Anna's Cheerful Oasis of a Kitchen
Location:Brooklyn, New York
How many people live in home:Two: Me + Alexis the Kitty
What makes your small kitchen so cool?
I'm not the handiest person out there, but something had to be done about this puke-yellow rental dump dominated by a massive refrigerator. A few coats of paint, a contact-paper backsplash and a mini-fridge later, I have a cheerful oasis filled with details that make me smile - and it all cost me less than $350.
One challenge you overcame in your small kitchen, or a good resource you've found.
My kitchen was tiny, ugly and poorly laid out, with the stove, sink and miniscule counter space all shoved against one wall and a refrigerator more appropriate for a family of four taking up the rest of the space. I painted the walls the same clean-laundry blue as the rest of my apartment and added shelving, a landing strip and the ubiquitous chalkboard-paint door. My understanding landlord agreed to cart away my fridge and even helped me get a deal on a mini-fridge, which I covered with the same contact paper I used to create my backsplash. I finished it all off with touches that make me laugh, like the mustached gnome and little mushrooms hand-painted onto the cabinet knobs.
Favorite Meal to Cook in Kitchen
Irish beef stew made with red wine and stout on a cold, rainy day. Yum!
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