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Marcia's picture

Ann, I've enjoyed reading about Marie Louise's kitchen remodel and was wondering how your own effort is coming along. Inquiring minds, you know....

AnnL's picture

(post #55697, reply #1 of 11)

It's coming along really well.  The base cabinets have been installed and the granite fabricators came this afternoon to do the template.  :-) It's really cool because now I can see the shape and the flow.  :-)  The granite will be installed next Wednesday!!!  :-)


No disasters, just a few minor mixups, etc.  <touch wood> 


I'm thinking I may have made a mistake with the pantry unit.  I got the fold out canned goods storage and, while it will hold alot, there's alot that it won't hold.  I don't use alot of canned foods, some but not alot.  Things that I do use and keep on hand, like mayonaise, all my cooking oils, vinegars, etc. won't fit on the shelves.  It will fit on the back shelf.  But, I also have to store things like pasta, crackers, flour, sugar, etc.   I also think I got too much spice storage, but I'm sure I can find more spices that I need to keep on hand.  I think I will have plenty of storage, but I won't really know until I can start moving my stuff in there. 


I've been taking pics, just no time to post them.  Hopefully, this weekend I can get them posted. 


Now, if I can just decide on backsplash and paint color, I'll be all set. 


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Marcia's picture

(post #55697, reply #2 of 11)

There are generally things one regrets about any project, but it sounds as if things are going pretty well. It shouldn't be long now.


Good luck with your decisions about the paint color and the backsplash. It seems to me that backsplashes are often hard to select, perhaps because there are so many choices.


Can't wait to see your pictures.

Marie Louise's picture

(post #55697, reply #3 of 11)

I waited until everything was done to put things away.

I know lots of people try and design their cabinets for what they own. My theory is, just plan a good kitchen w/ a balance of drawers and shelves, and you'll figure it out. We all move into new houses now and then-or buy new things-and somehow we find a place for everything.

So... I'm sure you'll figure out good uses for your pantry (new oblong cannisters may help) & a new place to hold your oils/ vinegars.

One surprise for us was using one of our big pantry drawers for all of our bags of rice, pasta, boxes of orzo, etc. It's not how I assumed I'd use that drawer, and I'd never stored pasta or rice in a drawer before, but it is perfect.

I'm sure your pantry will have a happy ending, too. I covet those fold out units-and the pull out ones, too- but I don't have a spot for one.


Edited 6/1/2007 11:48 am by Marie Louise

AnnL's picture

(post #55697, reply #4 of 11)

I'm wishing I had gone with the big pantry doors instead of the fold out unit.  But, it will probably work out fine and I'll end up loving those as much as I thought I would.  :-)


I think the oils and vinegars will be in the lazy susan, which is where they are now in my current kitchen.  I was hoping for someplace I wouldn't have to bend down so low.  But, such is life.  :-)  I may find a better place when I start moving things over.


AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

Glenys's picture

(post #55697, reply #5 of 11)

I'm not fond of the lazy susan concept but recently I have seen an improved mechanism and design in open-stock hardware that spun around and out while simultaneously unfanning. Rather than having a dead spot and having to reach down and in, the lazy susan had been redesigned to come out and up. An improvement at least.

PeterDurand's picture

(post #55697, reply #6 of 11)

Yeah, LeeValley has had those for a while now. Where did you see them?

Cheers,

Peter

 

Glenys's picture

(post #55697, reply #8 of 11)

A friend's new kitchen.  Whatever brand, they had the piston for soft closing as well.

Marie Louise's picture

(post #55697, reply #10 of 11)

Yeah, I have those on all my doors & drawers. They are very fun, and handy besides-you can bump the door or drawer closed w/ an elbow or hip if you've got both hands full.

I like a plain old corner cabinet. DH refers to it as "that place" [that he hates to go into]. I thought about getting rid of it, but the cabinet maker discouraged me-said every kitchen needs some out of the way storage. He's right: the back corner is home to my bundt pans, angel food cake pan, and other things I only need once in a blue moon. (The rest of those types of things are down in my basement.) The front is nice & wide for my colanders, salad spinner, rice maker, and a piece of Le Creuset.

Marcia's picture

(post #55697, reply #11 of 11)

You don't want a corner cabinet like mine, which seems to disappear into the bowels of the earth. I dread to think what I've lost in there, but evidently it's not necessary for the purposes of daily living.

AnnL's picture

(post #55697, reply #7 of 11)

Yes, I have one of those, too.  :-)  I have 3 corner cabinets and being decided arbitrarily to go with one of each type.  :-(  Looking back, I now wish I had opted against the lazy susan and gone with another of the fold out ones. 

AnnL
Transitions Farm
Gardening, cooking, and riding
in Central Mass.

Ann
"The elders were wise.  They knew that man's heart, away from nature, becomes hard; they knew that lack of respect for growing, living things, soon led to lack of respect for humans, too."  Chief Luther Standing Bear, Lakota Sioux

pamilyn's picture

(post #55697, reply #9 of 11)

I had the fold out pantry doors in the house we just sold. I thought I would love. It held alot but it was a hassel to unfold them. I can't explain it. It just bugged me. You will find lots of space in there. Pamiyn

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