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Exploring Kitchen Solutions For A Problematic Space




Since I moved here in mid-April, I have probably looked at more kitchen layouts and decorating ideas online and in old magazines than I ever have in all my years. I have become obsessed over it really.


The layout of a kitchen determines everything. If you own the home and have the money, you can bump out a wall somewhere. If you rent and have a small budget, that isn't anything you can entertain. 

So. I'll have to figure out a Plan B.

(I so would love a little kitchen island!)

In this space, I have just about 7 feet by 7 feet. That's to the cabinets, and not the wall. The space from the fridge to the washer (I turned it facing the washer the other day and liked it better) is only about four and a half feet.


 
As it is, I'm going to have to move the wall hanging pot rack (found at a consignment shop in TX for $10) I have there. I run into it constantly. And if it's the middle of the night, the clatter that ensues scares me half to death. 

One day the maintenance man was in here and he didn't see it and knocked into it, and by the look on his face, I thought he was going to have a stroke.

Plan B: buy a piece of pegboard cut to my specifications and paint it and try hanging it there. It is flat and takes up less room.


You're probably going to see a lot of red and white and black in my kitchen. Haven't figured out for sure where yet. If I can get the long-stuck contact paper off three cabinet's shelves, I'm planning to paint the insides white. (They are now stained.)

I've already taken the doors off the three same-sized doors that run from the kitchen window to the stove. BUT. I can't for the life of me get the little thingies off that keep the doors shut. I've worked and pried and they are being really stubborn. So have to figure out that snag.

For the love of Pete, isn't there ALWAYS a snag?
This kitchen has stumped me more than any other. I've thumbed through magazines at the store, been on Apartment Therapy for hours looking at small kitchens. Stayed up late on Pinterest. 

Somehow when I think I've got one area thought out, something crops up that blows my candle right out.


The appliances, dishwasher (which I don't use), stove and fridge are three different colors. What to do? 

Plan B. Cover what I can. Somehow blend in what I can't.  Don the thinking cap.

Only "I cans" are worth entertaining.

Counter tops: I hate them. I sure wish I had the black laminate I had put in the little blue house. But. No "I wishes" either. It is what it is.

Plan B. Either find a way to love it or find a way to cover it. Or find a way to minimize it. 

I keep telling myself: If there is a will, then there is a way. And I will find it.

(All images courtesy of BHG.com online)
I will figure it out. And I will make it work. Because determination is just in my blood.



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  1. These are all beautiful and practical kitchens. I love open shelving and the shelf space above the window is genius. Love all the features, thanks for the inspiration Brenda.

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  2. Kim I just had a thought, in looking at the 5th picture down I noticed the chalkboard on the lower cabinet next to the dishwasher. Could you do a blackboard on wood and use heavy duty double faced velcro to adhere it to your dishwasher? They sell the pre done chalkboard pieces at Home Depot for a very resonable price. You could get them to cut it to fit. It's the same product I used for my chalkboard above my plate rack. That would solve one of your problems of mismatched appliances and add some of the black you want in your kitchen. Just a thought.

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    1. That is something to entertain. I don't know why. But people often call me Judy. And now they call me Kim. All of my life, I've been dubbed as a Debbie. I must not have the right name.

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  3. I just know that whatever you decide to do with your kitchen will be awesome! You have a gift for decorating. I just love everything that you've done.

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    1. Well, it's painstaking. I shift, I move, I rearrange, I redo, I rethink. And I scream.

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  4. A red, black, and white kitchen will be amazing! I love those colors together. You're very resourceful. I'm sure you will make the best of the snags you're encountering. You are also a very talented decorator. The kitchen will be fabulous! Just like the rest of your home.

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    1. It will take shape, one project at a time.

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  5. Brenda, Judy, Kim, Debbie--I've heard that the dishwasher panels are reversible and often have white on the reverse side. I've never tried it though. I think I read an entry from the Young House Love blog where they reversed the panel in their new house.

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    1. I need to look at that. I'll check it out tomorrow. The kitchen is pretty dark. I want to look at it in daylight.

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  6. Give it time and with your talent and imagination I know you're going to love it.. I love the idea of red, white and black..
    I think it was a good idea to turn your refrigerator around..
    You've worked magic with your living room, bedroom and patio. You'll do the same with your kitchen.
    Charlotte

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  7. Brenda, I sure liked all the cute kitchen you posted. I have never had a big kitchen ever. Some times I have to watch that I don't start to clutter. I would love a walk in pantry so much. Please show what you come up with. xoxo,Susie

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    1. Oh, I will. Every step of the way. I would even love room for something stand alone that would serve as a pantry. Just isn't room for any more furniture.

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    2. My mom bought a VHS cabinet. It was quite thin and it was made to hold VHS tapes (if you are very young you won't know but they were before DVDs. ) she used it to hold her soups and canned veggies.

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  8. There is a countertop makeover kit at either Home Depot or Lowes. Not sure which. I've thought about getting one but my problem is the countertop is not level. It has dips in it. I've been trying to do something to it for many years as I can't afford to replace it all. I have lots of small spaces with countertop that are almost useless. Only cooks and people that use a kitchen all the time should design kitchens in houses for the rest of us that can't have huge kitchens.

