Pam made that dark kitchen light and bright with a lot of paint and they lived with it like that for ten years…..
Pam had the island painted by an auto-body shop and the paint has held up incredibly well over the years.
Pam says, “I had outlets put in the back of the pantry allowing the appliances to be hidden, while the roll out shelves provide easy access for using them.”
Another great idea:
“The way we angled the cabinet on the end created a small triangular shaped area that
would have been wasted space…not happening!I ordered a 15″ door, and had our contractor build a shelf, it’s perfect for my mixer and food processor. I included an outlet for easy access to the island. The outlet also serves as a convenient way to use our crock pot on the island if we have a buffet set up.”
It truly is the heart of our home and to have a space I love that functions well is…priceless…ha!
I’ve been standing in here looking around at every nook and cranny, and I really do love it. I wish I could have included a free standing piece of furniture, and I tried, but for the space we had it just didn’t work. I’m glad I went with my gut and broke the ‘rule’ on a few design guidelines by
ignoring tweaking the standard dimensions. For example the walkway between our island and counter is 38″ and 32″ where the stove protrudes, the suggested is 42″ – 48″, again it just works for us. Oh, and when my dishwasher door is open there is 10″ for you to squeeze by, but it is more than worth the sacrifice, because it allowed me to include elements that were important to me.
I designed the plan myself after trying three kitchen designers that didn’t quite get my vision, at the time not using upper cabinets weren’t as popular as they are now. Although I love diys, Mr. Simple isn’t as passionate about them 🙂 we had sub-contractors do all of the work.
Probably not the answer you were expecting, but hands down – TIME, planning and thinking through every detail, you’ll never regret it! To get a feel for the size of our island I brought in our garbage cans and topped them with huge pieces of cardboard and pulled chairs up to it, walked around it, it made all the difference. I wouldn’t have ever thought I’d use/need an island as large as it is, and now I can’t imagine a smaller one! Our girl Lisa has this down, and I’m having so much fun living vicariously through her planning!