For months I have spent an absurd amount of time obsessing over buying a new kitchen. In preparation I’ve been binge watching episodes of HGTV and making notes of mythically beautiful kitchen.
My current kitchen cabinets are impressively short & were made of cheap laminate 20 years ago. Several of the doors make a skid-ish jump as you pry them open from their fatigued hinges. The speckled formica counter top has bleach rings from several overzealous cleanings. All of the appliances are struggling. In fact, I have started giving them pep talks encouraging them to hang in there a little bit longer. Only 2 burners work on the stove and my refrigerator has started to make this shockingly loud revving sound, as if it’s trying to flee the kitchen like a Toy Story appliance villain.
In the past couple of months I have gone to seven kitchen stores to search for my new kitchen. I should confess to you that I am on a rather tight budget, so I am really trying to do a deep dive into what you get for your money.
I started by visiting a big box retailer. You know, the ones where the staff wears orange t-shirts and you can buy lawn mower 2 aisles away from your “dream kitchen.” I figured that the price would be reasonable since I would likely have to “check myself out.” Turns out I was wrong.
From there I Googled several places that offered home design visits. Their services included a floor plan that would later be discussed and priced at their shop. Some had fancy showrooms, others looked like a front for an illegal gambling ring.
During this journey there are 10 head smacking things that I discovered:
1. Kitchen cabinets can cost as much as a luxury vehicle.
2. When someone draws you up a kitchen design it is proper etiquette not to ask for a copy of the design unless you put a down a deposit.
3. Stock and semi custom cabinets are the way to go unless you have a family crest. A good kitchen guru can trick out stock cabinetry and make it look pretty impressive.
Check out my semi custom shaker cabinets
4. Plywood is now proudly used for the back and sides of cabinetry.
5. “Soft close” or “pillow close” is sexy kitchen talk for cabinet doors and drawers that don’t slam shut.
6. Full extension glides are the “must have” since they allow for your drawer to open completely without falling onto your toe while you are digging for a pesky item.
7. Deep drawers in the lower cabinets are a “back friendly” way to get to your pots and pans.
8. Faucets & cabinet knobs are the new kitchen jewelry.
Zuri Culinary Kitchen Faucet Pfister
Crushin’ on my new crystal cabinet knobs by Baldwin
9. Quartz countertops are becoming more popular than once reigning granite.
10. If you find yourself attracted to Shaker styled cabinets, you aren’t alone.
The barefoot designer,
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