Kitchen Cabinets

The cabinet situation is rapidly becoming a thorn in my side. There is essentially no good place for larger items. For example, here is where we keep the colander:

And here is a bit of the deft wrist twisting that I have to do to get it out:

Luckily I haven’t actually had to use the casserole dish sitting on the second shelf yet. It’s not exactly life or death, but it’s a small, repeated annoyance that just bugs the hell out of me. What really pisses me off is that the vertical piece of wood down the center of the front of the cabinet is completely non-structural. I’m getting closer and closer to just taking a reciprocating saw to it. Unfortunately the cabinet doors don’t actually meet in the middle, so there would be a gap if I removed that vertical piece. On the top cabinets that’s not too bad, we could even remove the doors entirely and go with an open look for the time being. But we’re having a similar problem with one of the lower cabinets:

At the moment this is where the pots and pans live. (As it so happens, most of them were in the dishwasher or sink when I snapped this pic.) We’re planning on hanging most of the pans on a rack suspended over the peninsula counter space, but the stock pot and the roasting pan (the two biggest things in there) won’t be hanging any time soon, so a solution is still needed. I was thinking maybe I could cut the vertical piece of wood from the cabinet face and instead attach it to the back of one of the doors… but that may require more finesse to look good than I currently possess.

One cabinet I’m surprisingly happy with is this little rolling cabinet tucked in between the sink and the dishwasher:

When we first moved in I had no idea what to use it for, but as it turns out it’s great for storing cat food. When you have three cats you need a LOT of cat food…


Posted on April 21, 2011, in home improvement and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I have the same feeling about our tupperware. It is out of control annoying.

    P.S. I would kill for a rolling cabinet like that. Maybe not kill, but certainly commit a serious crime.

  2. What about sawing the dividers out and then leaving them attached through a hinge at the top? The external look would be the same (+ a hinge above) but it would swing up when you were removing collanders. Only pain would be putting them back in, but maybe you could have a latch on the hinge to keep the divider up while you load the shelves.

  3. You could also possibly just saw the dividers to make them thinner? Just leave one or two inches to “mind the gap”. It’ll probably still be a pain to get stuff in/out, but at least it’d be a little easier.

    (This is Jessica, Brian’s sister, btw!)

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