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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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