Bye, Bye, Peninsula; Hello, Flow!

You guys know I hate peninsulas and love drop zones. I’ve already talked about them briefly (whut? I’m never brief!), but want to show you more pics as a continuation of showing you the new cabinetry sections.

Here’s a before pic of the peninsula section.


I told you all about the darn traffic jams that I hate so much, and showed you that the hubs cut that section right off.


cut cabinet removed cabinet

Once that section was gone, we were left with the angled sink section.

angled sink

The sink was integrated into the acrylic counter, so that had to be cut so it could be removed a section at a time.

cut counter

Of course the plumbing had to be undone first.

undo plumbing remove counter

Notice the sweatshirt and pants. This was way back at the beginning of January. I told you I was way behind blogging.

Once the sink was disconnected and removed, it looked like this.


Then all the remaining wood was torn out.

tear out remove

We “pushed” the cabinet back against the wall and rebuilt it. (That sounds so simple. More details about cabinetry building in a future post.)

rebuild rebuilt

The plumbing pipes were shortened and the vent for the air duct was moved back. I have no pics of either of those. Not sure why. I don’t even remember. Maybe I was outside in the freezing cold building countertops? Yeah, probably that.

Okay, so here’s a good shot of the old cabinets with the dishwasher placement. We left the dishwasher exactly where it was and placed the sink cabinet flat on that wall to the left of it. (As you can tell in the last pic up there.)

before dishwasher

Notice that the cabinets are in really great shape, even though I don’t like the color. The section to the right of the dishwasher stayed exactly where it was and only got primed and painted.

The new sink section also got primed and painted. This is light blue primer, because I already had it on hand and wanted to use it up. Normally, I’d use white primer under white paint. Since I knew I’d need at least two coats of primer for all this dark wood, I wanted to use up that leftover blue primer.


You can see the refrigerator there to the left. I’ll have to devote an entire post to that because I want to talk a lot about it. 🙂

I’ll move on over to the left of that, though, for now. There was nothing here before. It was just a blank wall in the “dining area.”

This is just a picture of a table, but it’s the only “before” pic that I have of that wall.

turquoise table

See? Totally just a blank wall.

I told you that I like eat-in kitchens, remember? Adding cabinetry to the dining area will make this space a true eat-in kitchen.

I only had so much material to work with, since we’re reusing our cabinetry. Before we got into this house and started updating everything, all of the cabinetry was original from 30 years ago and it all matched.

When we tore out the master bathroom vanities two years ago, I kept the doors and drawers. You may recall that the cabinet itself was moldy and gross, but the doors were in great shape (except for being a funky yellowed off-white color).

master bath

Vanities are typically a few inches shorter than kitchen counters (especially 30 years ago, way before they started doing “luxury height” in the bathroom). But I needed to use these doors! Thankfully, buffets are also shorter than kitchen cabinets normally. The drawers will be used elsewhere (mentioned here), and the doors, which are a couple inches shorter than the original kitchen cabinet doors, will be used for a built-in buffet.

Those false drawer fronts under the bathroom sinks will be attached to actual drawers in the buffet. Also, the buffet will be shallower (not as deep from front to back) than a standard kitchen counter. Because buffets are never that deep, and we need the space for our table.

The green is from our scrap pile. I think we finally finished off the remainder of the extra wood from when we converted the triple bunk into three single beds. The blue is just primer. It all ended up white.

buffet base buffet buffet (2)

Better pics when I show you the counters, promise! How cute is that shelf paper, though? Shout out to my SIL for bringing me some from out of town because Edmond was out of stock.

shelf paper

Opposite the buffet is the pantry, to which I’ve already devoted three posts (one, two, three).

To the left of the pantry is where we built the new “drop zone,” which you’ve seen in the Cabinetry Sneak Peak post that I hyperlinked at the beginning of this post.

sneak peek 2

I wanted to show you more of the microwave cabinet above the drop-zone cabinet, though. It started as a simple plywood box with a shelf (measurements will vary greatly depending upon your microwave size).

plywood box wall cabinet

It was screwed into the studs using a typical cabinet-style wood support.

wood support

Our microwave is so totally my favorite microwave ever and I’m going to cry when it breaks. It’s made by Kenmore and was about $200. It’s a microwave/pizza-oven combo. The only thing anywhere comparable that’s currently available is by LG for over twice that price. Hopefully it will still be in production when ours craps out.

Seriously, guys, it’s not just a pizza drawer. I’ve cooked all kinds of things in there. It’s just like a regular oven, but it heats up immediately and, of course, it’s tiny. The only thing is that it has to be stuff that won’t rise. I tried biscuits once and they got crazy fluffy. The tops got stuck to the heating coils (or whatever it’s called up in there) and it was a mess. Other than that, it has been wonderful.

I can make frozen french fries or taquitos or anything else real quick, but without heating up my entire big oven. And they won’t be soggy like in a microwave. It cooks EXACTLY like a real oven. Obviously it’s shallow and you can’t put Pyrex or anything in it. You put the food directly onto the tray, so I use it often for literally almost anything that I’d cook on a cookie sheet.

I can’t say enough about it! It’s my favorite appliance ever. Plus, it’s a microwave. But it’s a countertop microwave. It is NOT a built-in model. It is intended to be sat on a counter. If you are going to ever build in your microwave, or stick it in a cabinet, make sure you read the manual to see how much ventilation you need if it’s not truly a “built-in” version.

We’ve built this exact microwave in before with no problems, but we were precise about ventilation. This one calls for four inches of open space on the sides. But I don’t like to see the open space, because then it doesn’t look built-in…it looks like your previous microwave was an exact fit but it broke and you had to get a new one and it was too small. I hate that look.

So, we built the box large enough for the proper ventilation, but used wide face frames to cover the open area.

microwave microwave framed

Awesome pics, huh? See the reused darker brown wood and the green wood? And then we had to get some new wood for the sides.

Hey, look, I’m using beadboard.

beadboardsneak peek 3

You’ll see lots more of that in upcoming posts. Happy Friday!

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