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    Kitchen Ideas

    I've spent the past week getting my house back in order. I had piles of stuff everywhere. A few years ago I took out my pantry cabinet to make the kitchen look more spacious and I really miss having it. I was talking to my sister and niece (who just started a design business) and they both say not to put it back since I'll be selling in a few years. But I don't think a pantry cabinet would be a deterrent, could even be a good thing. Because my kitchen is open plan-ish, the cabinet would have to go in kitchen-adjacent in the area between it and the family room. Area is roughly 7'x7' and there's nothing else there except the door leading to the garage. I think that's plenty of space; the cabinet is 36" wide by 18" deep. What do you guys think? Would you put it back?

    Now - looking for feedback on putting in butcher block countertops. For several reasons, wood seems the best option. We're putting back a drop-in apron sink and making the island into a peninsula. Dh can buy, cut and install the wood himself. Win, win, win. This is what we're going for - simple, classic look (our cabinets are off-white). For backsplash, I would do subway tile in white or marble for light reflection. Our floors are dark oak. This is the sink we have, which I love and have missed as well:


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    LOVE that sink!! Is there such a thing as a standalone pantry cabinet which you could move when you sell?
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    It does look really wonderful I second Kay's question?
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    We made the original pantry into a stand alone cabinet (we cut off the bottom which was rotted and put feet on it) and I've had it in the spare room. When I sell I can either leave it, replace it with something that looks more built-in (like using upper cabs to create a tall slim look), or take it out an leave the area empty. There's lots of things you can do to make the pantry cabinet less bulky and more furniture like. I was thinking something like 36" pantry with 12" bookcase on each end for cookbooks. Do you guys think it would make the area too crowded to have any kind of cabinet there for a potential buyer? I've been thinking that a family would appreciate the functionality more than the aesthetics.





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    I have the same photo of the Hemnes used as built-ins! I like it. The more built-ins and pantries the better, I think. I would prefer that to a totally open kitchen, for sure.

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    I love my pantry. It's funky, and not to everyone's taste, but it was added on by the previous owner as the second half of the mudroom, and it has vintage dutch doors and a stained glass window (which I bought on eBay) to separate it from the kitchen.

    I love your example pics: if you can find cool furniture to repurpose, that would be great. I'm really hoping this huge room/open concept trend diminishes. I've seen so many architectural features sacrificed in the name of "BIIIIGGG" "OPPPPPEEEEN"! I get that people don't want to feel cramped, and in your situation, Geila, you probably need options, so I would be in favor of something semi-permanent.

    As far as the butcher block counter--I like that, also. In fact, I'm about to buy a small piece for the base cabinet next to our stove. Above that cabinet we have a magnetic knife strip, so it would work very well with a butcher block counter.

    I think I'm partial to green, and I know you're not asking about colors, but I really love the first and last pictures you posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    I love my pantry. It's funky, and not to everyone's taste, but it was added on by the previous owner as the second half of the mudroom, and it has vintage dutch doors and a stained glass window (which I bought on eBay) to separate it from the kitchen.

    I love your example pics: if you can find cool furniture to repurpose, that would be great. I'm really hoping this huge room/open concept trend diminishes. I've seen so many architectural features sacrificed in the name of "BIIIIGGG" "OPPPPPEEEEN"! I get that people don't want to feel cramped, and in your situation, Geila, you probably need options, so I would be in favor of something semi-permanent.

    As far as the butcher block counter--I like that, also. In fact, I'm about to buy a small piece for the base cabinet next to our stove. Above that cabinet we have a magnetic knife strip, so it would work very well with a butcher block counter.

    I think I'm partial to green, and I know you're not asking about colors, but I really love the first and last pictures you posted.
    I'm partial to green myself. My favorite kitchen ever was the one we painted spring green with butcher block look laminate and the softest hint of pale green on the walls. Loved it. And if we were staying here I'd consider trying to paint our Ikea cabinets. But EVERYONE wants an all-white kitchen now and since we're looking to sell eventually, I'll leave the cabs white. I really enjoy color in my kitchen and having a cozy homey look. I was watching a British design show and noticed how over there people value homey much more than we do here. I asked my niece about pantry storage placement and she responded with a $35k all-white whole kitchen remodel design plan. Yeah, not happening. If we put in the counters ourselves, we will have built every inch of our kitchen ourselves. Of course, not making the cabinets, but Ikea assembly is close! So now I'm thinking of doing beadboard backsplash instead of tile. So easy and versatile. Our butcher block island is over 10 years old and still looks beautiful; I love the warmth and softness that it brings to the kitchen.

    I'd love to see photos of your pantry!
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    I wish Ikea'd had color when we bought our cabinets. They have these two options now and I'm so tempted to buy new doors for the upper cabinets, but then I'd be wasting perfectly good doors.




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    Well, you can always change the white doors for the color doors; that's the way the system is built.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tybee View Post
    Well, you can always change the white doors for the color doors; that's the way the system is built.
    I know, but it's pretty wasteful. If we were staying here for a long time I might be able to justify it.
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