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Old 04-23-2014, 08:37 AM   #16
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Just curious. Are you going to build them? If so, 15 1/2 inch wide panels cut from plywood would use the material pretty effectively. You would get three across the sheet. Add the face frame and you have 16 1/4".

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haven't thought about that but definitely a thought now!



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That is a gorgeous wooden kitchen cabinet.
Thank you. Just trying to update my kitchen. Would like to keep them and just sand/paint them white and change the hardware.

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@ddawg...

1. Yes, I agree with the soffett above. I think I am just going to remove it. Help make the kitchen look larger.

2. Moving the fridge is definitely in the thought process. Might move it over to the other side of the kitchen (to the right of the microwave in pic 1).

3. the house has a full basement. However, I would have to run new plumbing (which wouldn't be hard), but I would have to move my electrical panel to run the drain...debating if it is worth it.

4. definitely thinking of the peninsula for more storage/counter space (will also have more if I move the fridge cuz I can add cabinets and countertop there too)

As for the stairs, they go down to the finished basement that we use for my wife's daycare, kids playrooms, and for entertaining at the holidays so it does get used quite a bit! Thought about the wall/door idea but don't want the room to feel so closed off...
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As for the stairs, they go down to the finished basement that we use for my wife's daycare, kids playrooms, and for entertaining at the holidays so it does get used quite a bit! Thought about the wall/door idea but don't want the room to feel so closed off...
What is on the other side of the full wall? If that is hallway....then maybe you open up that wall? Chances are it's load bearing...but...that is not a difficult task to solve.
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i would remove any of the cabinet trimming that wavy first off, very 1980's country kitchen look.

I would also look into adding a lower box or two to wrap around the counter (off where your microwave is now) into a bar / peninsula.
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In a kitchen that spacious, maybe consider painting your cabinets a light color, like blue, soft grey or green, or doing the bottom in one color and the top in white? Glazing can really help tone and enrich colors. New hardware will definitely help, and removing the (wallpaper?) above the cabinets. Removing soffits if you have them definitely updates the kitchen, but you have to consider if they may be hiding plumbing, duct work or wiring, which can be expensive to reroute. Depending on the house, tearing them out also means you have to put in drywall, and match ceiling texture if you have any because they generally open right to the studs.

I think you can manage a back splash with laminate counters, but you would need to coordinate to avoid clashing. There are kits out there to paint your laminate counters (faux granite or marble is popular), but there are also tutorials out there on DIY butcher block counters, or faux concrete. All depends on the cohesive look you are going for. It may not be worth the cost, but to me, nothing updates a space more than nixing the laminate.

I think replacing that low wall with spindles will make it feel more open, but also having the same flooring from kitchen to dining room (?) will help with that too.

I'm also not a fan of wooden valances, but that's personal preference. As to replacing the appliances, if they still work well, a cheaper update is to get stainless steel contact paper to use on them. I think it's about $55 a roll, and is more convincing than the stainless steel paint on the market right now. This would leave more in your budget for other updates, unless you want new appliances.

If you choose not to move the sink to the window, perhaps a scenic back splash (like a mosaic or coordinated pattern) or a mirror would help? If you do, I like your idea about the wine/glasses/accent light.

Are you planning to change the light fixtures, or are you happy with them? If you don't want to replace them, even a coat of spray paint can drastically change the look.

Good luck, and share pics of your changes!

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@ddawg...on the other side of the stairs is the living room. You are correct, that is a load-bearing wall.

@blur...i am definitely getting rid of that wavy crap! as for the peninsula on the end, I have been debating that but I am afraid that would not leave enough room in the dining area to move around freely...

@jasper...thanks for the drawings! I will have to see if I can mix and match and make some of those work in my design plans!

@Ariadne...As for the cabinets/cupboards. I am on the same page with you. The plan is to paint the cabinets/cupboards white with all new hardware to help update it. Thinking of doing white cabinets/cupboards with a light wood laminate flooring (that will also be in the dining area to tie it all together).

Still debating on the keeping the laminate countertops. They are in great condition, would match well with the white cabinet/light floor combo I think. I want an updated look but not too modern...doesnt match the rest of house or the community.

The light fixtures are going for sure! I dont have much airflow in the house so was thinking of doing a ceiling fan/light combo in both kitchen and dining...thoughts?

The soffet has to go. There should be no plumbing/ductwork in there but that will be confirmed. haha. the drywall wont be much of an issues because the whole ceiling is going to be skim-coated and knock-down texture applied.

The appliances work great. However, we had to replace the dishwasher last year and did so with the intent of getting all black appliances at some point. So I have a white stove, white fridge, black microwave, black dishwasher, and stainless stove hood...haha.

I am in kind of a holding pattern for the kitchen. My basement flooded and I need to replace a lot of the padding and reinstall the carpet. May have a couple other ideas for the kitchen...but keep your ideas coming!!!!

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