Adding Kitchen space using less space.

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Project by Paul M posted 03-22-2008 09:56 PM 2060 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a kitchen wall that worked on over the summer and finished last Sept. (I work at my own pace=slow!!)

In my quest to make the most of space available, this kitchen wall shows some interesting adaptations, if one is willing to step outside the normal.

Problem was that the area was chopped up by a existing square stock cabinet that appeared to jut too far into the room. On the left side, the only wall space was the width of a door molding, and the other side allowed about 2 feet at the corners. A small radiator at the left side complicated it somewhat. (See photo 3)

Solution was to use entire wall, less the existing cabinet, and two pieces built on an angle so that the lines flowed. Starting at the right side, cabinet was made floor to ceiling and hides a broom closet.

The angled section to the left hides a recycling bin in the bottom and an angled knives drawer above.

The straight section is 4 inches narrower than normal cabinets and 3 inches higher to blend with the window. It contains a large full extension drawer and two full extension pull out trays behind the doors.

Left of this is a small set of triangular shelves for display and to partly conceal the radiator.

Counter top is white oak, lightly pickled, and poly coated. Over the radiator is a pattern of ½ inch holes allows airflow. The top is held flat by using oak cleats, fastened down with screws in large fender washers to cover ½ inch holes for expansion.

Shelf over the window, balances the area, and is somewhat wider than normal, but beveled with corbels to appear a more normal size.

I love a challange

-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 03-22-2008 10:00 PM

Good use of space. Are you doing the rest of the kitchen?

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#2 posted 03-22-2008 10:22 PM

Looks great! When are you free? I have a little project I want you to look at.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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Paul M

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#3 posted 03-22-2008 10:46 PM

Follow up,

Not planning on doing the rest of the kitchen, so far it is new and working. My aim was to make my addition add good space and to look as if it was part the original house.

regarding “when are you free”, my wife has a very long growing list. Having trouble finding time to ride my bike!


-- Paul from New England "No man is a failure who is enjoying life". William Feather

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#4 posted 03-22-2008 11:43 PM

Very nicely done. I really like the shelf above the window and the style doors you used. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 03-23-2008 02:45 AM

Clearly a good design and excellent use of space. Nice cabinet.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 03-23-2008 03:46 AM


This is a beautiful upgrade to your kitchen. I really like the shelf above the window and the corbels add a nice detail to it as well.

I understand about your growing list of projects. I think most of our wives tend to think along the same lines. And I am sure that all of her projects are #1 priorities.

thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 03-23-2008 04:04 AM

I can appreciate your efforts. A big improvement over the before picture.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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