I shopped around for cabinets, even made a trek out to the Amish cabinet makers that my sister used on her recent kitchen re-do. But with our tight working budget I ended up with some cabinets that I love from Martha Stewart's line at Home Depot.
I worked with one of the in-store designers and came up with a layout that worked in the space. and had a few questions about changes to the designs we were working on. The designer I had been working with was away on vacation, so I ended up sitting down with a completely different person. And I have to say, it was one of the best moves I've made this whole time. Getting a completely fresh look and perspective on the plans was so important. She asked me questions, made little tweaks and recommendations and I ended up with a plan I felt really happy with.
Before we bit the bullet and placed the order for the cabinets, we taped everything out of the floor. I'm adamant about having a kitchen island where the kids can sit, and for the much-needed extra counter space and storage.
We're eeking in just a bit on the recommended 36 inches between counters and appliances, but I think it will still be doable. Dan's campaigning for me to move the cabinet against a wall, but we'll see. There's a big wall there that I have some plans for….