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A party in my drawers

This blog chronicles my entire kitchen renovation from start to finish. Greentea Design has provided me with their solid wood kitchen cabinets, and I'm taking care of the rest.

If you'd like to be brought up to date, check out the archive in the sidebar for previous posts. I posted recently about the hatch door created for access to the basement, and now, how I've organized and made use of all the wonderful cabinetry.

Yes folks, there is a party happening in my drawers. My kitchen cabinet drawers that is. All TWENTY FIVE of them (27 but 2 under the sink are just drawer faces). I cannot begin to explain how exciting it was to organize this kitchen, especially those drawers. I have never had a kitchen that had adequate drawer space. This kitchen has so many that despite all the drawer-type kitchen stuff I have, I still have 2 that are essentially unused (I had to find things to put in them because the thought of empty drawers unnerved me). It's allowed me to be more organized than I have ever been in any of my former kitchens, and I enjoy cooking so much more than I ever have. I've even been taking photos of the meals I've prepared. This weekend I am having my family over for dinner for the first time since the reno has been completed. I am so stoked to show it off. And I know they're all dying to see it in person finally.

I thought for one of my last kitchen posts I would show you how much space these incredible Greentea cabinets have and the party that is going on in my drawers. Because let me tell you, having a drawer dedicated to spices is a party in itself!! Sorry if this is a little long-winded, but I felt compelled to document all of it (in the hopes of calming my level of excitement perhaps?)

Let's start with the pantry. I adore this unit so much. When I sell the house, I have to take the pantry with me. It's a stunning piece of furniture, I've got to say. And I must mention that since all the cabinets have sliding doors (except the uppers), they are SO easy to remove which allows you a clear view of everything inside. Great for cleaning/organizing binges.

Here is the top section of the pantry, which houses essentially ALL of my dishes (alot of which need replacing) and glassware.

This is a door to the left of the top section of the pantry. It is PERFECT for housing baking sheets and anything else flat, especially useful for me because my range (where I would typically put those items) does not have a drawer for storage. It also has a little secret drawer inside, which I figured I'd stash money in for pizza nights (Jo is laughing right now because she knows how much pizza I consume).

Below is the first row of drawers in the pantry. It houses knives, small kitchen gadgets, a drawer dedicated to the cats' food bowls and cans of wet food, chopsticks, and my growing collection of wooden spoons.

The second row of drawers is for more knives, scissors, more gadgets, and spatulas.

The bottom section of the pantry houses alot of items I didn't know where else to put - mostly things I don't use on a regular basis. It also holds my napkins and placemats, colanders and tupperware.

The last row of drawers in the pantry is where I keep the tupperware lids (LOVE that they have their own space). The other 2 drawers are the ones I didn't know what to do with, so one has extra baking ingredients I didn't use at Christmas and one has all the manuals for the appliances.

The upper cabinets are home to all of my food. I didn't want to bend and dig in the back of a cabinet so this seemed like the perfect solution. I bought a couple of shelf racks to allow easy stacking (the shelves inside aren't adjustable so this worked perfectly to help keep them in order).

The drawers in the cabinet below the uppers have one dedicated to spoons (when I make tea/coffee), one for my set of extra utensils I bring to work, one for spoon rests, one for extra spices and misc., and one for hot plates and cutting boards.

The space below is where I keep mixing and serving bowls, casserole dishes and my dutch oven.

I requested that when the sink be installed in it's cabinet, that it be placed to the left, using up 2 drawers so that I could have 1 usable drawer. That drawer is where I keep my utensils.

Below is where I used to keep my garbage can on the left, my coffee maker, soaps and garbage bags to the right, but the left side is now half empty because I found myself the coolest garbage can that is in the corner of the kitchen, not taking up valuable cabinet space.

The drawers to the right of the stove are home to my spices, tea towels and cloths, and boxes of foil, plastic wrap and baggies. The spice drawer gets me going every time I open it up. I drove all over the city trying to find a slanted drawer insert for the spices, and when I found it, I then looked all over for decent spice jars. It's now organized, and I am in heaven.

Below these drawers is where I keep small appliances - kettle, rice cooker, toaster, blender, jars of baking ingredients I displayed in my former kitchen, and all my pots and pans.



WOW!!!!! Very coolio kitchen...the cabinets are gorgeous!
Thank you amy!
Best blog post headline EVER.

And the Greentea cabinets are ultra fun and sophisticated all at the same time. Your kitchen is just perfect.
Awesome! Nothing makes me happier than super-organized drawers. I'm so happy for you! Everything is just too fantabulous for words about this kitchen...
You really can get alot of cups,plates and other cooking utensils in that Pantry...very impressive.

The kitchen is wonderful looking and very functiona. NICE.

I made fried rice the other night because yours looked sooo good!
I really admire your style. I live in Ottawa as well and can only dream of putting together a room as nicely as you've put your kitchen together... I can only hope that continuing to read your blog will rub off!
Great work!
Oh, this is just fabulous! AND when everything has it's own place to live, it's easy to keep things neat & clean & organized, which in my boat is happiness!

