Behold, the kitchen of my dreams:
Photo by Daniel of Manhattan Nest (only the best blog ever)
It’s light, bright, airy, modern, fresh, cozy, warm, and all the other good things that the kitchen in my life should be.
Back to reality. This is the kitchen I live with:
Not so much.
Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s got some great qualities. It’s big, for one. And it’s in our apartment that we love. It has relatively decent sunlight. There are cute period details, like great moulding and a vintage stove.
But…that blue. The yellow. The faux-tile “wainscoting” trimmed in strips of chrome-colored plastic. The extreme lack of cabinets (the only built-in one is that glass door upper). The alarmingly crumbly walls resulting in a large number of rough spackle jobs.
Yes, that sink is so charming and vintage and classic. But it’s also REALLY tall (I’m really not).
We’ve brought in tons of hanging storage, and several cabinet pieces like this buffet on the left (the half-removed paint job is a long story for another day). The butcher block on the right was leftover from a previous tenant, and I added the hanging rail for cooking utensils. Fun fact about our kitchen: we have only one drawer. Just think about that.
To be fair (to myself? to the apartment?), Daniel OWNS his home and kicks some serious ass when it comes to investing time and sweat into it. Yes, he did that in his rental as well, but I’m ignoring that for now.
The left door above leads to the entrance to the apartment, and luckily there is a little storage area there hidden behind the curtain on the right. We’d be pretty screwed without it.
It’s jammed full but very practical. Still, that dark olive green? Not a terrible color on its own, but it’s way too dark for the space. We’ll get around to painting eventually, and after all this color overload I’m ready for white white white!
Only one room left to complete my little house tour: the bathroom. Steel yourselves because it is UGLY.
What kitchen or storage woes do you have? What have you done about them?