pantry unit redux

mrtulinNovember 10, 2013

I've come full circle to having to resolve the pantry placement .Here is the refrigerator placement. I must make a decision.

And the fridge's black side, though that too would be fixable with a panel, molding etc. So the pantry went back:

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However, these are the often maligned thermofoil cabinents and cant' be painted.

Help me figure out a way to make this pantry unit work, particularly in relationship to the refrigerator. How to work with the differences in height between the two, what to do with the small space above the fridge, how to deal with the ugly side of the pantry unit.
If all else fails, I can put it in the sunroom.....
Thanks

This post was edited by idabean on Sat, Nov 16, 13 at 14:20

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live_wire_oak

The only thing wrong with the pantry next to the fridge is that you didn't order it with an integral decorative panel for the side. When you have it turned like that, it needs that panel to work. Order a field applied decorative panel instead and leave it there.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 1:49AM
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mrtulin

What does "field applied" mean?
What would the decorative panel look like? Trim? That is a finished side, though certainly not decorative.

This post was edited by idabean on Sun, Nov 10, 13 at 2:15

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 2:11AM
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andreak100

idabean - "field applied" means just that - the part is applied in the field (i.e. your home) rather than at the factory.

A decorative panel is designed so that it looks like the front of the cabinet - so for yours, the decorative panel would look like the one side (left or right) of your doors. It isn't functional, it just looks nicer. There are some people who will go so far as to add their hardware to it as well, but that's a personal choice.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 8:11AM
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kariwb

I agree. I think the best place for the pantry is next to the fridge, but it needs to made to look like it belongs there and you planned it that way. In addition to the finished side panel, I would try to figure out a way to fill the space above both the fridge and the pantry to the ceiling, as you have for your other cabinets.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 8:24AM
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kariwb

Maybe an example would be helpful? Here is the side panel on the cabinet that covers the side of our fridge. I'm no expert, but field application at your place might just be a matter of cutting and fastening the rails, and then painting to match.

Sometimes the pics I take with my ipad end up posting sideways or upside down. Sorry in advance if thats the case!

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 8:36AM
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romy718

Just want to say the rest of your kitchen looks great including your microwave.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 11:01AM
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meganmca

Does the cut paper chicken fit on that pantry side? Hang it there? Or other artwork? Or do what they're saying above & do a decorative panel--I'm just thinking you could skip that & do it with artwork instead. Are you doing anything above the fridge that you could tie to the top of the pantry & pantry to ceiling so it would all look a little more finished-off? You're right about the toe-kick popping it up some, then molding up top, but seems like making it more like a surround around the fridge would help too.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 11:26AM
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mrtulin

meganmca,
Yes, that's what I meant about bringing the fridge and cab together.... I can't visualize how to do that.....would someone out there be able to do a sketch or describe that?
I have plenty of the same crown molding used on the other cabs.

I also thought of putting artwork on the side. Doesn't it need some moulding or filler, at the least, between fridge and panel?

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 12:20PM
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romy718

Idabean, did you figure out a solution?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 11:22AM
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raee_gw

Idabean, I think that it would be pretty easy to make a filler ( and/or incorporate an actual cabinet) to fit above the frig and pantry. Just some wood, one piece, cut to fit the spaces. Use your extra molding at the top; get a piece of compatible looking thin and narrow trim (like screen molding) to run across the bottom of the filler (at the top of the pantry) to edge it and continue that trim at the same level across the filler over the frig. That will visually tie the different heights together, I think.

You could even attach some of that trim to the side of the cabinet to dress it up a little (like, frame the side with the molding)

Of course, then you need to have a filler piece above the door side of the pantry too.

Perhaps someone who can make and post a drawing will get what I am describing.

Love the chicken! I have a Chinese watercolor chicken that I adore and no place to put it.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 12:34PM
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mabeldingeldine_gw

Love the chicken! Where did you find it?

One question: If you have to replace the fridge in the future, will a wider fridge fit there with the pantry next to the fridge?

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 12:47PM
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Sophie Wheeler

Here's how to do it.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 1:33PM
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Sophie Wheeler

Also, I'd make the suggestion to add a pantry or broom closet between the fridge and wall if that wall is deeper than 26". Looks like you've got the room, and a standard sized larger refrigerator (36"W) will need the help with the clearance.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 1:42PM
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mrtulin

thanks, all. Very happy to see a bump up to my questions.
I hadn't done anything else. I've made friends with the pantry. We're "saving up" the last details so the carpenter can make a full day's work of it.
With hollysp's help, at least I know what to do. Many thanks!

I thought about the "new fridge" question before. The pantry is a free standing unit. You might have to remove or modify the framing but there's plenty of room for a bigger frig. Worst case, they'd have a pantry unit to put elsewhere or on Craig's list.

My lovely chicken was at a tiny arts gallery in the next town. I loved it at first sight, but told my husband we could not buy it because it was too expensive. ($300). I am so happy he paid no attention. It was a real surprise birthday gift a few weeks later.

Marie

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 1:47PM
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mrtulin

I deleted a lot of pictures.

The opening height is 79"
the wall depth is 36.5
64" from wall to door casing

Hollysprings, you are suggesting the frig and pantry move closer to the doorway, and slim broom closet can be put between frig and left wall?
I think that would be custom. It would be quicker than the turn around time from the line, and what I want. My line is semi-custom.

This post was edited by idabean on Sat, Nov 16, 13 at 17:26

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mrtulin

There's room for a broom closet?!!

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 2:30PM
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romy718

I was wondering if that pantry was your broom closet that really wasn't a broom closet.

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 2:33PM
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mrtulin

you have a good memory. I gave up the idea of mangling the pantry to fit brooms. Moved on to figuring out where to put them in my "real" pantry/laundry room, which is already tight.
They are propped up against the shelves with cans, ready to fall and hit your head when you make a false move with a laundry basket. One thing at a time, though. I'm trying to figure out how to upload my floorplans to photobucket so I can post them here.

if you click on image, the new photobucket image is much easier to read.

The opening height is 79"
the wall depth is 36.5
64" from wall to door casing

Hollysprings, you are suggesting the frig and pantry move closer to the doorway, and slim broom closet can be put between frig and left wall?
I think that would be custom. It would be quicker than the turn around time from the line, and what I want. My line is semi-custom.

I know the carpenter could figure it out, but for my own information, how does cabinentry, whether functional or not, deal with difference in height between frig and pantry unit?
Thanks
Marie
idabean

This post was edited by idabean on Sat, Nov 16, 13 at 17:34

    Bookmark   November 16, 2013 at 3:05PM
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