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    1. I'm looking into all possibilities. But I'd like to do something very different.

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  9. I understand all too well your frustration with your kitchen layout. I have a terrible layout in my 60's kitchen. It would take a lot of money to change it, so that's one of those things that I can't do. I have a lot of floor space, but no counter space and an island isn't possible either. I keep entering contests to win a kitchen make over. So far, even crossing all my finger and toes hasn't helped.

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    1. This apartment was built in the sixties too. Don't know what they were thinking.

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  10. I know eventually you will figure things out - you always do! I think there might be such thing as appliance paint...I thought I read about it somewhere.

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    1. I thought of that. Just can't take it outside and worried about the fumes inside

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    2. My mom has painted refrigerators with a roller...it has a slightly 'textured' look, and can be done with latex enamel paint to minimize odor.

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  11. Try having a 7 x 3 space, literally. I had Home Depot put in the measurements to get the maximum space. Now 3 feet is not including the cabinets. I simply have room to turn around, but I have lots of cabinet space. But that was a total renovation and since you are renting that would not be practical. You do a great job with your spaces so I know you'll get it! Good luck.

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    1. I would rather, I think, have more of a galley kitchen like you do with more storage. The space is just not useful.

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  12. Hi Brenda, I have a galley kitchen, with white 80s cabinets. I understand your dilemma. As mentioned by Susie H my dishwasher did have a reversible panel. Mine is white on one side and black on the other. I have also seen on Pinterest people using stainless steel contact paper to up date appliances. No matter what you decide I am sure it will come together beautifully.

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    1. The stainless steel paper they make is pretty expensive. I've looked into it. I'm trying to do it on a very small budget. But that is always a possibility.

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  13. I know it must be so frustrating, and it may never be fully satisfactory, given the limits you have, but I am sure your kitchen will be warm and inviting. I agree with you that painting the upper cabinets white inside will look good with your things on display, which should distract from the other things you do not like about the room. What about just sticking some contact paper on the dishwasher that you can peel off in the future if you ever need to. Wooden cutting boards can take up some space on the counter so you don't see as much of it. I hope you will be reusing your stained glass in the kitchen window, with the pretty red check curtains. That was so pretty. I have a question, the black and white check on your upper cabinets in the little blue house, was that paint or wallpaper? Would you be able to do that again in the apartment? I loved how it looked with the open cabinets. I know you will find the solutions. Take your time.

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    1. It was scrapbook paper in the little blue house that I cut up and decoupaged onto the cabinets. I have ordered and already gotten some black and white checkered contact paper they make to use somehow. All of the things you mentioned, are in my plan.

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  14. I like when they hide things with curtains. With your wonderful, color sense perhaps something like that could work. xoxo

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    1. I considered a curtain over the dishwasher, but the top sticks out too far. The dishwasher does not actually fit the space. It has a few empty inches at the top. I'd like to have it taken out, since I don't use it. But we'll see.

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  15. I know it must be so frustrating to have a kitchen that is such a challenge. I've heard that you can paint your appliances with a special paint sold at hardware stores. Maybe you could paint them all to match. That would help the most. You might be able to get some ideas from looking at Ikea too. They have a lot of great small space storage solutions that are easy on the budget.

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    1. I'm going to look into that paint, but my fear is the strong fumes. I cannot move these pieces outside to paint them, which is what Young House Love did. So I have to take that all into account with asthma.

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    2. If you are renting you may not be able to paint your appliances, but if I remember correctly they told you they would provide new appliances, maybe you need to be reminding them.

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  16. To cover the edges of the cabinets get some light weight trim at Lowes, cut it to fit, paint it and use small nails to attach. You can take it down and put the doors back up when you leave. For the appliances, cut some light weight poster board to fit, apply paintable bead-board wallpaper from Lowes, glue the same trim you use on the cabinets around the edges of the wallpaper covered poster-board, then attach it to the front of the appliances with double stick tape or whatever you determine wouldn't damage them. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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    1. Do you mean around the outside of the cabinets where I have yet to get the little hardware pieces out? Hadn't thought of that. You have some fantastic ideas here! Thank you.

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  17. Oh, just remembered. You can also use starch on any material and smooth it right onto a wall or cabinet or appliance. When it dries it will stay like wallpaper, but can be removed without damaging the appliance. You will just have to wash off the starch real good, but no damage. You can even change it up if you get tired of the material you use.

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    1. I've considered starched fabric. It's not decided yet. I'm trying not to get too many colors or prints going in that small a room.

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  18. They are some nice kitchens..I think black, white and red will look great..Of course I knew there would be red in there somewhere..lol

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    1. Well, I am just thankful to have a kitchen, so I must add that!

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  19. Have you tried a product called
    "Goo Gone" on the contact paper! If you can get a loose edge up, the Goo
    Gone will dissolve the stick mess. I found a $1 trial size at Target in the bins by the front door.

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  20. Reading the comments I see some great ideas, Brenda.Living with a small kitchen in a rental is definitely a challenge. xo Laura

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    1. As I said above, I am quite thankful to have a home and a kitchen to worry over!

