Custom Made Cabinetry that Conceals and Reveals
Storage space, workplace, and gathering spot all in one. Kitchens rarely feel big enough for the multiple roles they play in our lives. When you need more room, you turn to the cabinets. If your cabinets are turning on you, it’s time to consider a custom made cabinetry solution. Our custom cabinet makers can help.
A pantry on hinges? “Not very many people will see this and say ‘Oh yeah, I have something just like that in my kitchen,’” writes William VanNess of VanNess Woodworking.
Take a tiny kitchen with an unfortunately located window, add some creativity, and … voila! The swinging pantry. William recalls:
Everything in this pantry – like much of the rest of this job – was designed on the fly, jointly, by the customer and myself and built entirely onsite. I hesitate to admit it, but the idea for this piece actually arose from an exasperated comment on my part during a design conversation with the customer. Something to the effect of: “The only way we can use this wall at all is if the whole cabinet swings out of the way!” As soon as it was said, we both thought, “Why couldn’t the whole cabinet swing out of the way?” So that’s what we did.
Made from cabinet plywood and veneered with poplar and gumwood, the pantry is hinged from a post and swings open to reveal spacious shelves, including drop-down fronts on the upper shelves for easy access.
The attractive furniture-style legs on these kitchen cabinet pull-out trays by Quality Custom Woodworks, Inc., were designed in collaboration with the customers, which artisan John Kronberger encourages. “I feel that when you let the customer have his or her input into a project, it makes them feel a part of it … as they should be!”
Would anyone suspect that these one-of-a-kind showpieces are actually cabinet doors for discreet vertical shelving for pots and pans?
You can also have CustomMade artisans design kitchen cabinetry that will show off whatever objects you wish. These cherry cabinets by Blue Spruce Joinery include two-tiered corner units with glass doors and interior lighting that are perfect for displaying small décor pieces, artworks, wines, or special culinary items.
Glass for cabinet doors can conceal as well as reveal. Artisans Mary Ann and Jay Paulukonis of Paulukonis Studio collaborated with a cabinet maker to create the stained glass inserts for this “Jar and Jewel” dining server cabinet. The cabinet was designed to store a variety of items. The inserts combined antique mouth-blown and opalescent glass, spun rondels, glass jewels, and actual old canning jar lids. Strategically placed, the milky and opaque elements provide cover for appliances while the clear glass allows dinnerware to shine. The irregular grid pattern of the inserts serves as a visual counterpoint to the round objects and creates “an eye-catching room accent that is both elegant and whimsical.”
Make the most of your kitchen both visually and spatially in your next home improvement project. Find a CustomMade artisan in your area and start planning the custom made cabinetry that’s right for your home.