Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lets Talk Kitchens

I am in the very beginning stages of a kitchen project right now and want to get some advice.

The style of the kitchen is one longgggg wall of cabinets with a massive island. Also of note, there are almost 12' ceilings. Things we know for sure: The cabinetry is going to be white, we are going to build a soffet so that we dont have cabinets all the way up, and the sink will be in the center of the island.

So here is the problem I'm having... its a big wall of heavy, white cabinets. Real big. The range will be centered on the wall of cabinets, but do we need something else to break up the space? Say like, glass fronted cabinets on either side of the range? I love the look, but functionally... I am just not sure it makes sense. Doesn't grease and food and gunk constantly spray on the glass fronts?




So dear readers. Do you have glass fronted cabinets on either side of your range? Does it bug you? I hope not, because I love the look. SHARE!


31 comments:

  1. But it is so so pretty! I'm clueless but I say go for it!

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  2. We don't have the glass-fronted cabinets around our range, but we do have it around our sink. I definitely don't think it's a functional thing to do around the range, because like you said, grease and gunk will get everywhere and they'll constantly be cleaning (especially with all of the white). I do however think it's a great way to break up the space if used in other areas!

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  3. The NEAT Method girls have worked in many kitchens and the only problem we have with the glass fronted on both sides of the range is more of what the contents are. Usually one keeps their spices, sugars, cookbooks, etc. close by and none of these things are very attractive behind glass. Not as NEAT looking as we like! And...you probably don't want to have to walk across the kitchen to get the spices you are using!

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  4. Love the look and really enjoy the black coat of paint in teh 2nd picture. Good luck with the progress - can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  5. I don't think it would be a problem and say go for it. Is there a way to break up the cabinets and add some open shelving?

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  6. we have them in my family's house and with a hood above the stove, as long as the cabinets are not very low you will be fine- I've never noticed splatter or grease even after making bacon. As the NEAT girls said, it will be more of an issue of keeping pretty dishes nearest to the stove instead of the ingredients you would normally want the closest at hand. I think that those style of kitchens are gorgeous though!

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  7. Maybe consider doing glass fronted cabinets above the storage cabinets next to the range. Lights in the top cabinets with decorative knick knacks can break up the space.

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  8. it's so pretty but your forced to always keep the inside of your cabinets tidy & the glass windexed. easy for me living with my OCD husband but I can see the dillemma, it's like a painful pair of shoes, you have to deal with the the negative but you know you will look awesome :)

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  9. hmm idk about practical, but it looks lovely!!

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  10. I love the look of the class cabinets around the range--def breaks up the white. The last option you listed where the glass panels are a bit smaller, might be the easiest to keep greese-free.

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  11. i love glass fronts! our last house had them and it wasn't a problem. the house i'm in now doesn't have glass fronts and it feels too heavy. the only thing about the glass, is you need to keep it nice and organized. unless you use frosted glass, in which case you can get away with a little more.

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  12. I really love the look. So I say do it. They'll have to clean anyways even if it's white.

    Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

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  13. I don't have glass cabinets, but I do have a microwave above my oven and it doesn't get splattered. I know that's not really the same thing, but I think if there's enough room, you should be okay!

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  14. We have glass front cabinets but they are on the opposite wall from the stove and let's be honest, I only boil water on that thing. I say go for the glass front cabinets. It's glass so it won't be that hard to clean and it looks so so pretty! But, that's just my opinion. xo

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  15. I say do it. I mean - whether they are glass or not, you will still have to clean them if grease etc gets on them. I just looked at my cabinets next to my stove and they are pretty clean (and I NEVER wipe them down. For real).

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  16. There's always windex :) It looks too pretty!!!

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  17. Glass cabinets are gorgeous! I say go for it :)

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  18. I don't have them but I do love the look of them! I say go for it...you (probably) won't regret it!

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  19. I don't have them....but I say do it as well!! I think glass front cabinets are gorgeous and worth any cooking splatter!! The first picture is my favorite!!

    Dominique {ComfyCozyCouture.blogspot.com}

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  20. I don't have glass front cabinets, but I absolutely love them.

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  21. I dream of having a marble kitchen one day! These rooms are beautiful!

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  22. You could do a thin pull out for spices on each side of the range (see link attached) filled with cooking essentials and have your glass front cabinets displaying pretty plates, etc. You could even make these slide outs decorative so no one will even know they are there! Also this will move the glass cabinets a tad away from the range and avoid mess/grease.

    (See third image down on the left hand side)
    http://www.houzz.com/spice-cabinet/ls=4

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  23. I have really high ceilings in my own kitchen, which I love, but when it came to cabinetry it was a bit tricky. I had a soffet built to a. save money on cabinetry and b. heating and air ducts needed to be hidden on one of the walls, so I wouldn't have been able to go all the way up with the cabinets on every wall (which would have looked odd). I also had glass paneled cabinets installed next to my range without muntins to make cleanup easier. They are super easy to care for if they get dirty, which is not very often. You can see a pic here: http://dicorciadesign.com/the-bungalow-where-it-all-started/

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  24. There are companies that make aluminum kitchen cabinets with an inert finish, such as Fillip Metal. Induction Blog

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