How to Make a Skinny Kitchen Spacious

Today we’re going to show you how to make a skinny/closed in kitchen feel more spacious and bright, without removing walls or changing the structure of your home.

Homeowners Mitchell and Annie-Laurie MacMillan, Centreville, were ready to give their original kitchen a complete makeover, and got right to work on the renovation.

When you have the professional designs by Avondale, great subs and a great contractor like Jeff Wohlgemuth of Maple Valley Construction,  your project will go smoothly, on time, and on budget.


Let’s take a look at their before shot.  An oak kitchen, original to the home, with a typical room dividing peninsula, while great for storage, made the room feel smaller and closed in. A decorative bulkhead took away from cabinet height and space, also diminishing the feeling of spaciousness.

Now for a couple of  after shots:

Before and After Blog 1

Here are a few things we did to open up the kitchen and bring in a fresh new energy to the room.  It’s all about a larger feeling space, achieved by bringing in more light.

  • Super window, brought completely down to the counter
  • Bulk heads removed, replaced by smaller decorative crown
  • Change from oak to a lighter painted cabinet
  • Remove room dividing upper cabinets
  • Re-position peninsula to feel more like a working island
  • Move stove to corner, to allow more room for pantry and fridge


We added large drawers with heavy duty slides to hold pots and pans, along with a pop up stand to hold a heavy mixer.  A great way to keep your Kitchen Aid accessible, while keeping it hidden when not in use. Simply pull up to use, and pop back down when finished.

ACC Mixer lift

A pull out shelf above the fridge is a great way to use space that is difficult to access. A pull out pantry next to the fridge allows tonnes of storage for dried goods and baking items.

acc pantrys

We attached the TV to a lift-up door above the stove, with a cut out for the satellite receiver, that gives easy access to wires, while at the same time hiding them.


We added a matching hall seat off the kitchen as a perfect space to get ready in the morning, with shoe storage below, and hooks to hang jackets and coats.

Thank you to Mitchell and Annie-Laurie for making our job so much fun!

Are you ready for your dreams to come true?  Give us a call today or stop in for a factory and showroom tour. We have designers in your area every week, from Grand Falls to Saint John!

317 Lockhart Mill Road, Jacksonville (Woodstock), NB, Canada


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