Last week I showed you the new cabinets. We love LOVE them and are so thrilled with how nice they turned out. As with any custom job though, there have been a few hiccups here and there. One of the biggest hiccups that brought the renovation to a halt was the Lazy Susan situation.
We have a Lazy Susan cabinet tucked in the corner behind the left pull-out spice drawer. We didn’t have a Lazy Susan in our previous cabinets and I really wanted one this go-round.
After the cabinets were installed I took a look at my new Lazy Susan provided by the cabinet maker:
It was a big womp-womp moment. I assumed the Lazy Susan he’d pick out and install would be of excellent quality. It seemed logical that if you are paying for a custom upgraded kitchen you would receive a top-of-the-line built-in product as well. The main issue with this Lazy Susan is the fact that the plastic shelves are cheap and not sturdy. We could tell right away that any weight on the shelves would result in a Lazy Susan that was not functional.
When pushed on at all the shelves would bow and the bottom one would hit the frame of the cabinet. Ben suggested it could just be our tupperware cabinet. I suggested we swap it out for a big sturdy one so I could actually USE the cabinet. It was an additional expense we hadn’t budgeted for, but we knew it was now or never.
The problem with swapping it out later is that the actual shelves were too tall to fit through the opening of the cabinet, so to swap it out for a new one we had to install from the top of the cabinet BEFORE the counters went in.
There was a hole just big enough on top to remove the old shelves and insert the new ones. However, it would involve assembling the new Lazy Susan inside the cabinet after all the pieces were inserted into the cabinet.
After a lot of research we decided to go with our new favorite organizing brand, Rev-A-Shelf. The easiest places to purchase Rev-A-Shelf products are from their website (the most expensive option), Amazon or your local hardware store. We opted for the most durable option, the Chrome Lazy Susan, priced after tax and shipping at around $250 (as opposed to the cheap plastic off-brand at around $50 – $60 that was installed initially).
After waiting more than a week for the new Susan to arrive, it was FINALLY time to install it and get this renovation moving again. I disassembled the old one from inside the cabinet and pulled it out the opening in the top of the cabinet then inserted the two new shelves into the cabinet and started assembling.
It was actually a fairly quick project, though the directions that came with the new Lazy Susan left much to the imagination.
We now have a sturdy Lazy Susan that should stand the test of time. We are planning on having these cabinets and countertops indefinitely, so this new Susan better last for the next 50 years!
Here it is haphazardly loaded up with pots, pans, and cast iron – probably the three heaviest kitchen-related products I could have loaded it up with. The Susan didn’t bow at all. Worth.Every.Penny.
I guess my suggestion would be, if you are doing a renovation and unexpected things come up, decide if it can wait or if it has to be done right.this.second. The Lazy Susan had to be done right.this.second because there is no way to swap it out after the counters are on. We are waiting on a few other items though because we are already over budget and those things aren’t urgent – under-cabinet lighting, a tiled backsplash, and possibly even the pendant lighting for over the island. The Lazy Susan was a now-or-never scenario though.
They say to budget about 20% extra for any renovation for when unexpected things inevitability pop up. We are using that buffer for items that are imperative that we handle now.
Anyway, that’s the deal with our new Lazy Susan and yet another reason I am now obsessed with the awesomeness that is Rev-A-Shelf. They seriously are the best brand I’ve found for organizing cabinets (and NO, this is NOT a *sponsored post).
*I go out of my way to NOT do sponsored posts with individual brands because I want to give you my honest opinion of a product and not be swayed by having a deal with them. I’d rather YOU know how I truly feel about a brand or product without you wondering if I am just full of crap or not because I may be getting paid to write about them. ::Off my soap box now::