Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

One of the design choices we made during our kitchen remodel was to have a cabinet front dishwasher, which is technically called a panel-ready dishwasher. A panel-ready dishwasher is specifically designed to hold a cabinet front.

I really wanted this option for our kitchen because I knew it would help to streamline the look of our cabinets. I love how it offers symmetry on either side of the farmhouse sink.

Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

Many cabinet manufacturers will offer a matching dishwasher panel as an option, so be sure to ask about these options when you are selecting appliances and cabinetry if this is a feature you’re interested in!

Ours is KitchenAid, you can read my post about how we chose all of our appliances here.

Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

The long bar on our dishwasher is a regular cabinet pull. It was purchased to match our other hardware and added to the panel for us by our contractor. It works great to open the dishwasher and doubles as a towel bar!

You can find all of my kitchen sources here!

Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

Here are a few inspiration photos from other kitchens with panel-ready dishwashers!

Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher
Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

Julie Blanner

Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

Domino

Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

At Home with Ashley

Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

Emily Henderson

Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

Room for Tuesday

Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

Yellow Brick Home

Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

Domino

Are you remodeling a kitchen this summer? I think it’s the best time to do it since you can BBQ outside and enjoy the weather, too!

You can find all of my kitchen sources HERE!


Kitchen Remodel Tip: Panel-Ready Dishwasher

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Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

Back when we were planning our kitchen remodel, we wanted to pack as much character as we could into our little space.

We weren’t opening up walls or relocating them or adding on, so any space or character we added had to be within the existing structure.

One of the decisions we made was to soften the shape of two small doorways that led into our kitchen. Changing them from regular squared openings to arched openings brought more cottage character into our home.

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

Our little galley kitchen originally had THREE doorways. Not ideal in such a small space, but they all made sense and were helpful so they all stayed. (You can see our original floor plan above if it helps to make sense of the space!).

If we were going to have that many doorways in one little kitchen, we thought they should at least be a deliberate design feature.

The two interior openings weren’t bad as they were, they were just … well, their impact wasn’t anything to write home about. We couldn’t make the openings larger, so our options for redesign were limited!

Because our house overlooks the sea (Puget Sound), we decided a couple of simple arched doorways would suit the coastal cottage feel.

The arches would then be repeated in several design elements around the home (our round kitchen window, the two arched openings, the molding on our interior doors throughout the house, as well as on outdoor gates).

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

The exterior door (on the left in the above photo of our kitchen) went from looking like what I thought of as a jail cell door, to one that has a much more friendly personality…a.k.a. our Dutch door.

Below is the new arched doorway between the kitchen and the hall! As you can see, the previous opening had a door on it which made the small hall extra crowded and awkward. Removing the unnecessary door made a huge difference in how the space feels. The gentle arched top gives the opening more shape and character!

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

The arches transformed the look of the kitchen, dining room and hallway, so we got a big bang for the buck! Now these spaces all feel more interesting, inviting and special. The arches also brought a sense of height to the rooms, which feels nice with our cozier ceiling height.

Now, I know some people want to REMOVE their arches to have squared off doorways, and that’s cool, too.

But if you are an arched door lover like I am and wish you had them in your home, I thought I’d let you know it is possible to make the change!

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

See the full hallway makeover details and sources HERE.

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

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