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Small Kitchen Update

Without changing an inch of square footage, you can remodel your small kitchen into an open space that fits multiple cooks.

Small Wonder

This kitchen was earlier lacking room to move around, but a smart remodel gave the homeowners the space they needed without loosing the historical touches they loved. There are several places to squeeze storage into the walls or under the countertop. The result is an open kitchen that has plenty of preparation, cooking, and serving capabilities.

U-Shaped Plan

To get the most from the 13-X-11-foot layout,you can settle on a U-shaped kitchen. Pack as much as you can into the small space by using both sides of the peninsula and tucking pull-outs into the walls around the kitchen.

Undercover Appliances

An armoire-like built-in hides the refrigerator. Giving the appliances and cabinets matching fronts creates a uniform look throughout the kitchen that makes the space feel larger. Also, the refrigerator sits flush with the wall, another design element that eases the flow of traffic from room to room and around the peninsula.

On a Roll

The previous pantry was a clunky, stacked-shelf closet. you can replace the old pantry with a pullout food file that has a recycling bin tucked underneath. The pullout pantry works like a filing cabinet, with each shelf holding a different food category. The shelves are labeled so helpers can easily find ingredients. Having everything visible so the homeowners know when it's time to restock is another benefit of the pantry.

Green Touches

The pullout recycling bin below the pantry holds multiple bins for separating recyclables. Items are out of sight until it's time for curbside pickup.

Hidden Treasures

The homeowners wanted an island, but the small space wouldn't allow it. To fill their need for extra work space. The peninsula features a prep sink on the end and a storage spot underneath for cleaning supplies and a compost pail.

Double the Pleasure

The peninsula has access from both sides. The side facing into the room has undercounter freezer drawers and a cutting board that pulls out from either side. Having multiple access points allows the peninsula to serve double duty as a serving area when entertaining.

Energy Saver

Two freezer drawers in the peninsula equip this spot to be a dessert bar or an extra prep station.

Tips: Undercounter appliances drawers are any eco-friendly design choice. They save on energy lost from opening the larger refrigerator all the time.

Vintage Flair

A mint-green range and vent hood recall the 1920s Coke bottle color scheme. The linoleum flooring also picks up the scheme. To continue the vintage theme, choose subway tiles for the backsplash.

Fancy Fixtures

An apron-front sink and antique-look faucet adds to the kitchen's vintage-feel. Double-hung windows above the sink have leaded-glass sashes. The windows bring in natural light, which is key to making a small space feel more open.

Detail Oriented

Even the smallest details have a big impact in tight spaces. The brushed nickel pulls used on all of the cabinet-front appliances accentuate the kitchens vintage-meets-modern scheme.

All Natural

Granite countertops are a popular choice for homeowners who like to cook. Natural stone is durable, water-resistant and scorch-proof. The green in this slab compliments the range and flooring colors.

Breakfast Area

The homeowners wanted an eating space off the kitchen for enjoying quick meals. Rather than a banquette, they choose a more period-apt hutch. The hutch is made to look like an original built-in and adds another focal point to the space.

Nice Niche

The hutch has glass doors for displaying dishes and other elements. Storage in the eating area includes a niche for a vintage rotary-dial phone. The curve of the phone niche mirrors the curve above the doorway leading into the dinning room.


Next to the back door, this built-in miniature mudroom catches mail, messages, and keys. The fold-down bench is a perfect spot to sit and take off or put on shoes. Having a drop-off spot next to the door is essential in the rainy Seattle weather.

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