We all have that random pile of books in our kitchen, and constantly looking at kitchen bookshelf ideas for different ways to organize them. Kountry Kraft has crafted many different types of bookshelves for kitchens, whether they are open shelves or behind frosted doors; we’ve seen them all! A kitchen bookshelf can add the perfect hint of color that your kitchen needs, no need to spend money on expensive decorations when you can use your collection of cookbooks you have laying around your house.
Kitchen Bookshelf Ideas
Bookshelves are very versatile when it comes to incorporating them into your kitchen cabinetry. Designing open shelves at the end of your island is a perfect way to take advantage of unused, awkward space. Open shelving adds character to a kitchen because not only does it provide a bookshelf area, but also an area to show off knick-knacks or collectables. The shelving can also be incorporated into the cabinetry area of your kitchen. If you have collectables or important family cookbooks that you don’t want to be accessible to children, putting them at a higher point may be the choice for you!
There is a variety of kitchen bookshelf ideas to incorporate into your kitchen. Even if you don’t have a random pile of books, a kitchen bookshelf can hold anything! Some people are inspired by the way people display their kitchen items, and a kitchen bookshelf is such a unique and tidy way to do so. Bookshelves can also be accompanied by baskets or storage bins. A plain white kitchen is sometimes too “simple” and a bookshelf is the perfect way to add more personality to your space. View the below kitchen bookshelf ideas we have created for our customers.
Kountry Kraft offers endless storage solutions, visit our Houzz page to view our recently completed designs. Check out our storage & organization page for all accessories you can incorporate into your cabinetry.
Some cabinet manufacturers do not have the right answers when it comes to telling you the best way to clean wood kitchen cabinets. Kitchens are the most popular room in the house, and we all know what that means – they get messy fast. Whether you are dealing with fingerprints, nooks and crannies or greasy spots, we have the answers for you. Below you will find recommended cleaning products for kitchen wood cabinets!
Method Cleaning Products
There are many ammonia-free products on the market today, but they may not all get the job done. Method is the type of cleaning product you don’t need to hide under the sink. This product is ammonia-free, pet-friendly and earth-friendly. They offer many diverse products and you can use a variety of them to clean your kitchen cabinets. Its starts as simple as dish soap and water – use this combination to clean the grease spots, finger prints and scuffs off your cabinetry. Use a tooth brush with some dish soap to scrub at the nooks and crannies of your cabinetry. Method all-purpose cleaner as well as Method Daily Kitchen products are the perfect solution to wiping down the dirt and grease off your cabinets. Don’t clean your cabinets with dirty chemicals, clean them with natural, fresh products.
The Best Glass Cleaner
People think natural cleaning products are expensive but there are affordable, ammonia-free cleaning products available. This glass cleaner is an ammonia-free, foaming cleaner that you can use on windows, mirrors and other glass and plastic surfaces. The best glass cleaner can be purchased for less than $3.00 a can from local shopping centers like Target or Walmart. You can wipe down your metal hardware and chrome hardware with this glass cleaner as well. Leave your kitchen streak free and shining with this ammonia-free glass cleaner!
Cleaning with White Vinegar
Not only do we recommend natural cleaning products, but also inexpensive cleaning products. White Vinegar mixed with water can be a natural substitute for an all-purpose kitchen cleaner. Use this mixture to clean scuffs, grease marks or fingerprints off your cabinets – safe and affordable!
Families with children as well as homeowners who have guests over often know what it is like cleaning up after a crowd. Knowing the best way to clean wood kitchen cabinets will keep your space safe and clean. Keep up with our latest news and events by liking us on Facebook and keep up with our latest designs on our Houzz page.
A kitchen should be as functional as it is beautiful, and kitchen cabinet upgrades make this possible. Your dream kitchen should not only be beautiful, but also efficient for you and your family. Planning and functionality are the most important part of a kitchen upgrade. After all, how will your kitchen function if it’s not planned per your lifestyle?
