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Kitchen Cabinet Installation

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

*This post in partnership with CliqStudios.

There is that turning point in a kitchen remodel when you can actually start to visualize the completed space and for me it’s always when the cabinets are installed. Last weekend when I was in Las Vegas I checked in on the kitchen remodel progress and was so excited to see the space coming together with the cabinets in place!

The fully assembled cabinets were delivered in January by truck and we unpacked and inspected each one, then then brought them into the house to acclimate. Instead of an all white kitchen I opted for blue gray bases and white uppers. With white countertops and a variegated blue gray tile backsplash, this kitchen will be a stunner when complete! (Find sources for the kitchen cabinets in part one of this remodel series).

I chose upper cabinets instead of open shelving to maximize storage, I like to include a series of glass fronts for display, I think they feel less heavy than all solid doors and also provide open shelf style storage but protected behind glass.

kitchen cabinet installation

Our upper cabinets and bases were installed with a 30 ¼” space between them to allow for the range and hood to slide in but it left a gap on the left side so instead of trimming the gap we’re going to fill it in with sheetrock instead to make it seamless.

range cabinet fill gap with sheetrock

I chose drawers instead of cabinet doors to the left of the range for cookware, and LOVE the soft close drawers that slide in on their own. You can see the painted sides of the cabinet where they are exposed and the sides where they are not.

We’ve installed kitchen cabinets before for the Alma project remodels (here and here) but opted for a professional finish carpenter in this case for a few reasons. 1) To save time since I was out of town when it happened, my Dad supervised and snapped some pictures in my absence. 2.) Precision was so important since a level revealed the floors, walls, and ceilings weren’t straight and 3.) There were two angles in the kitchen at the sink base and in a corner and a finish carpenter would make it all right for the countertop installers. On top of the install, they had to trim the backs of two cabinets and construct the refrigerator frame and they did an amazing job.

professional installation

I asked Joe (the finish carpenter) what his opinion was on the quality of the CliqStudios cabinets since he’s installed them all in his 30+ years experience. He told me that because they have plywood sides and a full back, soft close drawers, nickel plated steel hinges, and smooth enamel paint, the cabinets are excellent quality.

In the old kitchen there were cabinets that surrounded the fridge, I had two problems with this scenario: the upper cabinets were too shallow and the refrigerator too deep. See how it sticks out beyond the arched opening?

fridge before

We moved the old refrigerator out into the garage and replaced it with another gently used one my Dad found for us (his friend was moving). This one is cabinet depth so that it can sit inside a 24” frame.

The new refrigerator cabinet is also 24” deep, but we still need to add some shelves (DIY project!) to the left and recess the electrical outlet and water line so that the refrigerator will sit inside the frame. It allows for panels so we will make them at some point (DIY project!) but for now the white is perfectly fine. Also unseen is a 3” edge on the other side to allow for a full door swing. The fridge no longer blocks the entry and is a big improvement on what was there before!

refrigerator add shelves and recess plugs

 

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Kirkland’s Media Center + Giveaway

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

I just returned from a four day trip to Las Vegas where I had my Lasik eye surgery and worked on a few spaces in the fixer house. One of the projects was creating a media center in partnership with Kirkland’s Storage and Organization Event

We needed a media center between the fireplace wall and kitchen; we thought about hanging a flat screen above the fireplace but later decided a media stand on this wall directly in front of the sectional sofa would be better. The trouble was finding one that was small enough to fit but thankfully we did, the Townsend Media Stand is 42” wide but large enough for a good size flat screen to sit on top (Matt’s request, ha! Why do the men always want the biggest TV?)

media stand art above

We still need to add both tile and a floating wood mantel above the fireplace to the left, the kitchen is just to the right. The space for a media stand was only 5 feet wide so we needed something skinny and with storage capability. We’re pleased with this media stand from Kirkland’s since it has the perfect proportions for the space and adds beautiful contrast with its warm wood against the white painted walls.

We keep the kid movies on the left and grown up DVDs on the right, I also swapped the basic knobs for larger bone and brass hardware from Anthropologie (the Callisto knob) playing off the layered blue tones we’ve been adding to this home.

callisto knob kid movies

To balance the weight of the piece and fill the empty wall space above the TV, I added a few art prints in a mini gallery. The artwork came from two favorite sources, the waves print on the far left I ordered from Minted last year, the other three are from The Handmade Home book collection. Adding artwork above a flat screen is one of many ways to design around a television.

art above tv

I hung the artwork above while watching a favorite movie, appropriate for the town, can you name it?

media stand tv on

Right now Kirkland’s has dozens of storage furniture pieces on sale, be sure to check them out and perhaps you’ll find one for your organizational needs. Also Kirkland’s is offering one lucky winner a $100 gift card to shop their stores or online, click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! (Leave comments at Rafflecopter – see widget option, not here on this post).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

*This post in partnership with Kirkland’s, all opinions are my own!