May 15, 2013

drawers under the kitchen sink

there are several things about my new kitchen that i am seriously in love with...
the first thing, is of course that it is MINE. after nearly 5 years of renting, it is so great to have a kitchen
that i really enjoy being in!

i am also REALLY glad that i decided to put drawers under the kitchen sink.

 i honestly had no idea how much space i was "missing" in that dark abyss under my sink until now! it's also pretty amazing how a tiny thing like having drawers under the kitchen sink can change the look and feel of a kitchen.


this is what my kitchen looked like for the first week after we moved in...
since the drawers are custom made to fit around the plumbing, we had to wait until everything was installed before the drawers were made. since we were on such a tight schedule, the plumber came the day before we moved in to hook everything up. that meant i had to wait a little bit for the drawers to be made.

it was so wonderful to have the drawers show up! here is a little picture of them getting installed.
what you cant see, is me, off camera, doing the happy dance!

since i knew that i wanted to have drawers under the sink, we gave the plumbers and electricians specific instructions to hold the pipes and wires as far to the back of the cabinet as possible, to maximize the space under the sink.

i am really pleased with the amount of space i have in each drawer! i was only expecting a tiny amount of storage on the side of the top drawers, and just a bit more on the bottom.

as you can see, there is a TON of storage space!

on the bottom drawer, paper towels (standing on end!), spray bottles for cleaners, and an enormous costco size box of garbage bags fit with room to spare!

the top drawer is more shallow due to the sink, but is still SO much larger than i anticipated. in fact, i am having a little trouble trying to fill it up!

i am really happy with the way the recessed pulls look!
you can read more about my hardware selection here.

the honed carrara marble (so far) has been great. i was warned that it is "high maintenance", but i am really glad that i decided to go for it.

i also can't say enough about the sink! i love how deep it is, and the shape has been really easy to keep clean. (i was a tad worried it might not be!)
you can read more about how i chose my sink here.

so, what do you think?
are you ready to rip out the cabinet doors under your sink and get some drawers?
is this a feature that you would include if you were to remodel your kitchen or build a new house?


22 comments:

  1. brilliant!! it makes me want drawers throughout my kitchen, there's so much space that could be utilized

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  2. So brilliant! We see that configuration all the time with bathroom vanities, its a wonder that more kitchen sinks aren't fitted with drawers. Such a perfect spot to store cleaning products and it looks fantastic.

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  3. love it all! what is that little metal button/cap thing to the left of the faucet? please tell me it's for the garbage disposal... that would be a lot cuter than the light switch I have!

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    1. yes! it is indeed! it is really handy, and i love it!

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  4. LOVE!!! Sooo great for organization and even better looks wise! LOVE the color of the cabinets and the recessed pulls!!!!!!

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  5. I wish I lived closer so I could see all of your beautiful touches in person. It's been so fun following your construction and decorating process. If you are ever in WI, stop by. I could use your help. ;-)

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  6. Such a great idea! Will be keeping that in mind when we do a kitchen reno. Love all your choices!

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  7. Amazing, Autumn! I love the idea of drawers under a sink. Hope you are enjoying your new home!

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  8. Brilliant!!!! No matter how much I try to stay on top of it, that deep, dark cabinet under the kitchen sink is always scary at my house!

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  9. Wow, you are an amazing designer. I love your attention to the details. Your home has turned out beautiful and I can't wait to see more.

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  10. Love this idea and now this will be my go to solution when working with custom cabinets for clients. Thanks for sharing Autumn!

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  11. Smart is all I can say! I am so happy for you Autumn that you are finally in your house. It has to be so exciting. I have loved watching the progress, how in the heck you were able to juggle it all and even get around to showing us what was going on is simply mind boggling. Love your choice of color on the island sink and the pulls. You gave this kitchen such class. Love it!

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  12. What a practical idea!It looks awesome,what is the color of your cabinets?That color looks so pretty with your hardware.Thanks for sharing the building of your beautiful home its been fun and the house looks amazing!Looking forward to all the decorating.

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    1. the white cabinets are BM swiss coffee, and the island is called "slate" from restoration hardware.

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  13. Love the drawers! The whole room is beautiful

    Have a great weekend!

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  14. thank you so much for all of the positive feedback! i am super thrilled with the way everything turned out...and stay tuned, cuz its just going to get prettier from here on out!

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  15. What a clever design idea! The bottom of the kitchen sink is mostly left open as storage for cleaning stuff. It never pops into my mind to make a drawer in it. This idea is great for small kitchen that needs to have plenty of drawers for storage. It is one way of smartly using the small space that you have. Thanks for this idea, Autumn! :) ->Elements Home Remodeling

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  16. Can’t go wrong with more space, I always say! It’s good that there’s still space to check the plumbing in case something happens to it, and that it’s easily accessible by pulling out said cabinets. It’s indeed the best place to put cleaners and other sink-related items.

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  17. I absolutely love the idea! It should suit me perfectly as I'm a very disorganized person and tend to lose my utensils a lot. That should help me keep things in order. By the way, congratulations on getting your own kitchen! It feels really good to have your own space to prepare food, doesn't it?

    Enis Hodzic @ GraniteBusters.com

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