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kitchen woes

I'm ready to reveal my dirty little secret.  My kitchen.  My old kitchen, that is.  Only a contortionist would feel comfortable in this kitchen.  This kitchen is sah-mallllll, and the smaller the space, the more efficent every little inch has to be.  Well thought out inches and innovative cabinetry is definately going to make a huge difference.  I am almost embarassed to show you this kitchen...and the photos I have aren't even the before "befores".  In other words, what you don't see here, are the overhead cabinets that used to be over the pennisula and the carpet and vinyl flooring. Carpet, in an eating area...seriously????  The current state of the kitchen is...well...all torn up, and you'll just have to wait along with me.  Sneak peeks will come.  Until then , enjoy the before photos...feel my pain.  (Note: Click on the large photo above for expansive view  /pause slideshow).

 

Kari

In this view you see that I have circled blind spots which pose access problems.  I have to move the stool to get access e very time.  I can only gain access from the backside of the pennisula with this design.  Solution: Easy access corner cabinet.  Also, who wants to see half of a wall as wood cabinets as one enters the room?  Not me, coming soon...a real wall.
In this view you see that I have circled blind spots which pose access problems. I have to move the stool to get access e very time. I can only gain access from the backside of the pennisula with this design. Solution: Easy access corner cabinet. Also, who wants to see half of a wall as wood cabinets as one enters the room? Not me, coming soon...a real wall.
Need I say more?  The shoji screen bad flourescent lighting.  The orange pecan stain.  The really out-dated hollow backed hardware (it hurts to open these).  See ya.
Need I say more? The shoji screen bad flourescent lighting. The orange pecan stain. The really out-dated hollow backed hardware (it hurts to open these). See ya.
Problems:  Upper and lower blind corners - Hellohellohello....any dishes theretherethere?....cannot access anything, complete waste of space.  Dark. low and deep=bad design.
Problems: Upper and lower blind corners - Hellohellohello....any dishes theretherethere?....cannot access anything, complete waste of space. Dark. low and deep=bad design.
Pop quiz:  What s wrong with this picture?  

Answer: Can t open the dishwasher without skimming the knobs and handles, and cannot EMPTY the dish washer without the drawers closed.    Double duty: I have to set everything on the counter, and then put away below.
Pop quiz: What's wrong with this picture? Answer: Can't open the dishwasher without skimming the knobs and handles, and cannot EMPTY the dish washer without the drawers closed. Double duty: I have to set everything on the counter, and then put away below.
This pantry is 25 inches deep!  I was so fed up, I cut a hole in the right side wall and fished the plug in line through to suit my microwave.  NO more!  Coming soon, a 30 inch wide  super cabinet  base with roll out drawers and 30 more inches of counterspace...you heard me...more counterspace!  Also, a slender 30 x 12 upper. Ahhhhh.
This pantry is 25 inches deep! I was so fed up, I cut a hole in the right side wall and fished the plug in line through to suit my microwave. NO more! Coming soon, a 30 inch wide "super cabinet" base with roll out drawers and 30 more inches of counterspace...you heard me...more counterspace! Also, a slender 30 x 12 upper. Ahhhhh.

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