Planning ahead for your kitchen remodel can help maximize space and organization. A Kountry Kraft designer will look at your lifestyle and analyze your needs, then they’ll transform your preferences into a custom cabinets design plan. Everyone wants the most functional cabinetry for their home. There are many cabinet accessories you can incorporate into your kitchen to increase the overall function.
Most Common Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades
Built-in storage has become a popular trend among renovating homeowners. Built-in organizers can help you easily locate items used on a daily basis. Avid bakers may choose a cookie sheet and spice organizer for their baking habits. A large family may find pull out snack cabinets and pull out laundry bins more reasonable. Depending on your lifestyle, different organizers can help suit your hobbies and activities.
Your Kountry Kraft designer will help you determine the kitchen cabinet upgrades needed in your home. There will be no more struggling to find what you need with our custom cabinet solutions. Functionality is a beautiful thing. Find a dealer near you using our dealer locator.
Kountry Kraft offers a variety of custom wood stain colors to make your kitchen as unique as you. Our custom stain matching room allows us to create a customized color for your kitchen. You bring in a color and it’s guaranteed we can match it.
Custom Wood Stain Colors
Giving your home the perfect color palette goes beyond paint. Our finishing process offers affordable options for dramatic accents and focal points throughout the home. With our customized stain matching abilities, the possibilities are endless here at Kountry Kraft.
Some think it is impossible to match the stain color that appears in other elements of their home. At Kountry Kraft, you bring in a sample stain color and we can match it. Our custom wood stain colors make it easy to match different elements of your home to make an entire look come together. We have everything you need for a quality finish every time.
Gunstock Stain Color
One of our most popular stain colors this year was the Gunstock stain color. This stain color can enhance any type of wood, paint or glaze. Gunstock is easily applied and penetrates deep into pores of the wood giving a long-lasting appearance. This stain color compliments the finest wood species and brings out it’s best attributes. Using custom wood stain colors can bring a dramatic effect to your kitchen.
Everyone has those awkward corner cabinets that are a pain to reach into and find what you need. Kountry Kraft has corner cabinet space solutions that will make finding and replacing kitchen items so much easier for you and your family.
Most people don’t know what to do with their corner cabinetry and it ends up being wasted space in the kitchen. Instead of reaching into dark cabinets, incorporate creative corner solutions to make appliance accessibility much easier. In small kitchen layouts there tends to be very limited space. When there is limited space in your kitchen, you should take advantage of your corner cabinetry. With any size kitchen, you should always take advantage of the space you have and form a kitchen cabinet plan for extra storage room.
Corner Cabinet Space Solutions
- Pull-out shelves
- Hinge shelves
- Wire shelving
- Inside cabinet lighting
- Custom-shaped drawers
- Lazy Susan inside door
Incorporating corner cabinet space solutions into your home will allow your everyday kitchen items to be easily accessible. You shouldn’t be reaching into dark cabinets trying to find a pot or pan you want. With the correct pull-out shelving and cabinet lighting, you will be finding all of your kitchen items with no problem. You can find the best kitchen corner cabinets for your kitchen. Instead of leaving wasted, dead space in your kitchen make it come alive with corner solutions by Kountry Kraft.
With a variety of ages and heights in your kitchen, it may be hard to make every appliance accessible for everyone. Corner cabinet space solutions help people of all ages and heights reach the items they need while in the kitchen.
To see more storage cabinet and organization accessories for your kitchen, click here.
Whether you’re planning to organize your record collection or shoe collection, there are always new ideas for storage organization. Whether you want your collection hidden or on display, Kountry Kraft can make your shoe organization idea come to life with custom cabinetry.
From big closets to small closets, there is always room for organization! Shoes can take up a lot of room, but with these shoe organizer ideas you will save a lot of space. Shoes don’t necessarily need to be in the bedroom, use another closet or another room to display or hide your shoe collection. Getting crafty with shoe organization makes your shoes easier to find and access. No need to be running around in the morning trying to find the other shoe match.
