I “Vaunt” New Cabinets

by Sherry Riter in Decorating,Mam-Maw,Memory,Product

I remember the first time I saw the movie “Love At First Bite” with George Hamilton and Susan Saint James. I don’t think I ever stopped laughing at George’s “Count Dracula” accent and sure enough, thirty plus years later I am still mimicking him.

I love cabinets. The basic box shape just screams of organization which brings about peace to any environment. Cabinets are vastly different and yet hold the same element of being a place to store things behind a door. In the kitchen, cabinets line the walls hiding neatly organized spices, food, pots, pans and dishes.

When I was younger and we visited my grandmother, who I fondly called Mam-Maw, my chore to help the women in the kitchen was to fold all dishcloths and rearrange them in the cabinet drawer. I would spend hours meticulously folding the brightly colored dishtowels while Mam-Maw and I talked, sang, cooked and took bites of yummy food “before” dinner. It was during those times and many others that I saw the tender side of Mam-Maw. I had her all to myself and vice-versa. She would often act silly and start laughing so hard that she would double over with laughing pains in her stomach. Her soft, unwrinkled, youthful face is still in my mind’s eye and the memories in the kitchen amongst her clean, organized, shiny pine cabinets are treasured.

Cabinets are also known as cupboards and they set the tone of the kitchen. Constructed in many different shapes, sizes, materials and colors the end product is limited by only one’s imagination. Cabinets have come a long way since the first planks were hammered on the way creating a boxed shape with shelves.

I “vaunt” (said like “want” but with the letter “v” instead of “w”)…I “vaunt” you to have a look at the pretty cabinets…

Image: Home Decoration Collection

Image: Téndir

Image: Kitchen Cabinets

Image: Cabinets By Design

Image: Weyerhaeuser Photo Library

Image: Garden Web

Image: Noble Brothers

Images: Coffin It Up

I “vunder” “vhat” you’re thinking?


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Sherry Riter is also known as The Redhead Riter. Sherry is witty, intelligent and addictive as she writes about cooking, family, marriage, failures, blogging tips, art, humor, inspiration, travel, PTSD and aging. Her goal is to inspire, motivate, educate and to make her audience laugh. Sherry embraces being a redhead and helps others to see the redhead point of view…"In some eras redheads were worshipped while others thought us witches. Personally, I like the former and think every day is 'Love a redhead day!'" She can also be found on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Linkedin, tweeting as @TheRedheadRiter and you can subscribe to her free blog feed.

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1 Michelle (hometc) August 12, 2009 at 5:06 am

Hi there- stopping by from SITS. I really like your blog and your profile picture- that red hair says notice me!! Those coffin cabinets are so cool. George's vampire character would have loved them. That is one of my favorite movies too!


2 Lisa August 12, 2009 at 5:10 am

Oh my! That is so funny! I instantly went back in time to that movie, jumped to fancy kitchens (love photo #3!) and never, ever expected what came next. lol

Who on earth vould vaunt a kitchen like that?!?!?


3 Kate Coveny Hood August 12, 2009 at 6:15 am

Coffin cabinets! Our kitchen is so awful – have no business even mocking coffin cabinets… We have a tiny outdated galley kitchen. I think we'll be an old retired couple by the time we actually have a nice kitchen…


4 JanMary August 12, 2009 at 7:48 am

I think I have now seen it all!!!
Coffin cupboards? – so grim!

Thanks for visiting.


5 natalee August 12, 2009 at 10:23 am

LOL!! THE coffin cabinets were crazy.. actually I vaunt new cabinets myself..mine are from the 80s and the kitchen is the last of my husbands concern at this point…They look fine..(ugh..Now i want to hit him..)lol


6 Oh Sew Good August 12, 2009 at 10:54 am

I be thinking never mind the cabinets. Look at those beautiful islands. 🙂 I be vaunting an island.


7 June Freaking Cleaver August 12, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I liked the first picture best. The coffin ones are just plain wrong. I am sure the person who has thing think's they're lovely, but who is going to buy a house with cabinets like that?


8 Tania @ Larger Family Life August 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm

I'm thinking you vere doing vell until the coffin cabinets. Mwah-hah-hah!


9 lena August 12, 2009 at 12:50 pm

the first few are really nice, would love to have something like that!! 🙂


10 Queenie Jeannie August 12, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I am in absolute LUST with picture #1!!!! That is my dream kitchen!!!!


But first, I need a house…..


