Not your typical hole in the wall

making good use of space with kitchen drawers

This project pleases me to no end for a multitude of reasons. For one, it got rid of a major eye sore of the gaping hole left from removing the old wall oven.  It’s been a black cave of awkwardness since we painted last February/March. It was long over do to do something about it!

making kitchen drawers

I got some majorly needed drawer space out of the deal to store small things like lids and baking items. I’m a major fan of anything that frees up my counter space…I have a phobia of clutter. And having to dust things.

install kitchen drawers in unused space

Another thing that makes me super happy about this, is that the Mister was able to re-use some of the wood we pulled out elsewhere to make the drawer fronts. They completely blend in with the old cabinets and look just like they were always supposed to be there.

The Mister did all the construction, so I can’t tell you too much about the process. I can tell you this though, if you plan on ever making drawers, bite the bullet and buy nice, heavy duty drawer slides. I’m always tempted to go cheap, but this is one case where it really won’t help you. I won’t have to worry about these drawers not holding up the weight in them, or coming off the slides. They are as smooth as butter and super sturdy! Worth every penny!

We debated several different ideas of what to do with that hole…make slide out trays for kitchen appliances, make trays for pantry storage with cupboard doors to hide it, etc. In the end I opted for drawers, because that is what I needed most. I’m so glad I did too, the storage is wonderful! (Have I mentioned that yet?)

kitchen drawers

This accomplishes another needed step to fully completing the kitchen remodel. Fixing the pantry, installing a new floor, and replacing the light still remains to be done.

kitchen remodel plans

In order to fix the pantry, we plan to replace the hot water heater that is currently sitting to the right of the fridge. I’ll paint that nook (as much as I thoroughly enjoy the lovely shade of pink its currently wearing), bang up some molding around it, and build shelving all around the fridge for a nice open pantry. The floor will be getting tile at some point, but all the floors are taking a back seat to more important things. The floors are a cosmetic problem, and don’t hinder our ability to use the rooms. (Despite my arguments that dingy white linoleum dangerously hinders the health of my eyeballs.) Things like broken plumbing does affect things quite a bit, so will have to be fixed before floors. Practicality is such a bummer, wouldn’t you say?

Remodeling certainly does teach one a thing or two about patience! It’s so fun though, when something finally can get checked off the list! Such satisfaction.

You can read more about the kitchen remodel HERE, and the ten month check up the DIY counter tops HERE.

Psalms 145:3   Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. 

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I'm a mom, blogger, and shop owner. I love all things creative, especially sewing! Follow along at www.chapterthirtyseven.com
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5 Responses to Not your typical hole in the wall

  1. katie says:

    wow what a beautiful job, and good usable space too. I love your blog. You inspire me, both creatively and spiritually, thank you for living and sharing your faith

  2. What a gorgeous job you did fixing the hole! I’m very impressed. We have dark cabinets and a hole where a dishwasher went at one time that I simply have installed a shelf and a curtain across! I’m drooling over the lighter kitchen!

  3. Hi Abby. Just found your blog and am following you via Google+. What you did with your “gaping hole” is brilliant. You’ve created functional storage that looks great, and adds so much style to your kitchen. I’d love it if you’d share it at my blog party Every Room In The House. It’s a month-long party, and this month we’re partying in The Kitchen. Here’s the link: http://www.ajoyfulcottage.com/2014/01/every-room-in-house-party-1.html
    I hope you’ll join in the fun. Blessings ~ Nancy

  4. Suzan says:

    You’d never know this was not part of the original design – and everything looks gorgeous in white!!!
    Beautiful transformation!
    XOX

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