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Cabinet Selection and Kitchen Layout

December 10, 2013

The cabinets have arrived!

I am really impressed at how quickly they were manufactured and delivered. Within 4 weeks of our order they were stacked neatly in the garage.

Everything was wrapped in a foam fabric sheet and two layers of cardboard and held together with plastic straps.

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We purchased our cabinetry from Lowes. It was a pretty easy decision for us since the other options available didn’t work with our timeline. We originally wanted to hire a kitchen renovation company to handle the cabinets, install and design. We spoke to several different places and their schedules were booked until February 2014, and so we would have had to wait 5 months to start! My parents re-did their kitchen last year and used Lowes to do their whole remodel. They selected dark brown cherry cabinets by Kraftmaid, and the result was beautiful.

Lucky for us, Lowes was having a sale on cabinets when we made the decision to be our own designers/ general contractors for the kitchen remodel. Kraftmaid was out of our budget, so we we went with Shenandoah, which had a smaller selection of door styles and colors but all the bells and whistles (soft close doors and drawers, rolls outs etc…).

I knew that I wanted really dark wood cabinets that went all the way up to the ceiling, so with a $10,000 budget in mind we almost went with the Winchester door style in Cherry Java. The color looks great online, and in person, but I realized that it was too contemporary for our 1930s house. It’s important to me that we keep the kitchen in tune with the style of the rest of the home. So we switched to Cherry Bordeaux, which I originally thought might be too red, but I’m really pleased we went with this color.

We had Lowes come out and measure to make sure the cabinets we picked would fit into the space, and as it turned out, our floor was so unlevel that the room was not a standard 8′ high. I wanted to stack 12″ cabinets on top of 32″ cabinets in some places and use 42″ in others. Well, if we went that way, we would only have 12-13″ of working space under the cabinets because of our ceiling height. Bahh! So, cabinets that look built-in and go all the way to the ceiling were out of the question. 😦

Since we had to go with 32″ cabinets all around the room, we decided to upgrade the door style to McKinley, and add a medium sized crown molding. In the end it will all work out and still look really good. They also match the original style I had picked out for the kitchen mood board perfectly.

kitchen layout

The new kitchen layout will give us so much more space now that the wall the refrigerator was against (the wall that separated the pantry and the rest of the kitchen) is gone. We will relocate the fridge to sit flush against the west wall, which will allow us to move the island to a better location.


11 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathleen Maguire permalink
    September 3, 2015 7:59 PM

    Rachel, you are my hero today. Living thru this right now, switch your square opening to curved arch, could be here with those plastic dropcloths. Obsessing about crystal knobs for days, one of your photos popped up, on cherry cabinets. Well many similarities … You have & I will get Soon Shenandoah cherry bourdeux from Lowes, & we both switched styles to McKinkey. I love all your photos & also wanted brass to match old brass knobs, handles I have & was not sure, since everyone is telling me to get chrome or nickel. Now I can order brass. Dare ask how long your kitchen to complete. My walls are in better shape, but floor yet to be seen… Thanks again

    • September 21, 2015 2:29 PM

      So great to hear from another renovator. From tear out to cabinets and flooring installed was 6 weeks. Then we took a break over the holidays( December) and had the counters and backsplash put in. If we didn’t take the break I think it would have taken 8-10 weeks total. Good luck!

  2. December 19, 2013 12:57 AM

    I’m a little behind on reading, but it’s going to look so good. Just looking at the dimensions, I have to say the kitchen is bigger than I thought. Good for you! I really wish our kitchen was a little larger.

  3. Nick permalink
    December 11, 2013 5:24 PM

    Is that $10,000 for the entire remodel?

  4. December 11, 2013 10:22 AM

    Pretty sweet looking door!

  5. December 10, 2013 2:02 PM

    The profile and colour are beautiful!

    • December 11, 2013 1:36 PM

      Thank you. I didn’t think I wanted such a detailed food, but I like the profile on the drawers better than the simpler drawers.

      It’s was also tough to go with dark wood when there are so many beautiful white cabinets out there. Going against the grain, so to speak.


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