As you may remember from this post, Trent and I ordered our kitchen cabinets a year ago! An entire year! Well, the time has finally come for those cabinets to earn their keep. They have been hanging out in our garage this entire time and few days ago we pulled off the tarp. We dusted ’em down (a few spiders thought they had found the perfect mansion to retire in) and we carried them in one-by-one to start acclimating to the a/c.

Remember: they are solid maple. Remember: they go all the way to the ceiling. We apparently forgot these points. After bringing in the first 20 or so cabinets (and we had another 30 cabinets to go), we looked at each other with raised eyebrows. Did our amazing Amish cabinet maker possibly make too many? Did he make them too large? Did Trent (or worse…me) manage to truly mess up the measurements? By a lot!

After the next 10 cabinets came in we realized we didn’t have enough room in the huge kitchen to hold all of the cabinets. Trent spoke some common sense into my mildly panicking brain. “Half of these cabinets are hanging up above. This is totally normal,” he said. I’m busy thinking: We’ve remodeled numerous kitchens and NEVER run out of space when installing cabinets. Why is this happening now?!

After the next few cabinets, we started piecing a few of them together. The ones around the built-in ovens, the two islands, the built-in pantry, etc. This is when things started to make sense. Remember: they go all the way to the ceiling. Our ceilings are 12 feet tall. That’s a whole lot of cabinets! We don’t have one row of cabinets above our countertops…we don’t have two rows…we have three rows of upper cabinets. Three! What in the world was I thinking?!?!?! 

By this point in time we started laughing…because it seems so ridiculous. Trent kept saying “you had to have cabinets to the ceiling.” And I kept responding with “huh, did I really say that?!” By the end of the evening, I was quoting Jaws (part 1, obviously) and saying “You’re gonna’ need a bigger boat” every time we walked into the kitchen. This particular project will go down in history as our great white shark. (It seems only fitting to tell this story during Shark Week.)

Because it was just completely over-the-top, I took a quick video to show you the space:

I am now 100% certain that they will look great! But if I’m being honest, we had a few moments hours of doubt while carrying them in.

Funny story: we all have those cabinets above the refrigerator that are worthless. They are too shallow and impossible to reach. We only use them for dishes that get pulled out at Thanksgiving. Well, I decided (a year ago) that we were not going to have those worthless cabinets. I requested Trent find a way to make them legitimate. Our refrigerator is a huge, commercial style fridge so Trent designed the cabinets to be built around the fridge. The upper cabinets are enormous. We took a pic of me sitting on top just to give you a little perspective on the size.

Here’s the funny part: those were only half  of the cabinets above the fridge. We didn’t realize this until we starting putting some of the pieces together. The pic below shows what will be above our refrigerator. It’s over 5′ tall.

That’s a little glimpse into our sometimes insane world. Ahhhh….memories!

As always, thank you for following along!



  • July 25, 2017 Reply


    I feel overwhelmed as well!😮

  • July 25, 2017 Reply


    I think it’s fabulous!!!! Don’t worry you’ll end up filling the space and be thankful you decided to go to the ceiling- even if it’s just the stuff you pull out once a year at the top😊

  • July 25, 2017 Reply

    Janet Chutro

    gotta ask, are you going to have a separate pantry?

    • July 25, 2017 Reply

      Leah Hudson

      Yes. We have a floor to ceiling wall pantry. We also have a closet pantry that we will use for cleaning tools (vacuum, mop, broom, etc)…but someone else may use as another pantry.

  • July 25, 2017 Reply

    Nancy Nicholas

    Gracious sakes! your kitchen will be amazing. PLEASE have an open house.

  • July 25, 2017 Reply

    Michael Lannoo

    Wow, your cabinets are so nice looking and seem to be well crafted. Those Amish are artists at that sort of thing. Okay, one cabinet at a time and you will have them in and looking great in no time. Then go for a ride on that bigger boat…..

  • July 25, 2017 Reply

    Tom Richardson

    How do you plan to reach the tallest of those cabinets? Did you have made a matching cabinet grade type of library ladder or rolling steps? Or will you simply use a step ladder that you tuck away in a pantry? It is all very beautiful and I can’t wait to see the pictures of the cabinets after they are installed.

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