Niches In Wall Behind Cooktop & In Pantry Wall--Anyone Have? Pics
I am thinking about putting in two niches...
One niche would go in the wall behind my cooktop. There will be very little space behind my 36" cooktop b/c I have standard depth cabinets & countertop (24"D cabinets + ~1-1/2" counter overhang). So, I thought if I put a 4" or 5" deep niche in the wall behind it, I would have room to put things while cooking or something decorative like decorative oil bottles, etc.
However, I do not know how this will work OR if it will be usable.
I've searched the FKB (all of it!) and only found 3 kitchens with anything close to what I'm describing. So, I'm here asking (begging!!!)...
Does anyone have this type of niche?
- Do you like it?
- Is it useful?
- Could you please post a picture for me?
Any information will be gratefully received!!
Also, if someone did consider it but decided not to put it in, why? I guess I'm asking for pros & cons.
The other niche I am considering is in the end wall of my step-in pantry. I was thinking of building a 20"W x 4"D x 48"H niche into the side/end wall of my pantry. The niche would have a 6" "sill." This niche would hold my landline phone & a pen holder on the sill, 5 hooks above them for keys, and above the hooks, our Wysocki calendar--our indispensable record of appointments, events, etc.
What I'm not sure of is what the "sill" should be made of--should it match our granite (Diamond Black)? Or, should it be a wood sill, similar to the windows. I'm concerned wood would get nicked and start to look rundown fairly quickly.
The pantry walls will be painted the same color as the other walls in the kitchen...color undecided/clueless right now!
I think I would frame the niche similar to a door w/2-1/2" molding all around...although our windows do not have any molding around them, so maybe this niche shouldn't either.
Thoughts on this "Message Center" niche? What should sill be made of?
Here are a couple of pictures that might help w/the pantry niche (each box = 3"x3"):
Picture 1: Planned corner pantry. The niche would go in the wall facing the FR doorway. It's the wall where I have 20" marked.
Picture 2: Proposed Niche
Thank you so much for any information!!!