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I filled my drawers!

July 7, 2013

And I am so relieved! (You can credit—or blame—Eric for the title of this post.)

We made some good progress during our vacation, but I am so excited about this part that I can’t control myself! You see, the first section of cabinets is finished. I have a (partial) kitchen again. I can (partially) move back in. Isn’t it awesome?

Upper and lower cabinets finished

Actually, it’s not quite finished. Eric wanted me to load the drawers with weight so he can fine-tune the drawer glides, which operate much more smoothly under load. I have a little patching and touch-up painting to do, shoe molding to add after the flooring goes in, countertops, and backsplash tile. “Finished” is a relative term.

Oh, you thought those are the countertops? No, no, it’s just a brilliant idea of mine. I spray-painted our temporary plywood counters a gloss black. It doesn’t at all resemble the charcoal gray Caesarstone we will have installed … in fact, in person it looks like charred wood. It shows every crumb and gathers lint. Okay, maybe it wasn’t so brilliant after all, but it still looks better and photographs better than bare plywood. If I squint, I can almost believe.

Come on, let’s take a tour. The three small drawers on the right hold two sets of silverware: the one on the right I bought as an adult, and the other’s the stainless from my childhood. I love that pattern, but I don’t know what it is. I’m not sure what the third drawer will hold. I suspect it will become the junk drawer. Doesn’t every kitchen have one? It’s half the size of our previous junk drawer, so we’ll have to pare down to only our favorite junk.

small upper drawers

Beneath the drawers are two deep-sided pull-outs that hold plastic bins for dog and cat food. Someone else could use them for recyclables.

two pull out bins

Under the third drawer is a door that opens to reveal two pull-out shelves. Mixing bowls and some bakeware live here.

pull out shelves store bakeware

In the corner Eric created a double-hinged door that gives me wide access to the interior.

double hinged corner door

I would have liked a lazy-Susan in this corner, but because the cabinet to the right is only 18 in. deep and the one to the left is 24 in., that wouldn’t work. We used standard shelves in this cabinet. The top shelf is cut back to make the bottom area more accessible. You can buy all kinds of clever corner-cabinet swing-out shelves, but after considering many, I decided that they didn’t offer enough usable shelf space. I’m excited because I can now keep my really big crab boilin’ pot in the kitchen instead of in the attic!

interior of corner cabinet

On the left is a bank of three drawers. The top one will hold cooking gadgets, and the two deep ones hold pots and pans.  I love not having to squat down and dig for my pans! Now they come to me! No more groaning and cussing!

depp drawers hold pots and pans

As you can see, I don’t have fancy cooking equipment. A few years ago I bought a nice set of Emeril cookware, but the big pieces are so heavy (you were right, Jo!) that I tend to avoid them. Instead, I find myself reaching for Mom’s trusty old Revereware and Pyrex bowls. They’re antiques, just like me.

As I rooted through the boxes in the dining room to rediscover my stuff, I realized I have been holding onto a lot of crap. Living without access to it for several months made me realize that I don’t need much of it. I’ve been packing around some of these bowls and pots  for decades, yet I never use them. The junk is destined for the dump or the Goodwill. I’m going to prove that I am NOT turning into my mother!! (Mom, I love you, but you never threw anything out!)

A BIG shout-out to Eric for completing this side of the kitchen! Every time I walk into the room I’m amazed and delighted by what I see. I baked a peach crisp—the first thing cooked in this kitchen with equipment pulled out of my new cabinets. It felt great!

Here’s a retrospective of how these cabinets took shape. Click on an image to enlarge.

Finally, we’re moving on to the other side of the kitchen, which surely won’t take as long because of all the experience we’ve gained … right? Eric is struggling with the layout of the sink wall. Yesterday I asked him if he secretly curses me for dragging him into the midst of this remodel. “No,” was all he said (obviously, the right answer). I feel so lucky to be able to leave the really hard work to him and trust that he will figure it out (and build it!) … while I wait like a chimp with a paintbrush to do the idiot work.

Soon I’ll refill the dining room with the contents of the sink wall cabinets: different junk that I can learn to live without.

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10 Comments
  1. Tom & Judy H permalink

    Congratulations, Eric. The cabinets look wonderful. D’Arcy, you did a good job of filling them up. Both of you should be proud of your progress and the end results. Keep up the good work.

    • Thanks, Judy! The sink wall will be tricky, but there’s only one way out of this mess! 🙂

  2. When I stopped by to feed Duke yesterday, I NOTICED how that cabinet was finished except for the countertop! Today when you said it was done, I was so concerned that that painted plywood was your choice of counter top and was SO relieved when you acknowledged it wasn’t! To be honest, I wasn’t sure what you had on it and had a thought that I hoped this wasn’t it! Eric has done an incredible job on these cabinets.

    • Haha–we’re not THAT unclassy (thank goodness)!! We have to have all the cabinets competed before we can bring in the countertop people. We’re not doing that part of the job ourselves!

  3. Eric is a keeper!!!! They are so beautiful… and I knew they would be. Love the recycling drawers and the corner cabinet so you don’t lose space. I had to laugh because you’re just like me… I do a lot of squinting to imagine how something looks. I squinted, I see those counters! It works.

    Beautiful job! We lived without a real kitchen for so long and I too realized that half the stuff I had was never used. It all went to Goodwill and I kept what I needed. I’m amazed at how little we actually need. It makes you feel so much lighter in life. 🙂 Awesome post!

    • Thanks, Stacey! Yes, Eric is definitely a keeper. I am already driving him crazy with design changes for the sink wall, and he didn’t call me any bad names (although he went back to the basement and I can’t hear what he’s saying down there). Hmm …

  4. We are (hopefully!) just a week or so away from being able to fill our drawers once our remodel is completed. So I totally get your joy at this – and also have a couple of double hinged corner cabinets to fill. Woohoo!! No more scrabbling about on my knees looking for a pan that is always right at the back of the cupboard!! Jude

    • Hi Jude! Completed! Wow … I hope I can say that someday! Your kitchen is beautiful, by the way. Gorgeous colors–love the paint that you labored so hard to apply. I’m in the midst of that now, and it’s not going as quickly as I’d hoped. Does it ever?? Please tell Humphrey that I’m an admirer.

  5. It looks great and well worth the wait. Clever idea to paint the temporary counter tops with black paint, I thought in the picture that it was black granite! lol
    Congratulations, it’s coming right along.
    Karen

    • Thanks, Karen! Yep, completing one portion has given me hope that someday this will all be done! Have to celebrate the small successes along the way.

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