Kountry Kraft can incorporate your shoe organization idea into any room of your home. No more messy piles of shoes all around your house. Putting away your shoes will be as easy as taking them out! There are many space-saving solutions for your shoes, below you can find just a few ideas!
Shoe Organization Ideas
- Under the stairs
- Wheel out shelves for under your bed
- Hidden storage inside your walls
- Closet cabinetry
- Pull out shelving
- Behind a curtain
- Behind glass doors
- Home made baskets
- Shoe hooks
- Door racks
- Under benches or seating
- Designated shelves for each family member
“Kicking your shoes off” after a long day can become organized if you incorporate shoe organization throughout your home. Maximize your nooks and crannies in your home by making them an organized space for your collections.
See more organization ideas from Kountry Kraft here.
Located in the East Bay area of San Francisco, Integrated Kitchens LLC offers unique kitchen designs for both new and existing homes.
Founding of Integrated Kitchens
Founder, Amy C. Pasek, wanted to pursue her passion for kitchen design after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Whitman College and then graduating from Montgomery College with an Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design. Amy’s professors could clearly see her talent for kitchen design, as they requested for her assistance in mentoring design students following graduation. Amy has strong communication skills when it comes to collaborating with clients, architects and contractors which resonates well with her beautiful designs. Integrated Kitchens takes your needs and desires and integrate them into a beautiful, functioning kitchen. Integrated Kitchens fulfills all of the steps of designing a new kitchen; budgeting, design and communication throughout the construction process. They take care of everything for you, so you don’t need to worry about it!
This kitchen design by Amy Pasek in Vienna, VA. This modern kitchen features Wenge cabinets with Purity style doors and drawers.
Kountry Kraft is proud to be associated with such a passionate kitchen design company. Read some of Integrated Kitchen’s customer testimonials and view more of their work on their website.
Kountry Kraft Custom Cabinetry is built with careful attention to detail, and by caring for them with our simple cabinet cleaning tips your cabinetry will add value to your home for many years to come. The number one question homeowners ask when we complete the installation of their new cabinetry is how to keep kitchen cabinets clean, and they are always surprised by our answer. They believe they need a special cleaning solution for kitchen cabinets or a homemade DIY kitchen cabinet cleaner, but that simply is not the case.
Customers are surprised when we tell them that we do not recommend any specific cabinet cleaning products besides a soft cloth and water with a mild detergent. We provide new customers with a list of ten simple cabinet cleaning tips to protect their cabinetry, and if these techniques are employed regularly, they prevent damage to your cabinets, and will assure you years of beautiful, functional use.
10 Simple Cabinet Cleaning Tips
- Wipe up spills, splatters and water spots as they occur – keep the cabinets dry.
- Clean as needed with a soft, lint free cloth. Use a mild detergent or soap and warm water.
- Dry surfaces immediately with a soft cloth.
- Avoid using a dishcloth or sponge – it could contain remnants of grease or detergents.
- Do not use products with bleach, ammonia or abrasive additives.
- Never use scouring pads, steel wool or powdered cleaners.
- Do not allow oven cleaners to come in contact with wood finishes.
- Avoid placing small kitchen appliances where heat is directed onto cabinet surfaces.
- Avoid draping damp cloths or dishtowels over cabinet doors – excessive moisture can cause permanent damage.
- Do not use waxes or polishes.
Laminate vs. Wood
If you have recently upgraded from laminate cabinetry to custom made wood cabinetry, it’s especially important to note that there are important differences in care. If you use the same cabinet cleaning tips on wood that you previously used on laminate, you may damage the rich patina that solid wood provides.
- Never use a low-abrasive brush or clean sponge on laminate cabinetry – this is a common way to remove stains on a laminate surfaces, but will cause irreparable damage to solid wood.
- Never use an abrasive cleanser such as baking soda or detergent on solid wood cabinetry. This technique may work on laminates, but choose plain water or soap water with a gentle cleanser to clean your custom wood cabinetry.
- Removing stains from laminate cabinetry sometimes calls for all-purpose cleansers. Using an all-purpose cleanser on solid wood cabinetry may remove the finish and damage the wood.
