After painting the base cabinets, a white enamel towel bar (also from Ikea) is hanging on the side of those cabinets. I also provided a small stainless steel shelf from Ikea that I had hoped to use somewhere. It’s now a coffee station (over the toaster oven).
Notice the induction heater burner near the window. It works well as a cooktop.
I’m sure there will be a couple more improvements upcoming. Can you guess?
On Saturday morning the tenant decided to paint the base cabinets white. She started with a primer coat.
Using a foam roller, the second, third, and even fourth coats were painted with special cabinet paint. I got a text with the photo above asking how it looked.
I said I needed to see it in person. I was bluntly truthful and said the stark white cabinet paint didn’t go well with the top cabinets and didn’t look great against the sofa.
One issue is that a foam roller gives such a thin layer of paint that a piece painted with one often needs multiple multiple coats. The other thing is that the upper cabinets are creamier white than the bottom ones.
I suggested that I take the paint and tint it with some of my leftover paint. I added some Edgecomb Gray and Waterbury Cream which slightly warmed up the cool-tone white paint.
Unfortunately the tenant needed to paint a couple more coats of the new tint.
It’s looking much better. I also suggested that in a couple of weeks when the paint is cured the cabinets should be waxed. I think waxing would create a sheen similar to the upper cabinets.
We’re rehabbing an over-garage apartment at work. One of the first considerations was what to do with the kitchen.
Instead of just using the recessed area originally allotted to the kitchen we added an L-shaped cabinet which houses a refrigerator to the left which allows for greater storage under the sink and stove.
Storage space is always important in a small kitchen.
One space-saving detail is a fold-down counter that can double as an eating space.
We ordered a small refrigerator/freezer that exactly fit in the 24-inch opening. Unfortunately the first one we ordered arrived broken so we had to send it back. Ultimately we bought one at a local Lowes that just happened to have one in stock.
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.
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 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.
Our carpenter hung them leaving the 2-inch gap at the left side facing the sink.
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.
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.
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 laundry area needs more light so an under-cabinet fixture is on the list.