my 'new' kitchen with no cabinets/one of a kind
I've posted on "old house" forum, but this forum was fun to read. I inherited an 1874 house, the kitchen is 14' by 15' and there are no built-ins. I will not be putting in built-ins. An armoire (now in the hall) will be my "everyday" cabinet for dishes, glasses, etc. A microwave cabinet will be pots/pans storage. Another smaller microwave cabinet (with the unfunctioning top shelf removed) has a butcher block top, a drawer for utensils, and two shelves for storage - crock pot, electric fry pan, etc. The buffet will hold silverware, and what ever is left over. The pantry will hold all food stuffs. Everything I decided to have in the kitchen can fit on top of the kitchen table (my mom's dining room table). In another room - the small (1940's) china closet will hold my "china", wine glasses, etc. The house I'm in now (bought in '78 as a newlywed and then raised 4 kids in) is 6' by 12' with one cabinet over the dryer, the cabinet/drawers with the sink in it, the washer, the 24 yr old moveable dishwasher w/butcher block in front of the washer (like an island), a built-in corner hutch, the microwave stand w/shelfs above and below, the stove, an apt. sized freezer, and the fridge. there's also a closet sized pantry (under the staircase). People are always amazed that I can prepare huge meals, feed "armies", and raised 4 kids in this kitchen. I guess I'm just the freak that doesn't want acres of cabinets and counter space. The more drawers I have, the more crap I'll put in them. Now my DH on the other hand - "don't throw out that broken Mr. Coffee - I can take the hot plate, attach it to that broken broom stick, stick a big magnet on the bottom, attach an electrical cord and presto we've got an oil pan heater for the car".