Smokin' Gray Island Cabinets - University Place, WA

Finding the right color for the island cabinets

Tim & Gini found New Leaf Cabinets & Counters after visiting several other cabinet dealers in the Tacoma area. They had already acquired several other cabinet quotes and had a decent design, but had been unable to find anyone who could provide the right color for the island.  

Gini had spent a lot of time looking at photos on sites like Houzz and Pinterest and had her heart set on a dark gray stain for the island.  Because she had already fallen in love with a specific color for the island countertop, she really needed a cabinet shop with a wide variety of color options.  New Leaf is that shop.

As soon as she started describing what she was looking for, I started pulling samples of some of our darker gray stains and paints.  Gini was instantly smitten with the Smoke Gray stain on maple.  It was a perfect match for the quartz countertops she had chosen.

Cabinet Design

I then spent some time talking with Gini and reviewing the kitchen design that she had received from another Tacoma cabinet studio.  Overall it was a good design, but after listening to Gini and Tim’s needs I found several areas that could be functionally improved.

First and foremost, several imperative storage solutions to the cabinetry. I added a pull out storage rack with adjustable shelves next to the range so that all of the spices and seasonings would be within arm’s reach of the stove.  Next I included a tray divider cabinet for storage of cookie sheets and cutting boards and conveniently located it next to the stove. We also decided to relocate a drawer base closer to the dishwasher so that putting away silverware and Tupperware doesn’t require a trip across the kitchen.

My favorite two features that I added to this kitchen design are the bar area configuration and the countertop beverage station. 

image showing custom kitchen cabinets designed and installed by New Leaf Cabinets & Counters.  White shaker cabinet with gray quartz countertop. Cabinet has roll out shelves, built in wine rack, and stemware rackFor the bar area, I stacked a standard wall cabinet on top of a wine rack and used a matching cabinet skin on the side of the two cabinets, so that after installation the two units looked like one seamless cabinet which is a great example of how semi custom cabinets can be used to create full on custom kitchen cabinets.  I also included a matching wine glass holder underneath the wine rack for hanging stemware storage.

For the lower cabientry, I used my go-to bar base cabinet that has a small drawer for utensils, but also has two roll out shelves that are perfect for easy access storage for items like your drink shaker, cocktail straws, measuring beakers, etc.  With this configuration, when its time to make a drink, whether its after a long work day or during an evening party, every thing you need is in one convenient place.

You can grab the bottle of your favorite spirits from the upper cabinet, grab a glass and shaker from the roll out selves and mix up your drink of choice on the beautiful quartz countertop.


photo of a custom kitchen cabinet (white shaker), gray quartz countertops that is designed for a built in coffee maker and beverage centerThe beverage center is simply a standard wall cabinet, with an increased height and depth to achieve the perfect fit.  I also removed the bottom floor of the cabinet which is not only a beautiful look, but also allows items such as the coffee pot and toaster to be stored right on the countertop, yet out of site.  Imagine being able to having everything you need for your coffee or tea in one place.  

You can put your coffee pot right on the quartz countertop without ever having to worry about staining or damaging it, you can keep your coffee selection, sugar, and mugs on the adjustable shelves and there is even room for a toaster or blender.   This cabinet can be your last stop on the way out the door in the morning.  And the best part is, if you need to hide your mess, simply close the doors!


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