The Flufftastic Fairy Says: Make the Most of Your Small Space - the Kitchen

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The Flufftastic Fairy Says: Make the Most of Your Small Space - the Kitchen

We live in a small house, just over 1000 sq feet. It was built in the '40's and has a lot of character, that's why we love it!

Unfortunately there isn't always room for all my stuff...

Many people have the same problem and here are some ideas to make your small Kitchen more efficient! (Here are some tips for your Living Room.)

Paint the walls and ceiling in the same shade, that way corners and boundaries disappear. Having the cabinets the same colour also can make the room appear larger. cabinets



Stainless steel back splash can also reflect light and like a mirror make a room appear larger.

stainless backsplash






Changing texture is a good way to keep it from getting boring, a marble backs plash in the same tone as a glossy cabinet surface will still keep the colour scheme going. backsplash



Keep the hardware in the same tone as cabinets, brushed nickel for light colours and oil rubbed bronze for dark.

pulls for light cabinets




Concealed grip instead of hardware on cabinets will keep the flow uninterrupted to the eye.

no pulls




Get cabinetry that reaches to the ceiling, It makes the walls seem taller and there is more storage for things not used too often. Glass doors in cabinets and entry ways make a room appear larger and brighter.
ceiling cabinets












Baskets are your friend! Neat and tidy storage for open shelves or counter tops. Napkins, bills, cookbooks or dishes can all be kept organized in one spot.
basket organizing
Keep a 'quick meal kit' with cookbook, plates and napkins that can come out at a moments notice!



Opt for smaller appliances, and try to find cover panels that match your cabinetry doors.
cabinet covers





Make a small island out of upper cabinets back to back. They are a foot deep and your island will then only be 24 inches deep with storage from both sides! Put it on wheels and you can reconfigure the island if more room is needed! Many cabinet places have a back room that have discontinued cabinetry you can buy for cheap. Same goes for counter tops!
cabinets
Glasses that are tapered can be stored alternating mouth up and mouth down to save space.

Get a utensil rod for the sink wall, it doesn't get a lot of use and it makes utensils more handy.
wall storage




To make a pop up desk or table get a fold away shelf that mounts to the wall. It can also be used as prep space in a pinch.foldingshelf
foldingshelf











Round tables ease traffic flow, and drop leaf tables can make more space when needed.

Wheeled kitchen trolleys can offer many uses from serving to prep space to storage.trolley


Spices can be hidden in a narrow depth space, by making shelves and then hiding them with chalkboard with a push latch! Or buy a rack and put it inside a cabinet door!

spicerack

Pot racks can free up cabinet space or use the oven to store pots. Just make sure to check in there before you pre-heat!potrack




To find out where you can get these items scroll over the photos!








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Belinda Spillman
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Hi Peg,  These are great ideas.  I love all the pictures.  Which of these pictures are your kitchen?

Jan 13, 2012 02:39 AM #1
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Sally Weatherley
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Peg - More great ideas!  I love the kitchen cabinets that go right up to the ceiling.  I have several items that are only used about once a year, so that would be perfect storage for them, and the look is very dramatic.

Jan 13, 2012 02:50 AM #2
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Kristine Ginsberg
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Peg - great advice for small spaces and lots of things I've never thought of. The white kitchen with the ladder is my dream kitchen! We've redone all the rooms in our 1915 home with the exception of the kitchen - that will have to wait because I want it to have the wow factor and it's going to cost a pretty penny. I hope it looks like the one you have pictured!

Jan 13, 2012 03:54 AM #3
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Roger D. Mucci
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Great space saving ideas BU-FU...........some I never even thought of myself!  Good job!

Jan 13, 2012 05:52 AM #4
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Peg Barcelo
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BB, if only one of these were my kitchen! Nope, my kitchen has original cupboards that I have taken the central panel out to add glass and have painted to renew! One thing I did was extend the wall colour into the ceiling 10 inches so there ia a band around the room that makes the walls look taller too.

Seaside Sal, yes that is a very dramatic kitchen! We all have those things that only come out once or twice a year and you need to have a safe out of the way place for them!

Jan 13, 2012 07:48 AM #5
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Peg Barcelo
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Kris, that kitchen is beautiful. I'm sure if you have anything to do with it, your new kitchen will be spectacular when finished!

BU-FU, since you have moved into a new apartment recently, you must have a lot of great ideas! Thanx!

Jan 13, 2012 07:50 AM #6
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Sharon Tara
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So many great ideas for small spaces!  I love the pictures, but not loving the ladder in the kitchen....that would drive me crazy! 

Jan 13, 2012 08:45 AM #7
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Peg Barcelo
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Sharon, that's kinda funny, Kris loves it, you don't! Just goes to show how something unique like that can make or break a home in a buyers eye!

Jan 13, 2012 08:52 AM #8
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Claude Cross
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Peg - get up here and take over my listings.....  my stager is needing tips from you. Actullay she is not that lame but I like how you use photos to bring a point

Jan 13, 2012 02:07 PM #9
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Peg Barcelo
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Claude, all of us stagers are visual people! That means lots of photos! Will you call some of the Realtors up here and tell them about me!?! :D Thanx!

Jan 13, 2012 04:57 PM #10
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Peg-so many great and easily workable ideas!  It would be simple for someone to even take one of your ideas and make a huge difference in their kitchen.

Jan 13, 2012 10:54 PM #11
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Peg Barcelo
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Kathy, Our kitchen was an eat in kitchen when we first moved and Christmas dinner was always interrupted by everyone having to move so I could open the oven! Since then I knocked out a wall (non bearing) in the closest bedroom and made it into a dining room, so there's way more room in our kitchen, but it's still where most of the work gets done, so it needs to be efficient...

Jan 14, 2012 03:26 AM #12
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