|This is the one section of the kitchen that isn't changing.|
In 2010 I installed a new kitchen (new cabinets, sink, faucet, lights, hardware) I went for a galley plan but it doesn't work for me. L and U shaped kitchens are my favourites. I racked my brain for a layout that worked with the cabinets I have now but until now, I couldn't come up with anything. Enter a photo found on Pinterest...
EEEK! THAT'S IT!!!!!!!!!!!
THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU MR ANDRE ROTHBLATT, ARCHITECT!
I measured the space and the cabinets I have and this works beautifully! I'll need new counters, but I had planned to do new counters anyway. I'll also need to fill in an 8" space beside the dishwasher and build or buy one cabinet/shelving unit/some such thing for over the fridge but that should be cheap & easy to build. So here's the way the kitchen looks now:
It looks pretty close to the inspiration photo, don't you think? Here are larger photos:
The kitchen sink side doesn't need altering, I can move the fridge pretty easily and those holes over the fridge? They are to let light in from the new window I installed over my laundry tub. I threw the old bathroom mirror up there to reflect more light. With the fridge moved out of the way, I can cut a larger opening and let in even more light!! WOOOT! OMG DAYLIGHT IN MY KITCHEN!!! Sorry for shouting... that is the number one reason I hate my kitchen. I'm so glad I never got to the trim out stage of those openings yet - bless Max the kitten for the month long delay!
The cabinets on the far side of the pot rack in photo #2 will be dismantled and reassembled across the open shelf wall. I can move the over the stove cabinet and range hood to fit in between. Then the range will be moved into the center of the wall (right where those open shelves are now) giving me the L-shape that I love the best! I do have a bit of a challenge with the floor, though. Part of the flooring is missing under the base cabinets that I'm moving... oh well, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. I'm so excited!! Hope you stick around to see the fun (and no, I'm not starting this project until the new year dawns...)
In case you were wondering, here's what the kitchen looked like when I moved in together with the way it looks now:
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!