A recent visit to New York and my sister-in-law’s house led to a discussion about how to redesign her tiny kitchen without it costing her a fortune. With an upcoming wedding and kids in college money has been prioritized for other things for the time being – which doesn’t include an extensive remodel. Maybe you can relate?
If you find yourself wanting to “re-do” that tiny kitchen of yours, but you just don’t have the money to push out walls and completely reconstruct then you have to find other ways to get the most bang for your buck. And, that calls for attention to every little detail and extreme organization. Start a notebook on the project before you even begin. And, start collecting pictures of kitchens, accessories, paint colors, backsplashes, etc….. Do you want white? Light and bright? Dark and cozy? Remember paint is our friend! A fresh paint job on your old dreary cabinets might be just what they need.
Think about your storage and what the most functional place for your dishes, cookware, spices, etc….. Check with local stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond, Lowes, Home Depot, The Container Store – look for organizers that will fit into your current cabinets and drawers. You might not be able to expand or buy all new cabinets, but maybe you can spring for a new granite countertop. In a tiny kitchen you might be surprised at how affordable they can be. (If you can’t afford a granite slab consider granite tiles. A fraction of the cost it will give you the same look and grout lines are minimal because they can apply the tiles so close together.)
Bring in fun details by adding fun, interesting lights and new hardware. Clean off your countertops and add some fun new containers and/accessories. If you can swing it – of course updating your appliances will do wonders for the space!
A pop of color is fun, and if you have space – create a little charm with a chair like this. If this tiny kitchen can accommodate a chair odds are yours can, too!
Be unique! Don’t be afraid to pull in a fun color!
Maybe you could eliminate a door and re-work a cabinet for functional storage like this one above with wine bottles and cookbooks.
If you can’t rip everything out and go modern like this kitchen above just do what you can do. Sand down the cabinets or primer them, paint or stain them espresso brown and add new hardware. Remove some of the doors and create a plate rack or open shelving for a new look. Maybe you can just replace the cabinet front doors. – A cheaper alternative than replacing the entire cabinet. There are ways to freshen up the space without going broke!
Then later….when you can think about you…instead of everyone else….you’ll get that dream kitchen you’ve been longing for!