It’s been a long 18 hours. We bought a fridge ($620 down from $1900!!!), a washer and dryer (2 for the price of 1!), another tub, ordered 2 exterior doors and basically had to re-order our kitchen cabinets.
We’re getting our cabinets at Pius on 1st Ave. in the SODO area of Seattle. The prices are really good but custom items are hard to come by. We’ve been to Pius to “select” cabinets 3 other times before today. We thought for sure the last time was going to be our last time but apparently all the custom items we wanted weren’t possible so we had to go back in and re-select our entire kitchen. It was really frustrating and a little disappointing at first but I think we made some good compromises and the kitchen will look good. Check out the schematics they sent.
This is the island. It not entirely accurate. The range is suppose to be 30” wide but it was drawn in at 36”. The left side of the range will be a pullout drawer deep enough for our baking sheets to stand up in. On the left we originally had another pull out drawer with 3 shelves for cooking utensils, cooking supplies (oil, salt) and kitchen towels. We also added open shelves so our cookbooks have a place to live. We’re hoping that we can make the left side pullout wider but it’s probably not going to be that easy.
The floor to ceiling cabinets (on very left) are going to serve as our pantry. I had hoped to have just two very tall doors but that’s another custom feature, so we went with six. I’m sure we can make it work. I also decided I was going to paint the exposed side of the pantry with the chalkboard paint. I think it will make the kitchen more us and less like the Pius showroom. The color we selected is lighter than the color shown. The floors are roughly the right color but they will be cork.
We also decided against open front base cabinets because we just don’t think that are space efficient. The drawers will be more useful I think.
We didn’t go with the fridge in the drawing. We ended up with this beauty by Whirlpool. It has an ice maker in the drawer. It was one of the models we looked at originally when were sure we’d be dropping $1500 on a fridge. A friend let us know that Lowe’s put a bunch of stuff on clearance and headed down there to check out what they had. They had it marked down to $795 from $1895 and we “talked” it down to $620. SWEET!
The cabinets should be ready in 10-14 days and the fridge will be getting delivered in a few weeks. The excitement level is definitely rising!