Short On Counter Space? Get Creative

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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