. Back to regular life and blogging thanks to the judge randomly kicking my trial to March. So that means instead of working it in a courtroom right now I’m working it on my kitchen (and even sneaking in a little reading on the deck). I’m finally doing my first blog writing outside after work whilst listening to Summer Hits of the 90s on Pandora (should I be embarrassed to admit this?) and checking out the view. It’s the end of August. Where did summer go?!
Okay, enough about me. Onto more of me. And my kitchen. While our whole house is in remodel hell, getting our kitchen done is priority numero uno – life sans sink is getting old. Real old. Last you saw we had just one cabinet installed. So let’s go all big picture on this kitchen and talk cabinet design.
Yeah, that looks kind of crazy, but that’s our kitchen design. Luckily it looks much better in person. We got this rendering from our cabinet store, so I really can’t blame them for knowing we don’t like random crap on our counters. When you go to order your cabinets you will probably get a rendering of the cabinet layout. I ordered my cabinets through The RTA Store (no affiliation, just liked their cabs). As part of the process, I designed my own cabinet layout and then had a designer from the website whip us up a rendering. The rendering was great to visualize our kitchen cabinet design, but not so great to visualize anything else about our kitchen. So ignoring the random stuff on counters, floor and wall colors, appliances, and basically everything except the cabinets, you can see what our kitchen cabinets will look like some day. Here are a couple of overhead shots showing the layout and specific cabinets:
One of the biggest design questions in our kitchen has been whether to go for the world’s longest floating shelf. You think I kid. Fine, I do. But at 14 feet it is huuuge. The floating shelf is that huge brown line in the rendering (first pic, top of post). I have really been digging the lone, long floating shelf look in kitchens and have devoted way too many brain cells to thinking about this (mostly with my like-minded-DIY-gal-pal at work). Anyone check out this photo on the Domino Instagram site the other day? In all my pins, this photo has been one of the primary inspirations for the single shelf design. But I’ve got lots more on my Pinterest Remodel Ideas board – clearly, I’m obsessed. A shelf over the stove isn’t for everyone, but I think it will work for us. Or I’ll chicken out. Or I’ll do it and then hate it so have to move. One of the two.
Back to the design. Despite how off everything else is in the cabinet rendering, the cabinet layout itself is pretty awesome. You can see how the kitchen is fairly symmetrical and how it will all take shape. Lots of drawers, lots of storage, a big pantry cabinet, plenty of walking/working space, etc. We’ve been spending lots of spare time building and installing the cabinets and I think we’ll be done soon (fingers crossed). Whenever it is, I’m sure we’ll like it. Maybe you will, too?
I’m so excited to be back on the train of more frequent updates! Get ready to get totally sick of seeing our kitchen take shape.