I wanted to write this post a few weeks ago, but I kept putting it off because I’ve had so many fun things to share. I am glad this post was pushed back, though, because it gave me a chance to really use our cabinets and to give a report on how we like the customizations we made as well as the choice to have some of the cabinets sit on the counter. Was that a mistake? Do we miss the counter space? Would I change anything about the cabinets?
Also, I’m asked almost daily to share the color of the cabinets and, since I bought the cabinets in this color (Painted Sage by Waypoint), I don’t have a specific paint color to share. I am going to pull out my paint decks this week, though, to see if I can find at least one good match to share. It really is a beautiful color that sold me on this cabinet line and swayed me from my original vision of blue/gray cabinets.
The cabinets we selected were the 540F style made by Waypoint. I always envisioned shaker-style cabinets, which are both trendy and classic, and an inset door/drawer style. After looking at the cabinet options as well as budget allocation, a full overlay door was at a lower price point and still offered a clean look. I also liked the little beaded detail in the panel of the 540F design. To me, it is a design that will be timeless. And, these cabinets have soft-close doors/drawers and the hinges are fully adjustable to make a tight fit where the doors meet.
Since Waypoint didn’t have a stock appliance garage with the dimensions I wanted, I ended up ordering a cabinet with a door that opens up and the hinges lock in the raised position.
I knew that the door opening up and sticking out probably wouldn’t work well if we were trying to use a toaster or other small appliance inside, but we gave it a try for a few days before we went to plan B, which was to order hinges that would open the door up and out of the way. THESE are the hinges we ordered. We did have to make a few modifications to be able to install this hardware on our cabinets, which included adding blocks to make the sides flush and gluing a backing on the doors to make them thicker so they could hold a screw.
The result, though, is one of my favorite customizations we made.
The small appliances are hidden and easily accessible at the same time and I don’t miss the counter space one bit. I figured the appliances would either take space on the counters out in the open or hidden and I preferred to have them hidden. I ordered and installed THIS sliding shelf organizer to hold the toaster, so we could slide it out when in use. It is working perfectly.
The only mild annoyance is if you’re toasting something, you have to push the toaster in and close the door to get to the glasses and then open it back up again. If you just plan a little bit, this isn’t an issue at all, but there have been a few times that it’s come up. Still, it’s totally worth it to me. I realized once the kitchen was coming together that all of the appliances are either hidden or paneled except for the gorgeous range and I love that!
We keep the kettle, hand mixer, waffle maker, and immersion blender in the garage on the other side of the range…
And, again, it’s worked very well.
I opted for one drawer with a two-layer utensil organizer but customized the rest of the drawers with bamboo organizers I already had.
Aside from the cabinets that flank the range, the only other upper cabinet we got was for the dishes and it’s hung to the right of the sink. I really wanted to put corbels under this cabinet, but the light switch ended up being in the way! I do love the glass doors and the dishes are conveniently located just to the right of the dishwasher.
And the last appliance, the microwave, is in the pantry next to the fridge. We had a microwave in the pantry in our last house and it worked well for five years. I figured we would repeat that since it worked so well for us.
One of the nice things about designing the kitchen from scratch is that we were able to have dedicated outlets put in for the microwave and each appliance garage, so we can have the lights on, run the microwave, toast something, and boil the kettle all at the same time! Of course, that rarely happens, but we’ve always had a stipulation when running the microwave in our previous homes. “Wait! Turn off the dining lights before starting the microwave!”
You can read a full review of the Forte Panel-Ready Fridge HERE.
Once the kitchen is completed, I will do a full tour of the cabinets to share how things are organized. So far, though, I wouldn’t change a thing. I might have a change of heart over time, but I really thought through every cabinet choice and placement of each drawer and I love how it looks and how it functions.
Now, I am writing this with my fingers and toes crossed, but the kitchen window is supposed to be installed this Tuesday! There are some other little details to finish, but the kitchen window is the last big piece of the kitchen renovation and it will be awesome to have it installed. I’ve sort of gotten to the point where I look past the hole in the wall and dirty insulation hanging there, but I can’t wait to see a shiny new window installed and all of the light it will allow in.
If you missed any of our 1970 kitchen renovation, you can catch up HERE.