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Old 10-06-2013, 05:35 PM   #31
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Here's a look at the galley part of the kitchen. I had hoped to put the microwave (and possibly the toaster oven) into the upper cabinet at the far left side. I put the doors back on to see what the new glass inserts looks like on all the upper cabinets. I can remove them again if it's possible to accomplish, even though the little microwave will stick out about 1-1/2" from the lip of the cabinet. I do not think it needs a seperate microwave-type shelf, because it's little (13-1/2" deep x 18"wide x 11-1/2"tall). I was just going to drill a hole in the back corner of the cabinet and drop the cord down to an electrical strip that is mounted above the countertop. I could hide that cord with some type of metal electrical tube. To wkearney99 - on the original photo I posted of the inside of that cabinet, you mentioned the front edge of the bottom shelf being a problem. Actually, it is literally the second shelf that is currently just sitting on the bottom of the cabinet because one of those little plastic shelf brackets broke. LiveOak, you are right about the build quality of the cabinets, but, it is what it is!
I'll continue to post more photos...want to get this one out there in case I have more problems.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:46 PM   #32
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Here's a photo of the other side of the kitchen...nothing is built-in over here, but the area accommodates a small desk, table and two chairs, and a small free-standing cabinet (please, ignore the mess on top).
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:07 PM   #33
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I do have one of those base cabinets with pull-out shelves, but there is no outlet installed inside the cabinet (that's a thought I wish I would have known about when the electrician was here...but still a possibility) and, Kimberland30, maybe the best and easiest suggestion yet! As you can see from this photo, the base cabinets had hardware centered in the middle of each door. I removed the old hardware, and I'm filling those holes up with stainable wood filler, and will need to refinish the removable center of each of those base cabinets. That's why I opted for glass in the top cabinets..cut down on a lot of work!
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:20 PM   #34
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We had a galley kitchen in the old house, so I know the pain you go through.

I'd still vote for replacing the hood with an over-the-range unit. Matching up a cabinet with the door should be pretty simple, especially since you've already done the glass work. It really wouldn't have to be a 'cabinet', just some shelving would work. But a cabinet would likely help hide the exhaust duct better then you'd be able to do with just open shelving.
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:49 PM   #35
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Seeing that you end into your breakfast room (our kitchen does as well)
you have a few options.

The lower cabinet by the mixer that you use for a pantry -- could be used for the
micro and toaster. However, I look at your breakfast room and see a lot
of useable space that could be used.

I like that green cabinet...

Is there room somewhere else in the house to move that desk to?
How big is that wall about 4 ft?

Think about scouring the good will stores and Craig list for a small
china cabinet with a shelf on the buffet part. You could either refinish
it or paint it green to match your existing green cabinet.

Also, there are many great looking entertainment centers in these stores
that could be converted to a useful cabinet to house more kitchen
stuff. If the china cabinet is too big to fit the space at the end of the
cabinet...you could put your green cabinet where the desk is and the
bigger cabinet on the wall where your green cabinet is now.

I see some great looking china cabinets and entertainment centers
at good will all the time -- really cheap.

I know I'm taking you in a completely different direction. I thought I'd
throw out these ideas for you to think about.

hint...go to a good will store in a good neighborhood, people get rid of some
good stuff.
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Old 10-06-2013, 07:35 PM   #36
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Armiors...that is what I was thinking of, the consignment shops
thrift stores and good will have a lot of them at bargain prices.
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:48 AM   #37
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Here's the other option, a piece of furniture like a china cab
that you can put your micro and toaster oven on...And it
provides extra storage space. Painted green like your antique
piece would look tie it together. In our eating area of our kitchen,
we have cabinets all over the place. You can't have too many cabs!

I forgot to mention that your kitchen is very nice. The floor
is lovely...
How long is the galley part? ours is 8 foot on
one side and 10 on the other side...the 8 foot side is shorter
cause we took a couple of feet away to install an 8 foot
bay window like yours. My eating area is 9 x 12...looks like
we have a lot in common
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Old 10-07-2013, 08:43 AM   #38
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TwoKnots, you're my kind of friend! I spend a lot of time scouring Goodwill and St.Vincent DePaul stores, and you are right, they have some great items at times. Your idea is a good one, and I've been keeping an eye out for something very similar to what you are suggesting. My problem has been finding something that is not too deep or too large, it seems most are about 24" deep. That breakfast area is only 8' x 8', and has two doors (one to the hall and the louvered one to the basement) and a big bay window (?) on the other side. The green cabinet is 48" wide and was a great find, because it tapers from 16" center to 11" on the sides allowing better egress to the basement and enough room for pulling the chair in and out at the table.
The desk could go, but placing anything too tall there would cover the triple light switch next to the hallway (I already have to contort my arm to reach behind the little top hutch to turn lights on and off, but because it's a seperate top piece, I do not have it touching the wall behind). That wall by the desk is 46" wide, but only 35" to the light switch.
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Old 10-07-2013, 09:23 AM   #39
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There is a solution to every problem..For discussion purposes,
lets say you scurried up
that green cab I posted...All you would have to do is make a cut
out for the light switch in the back of the cabinet, then paint
the light switch plate the same color as the cabinet.
The one I pulled off the Internet looks to be about 42"...
Same thing with the depth of cabinets they can be cut down
to be slimmer...
The head knot cut down two standard kitchen (13")
cabs to make two spice cabinets for my sister. He cut them
down to 8" each...

