This kitchen has a lot that has changed! Let’s take a look. First, I must mention that the kitchen is much brighter. Huge improvement over the old lighting system!
The peninsula in the before picture makes it look like there is a cabinet and useable storage. Guess what – empty space!! (You need to click on the picture) Now there is a cabinet with roll-out shelves.
I love varied heights in a kitchen, but not when it has chair rail up there. The cabinets are all the same height and it has a beautiful beefy crown! Makes more of a statement than chair rail. The glass cabinets at the top add another layer of interest to this kitchen and the look travels into the Butlers Pantry.
Notice there are now drawers instead of the cabinets? Even with roll out shelves, it’s less complicated to get to everything when it’s a drawer. A full-extension drawer allows you to find your strawberry stem remover from the back of the bottom drawer. How it got there is another subject. The diagonal corner cabinets give you more storage room and gives the kitchen a softer look.
Right off the bat, note that the biggest change is the waste now in a cabinet instead of sitting in the open. It wasn’t moved far; it sits in the 1st cabinet to the left in the after photo. With the cabinets and crown being taller and going to the ceiling, even the space above the window has a more interesting look. That left plenty of room for those nice wide drawers.
The Butlers Pantry has taller wall cabinets (to match the kitchen) and still room for the beautiful crown. The mullions were not used again in the Butlers Pantry to tie the kitchen and the Butlers Pantry together.
The lighting is definitely much better! Under cabinet lighting and also the lighting in the cabinet itself. Now you can clearly see what is on every shelf, all the way to the back.
The overlay for the cabinets is now full overlay, this looks so much better and the hardware makes the cabinetry easier to open and shut.
For updating and getting more cabinet space at the same time: Remove the soffits! There was a really nice pass-thru added that really opened up the kitchen. The oven cabinet at the end, near the patio doors were boxing in the kitchen, so we removed that and put in a wall cabinet with glass doors, adding more texture and making the kitchen feel larger.
Now here is a change!! The changes in this kitchen are amazing! From a dark stain to a painted white, an arched raised panel to a sleek mission style and last but certainly not least is the change from standard overlay doors to inset doors. The soffits are gone. The floor is now a wood floor. Two peninsulas were removed and now there is an island making the flow so much better!
How open and inviting the new kitchen is!