Thursday, January 28, 2016

Cabinet Shopping


I recently shared about our new house plans and now the bids have started coming in.  Wonderful Hubby will be the general contractor and is handling this part of the process.  We are blessed to live in a community that is still small enough that we either personally know many of the builders/contractors or know someone who has used them.  We know their work and their reputation and feel fairly confident with whomever we choose.  I'm sure there will be a few hiccups, and even a misunderstanding or two but we will work through those as best we can.  

I've put together a notebook with all 'New House' material we are accumulating.  I'll share it in a week or two.  It's helped keep us organized and focused.  I started this notebook about a year or so ago to save ideas and photos that interested us.  It's grown from a 3/4 inch binder to a 4 inch one!  I've also been using Pinterest and Houzz.  
We have LOTS of ideas!

Earlier this week, WH and I went to a kitchen and bath store to look at cabinets and counter tops.  WH has been ALL ABOUT the foundation/concrete work.  NOTHING is as important as this, as he says.  And while I agree, I'm more interested in the things I can see (and will see for many years to come.)  I guess it's just a woman thing!

I had to smile when the sales lady introduced herself and started the process, WH was right in there taking about what he'd like in his 'lodge' area.  He has lots opinions and expectations!  Apparently, he's NOT just all about the concrete!!  He has some old barn siding that will be used around the bar area and an accent wall (we even had some in the car from our visit to the flooring place!)  He and the sales lady were able to narrow his choices on cabinetry and counter tops.  He'd like to go with dark, rustic wood cabinets and a granite-look laminate.  The outdoor grilling area will wait for now.

I've been enamored with light colored cabinets for several years.  We have golden oak now, from the 1990's and I'm wanting a lighter, brighter kitchen.  My cousin has redone her kitchen and installed cream color cabinets.  They are simple and elegant with no glazing; I just love them.  
When we went shopping yesterday, I looked at something similar.
my favourite kitchen ~ traditional shaker style cabinets, white marble island, black countertops glass warm wood floor:
The counter tops I like are quartz from Vicostone.  I'd two different colors, a dark grey on the island (Royal Grey) and a marble-look (Statuario)
on the surrounding cabinets.  The marble-look I have my eye on has both thin grey and beige veins throughout.  When looking at the off white paint options, the light grey or oyster shade looked perfect with the counter tops.  It has a taupe undertone that will work with either beige or gray. 

I'd like my cabinets to go to the ceiling but have glass-front small display cabinets at the top.  I'd like the cabinet fronts on each side of the window sink to have seed glass. 
I'm considering cabinet fronts around my range hood.  I like the continuous cabinet look throughout the kitchen. 
(The picture below shows much more intricate details than I'm considering.) 
#design #diy:
I'm also seriously thinking about deep drawers and sliding shelves instead of 
simple box base cabinets.  
Several people have mentioned they are easier to access as one gets older.  
 
So many options!

We have several appointments with other cabinet stores this week and hope I remembered all of the amenities we discussed earlier so the bids are similar.

What are some elements you have in your kitchen that you couldn't live without?

Thanks for stopping by!
Zenda

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19 comments:

trishie said...

I'm definitely a fan of light coloured cabinets too. Makes the space look airy and bigger.

My Garden Diaries said...

I can not wait to see all of this buddy!!!! How exciting is this!!!! And your inspiration is fantastic!! I just went back and read your previous post and those plans are stunning!! Have a wonderful time putting everything together!! Happy night!!! Nicole xoxo

Art and Sand said...

I love white cabinets and I especially like cabinets with glass fronts.

I am enjoying watching this process.

Thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

Charla Jones said...

Did you see my cabinet pantry when you were here? I love it because it holds so much.

Sylvia said...

I love white cabinets. I have them in my new (old) home. Love all these photo's. It will be exciting to see your kitchen when it's finished.

Christine Graves said...

I am loving your kitchen inspiration! I am contemplating painting our existing cabinetry or doing a lime wash to brighten it up. Hubby talked me into a dark ebony stain and it looks dramatic, but it still hasn't grown on me after 5 years. I love white kitchens, they are so timeless.

Hannah@Seeing the lovely said...

Ooh, I love the light kitchen! White kitchens are so pretty. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty!

Jess said...

Such great tips you have here!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my...love all the ideas and tips. It is going to be beautiful! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

The Charm of Home said...

What a gorgeous kitchen for inspiration! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

Julie's Lifestyle said...

I too love your kitchen decor ideas.
Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Beautiful décor ideas for a kitchen, but then again, I always loved your kitchen my friend.
Enjoy your weekend.
FABBY

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Your kitchen ideas are going to look awesome! I am pinning.
FABBY

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I'm back: As I was pinning I noticed you said that the pull out draws type are better as you get older and I must say yes! Go for them, I have them since we rebuilt our kitchen and they're so easy to open and close and of course, to find what you want without having to almost kneel in the floor to look for the object of desire!
FABBY

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

Oh, the kitchen in the first photo is definitely my dream kitchen.
Looking very much forward to seeing how your house will look like. :)
Have a great week ahead!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wonderful ideas - so much fun to plan. When we bought our house it already had a nice kitchen and we didn't want to redo it - but we had pull out shelves added to the lower cupboards and I've been more than pleased with them. Every time I pull one out I am pleased again with how much difference they make in my life. I'd never get into some of those cupboards now if it weren't for the slide out shelves.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Wonderful ideas - so much fun to plan. When we bought our house it already had a nice kitchen and we didn't want to redo it - but we had pull out shelves added to the lower cupboards and I've been more than pleased with them. Every time I pull one out I am pleased again with how much difference they make in my life. I'd never get into some of those cupboards now if it weren't for the slide out shelves.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So very exciting!!!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
Blessings,
Cindy

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

I like the examples of kitchens you've shown. I am quite sure that I'd pick out something white today if I was looking. I guess it's in part because I've always have wood tone cabinetry and I'm ready for a new look. It's so popular today that you can't go wrong. I have two large drawers for my pans that I am quite happy with. As long as the hardware is good so they can take some weight your'e all set!