Adding Cabinets to The Cottage Kitchen and Laundry

We’ve been working on adding a mini-kitchen feature to Glade Cottage which would make it livable year-round and not just as a guest house.

Back in August we put in an Ikea birch countertop.
Back in August we put in an Ikea birch countertop.

Under the counter we used a skinny cabinet left-over from the house renovation 3 years ago.  I needed to purchase upper cabinets that wouldn’t overwhelm the space so I visited the warehouse of our local cabinet retailer to see what they might have on hand.

I purchased two cabinets at a local cabinet warehouse.
I purchased two cabinets at a local cabinet warehouse for $75 each.

I was happy to find a 21-inch and 30-inch cabinets to fill the 53-inch wall.  The shorter cabinet seemed perfect for over the high-arch faucet in the sink area.

The Cottage carpenter hung the cabinets above the counter and sink.
The Cottage carpenter hung the cabinets above the counter and sink.

Our carpenter hung them leaving the 2-inch gap at the left side facing the sink.

The mini-kitchen in the Cottage is coming together.
The mini-kitchen in the Cottage is coming together.

The plan is to also have the front of the undersink area closed in with a custom cabinet using 2 all-wood doors from our old kitchen cabinets in the house.

39" by 42"
33″ by 42″ for $100.

In addition to the kitchen cabinets I also bought an enormous cabinet that I hoped would fit over the washer and dryer in the laundry area.

Can there ever be enough storage in a small space?
Can there ever be enough storage in a small space?

While a shorter cabinet was available I thought it better, neater, and cleaner to hang a larger cabinet with doors all the way to the ceiling rather than to use the top for storage.

The large cabinet is hung all the way to the ceiling.
The large cabinet is hung all the way to the ceiling.

The laundry area needs more light so an under-cabinet fixture is on the list.

Where do you need more illumination?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

8 thoughts on “Adding Cabinets to The Cottage Kitchen and Laundry”

  1. It’s looking good, Jo. The kitchen area is much improved and the laundry area cabinet will be much appreciated, I bet.

  2. I need more illumination in my bedroom – I have a ceiling fixture but discovered the bulb socket insulators have rotted away. My dad found a pigtail fixture while cleaning my basement so that should hold me over while I give myself a crash course in restoring vintage lighting.

    1. You can do it, Chad. Even I can rewire an old fixture and I can’t do much. I’m more the dream-it-up-and-let-somebody-else-tackle-it sort. Jo

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