Her New Kitchen Takes the Cake
Imagine a cramped, ’70s-style kitchen with worn walnut cabinets and an oddly sized pantry. Add a blended family of seven, two grandchildren and a busy cake-decorating business, and you can understand why my husband, Mike, and I decided to give the outdated kitchen a much-needed face-lift.
We began by gutting the entire room. We tore out the old recessed lights, raised the ceiling and installed new lighting. Mike, who’s a diversified farmer, replaced the old linoleum floor with easy-care laminate wood flooring. And we removed the old pantry and slid the garage door over 30 inches…opening up 17 feet of space for floor-to-ceiling cabinets.
Lots of Storage
The two-toned cabinets have cream-colored, laminate frames and honey oak doors covered in baked-on vinyl. Several have glass doors and interior lights that show off my blue-trimmed pottery pieces. The oversized drawers are great for towels and linens.
My new pantry is the best. I was constantly rearranging and rotating groceries in the old one. Every nook and cranny was overflowing. Now I just open the door and pull out the drawers. It’s so much more efficient and manageable. And I have storage space to spare!
Cooking in the old kitchen was a big chore, mainly because of the tight space. This changed dramatically when we replaced our U-shaped island with a rectangular one. Our youngest son, Macauley, enjoys eating his breakfast here (there’s seating for two), and I rely on the space for food prep and buffet-style entertaining. Guests can easily walk from the kitchen into the dining room, without trying to get around a clunky island.