11 Laura Ingalls Gunn August 12, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Yesterday I spent several hours trying to get the cabinets in my daughters new condo to look good. Nothing helped. Perhaps we should just replace them with a few coffins. 🙂


12 MARGARITA BLOOM August 12, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Thanks for the love! So glad you love our pics on our blog and website!! Heehee, I had NO idea those coffin cabinets were coming next…had a little giggle when I saw them. I think I would prefer pic number one….a European/French flair for my dream kitchen. 🙂

Love that next post!! I love to read!! 🙂 You really do get caught up in the story and can see and feel what's happening!! 🙂


13 Faith Imagined August 12, 2009 at 3:22 pm



14 Lemonade Makin' Mama August 12, 2009 at 3:58 pm

You are a crack up!!!

Velly Nice.


15 DeAnna August 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm

I want the first and third kitchen you show in the pictures!! I desperately need new cabinets too! Stopping by to thank you for your nice comment on my blog. We are so happy to have our dog back. It was a tough few days, but it ended well.


16 Teresha and Damon August 12, 2009 at 4:48 pm

Oh my! These are so stunning (except the coffin cupboards, creepy, but they do fit the vampire motif!). They are like museums, I'd be afraid to use the kitchen, lol!


17 Alicia August 12, 2009 at 7:04 pm

AHHH! Now i really have seen it all!! They look like they belong on the set of the Meunsters!! How cool though! Totally caught me off guard 🙂


18 that one girl August 12, 2009 at 7:39 pm

i have no words…of wait – yes i do…WTF????? I really hope those coffin cabinets aren't yours b/c i don;t want to offend but LORD HAVE MERCY – REALLY???


19 yonca August 12, 2009 at 8:45 pm

I think I would prefer 'Garden Web'


20 The Blonde Duck August 12, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Coffin cabinets? Wow!


21 Kelly August 12, 2009 at 8:55 pm

*sigh*… now I not only want new cabinets, I want a new kitchen!

What's up with the coffin cabinets??! (heehee, I love that the site is called CoffinItUp)


22 Heather August 12, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Those coffin cabinets are crazy! Too funny. I love everything about a kitchen, that is inevitably where everyone hangs out.


23 Jennifer August 12, 2009 at 10:26 pm

Well, you had me up until the coffins! LOL!


24 Debbie in Nashville August 12, 2009 at 10:43 pm

Great kitchens, but I don't think I could live with the coffin ones. Might be scared of what might be in them…

Have a great day!


25 Yaya August 12, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Hehe…I get it!


26 Michele August 13, 2009 at 12:52 am

I "vaunt" that first kitchen!

The coffin cabinets…well, if you're decorating your house a la Halloween, then, okay, they work.

My husband picked up a copy of "Love at First Bite" on DVD in some discount bin recently for the older kids to watch. Cheesy but cute. 🙂


27 ? Teresa ? August 13, 2009 at 1:06 am

Hey girlie! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog again. I LOVE it when I see your pretty smiling face pop in! I will definitely let you know when the documentary is complete. I can not wait! :0)

I LOVE these amazing kitchens and cabinets you've displayed here today…well, except for the ones that look like coffins. YUCK! I could never buy that house with those cabinets. Well, that is unless Edward Cullen was included. :0) Oh yeah, Edward doesn't sleep in a coffin. He actually doesn't sleep at all! So no, I'll pass.

I am so pleased to say that my marvelous and totally awesome husband just completed building our brand new home just last year and we have an incredible kitchen. So, hopefully, I won't be having to worry about new cabinets anytime soon, thank goodness! However, if I had to chose one of the kitchens you posted, it would probably be #1 or #3. Although I'm not a huge fan of white cabinets, these kitchens are simply gorgeous. From what I can tell from the photo, I prefer the cabinets in #7 out of all of them, sans the ultra contemporary hardware. I also would prefer not to have quite so many glass panels in the upper cabinets. I think a few are great but I think they went a little overboard on this one. Also, I would have chosen a lighter granite. I love the look of sleek black granite but I'm not a fan of black with such a dark wood cabinet choice. Those pendant lights are amazing!

Again, thanks for sharing those photos. I absolutely love interior design and decorating. It has truly become a passion for me. If I were healthy, I would go back to school and get a degree. But for now, I just read and learn all I can from all the various websites, message boards, blogs, etc. And drool. I do lots and lots of drooling. I hope I did not mess up your page too bad. :0)


Teresa <><



28 Jane In The Jungle August 13, 2009 at 2:37 am

Girl I vant some too….but hello, coffin ones??? I'm afraid one of these people I live, with would try to push me in one and nail it shut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


29 Ashley Ladd August 13, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Coffin type cabinets? WEIRD! We got new cabinets about 3 or 4 years ago which I like. But one of the kids has already broken one of the doors.


30 B Boys Mom August 14, 2009 at 8:26 pm



31 mimito5 April 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I'll take the blue and white kitchen from "Garden Web"! So bright, white with splashes of blue…..love it! And, "ditto" to Jennifer's comment on the coffin's..lol:)


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