CONGRATS on a beautiful kitchen!
Thanks everyone! I am excited to be organized in the kitchen because this house is small and having one room organized is going to make me try harder to get everything else organized too. LOL, and as Robin from OK mentionned, I have been making quite an effort these days to take the time to cook more. Hi SarahMcG from Ottawa, and thanks!
Okay, Kim...this is to stop! I can't take the torture! All the gloriousness that is your's is hurting me badly! I know...poor me.
But must you taunt me? Or is this merely your cyber version of an employment manual so I'll know where to put everything when I get there? I guess I have to earn my keep somehow, huh? So who's cooking? ;)

My verification is "scent"... perhaps the computer smells my jealousy?
Ha! Cute title. Great drawers.

But, hon, the West German vase by the garbage can is fantastic, but need to go somewhere else. The wastebasket is so fabulous, it needs no competition and is such a great juxtaposition with your cabinets. Also, it repeats the cool industrial tone of the lights.

Might there be a place for it in your living room?
My apologies for the taunting Uncle Beefy, but when you love something THIS MUCH, you've just got to show it off. :) So who's cooking? That would be me - I'm hoping to become such a great chef people will pay for my food and then I can pay off this kitchen. LOL

Peggy, a corner with just the garbage? Really? My problem is I need stuff. like, everywhere. Bad habit. But nothing ends up staying put for long...I'm sure once I get going on the redecor of the living room I'll try the vase o' branches in there.
No what you need is a bigger west german floor vase to work against the garbage can :) I'm on the lookout but postage from here to there will be "interesting". Beefy I'm cooking but it may take me some time to get there especially if I'm walking swimming then walking. You better bring some appertisers to start. And my verification is "tease" LOL.
I absolutely love your kitchen reno especially that pantry - wow!! I posted your pantry on my blog with a link to this post.
Your kitchen is very inspiring.
I just love the standalone. Such beautiful pieces and you've done a terrific job with them. Well done!

I've posted your pantry on my blog, linking back to your post. You can see it on
Thank you Michelle and boliyou!!
Nothing beats well-organized cabinets and drawers, and yours are looking stellar! I'm glad you are settling into and enjoying your beautiful, new kitchen!
Thanks Courtney! It's amazing how good it feels to be this organized in my kitchen. It's a nice change. Now if I can just get going on all my other organizational projects...
Beautiful kitchen photo's before and after!
Where did you find the slanted spice insert for the drawer? I have been looking for one forever!
Karen, I found mine at Lee Valley. It's great because it's plastic so can be cut to fit snug in your drawer. I even bought an extra one because I was so excited to have finally found them.
enjoyed sharing a post @ thekitchn with you today! I'd love a kitchen that neat & tidy. Love all the organization!
Thanks Katie and congrats on your TheKitchn mention!
Very niiiiiiice!
those cabinets look amazing!! i love the whole look - it looks like something you'd see in a Paumes book! beautiful!
Thank you moggit girls and Victoria!
i long for the day my kitchen looks like that, or even half that good. Sign me up for dinner! :)
-Jack @ Grohe Faucets
I want to do a renovation project on my kitchen and am browsing around to do some research. I have hardwood on my floors and wondering whether or not to get it replaced with tile? I ran across this ad that says new kitchen in a box which only costs $25 and I am wondering if I should give it a try because of the price. This would save me hundreds. My fellow DIY-ERS advice plz?
Did you install a tankless hot water heater so you never run out of hot water? If so, which brand did you go with? Did you used to have to wait for hot water in your home? We're currently looking at the Redytemp. We don't want to have to run new plumbing and we like the fact that we'd be able to choose our own temmperature. When we searched the internet we found other brands but they didn't have the temperature function we're looking for. Has anyone out there had similar problems with their hot water? If so, how did you solve it?
I did not install a tankless water heater. It's only me living here so I have no issues with running out of hot water, and I get hot water instantly out of all my taps.
Kim, I was wondering, are those original wood floors, or did you install new ones, and if so, were they pre-painted? I'd love to know a little more about them and whether you're happy with them when you have a moment. Thanks so much!

ps: I tried looking to see if there was info on them, but didn't see any. If I missed it, just point me in the right direction. And I love your dining room table - it's perfect for the space!
vintage simple, here is a post explaining the flooring. And yes, I am happy with them, but I would have preferred though using Benjamin Moore's porch and floor paint because the finish is MUCH smoother (although it could have been had I sanded between coats but who in the hell has time for that?). And I am relieved that I painted them grey instead of white like I had originally planned because OMG a house with 6 cats and white floors is a nightmare (2 other rooms have white painted floors).
Ha! Well, if it makes you feel any better, 1) I thought the color was white, and 2) I painted mine upstairs with BM Porch & Floor paint and they still show wear and tear, so I was wondering if yours were pre-painted because they look so pristine. :)

Anyway. Thanks so much for getting back with me. And I'll have to keep in mind gray next time I paint the upstairs - as I'm sure with a dog and kid, I'll have to do it at some point.

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