How to Upgrade Kitchen Cabinets on a Budget.
Are you doing – or considering doing – what a client of ours is doing – upgrading their kitchen cabinets? Are you on a budget, too? If upgrading your kitchen cabinets and drawers with better storage, rather than removing and replacing them with new kitchen cabinets is on your TO DO list, I hope this post, about what we are doing for a current client of ours, will be of help to you.
Our client’s kitchen is about 5 years old and to remove and replace their existing kitchen cabinets doesn’t make financial sense. There are other areas of their home that need greater attention, such as a fresh coat of paint, a redo of the floors, upgraded lighting, bathroom renovations, etc.
Here’s the plan we came up with for their kitchen, that will help you get oriented as we begin discussing how you can upgrade your kitchen cabinets on a budget, too.
Their current kitchen layout is pretty straightforward, with a large island located in front of builtins behind. We are designing a new pantry immediately behind the kitchen. The symbols B and D are called elevation symbols. Later in the post I will be referring to those elevations by those letters. (An elevation is a drawing that illustrates what something looks like when looking directly at it.)
Drawing from REV-A -SHELF‘s extensive selection of cabinetry storage products, we were able to upgrade virtually every cabinet drawer box and drawer with ease. The schedule below is keyed to the elevations so you can see exactly where and what was selected to upgrade each cabinet or drawer.
Lets start with ELEVATION B, the kitchen island.
1. UNDER SINK PULLOUTS: To correct the lack of storage under the sink at the left end of the island, we turned to their handy (and portable!!!) caddy that fits nicely to the side of the sink. Their under sink pull out will need further evaluation, primarily because of dimensional issues.
2 & 3: SILVERWARE DRAER AND KNIFE STORAGE: Adjacent to the refrigerator and dining area, it makes sense that the area to the right of the cook top should be for food prep. The drawers in this area are a perfect place for cooking utensils, knives, silverware, etc. Currently, each drawer is empty, so as a drawer is opened, whatever is inside that drawer can slide about, get all jumbled up and scratched. We will be taking a close look at using REV-A-SHELF’s organized knife, utensil and silverware storage components (LOVE the cutting board!!!)
4. FILLER PULLOUT The area around our client’s cooktop was disorganized so we found a nice filler pullout to help organize their cooking oils on the left of the cooktop.
5. PEGBOARD DRAWERS: The drawers below the cook top are the perfect place for pots and pans, etc. If your pots, pans and lids are loose and stacked willy-nilly in a drawer, you know how difficult it can be to get to that one you need that you put in the back of the drawer. Outfitting each drawer with cut to size pegboard inserts will make life so much easier.
6. FOOD CONTAINER STORAGE PULLOUT: It made sense to locate the plastic food containers for leftovers immediately to the right of the cook top. ( if we had this in our kitchen, there’s be no more lost container lids!)
7. RECYCLING: We’d like to see recycling happen in the two remaining base cabinets on the right side of the island, to support the food prep area. The left end of the island is dedicated to cleaning and washing dishes, etc.
8. Spice Drawer: Immediately above the filler pullout will be a spice drawer, consolidating oils and spice into one easy to reach location.
Now, let’s shift to ELEVATION D below, where the fridge and double ovens are located. I like the landing zone on the fridge’s left, which make it easier to put groceries away. I do wish there were a landing zone to the right of the ovens, too, but we have to work with the hand of cards we’ve been dealt.
9 ADJUSTABLE BOX DRAWERS: The top drawers will be devoted to silverware storage while the cabinet below will be upgraded with adjustable box drawers on full glides, making it easier for them to pull them all the way out to reach what is in the back. (Note 2 & 3, silverware and knife storage.) Everyday plates, soup bowls, cups, etc. here with pegboard inserts (#5) might work in several drawers.
The drawer below the stove will be equipped with the pegboard dividers (#5), keeping baking sheets organized. The upper cabinets are good to go with their existing adjustable shelves.
THE WALK IN PANTRY
The client is moving from a home that had a substantial amount of kitchen storage, hence the need for designing the walk in pantry. Given how narrow the space is that we have to work with, we created a deep full height cabinet at the end of the pantry shown in ELEVATION A.
10. SWING OUT PANTRY: We could do standard pull outs here, but in such a small space access would be awkward. This area is a perfect application for REV-A SHELF’s swing out pantry. I love how easily you can access every corner of the unit.
11. BROOM CLOSET: If you look at Elevation C above, you will see I’m thinking of squeezing a small broom closet int the pantry, if we can’t find space for it elsewhere. (Time will tell…)
12. RATTAN ORGANIZERS: We need to be sure the view into the pantry is pretty, so below the coffee maker, instead of cabinet doors, we thought these rattan organizers would look terrific!
We have not had time yet to have a full upgrade priced, but I can assure you that to demolish and replace the cabinets and countertops in our client’s kitchen, in our area of Boston, would be well over $60,000, far more than simply replacing the guts of the cabinets, as we are doing.
For those of you considering a kitchen renovation, assuming your kitchen cabinets are in good shape, this is an inexpensive strategy to upgrade kitchen cabinets and improve the functionality of your kitchen. Who knows, you may even find money left over in your budget to refinish the cabinet doors! VOILA! Brand new kitchen!
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