A Rubik’s Cube Kitchen

A Rubik’s Cube Kitchen

Better After reader Katherine is the type of gal who preferred to live with her home’s original 1960’s kitchen rather than spending money to replace it when it was already perfectly functional  She did it for 16 years. Didn’t bug her one bit.  BUT, when she heard that a nearby home was scheduled to be torn down with an entire kitchen’s worth of 4-year old cabinets, well, that put a bee in her bonnet.

She figured out a way for the donor kitchen’s cabinets to best fit her kitchen, which included a lot of creative Rubik’s cube configuration.  Her favorite: taking a six-foot tall china cabinet, slicing it in half, and converting it into the glass-front cabinets you see below.  Looks like it belongs in a magazine now. Great job Katherine!

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  1. February 6, 2013 / 3:05 PM

    WOW! That is beautiful! What a transformation!!!

  2. February 6, 2013 / 3:34 PM

    Transformation is right! Love it! I have those same saltillo tile floors. They’re gorgeous and I love them but sometimes can look dirty if the kitchen isn’t crisp. She mixed the perfect amount of rustic and sleek.

  3. Anonymous
    February 6, 2013 / 4:02 PM

    Is that even the same kitchen?(totally kidding!) It is beautiful!!!!

  4. February 6, 2013 / 4:06 PM

    That’s absolutely AMAZING!!!

  5. February 6, 2013 / 5:05 PM

    I love this! The rug is so inviting!!!!

  6. February 6, 2013 / 5:24 PM

    I covet those saltillo tile floors.

  7. February 6, 2013 / 6:04 PM

    This one made me gasp. STUNNING transformation!

  8. February 6, 2013 / 6:19 PM

    Holy transformation Batman! This has to be one of the very best ever. She should win an award for living with that kitchen for as long as she did.

  9. Anonymous
    February 6, 2013 / 7:39 PM

    Looks great, but I can’t believe that it is the same space, unless the room was made bigger.

  10. Anonymous
    February 6, 2013 / 8:53 PM

    I agree with the first comment, either she moved some walls or it’s not the same kitchen. The “after” kitchen is much bigger. I’d be curious to know, because it looks fabulous.

  11. Katherine
    February 6, 2013 / 9:06 PM

    Hi, I am Katherine and I can assure you it is the same kitchen. Reference the rug and table which are in the exact same position. No walls were moved. I have pictures from throughout the project if that would help.

  12. February 6, 2013 / 9:35 PM

    I’d like to thank Katherine personally for making the world a better place. Yes, the kitchen was solid-looking and useable. But there was such a feeling of bland same-ness that makes me twitch. You are one impressive rubik’s cube gal!

  13. February 6, 2013 / 10:22 PM

    Some people are so creative to cut a cabinet in half and install it as if it was meant/purchased just for that spot. Beautiful kitchen.

  14. February 6, 2013 / 10:49 PM

    SHUT UP! I was expecting nothing like that as I scrolled down. Definitely worth the 16 year wait. Gorgeous!

  15. February 6, 2013 / 10:56 PM

    I think the room looks like a different size because the of the first picture’s resolution. It’s a bit squeezed out of proportion. You can see everything looks a bit longer and narrower than it should be, just due to how it scanned or something. 🙂

  16. February 7, 2013 / 3:09 AM

    Oh my goodness! That doesn’t even look like the same kitchen! What a fabulous makeover. Well worth waiting 16 years for!

  17. Anonymous
    February 7, 2013 / 4:04 PM

    I would like to see the in-progress pictures.

  18. Katherine
    February 7, 2013 / 5:23 PM

    Hi Anonymous, I would be happy to show you some of the in progress pictures. How should I send them to you? I am a 60 yr. old computer challenged grandmother ~ should I email them?

  19. Anonymous
    February 7, 2013 / 6:03 PM

    Katherine, try sending them to this site, they may be able to add them on to the original post…I’m sure others would like to see them also!

  20. Anonymous
    February 7, 2013 / 8:41 PM

    Katherine, What kind of countertop did you use?

  21. Katherine
    February 7, 2013 / 9:28 PM

    I am not a fan of shiny smooth granite so I went with a limestone knowing it is suppose to be soft. Our children are grown and my husband and I have had no problem with stains. I am not a fan of shiny smooth granite. We do use cutting boards. The feature I love is that I had it “leathered” which is a process that gives it a rich look that makes you want to touch it.

  22. February 7, 2013 / 11:50 PM

    Great job, Katherine! You are a miracle worker!

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