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Simple Storage Upgrades for Tiny Kitchens

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I was super impressed when my friend first showed me pictures of her kitchen, which she had just finished tiling and painting herself. Now that she had a clean slate, she was looking to add some much-needed storage and a bit of personality to the tiny kitchen but didn’t want to compromise the clean, airy new look. With a few simple solutions, we managed to add storage AND style! Keep reading to see how we did it.

Here’s What You’ll Need

4 small wine racks (more depending on the length of your shelf)
1 board, 1″ x 12″, cut to length
1 quart of paint (in satin or semigloss)

Building the Shelf

The main dilemma was that she needed more storage (who doesn’t?), and the most obvious place to add it was above the upper cabinets. I decided to add a simple wooden shelf, using four modular wine racks stacked on top of the existing cabinets as supports. To unify the the new shelving with the existing cabinetry, I painted it the same white (Benjamin Moore White Dove). This easy addition nearly doubled her shelf space along that wall.

Styling It Up

To give her new open storage space a curated feel, we stuck to a tight color palette. I love using open shelving for large bowls, cake plates, and canisters because smaller items tend to look bitty and result in a look that’s more cluttered than chic. I suggest keeping that stuff in a cabinet.

Maximizing Every Inch

On a small wall next to the refrigerator, I hung a few vintage cutting boards that she likes to use as serving trays when she has guests over. Hanging them performs double-duty as both storage and wall decor, while the aged wood adds a warm texture to the space. Plus one of them is hiding a less-than-attractive fuse box.

Tip: The large wire basket on top of the fridge turns this forgotten space into stylish storage by providing an extra spot for produce.

Blending Beauty and Function

Just because a space is small doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the decor. This vintage portrait adds a bit of unexpected character and fun to her backsplash without taking up counter space. Rather than a traditional canister, a white pitcher holds wood cooking utensils, freeing up valuable drawer and shelf space.

Finishing Touches

To finish off the new look, I created these feather-covered lampshades to conceal some unattractive pendants. Because the pendants were hung from track lights, I was able to simply unclip them from the track and slide the shade down the cord. Head over to Design*Sponge for the full how-to of this lampshade project.


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7 Responses to “Simple Storage Upgrades for Tiny Kitchens”

  1. Sheila says:

    How wide is the kitchen if you don’t mind me asking? Great job!

  2. Kristine Lehman Corrigan says:

    I love this shelf idea, may try this down the road as I am not sure my current cabinets could hold that extra weight

  3. nancyedward says:

    Sometime a small change in decoration bring a big change. like furniture, lighting or cabinets..ETC. One thing that makes me like this is that kitchen decor things are easy to install and will fit to any kind of home design. Nolte Kitchens in Glasgow

  4. Michelle says:

    i love this. where can i find wine racks like this?!?!

  5. Irene says:

    I need to know where to purchase all of the appliances, specially the microwave and fridge. My kitchen is only 5 ft wide and 11 ft long it also houses a small water heater under one of the base cabinets. Help please.

    • Pam says:

      I had that exact fridge by LG in Washington. Cost 800.00 and is 24″ wide. Refrigerator on top, freezer on bottom. Had plenty of storage, egg cup container, meat and vegetable drawers, glass shelves…was the best and plenty of room for small family. We absolutely love it. Just google LG appliances for small fridge. That’s all they use all round Europe.

  6. Sari jane says:

    I love the storage and also the wall hanging chopping boards. Nicely styled

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