I love the thrift stores, problem is we make a lot of our own
furniture, so I'm limited as to what I can buy...but, I'm a chair
nut and pick up chairs, strip them down to the wood and
re-upholster them.
Sometimes I drag the head knot with me, he often has to pull me
off the stuff I want to buy, we have two much stuff!
In our hallway upstairs we made a decorative
glass door linen cabinet...Since making this cabinet I've seen many things
at good will that could be stripped and refinished and make great cabinets.

Keep looking, I've so many nice small china cabinets and Armiors that
You could strip down, stain them to match your cabs or paint them to match the green cabinet.
When you have limited space, you have to really put on the thinking
cap. I going to scurry up a pic of my eating area...we have one wall that is
only 13" deep (because it runs into the bay window) But that didn't stop me
for thinking up more cabinets.

edit...to cut that green cabinet to slim it up...you would
remove the top and just cut the bottom to your
desired depth...lets say 13" to accommodate your
micro...then reattach the top. (after you reapply the
back legs of course.)

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Old 10-07-2013, 09:58 AM   #40
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We completed our kitchen in May 2006...then took the summer off
and did the eating area...This is where I had to give it a lot of
thought...the wall is about 5 1/2 ft to the doorway, but only 13" deep.

This is what I came up with
Top right cab is 8" deep (it has three doors) with a cookbook
shelf underneath... one door opens on the
right into the window, the other two doors are a bi-fold. It houses
a TV. Underneath that cab is a cab that is about 11" deep...that
is for potatoes, onions, and more cookbooks...
Then two winters ago, I said I need an oil and vinegar cabinet...
this cabinet is 9" deep...we made a wood top for it...

Then last winter I said, I need another spice cabinet for spice refills
also to store stuff I don't use every day...this cabinet is 7" deep.

My point being, you don't need big hunking cabs or furniture like everyone else has...small space and small stuff go hand and hand.

There are many great finds in thrift stores that can be adapted to fit
your space..
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I love those cabinets! What a great little area to stash lots of stuff.
Never thought about slimming down the depth of a piece. Would you just cut it down with a circular saw?
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Many cabinet lines can be ordered that way. Essentially just wall cabinets but made with a toe kick base. I had three of them made that way for the inside of our basement bar counter.

I don't know where you're located. It helps if you update your profile with at least a vague indicator of your region.

I used http://www.omegacabinetry.com/ for the bar and laundry room cabinets. They were pretty inexpensive when I searched through their dealer list for my area and priced them out. Turned out a local plumbing supply house carried them and was a LOT cheaper than all the other 'cabinet retailers'. But I had to do all the measuring and design. Which, having just been through that for custom cabinets elsewhere in the house, wasn't all that hard. This is why I think the idea of putting a new cabinet over a range microwave might be cheaper than you'd expect.
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I love those cabinets! What a great little area to stash lots of stuff.
Never thought about slimming down the depth of a piece. Would you just cut it down with a circular saw?
Yes, any cabinets you buy you can cut down.As I said previously said,
my sister picked up standard 13" deep upper cabs and the head knot
cut them down to 8" using circular saw...you draw your line and be sure
to use blue tape on the side your saving -- to keep the wood on the good
side from splintering.

My neighbor ordered kitchen cabs (generic cabs from the big box store)
and wanted a couple of narrower cabs for a tight area...( she wanted 20"
deep instead-of the standard 24" deep) ...she called us for help cause there was a
significant up charge For what they deemed ' custom cabs' ...I told her to
order the standard cabs and the head knot showed her hubby how to cut
them down. Lots of money saved, and everybody happy.

DIY gal...we designed and made our own cabs, that's why I keep dreaming
up ways to add more cabs...I do all the finishing, and have good luck
mixing the stain to get the desired matching color.

I forgot to mention I love your vent hood, and wouldn't part with it either.
Have you looked for a SS spray yet? I think it's going to be hard to find,
and not look like SS...Your stove is black, what about a hammered black
hood. Also, black makes things appear smaller. I have to take another
look at your pics...
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:17 PM   #44
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DIYgal, what about antique hammered bronze, for your fan hood?
...Rust-oleum
makes this color and I used it in our brass dining room chandlier.
Ya know what's great about painting something? If you don't like it,
you can paint it again.

I'll do a painted chandlier post in the Home decorating section, so you can see the color on metal.
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Any progress DIY gal? Or are you still in thinking mode?
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