9 Fantastic Ways To Make Your Small Kitchen Bigger

If you have a tiny cramped kitchen then you will love these 9 ways to make it bigger and feel cozy.

Oregon homeowner Dave Weich embraced his kitchen's compact size (160 square feet!) with in-plain-sight storage, salvaged finds, and plenty of wood.

You'll be surprised at how simple some of these ideas are!

 

 

 

1. Butcher-block countertops and 2. Two-toned walls

1. Butcher-block countertops and 2. Two-toned walls

Dave preps food right on the 3-inch-thick European beech wood (reclaimed from a cargo ship), eliminating the need for cutting boards.

Designer Kami Gray picked a cool scheme of black and gray to make the wood look even more inviting.

Maximise storage if your kitchen is small

Maximise storage if your kitchen is small

3. Double-basin sink: Dave skipped a dishwasher and opted for this 1953 farm-house sink and more under-counter space. An old soda crate corrals cleaning supplies under the sink.

4. Reclaimed drawers: Made out of antique leaded glass cabinet doors, they put their contents on display, cutting down on time spent digging through them."The fact that we renovated the whole space using salvaged stuff makes this kitchen country," says Dave. "Finding new uses for old things is about as country as it gets." 

5. Vintage wire baskets: Set atop a custom-built wooden shelf and iron frame structure, they store linens and pantry items in an organized, at-a-glance fashion.

6. Planked ceiling: Bleacher boards salvaged from a nearby college stadium add farmhouse character and draw the eye up, making the room seem larger.

7. Large-scale pendants: At 14 inches in diameter, these wire net-covered, globe-shaped fixtures anchor the space with a hefty focal point.

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Open shelving, great idea

Open shelving, great idea

8. Barn wood shelves: Rough cut Douglas fir boards installed right across the vent hood ductwork make storage out of what would have been wasted space.

Add charm

Add charm

9. Recycled finds: Galvanized buckets, an old wire basket, and antique tins bring vintage charm to Dave's modern-day recycling station. Stackable metal chairs brighten up his breakfast nook with a touch of barn red.

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