Do you have enough counter space? I never seem to. Granted, I’ve never had the luxury of having a huge kitchen with a center island that transforms the countertop into a multifunctional surface. Instead, we live with a small corridor kitchen…
This is it folks! Not much work surface let alone room to serve when we entertain. There is not much space to create a buffet line or set food awaiting to be served in the dining room beyond.
When we remodeled a few years ago we opened the kitchen to the living room, but we had limited space – the living room is very narrow so we couldn’t expand the kitchen or countertop in between. I had to be creative…
As you can see we don’t have a lot of space to work with. If I had it to do over again, I might do some things a little differently.
This is our daily dining table, it also doubles as an extra work surface when needed. And…I absolutely love the appliance garage – it hides the toaster, but it does take up a lot of space.
One of my space expanding creations is this pullout cart. I originally got the idea from my childhood home where we had a similar pullout. My grandmother actually designed it and we used it as a baking center – it had a spice rack down one side and storage for bowls and mixer on the other – perfect. Since ours faces the dining room we opted for storage only toward the kitchen.
Since it’s near our dining room it gets used a lot for serving.
And it’s the scene of many a cooking session…
The cooktop takes up a lot of counter space, so I borrowed an idea from Giada’s kitchen
That would be the butcher block covering her cooktop – genius…
So I commissioned one of my high school students, who needed a woodshop project, to make something to cover our cooking surface… It splits in the middle to make it more versatile and easier to store.
A great solution for our small kitchen – don’t you think?
Do you have any space expanding solutions? I’d love to hear!
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