Christa's Small and Thoughtful Kitchen
How many people live in home:My husband and I, one hip-hop kitty, one geriatric chihuahua, several spiders.
What makes your small kitchen so cool?
The play of light off the reflective surfaces. My kitchen is small but thoughtfully designed to be efficient like a ship. It's separated from the main living area by a custom cabinet that holds the fridge and oven on the kitchen side, but is a bookcase to the living room.
One challenge you overcame in your small kitchen, or a good resource you've found.
The kitchen was a dark cave with only one tiny window. All the walls were mirrored -- it was like cooking in a fun house! The mirrors reflected the black granite and appliances making the kitchen feel even darker and smaller. I removed the mirrors everywhere except behind the open shelves, painted the walls white, and I installed two skylights. I also replaced the textured linoleum with hardwood floors to create more flow between the kitchen, dining, and living rooms. The floors also reflect even more light. I refinished the cabinets and replaced the knobs. I did everything I could without remodeling -- with my small budget I had to keep the old appliances, counters and cabinets for now. I chose to spend my money on sunlight. To increase storage and counter space, I picked up the stainless steel Flyta cart from IKEA. I loaded up the bottom shelf with glass jars filled with dry goods.
Favorite Meal to Cook in Kitchen
Fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits. I know, I should say an amazing salad made from ingredients I picked up at the Gourmet Ghetto Farmers Market, but I'd be lying.
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