You’ve taken the time and the resources to invest in classic, high quality wood cabinetry – why shorten its lifespan with neglect or misuse? Follow these simple tips anytime you wonder how to freshen wood kitchen cabinets or how to clean cabinet doors, and you will protect your investment in custom cabinetry for many years to come.
Around the holidays last year we shared with you the inspirational story of how our company began when my mother, Helen Hurst purchased a Sears Table Saw for my father Elvin back in 1958. We love that story – and around the time we shared it with you we also sent it out to a few home and woodworking magazines that we thought might find it interesting. We were thrilled when Woodshop News magazine reporter Jennifer Hicks called us to let us know they read the story and she was interested in coming for an interview and a shop tour.
Woodshop News has been in print for 30 years. The publication is a favorite among woodshop owners and woodworkers with small to mid-sized woodshops, and has a very active readership of 70,000. They cover news, business trends, advice and new products for professional woodworkers. Their typical reader builds cabinetry, furniture, architectural millwork and remodeling projects. Our own staff are Woodshop News readers, so we were thrilled to have them stop by for a tour of our facility last week and meet my parents, Elvin Jr and myself.
Jennifer spent a good deal of time with my parents, hearing stories from the early days of Kountry Kraft, and learning how we grew from a staff of 2 to nearly 100 in the past 50+ years. It certainly wasn’t easy for my father to quit his job with a 14 month old and a 3 week old baby at home to launch our company. The path from a 28’ x 58’ shop to our current 90,000 square foot shop wasn’t always smooth, but our commitment to the Germanic principles of practical hard work and our strong sales philosophy of giving people what they want so they will come back for more still guide every decision we make today. Our path is a great example for other shops who start small with big dreams for the future.
I don’t want to scoop Jennifer and our friends at Woodshop News, but watch for a story in the May or June issue this year. Visit woodshopnews.com for some great content for woodworkers, and consider a subscription to encourage the woodworker in your life – you never know what might become of it 🙂
Kountry Kraft offers custom cabinetry for business that provide functionality and storage capacity. Our talented designers can develop cabinetry plans for every area in your office, including offices, conference rooms, employee break rooms, lobbies and storage areas. Our custom cabinetry solutions for businesses feature the same, high quality craftsmanship available on every product we produce.
We have developed cabinetry for a wide variety of businesses, including offices, financial institutions, automobile showrooms, healthcare settings, schools, industrial facilities, garages and more. One great example of our business customization abilities is the cabinetry we built for a natural stone and tile showroom. Their business required storage for all the small sized samples they had on hand as well as an attractive way to display samples. We built these custom cabinets with multiple small drawers, maximizing their space and allowing them to access and view
their samples more easily than deeper drawers would have allowed.
Another great example of our custom cabinetry for business can be see in this office board room. Our designer created a clean and professional look for the room with ample cabinetry to store office supplies away from view, using space wisely and eliminating clutter. A countertop and integrated refrigerator provides an area to serve lunches and refreshments during meetings without cluttering the boardroom table and distracting from important meeting business. A beautiful built-in cabinet conceals a projection screen when not in use, eliminating the need to keep an old-fashioned rolled up projection screen in the corner of the room. The cabinet provides a sleek and professional look to the space and can also conceal audio visual equipment.
This employee break room provides ample cabinetry to store shared supplies like plates, utensils, cutlery, wraps and foils. It offers counter space for appliances such as coffee machines and toaster ovens. The floor plan offers easy access to the refrigerator and a space for a microwave to be added. The centralized countertop area opened up floor space in the room for multiple seating to allow employees to dine together or alone, depending
upon their personal choice. The room can double as a gathering area for employee holiday parties and celebrations.
Just as with all of our cabinetry orders, businesses can choose from woods and laminates in a variety of finishes and door styles and many custom accessories to fit their personality and needs. Click here to view more of our custom cabinetry for business, and contact one of our dealers when you are ready to develop custom cabinetry solutions for your business.