My mini kitchen makeover – Inspiration for small kitchens

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And I mean ‘mini’ in both senses – it’s a mini room and I’m on a budget so it’ll be a mini makeover. I’ve actually lived in my home for over three years now and am yet to tackle the kitchen. The trouble with this room is that it is probably the smallest room in our home – bathroom included! There’s just about enough room for our oven, fridge and washing machine, and not much more space for anything else. Other than filling it with our kitchen essentials when we moved in, I haven’t really known what to do with the room to maximise the space so have just left it as it was.

Aside from a few tester patches of paint on the wall we’ve not even tried to improve the room but now that every other space in our home has been decorated there is no denying that the kitchen needs urgent attention. So what better way to get started than by creating a Pinterest board of gorgeous kitchens to get inspiration from other tiny rooms?

Storage: We’re seriously short on storage; with only a couple of small base units beneath the sink and a corner cupboard above so adding more shelving or cupboards will be an essential part of the makeover. At the moment, we don’t have a budget for changing the kitchen units – even though they desperately need updating – so I’m taking inspiration from kitchens who utilise opening shelving and stand-alone cupboards to maximise storage without losing the feeling of space.

Pantry: Our kitchen has an odd layout with a backdoor that leads outside to a pantry cupboard so I’d like to make the outdoor pantry usable once again. I think it’s been a coal-store in the past as it’s rather grubby inside and only fit for housing the vacuum cleaner at the moment. I’ve been practically swooning over a whole selection of pantry makeovers online and would love to recreate something like this in my own home as the ultimate storage solution.

Chalkboards: This is one design feature that I would love to include as part of my kitchen makeover. I love dark cabinets and walls in kitchens but of course I don’t want to make my room feel really small, so just painting a section of the kitchen wall with chalkboard paint would be ideal. I’d love to hand my nieces and nephew chalk for them to draw pretty pictures over my kitchen wall, and it would be useful for making shopping list notes when I run out of items or writing up a weekly menu.

Breakfast bar: It would be great to have somewhere to sit and eat in the kitchen but the floor-space is seriously small so even a tiny table is out of the question. However, while browsing gorgeous kitchen photos on Pinterest I found a solution: a breakfast bar. Again, it would be the world’s smallest breakfast bar but even just a narrow shelf with a couple of stools would be ideal as somewhere to sit with a coffee. It could also be used for preparing ingredients and propping up recipe books while I’m baking which might be safer than using the open top to balance my recipes at the moment!

These are just a few of the space-saving ideas and design features that I found on Pinterest and on the CP Kitchens website that I’d like to include in my mini kitchen makeover and I’m going to start work as soon as the summer holidays begin. In the meantime, I’m going to keep an eye out for any shelving or storage solutions in second-hand shops or at the car boot sale and pick out some paint colours to makeover my finds.

Let me know if you too have a mini kitchen and what ideas you came up with to increase your storage or living space. If you’ve tried any of these ideas please leave me a comment below to let me know how you got on and I’d love to see photos of your own home transformations so please tweet me a pic to @Cassiefairy.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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