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Topic: Kitchen Cabinet Revamp, Caffeination Station & Bonus Plate Rack  (Read 583 times)
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« on: September 11, 2019 09:39:15 AM »

I was a busy bee the last few months working on projects in my kitchen. I wanted to at least get all of the cabinets painted before my Mom and Aunts visited last month, and I managed to finish reinstalling the last cabinet door a few hours before my Mom's flight arrived. Had her flight arrived on time, I might not have gotten it done in time, hahaha.

I started out with dingy 20 year old yellow-white melamine, and used a rustoleum paint kit made specifically for painting cabinets like mine. I ended up supplementing with additional paint and benjamin moore sealer because the sealer that came with my kit was contaminated with weird black speckles, but rustoleum refunded me for the cost of the kit which ended up covering the additional purchases of sealer. We also added new brassy door knobs, which my husband picked out because the design reminds him of shields and he likes playing a paladin in games.

I also added some extra storage conveniences. First, we converted the panel in front of our sink into a tip out drawer.

We use it for sponges. It just keeps the sink area tidy ish (when we have guests anyways; otherwise we're kind of sloppy). The instructions for installing the tip out were really awful and it took us three hours to do. I ended up gorilla gluing the handle on the front when we couldn't get the screws the handle came with the drill through the panel.

Next, I added some sliders from IKEA to my pantry

Last, we added a plate rack in my open cabinet, and a pan hanger across the top of it. I love being able to store our plates vertically.

I also cleaned, added new knobs, organized and decorated my baker's rack, turning it into a Caffeination Station. The knobs match the ones on our cabinet and island drawers. The baker's rack was originally my Mom's; she got it for $20 at a yard sale in Florida. When I moved to Canada, she gave it to me. Smiley It has rusty legs and is missing a rack, but I feel like that gives it character. I tried to remove the rust at first, but it seemed to cause more harm than good so I desisted.

The Dalek caffeinate print is from artist autogeography on Etsy. I have no connection with them, I just liked the print and through it would be nice for our caffeination station. Cheesy I've been trying to add tastefully nerdy things around the place, but I don't want to to lean to hard into nerd decor in case it becomes gaudy - at least not on the main level of the house. The basement knows no such rules. The round apple basket was a gift from my Mom, and the apple sugar bowl was a Christmas gift from an old roommate in college. I also have some cherry tea canisters that I got from Teavana and baskets we got from the dollarama.

As a bonus, my husband put together this IKEA plate rack for me and we hung it together. I bought it specifically to display our Studio Ghibli fine china that we bought during our honeymoon in Japan, although it also holds coffee mugs.

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« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2019 10:17:54 AM »

This is gorgeous! Way to rock a kitchen update. I also store my plates vertically, and I LOVE it! Makes it easier to grab, and it helps me use them on a more frequent rotation. Love the Studio Chibli china. Wink I have a display of tiny cherry blossom tea cups and saucers that I got at the 100 Yen store when I lived in Japan, and they're just so darn cute!

I like the look of the IKEA sliders, and will have to consider that for my oddly shaped pantry. I know it needs a major overhaul, but I'm not sure what to do yet. Looking at your project was very inspiring! Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2019 11:30:10 AM »

What a lovely kitchen update!  It make me want to stop by for tea and a visit.  Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2019 05:29:46 PM »

Looks fresh and also inviting. Nicely done.

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