Cabinetry

Originally, the entire kitchen was designed with all custom walnut cabinetry [see below]

kitchen vie 2

kitchen view 1

When the budget numbers came back way too high, we started cutting costs wherever we possibly could without sacrificing too much of the desired style.  So we decided to mix white IKEA cabinets with custom walnut cabinets.  The base cabinets in the u-shaped part of the kitchen were all standard sizes and easy to swap out.  The large tall wall of cabinets around the fridge, the microwave hutch, and the retro sliding laminated doors with floating shelf over the sink were designed custom, therefore not-so-easy to change. Once I drew it up on the computer, Matt and I actually liked the entire look much better.  It felt more happy, airy and bright; more like “us.”  [see below]

kitchen globe lights

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Get a quick glimpse of the process in the video below:

The other spot we saved some money was the vanity cabinet in the master bathroom.  It was originally designed as floating custom walnut cabinets with a tall storage tower on the left.  We found an inexpensive cabinet with the right dimensions on etsy.com.  Luckily, this cabinet already had a white/gray laminate top so we didn’t have to pay for a stone top either.  We saved on the cabinet and countertop costs.  Although, we did pay our cabinet guys to retrofit the center 3 drawers since they had to be cut to make room for the drain p-trap.  We also had them go ahead and put metal soft-close glides on them so they open easier than before.  [see below]

Original design:

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New Cabinet Layout:Master Vanity EastMaster Bath 12x24 floor tile

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