This beachfront condo has been a special place for our family for over 30 years. The time spent vacationing in sweet, warm Florida coming from cold, frigid Michigan is probably what planted the seed of moving down here permanently!! Needless to say, this was a fun project for Team PPKD to embark on. What a treat to take our grandparent’s beloved condo where the kitchen was original (1982) and give it a warm rich update!

Before:

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Here is the amazing After!

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We were able to truly maximize every nook and cranny in this kitchen. By taking advantage of the small wall facing the dining room, we built in a double door upper cabinet with a beautiful crown. This helped make up for lost storage space when we removed all of the upper peninsula cabinets (that were very hard to reach btw!) to bring in the beautiful natural light. Also now grabbing a morning cup of hot coffee is super convenient and keeps open valuable countertop space in the kitchen for main prep.  Notice the beautiful paneled back with faux doors and subtle lower cabinet on the backside? It really completes the space and adds even more storage. We like. No, actually – we LOVE!

IMG_5145Moving right into the heart of the kitchen, new stainless steel appliances brightened everything right up! Not to mention the Franklin Harvest is such a beautiful door. We really wanted to maximize the drawers in the kitchen and what better place to add drawers than right next to the range. Utensils, potholders, dishtowels…. – you name it, it’s got it’s own tidy little drawer!

IMG_5181Great upper cabinetry storage – we did not lose a square inch in this kitchen! 
IMG_5179A kitchen remodel isn’t complete without a good demo picture! 
IMG_0295But the “after” is where the pain stops and smiles do not. 🙂

IMG_1142And a few of the key details…. hardware. Always the jewelry for your kitchen. This was a favorite, the Amerock Atherley Collection Knob.

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And of course the granite…. beautiful flowing movement. Just like the nearby ocean and here we chose a stone that sandy beach and gold color tones. What a great countertop to compliment your evening dinner spread after a day at the water. 
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A final picture to admire this special kitchen and one that will hold so many new memories too. Enjoy!
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Monday, 04 May 2015 / Published in Guest Blogger, Kitchen Inspiration, Tips

We know we needed to get back on the blogging bandwagon, so to start it off right – we have a guest blogger today from modernize.com.!!! Enjoy 🙂  – Team PPKD

Whether your kitchen is cramped or spacious, efficient use of your storage space is the key to an organized kitchen. You probably know about spice racks and knife blocks, so here are a few innovative ideas that you may not have seen to help you make the most of your kitchen space.

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When retrieving a particular pan, isn’t it annoying having to sift through a stack of other items because the one you need is inevitably at the bottom? This ingenious idea eliminates that problem, and you don’t even need to remodel your kitchen to achieve it. With the use of vertical sections, almost any cabinet can be transformed into this organized hub.

To achieve this design, permanent fixtures are available that screw into the top and bottom of your cabinet, or you can purchase tension rods that will do the job just as well while giving you the ability to make adjustments as your storage needs change. Along with a host of other items, it is perfect for cookie sheets, muffin tins, cooling racks and cutting boards.

 

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While you may be able to find a ready-made setup at your local hardware store, you can create this design yourself with a wall-mounted paper towel holder and S-hooks. For skillets, pots, cups and more, this storage solution is perfect for items that need to be easily accessible. As shown in the picture, you can store lids on top of the bars to save even more space.

If you don’t have an empty wall large enough to hang pots and pans, you can construct a smaller arrangement to store items like measuring spoons, spatulas, whisks and more. As a fun added bonus, you can create a chalkboard backdrop to label items or write messages, reminders and to-do lists.

 

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In many kitchens, there is at least one cabinet that is not being used to its full potential because it is simply too hard to access. As an easy fix to this problem, slide-out shelves make your cabinet’s contents easier to reach. Fortunately, these shelves come in all shapes and sizes to fit any cabinet style. Also, they are an excellent way to organize pantries and any other areas that you want to optimize.

 

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You’ve probably seen a corner cabinet, but have you ever heard of a corner drawer? It’s easy to see how such cabinets make excellent use of those awkward spaces in most kitchens, but corner drawers take that efficiency a step further by utilizing vertical space.

Instead of one large cabinet, you can use several drawers to turn once shunned areas into the kitchen’s most valuable assets. If you install drawers with varying depths, you can accommodate large mixing bowls as well as small utensils.

For more design ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.