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  21. I have a small kitchen which we affectionately call our "one butt kitchen". It's a galley type with no room to do much rearranging. In small spaces, changes can look dramatic so we painted the walls red with white cupboards. We added a black and white backsplash and now I love the space. The colors sound like yours! We don't own our home as we live in the "West wing" of a 49 room mansion so we are limited as to what to do as you are. We are Resident Directors here and are just blessed to live here. I'm sure your space will look great when you get it done.

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    1. Sandy, do you write a blog? Your life/job/living arrangements sound interesting.

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  22. Brenda, I love your statement: 'If onlys are a waste of time. Only "I cans" are worth entertaining.' What a good and true philosophy. Gonna write that one down in my commonplace book. I love the first photo (well, all the photos really). Someday I hope to be able to cover some of my old plaster walls with beadboard. Have a great week! Bess

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    1. I use to cave in to the "if onlys" when I was young. But as I'm aging, it's the "I cans" that matter.

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  23. I know you are going to come up with something fantastic, you always do!! Isn't Pinterest great?

    XO,
    Jane

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    1. It is great. What a wonderful source of ideas all in one spot.

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  24. Like Kari I was going to suggest Goo Gone. It is great stuff. I think it might do the trick, and a little goes a long way. I too have a small kitchen, it drives me nuts sometimes, no counter space. So when you're baking it's a little annoying! Whatever you do it will be fantastic!


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    1. I just looked at the dishwasher, and it's old and I don't think you can even take the front off.

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  25. I love the pictures you included in your post today, Brenda, and I am sure you will come up with a solution for your kitchen space that will make you happy and be useful. I love the idea of a little kitchen island-that would be so useful, especially if it had wheels on it to move it where you needed. I don't have enough room in my kitchen for one, but have always admired them in other kitchens. I also really like the idea of using mirrors to at least visually expand the space in your kitchen, and help to bring in light from other rooms and windows into the kitchen area. I use mirrors all over our house, and I think it makes a big difference in how the rooms look.

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    1. I wish there was enough wall space in there to hang a mirror!

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  26. Brenda, your statement about inevitable snags reminded me of the time I decided to pull up the green, orange, brown kitchen carpet in a home. Of course I tried pulling up a corner to see how difficult it might be. The corner came up easily, so I decided "yeah, I can do this!" Then the snag. Around the island, where people had walked for years, it was nearly impossible to get the backing off the plywood sub-floor. (This was before we had such easy access to advice on the internet. I'm sure there was a product or technique that would have made the task easier.)

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    1. I once pulled up a whole house of wet shag carpeting in a rental with two small children and my right arm in a cast! The pipes froze and broke. I just used one hand.

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  27. Lots of ideas and inspiration for you here! Here's my 2 cents on top of it.--- There are magnetic curtain rods and you could attach one to the dishwasher to cover it with fabric. Then I would take out the top rack and use the inside for storage--pots, pans, cereal and canned goods even! Also, I've used 'command strips' to put things up.. even a length of molding and it doesn't harm the surface underneath.

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    1. Magnetic curtain rods. Now I hadn't heard of that. Thanks!

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  28. Hi Brenda, I have been meaning to mention this for a couple of weeks now and finally am doing it. There is a website called refrigeraterart.com, There you can find magnetic coverups for fridges, dishwashers etc. They have scores of designs and can even do custom I think. They are not expensive and are removeable should you ever(shudder) have to move again. You might just find something there that will inspire a theme for your kitchen...........hugs, Dorothy in bc by the beautiful sea(Canada)

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    1. I've looked at that site. They have some beautiful coverups.

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    1. I was just going to suggest searching for magnets that cover refrigerators & dishwashers. You can even get the for the different holidays. Hope had a name of a place I just figured you could google it. Good luck. The advantage of a small kitchen is it doesn't take much effort to clean.

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    2. You are quite right! I can mop it very quickly.

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  30. Brenda, you could put small mirrors under your cabinets to use as a backsplash and it will catch the light from other windows and visually make your space seem larger. This websitge (http://www.fridgefronts.com/) has magnets for your fridge and dishwasher and if they are not magnetic they have low tack vinyl options.

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  31. Brenda, I was just looking at that site and they have white magnets for the entire fridge and dishwasher or any other colour, including red.

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  32. Hi Brenda, Is there a chance you could do something with magnets and fabric to cover your appliances. Not sure what but you seem crafty. Lisa

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  33. Hi Brenda, all these pics are great kitchens but in the end, with your talents, you will design the best for your space.
    Have fun with the research!! Love the black and red idea. I
    Have a great week.
    Hugs

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  34. Brenda-
    Don't know if anyone mentioned this or not-- but the little do hi lies that keep the cupboards shut, if they're flat stick a CUTE magnet on them and if it's not flat but the prong/clips stick a button (with the eye hook) in there! Something extra cute for the eyes to land on!
    I also like Theresa's idea of the chalk board front!
    Whatever you come up with will be cute!
    Pat

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  35. You will make it work! Your imagination is amazing and your determination will make it happen! My kitchen is boring and bland and maybe watching you change yours will make me excited to do something to mine!

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