Kitchen Projects

Large Kitchen for a Family of Four:

The kitchen is the life force of the home. It’s where we nourish our bodies, check in with our family, congregate with friends, and more. However, like any high traffic area, this energy can also cause kitchens to get a little out of our control. In this kitchen, we installed some systems to keep like items in place and contained. This project also included a coffee bar setup and a dry bar organization.

The Kitchen:

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This cabinet was really high for items like cooking oils that are used daily – and vases were housed behind, making them inaccessible. Both catergories were re-located to places that better suited the amount of access needed and baking sheets were moved here to take advantage of the cabinet height.

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Removing all items from their boxes helped gain a lot of space in this cabinet. To ensure that all items would be easily accessible, helper shelves and labeled bins were used. This cabinet was utilized for all the small appliances and cooking accessories.

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Without categories, it’s difficult to find the kind of kitchen item you are looking for and having items double up makes it tough to access what you need.

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Like items are grouped and paired with things in the same category (like cookie cutters are in the same cabinet as baking tins). Using helper shelves to maximize height while maintaining accessibility gains a ton of space. Using lidded bins for less frequently used items doubles as a small shelf for more ferquently used items (bin of cookie cutters with oven mitts on top).

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For the spices – the spice spinner got pulled to the de-cluttered countertop for accessibility, turntables added to the cabinet make it easy to reach the whole cabinet, and spices on the top shelves were fronted out to reduce the reach and need for a step stool. Cooking oils were moved to the cabinet right next to the stove.

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The Junk Drawer – a common issue. It’s nice to have some office supplies in the kitchen, so we designated 2 drawers for those items. Creating categories, separating, and containing turned this junk drawer into a functional drawer.

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The Tupperware Cabinet:

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The Coffee Bar:

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During our walkthrough, we decided that the Keurig was awkwardly placed on the Dry Bar and really belonged in the kitchen. Bonus – the client mentioned that this area was always a source of clutter and confusion. The solution was to create a Coffee Bar in the kitchen!

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The Dry Bar:

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Pulling coffee away from this Dry Bar helped reduce the amount of items this area was trying to contain. Items were organized into catergories so that the cabinets and drawers could act as a more functional Bar area.

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Organized Pantry:

Having an organized pantry means you know what you have, know what you need, and you know what needs to go – it really makes eating, cooking, and grocery shopping so much easier!

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I love re-purposing! This awesome spice rack was in this client’s donate pile – so we painted it red and made it hangable. It makes finding spices easier than in the deeper, darker pantry shelves, and it adds such a happy bright color to the little room!

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Since this set of shelves was on a less focal side wall, we chose to fill it with cooking/baking supplies and some extra drinks for the fridge. We removed some shelves to allow us to put in some taller items. By decreasing the shelf number, we increased the potential!

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The only addition to this pantry was the spice rack that came from the client’s donate pile! In fact we lost shelves and set aside one acrylic bin. Organizational tools are awesome, but it’s all about how they are used in the space!

Classic White Kitchen Cabinets:

This kitchen was broken down into several zones – dishwasher zone (daily use, dishes and glasses), bar zone (cocktails, wine, even coasters), hosting zone (serveware, specialty dishes, appetizer plates, vases), tool zone (small household tools and supplies because the garage is farther from the house), and a cooking zone (all bakeware, spices, cooking oils, measuring cups, mixing bowls, utensils).

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Re-working shelf heights to fit your items is so crucial (but it’s important to make sure it’s secure as you can see here). Those shelves were made to move in order to fit around your things, not the other way around. Check out below how moving the shelves greatly improves the vase cabinet especially!

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These adorable cup sets will never be used if they live way up there – instead, extra large casserole serve dishes were housed in this less than accessible spot since this is a type of dish this client doesn’t use but a few times a year.

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…De-cluttered Counter Tops are Always a Mark of Success!

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