Jason's $250 Remodeled Rental Kitchen
Location:New York , New York
How many people live in home:two, me and my Boston Terrier Stanley
What makes your small kitchen so cool?
At 51 sq ft, my kitchen proves, size doesnât matter. Through organizing and maximizing all the wall space, I've been able to cook dinner for up to 15 with ease (okay, maybe not ease) but still fun and doable.
One challenge you overcame in your small kitchen, or a good resource you've found.
As a renter I had a very small budget (about $250) to make the space functional. There is very little storage and what was there was so old and decayed you wouldnât want to put food in anything. I removed the cabinet doors on one side to open the space feel more open, all the cabinets were repainted, interior and exterior to make it more clean. There was a massive microwave that took up half the wall near the stove. I removed it, donated it and replaced it with hanging organizers to make spices and equipment more accessible so I wasnât always touching cabinets with food covered hands. I added a hanging dish rack to free up more counter space. Before I redid it, people used to say how small and depressing it was. I filled it with fun, colorful items to distract my sous chefâs from the size, now people just enjoy exploring all the cabinets and items.
Favorite Meal to Cook in Kitchen
My favorite meals are refrigerator and pantry clean out meals. I tend to go overboard with bi weekly trips to the greenmarket and local food markets. Ill often invite over way too many people and come home way too late from work. I used to stress and run to three different grocery stores on my way home. Now I love working with what I have on hand, instead of having to add more ingredients and make more trips out to the store. I donât like to waste food and through composting, freezing scraps for stocks and sauces I use almost everything and rarely have waste.
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