Teresa's Cool and Clean Rental Kitchen
Location:Washington, Washington D.C.
How many people live in home:One: me (well, and my two cats, who are firmly convinced that they are people to!)
What makes your small kitchen so cool?
My kitchen is cool in its uncoolness! It's not slick and modern, but it fits perfectly with my personality and the feel of the entire apartment (which is in a converted 1910s rowhouse that still has most of the original detail and character)
One challenge you overcame in your small kitchen, or a good resource you've found.
My kitchen may be in a room that is about 100 sq. ft., but very little of that space is actually usable for cooking, thanks to 4 doorways and a huge window (before the rowhouse was converted to apartments, I think the room may have been a bedroom) So I have very little cabinet space, and practically no counter space. I added a sideboard to create more storage and work space, along with a table and chairs to make the space more functional. I also painted the cabinets (the upper and lower cabinets were different shades of wood-tone and different styles when I moved in--with a coat of fresh white paint on all, the differing styles is much less noticeable) and the walls, and added a back splash (the faux tin tile look ties the space into the period details of the rest of the apartment) to make the space look less like a crummy rental kitchen.
Favorite Meal to Cook in Kitchen
Tamales! After seeing my kitchen and its lack of counter space, my mother proclaimed that there was no way I'd be able to make tamales from scratch in it. Of course, I took this as a challenge. It may have created a gigantic mess (and one of the cats may have ended up with a bit of corn batter on them), but I did it, and I can't wait to do it again!
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