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Building a kitchen with ICabinetry

May 08, 2024
Finished Photo

Alison in Cincinnati

Like many projects, our kitchen started off as a series of imagined improvements—a new floor (everything breaks on slate!), updating the appliances (no more gas!), updated cabinets (could they be painted?)—and grew into a large-scale, do-it -once project.

A little background: we’d been in our 1920s home for more than 15 years, raised kids, hosted countless dinner parties, and always, found ourselves crowded into the kitchen, whatever the occasion. It was a workhorse, but small and dated, with undersized storage and a tight footprint.


We started by visiting cabinets at a big box chain and then a kitchen cabinet specialty store and in both cases were disappointed by the lack of variety (big box) and the prices (specialty). 

Only when Ashley at the Gold Hive, a blog I love for her home design and frank style, did a deep dive on the beauty and timelessness of inset cabinetry, did I feel like I found what I really wanted in a kitchen. They were elegant, matched the age of my house, and had a broad color palette with a variety of styles.

Initially, I was nervous about working with an online vendor (how would I know if they were legit? Reliable? High quality?) but once I found ICabinetry, through Ashley, the company ticked all the boxes: representing a known cabinet maker whose quality I could read about, with the kind of gentle handholding I needed for a project of this scale. I felt confident, with their online resources, to design a kitchen without the steep fees of a kitchen designer. 


Keith quickly became my go-to guy; providing multiple renderings as we created a kitchen that incorporated style with function. He walked me through cabinet choices, sent wood and door samples, confirmed large and small details, from how to best utilize the corner turn (with the full extension shelves of my dreams) to eyebrow valences on selected bottom cabinets, to the many, many leg options on the island. He was kind, patient and transparent. Every change warranted updated pricing and every choice was made clear in the running list that constituted my order.


A huge part of what made my selections possible was the generous discount offered through the Gold Hive. And they are doing it again! (hyperlink or code) Seeing that discount, along with having access to pricing at each step, made me feel in control of our kitchen’s budget.

I couldn’t be happier with the kitchen we designed—no regrets!—a huge credit to the high level of customer service, quality and kindness of everyone I worked with at ICabinetry. 

Finished Photo


Cabinet style: LaFontaine inset cabinets in maple

Cabinet color: Gray Repose glaze

Island: natural walnut

Hood: Stanisci Wood Hood BX series from ICabinetry

Island Pendants: 1965 Gubi, DWR

Wall and ceiling lighting: School House Electric

Hardware: unlacquered brass, School House Electric

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