Kitchen Love Story: A Review and Giveaway

kitchen love story


It’s no secret that I built my kitchen from the ground up. We did everything ourselves, from building the cabinets to installing appliances. It helped to have a handy spouse, he’s an electrician by trade and a plumber by birth (well, sort of, his dad is a master plumber and he grew up learning the trade). With my history of furniture building, and the invaluable help from the amazing Ana White, it didn’t seem like too much of a leap to try out building kitchen cabinets. Overall, I consider our kitchen a resounding success!



I love my kitchen. So, so much. But. There are a few things I don’t love, now that I’ve used it for two years. That’s where Camille Finan comes in. Here I thought I had covered all the angles. I had dozens of magazine tear sheets, hundreds of pins on Pinterest, sketches for cabinets and house plans to study layouts. I got a few things “right”. I’m glad we moved our sink and dishwasher out of the island and onto the wall. Everyone told me that was crazy, that I would want to have a “view” when doing the dishes. Wrong. Doing the dishes means staring at dishes, so who cares where the sink is? I’m happier to have a huge solid space that’s basically indestructible (thank you, stainless steel!) and leave my huge piles of dirty dishes somewhat hidden behind the refrigerator. I’m still quite happy with our open shelving, and we use those island stools just as much as we do our dining table.


Before I read Camille’s book, I was happy enough with my kitchen. Sure, there were the annoying things. My trash can cabinet worked okay as long as you didn’t try to pull them too hard. And the uncovered bins did attract a lot of fruit flies. The flip-up drawer front above it where I intended to store paper towels lay empty, as we nixed the paper for cloth rags to save on waste. The baby is constantly opening up the island cabinet doors and pulling out all my jars. My upper cabinet with vertical dividers for baking pans is pretty much a joke since only half of my vintage oven is actually an oven, and I have two generous shelves on the other side for my pans. When I read through Camille’s book, it was like the skies parted. Why hadn’t I thought of this before? I should replace those door with wide, deep drawers! Then, I wouldn’t have to empty out half the cabinet to grab the big jar in the back. I would just pull out the drawer. Now that I don’t need paper towel storage, I can make a drawer for that space to keep our dish cleaning supplies. Adding in a few shelves to the pan cabinet would make several small cubbies that will be great for those odds and ends with no real “home”. Over and over I was hit with new, great ideas every time I finished a chapter.


Kitchen Love Story serves as a primer for your kitchen renovation. Gone are the layouts and floorplan examples and confusing jargon. Camille fills you in on the secrets behind the curtain. She shows you how to

23 thoughts on “Kitchen Love Story: A Review and Giveaway

  1. I love my spice drawer next to the oven and in the baking center. It has slanted racks that hold the jars so I can easily read the labels and find what I need; the spices are kept dark and pretty cool, and I don’t have to shuffle through a stack of spice jars crammed into an upper cupboard to find things.

    1. Awesome! That was actually one of the tips in the book: don’t buy the fancy pullout spice cabinet, just pop in the slanted insert into a drawer and you can actually read things without bending down and scrounging through them all!

  2. Sounds like a good book. I definitely have a few things I love and hate about my kitchen. Recently I condensed all my cookie/baking supplies into one area and that has saved me a ton of time not searching for them when I need them

  3. My husband and I DIY’ed our kitchen as well. I read your blog for all the good ideas and plans I built large pull out drawers instead of lower open cabinets and that was my best decision! My kids can easily reach the plates and bowls since they are lower. Makes emptying the dish washers very easy!

  4. We’re looking into DIY’ing a kitchen renovation in the near-ish future. I don’t really have many organization tips, my method seems to be cram everything in anywhere it’ll fit! My only requirement is that after living many years without a designated pantry I know I’m a huge advocate of having a pantry!

  5. Drawers, drawers and more drawers, I’m going to replace most of my bottom cupboards with drawers, I think I’ll be able to store twice as much stuff. I’m going to keep one cabinet and put in a pan rack to store my cookie sheets.
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  6. We had a pull out pantry made in the 12″ space between the fridge and wall. It holds so much food in such a small space, one of my favorite features of my kichen.

  7. We moved to a new (older) home last year and my kitchens cabinets are tiny in comparison to my last kitchen and fewer too. The previous owners built a new laundry room so the kitchen laundry has now become the pantry. I had a ton of old gym lockers I’d collected and decided to use those in the pantry to coral like products ie: can godds are in 1, pasta and dry beans in another, cofeeding and teas in another and so on. It’s helped my kids also with putting up the groceries. They’re not asking me where everything is now.

  8. This Is so minor but it still makes me happy. I bought a couple of the clear drawer organizers and finally arranged my drawer with all the small cooking tools. Like measuring cups, spatulas, can opener, graters, etc. so nice to see everything has a spot and not just thrown into a drawer.

  9. My husband and I are restoring a 100 yr old farmhouse so I am gathering kitchen ideas. There is one I will copy from my mothers kitchen – a deep drawer for all of those plastic storage containers.

  10. I put a wire divider under my sink, to store my cookie sheets and baking pans vertically. Love it.

  11. I would LOVE some pull-out drawers in the cabinets. I have big, deep lower cabinets but they almost feel useless because it’s so hard to get to the back of them. The one thing I do love is a little narrow shelf next to the microwave–we were using cabinets bought on Craigslist that didn’t *quite* fit the space–in order for the microwave to be centered, we had to build a little narrow shelf. Turns out it is the perfect size for oil and little baskets with the spices–things you want next to the stove anyways!

    1. If anyone figures out the answer to this, I will be forever grateful! I shove everything in a double deep drawer and constantly mutter under my breath while digging around for this or that lid

  12. You can never have enough cabinet space, and by saying that, I don’t have enough. I’ve decided that if I ever build a home, I’m going to hang an antique metal box springs from the ceiling and hang all of my pots/pans from it.

  13. Thank you for your review of this book…well-done. Although I love the layout of my 60’s kitchen, there are several things about the cabinets that need to be considered when we remodel. I plan to read this book before we do so.

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