I was recently browsing through the archives of Betsy Speert’s blog, admiring the changes she’s made in the kitchen of her Florida home, when I felt the lightbulb above my head click on!! Here’s the picture* that prompted it:
I was admiring the stove . . . and vent hood . . . and glass-door upper cabinets . . . and how the glass-door upper cabinets surround the vent hood . . . and then :::ding ding ding::: lightbulb moment!!
We could totally do that in OUR kitchen ! ! !
I’d had such a mental block about not having upper cabinets in our kitchen, in an effort to not block the sunlight that comes in the window at the far end of the room -and- to keep the room open-feeling, that I never thought about using upper cabinets on the stove-side of the kitchen (the side of the room opposite the window) . . . and of using clear-glass in the cabinet doors.
I’d mentioned in this post that I was hoping to have no upper cabinets at all, but as it turned out I just couldn’t figure out a way to have adequate storage for pantry foods if we eliminated the upper cabinets that currently function as pantry storage. And even if we had clear-glass doors on the upper cabinets on the sink-side of the kitchen, the cabinet boxes would still block light coming from the window next to them. But removing those cabinets completely and then having clear-glass door upper cabinets on the opposite side of the room would be PERFECT.
And since I’m not a fan of the look of vent hoods (we don’t currently have one but we really do need one), I like the idea that having clear-glass cabinet doors would allow the eye to be drawn to pretty dishware and whatnot that’s stored inside those cabinets, rather than being drawn to a vent hood.
Of course, replacing cabinets versus removing cabinets will be a much pricier venture and probably won’t happen this year. But that’s okay . . . we’re not planning on going anywhere for the next decade or so ;-).
[photo used with permission of Betsy Speert and is from her March 1, 2012, blog post]