Kitchen advice, Bees! Please help. (Limited cabinet space)

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 17
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

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cik2017 :  we had a 1970’s kitchen and we priced out a complete remodel it was close to 35K. So we just got what we really needed (solid countertops and island, new appliances, new sink and faucet, dishwasher, hood, and backsplash) and it was 12K. So if you don’t have it in your budget, it’s best to work with what you have. 

Please excuse my partner being hilarious in the second pic. Backsplash is being completed Monday and we are working on picking out paint colors and new fixtures..hehe.

Post # 18
2266 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise

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cik2017 :  I completely agree with @katebluestone

A ready made cabinet, sideboard, or hutch would work perfectly. The advantage of doing that is you can get more workspace and storage for just a few hundred dollars, and, if you do ever decide to renovate, you could always repurpose it as a bookshelf, console cabinet, or bathroom storage somewhere else in the house. 

Alternatively, a long table or rolling island could work as well

This offers both workspace and storage and you can shove it out of the way when you aren’t using it. 

Don’t work too hard trying to match the rest of your kitchen. Instead choose something that is intentionally contrasting and it’ll look great.

I think there are lots of solutions here, and if that’s the only hesitation your DH has, it’s an easy fix

Post # 19
167 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I am the queen of tiny kitchens!  Mine has about 3 feet of counter space and the cabinet space is horrible!!  I put open shelves on the walls for dishes and consolidated to the bare essentials.  I think i am going to have a handyman install a counter height table from the wall that folds down when not needed.  I also lined baskets with beautiful fabric hold things like plastic storage containers and spices so you can’t see all the clutter.  Theylook cute on the open shelves!  You have much much more room than I did, so you have a ton of possibilities!  Oh and my entire kitchen was pink when i bought my house!  Pink cabinets, walls, ceiling and trim!!!  Needless to say the paint can came out at lightning speed!

Post # 20
1349 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

We have a very small kitchen. We have 8 very small cabinets (like the ones above the microwave in this picture) and 6 regular-sized ones, and we only have 2 drawers. We don’t have a pantry, so we added in a small pantry-type thing we bought from Ikea. I think we have just a little bit more storage space than what I see in the picture, and we were able to fit EVERYTHING. We have a ton of kitchen stuff, but DH is amazing at organizing things. I definitely think you could make this space work, especially since you have that whole wall with nothing on it. I would recommend getting something like what other people have posted.

Post # 21
3582 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Just make the cabinets more functional and there’s no way you’ll need more space. An island would be bonus storage. Pull out cabinets make a HUGE difference.


Post # 22
2445 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Do you like antiques? Maybe get a giant armoire for the right wall?

Post # 23
11376 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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cik2017 :  those are basic builder grade cabinets- you can easily get the same cabinets and install them on the empty wall. I’d get a new counter top for the whole kitchen to tie it together and change the hardware and lighting fixture and boom. Modern kitchen. The paint color is also not the best for the flooring and color of the cabinets. 

If you a Carrara marble top counter, you could get big solid modern silver handles and paint a griege or light gray. The marble would pop with the dark cabinets and be a great surface to work in, though it has to be conditioned and cleaned well because it can stain. But you could do a Carrara look alike from granite.


Post # 24
1296 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

We live in rented accomodation so we couldn’t change our kitchen. The downstairs layout of our apartment is all open plan so it doesn’t feel cramped, but we definitely lack built in storage, and ideally would’ve liked more counter space. Because it’s open plan we are limited in usable wall space and didn’t want things in the middle of the room.

We got two book cases from IKEA and use these for kitchen storage. We have one as a ‘pantry’ where herbs/spices/pasta/tins etc go, and another where we put cat food/pans (out of cat reach!)/cookbooks and ‘stuff’. I also made full use of the space on top of the high cabinets by buying small storage boxes which I keep spare tupperware/glasses/carving knife etc in.

You can definitely make that work, and I think quite cheaply whilst you decide what you want to do long term 🙂

Post # 25
573 posts
Busy bee

You have some great suggestions from pp! I would also recomend looking at your local thrift stores. They might have some great stand alone pieces for a great price! I would espcially do this if I was only needing the item for a couple years until I had the budget to reno the kitchen. Have fun. bee!

Post # 27
47436 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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BalletParker :  She can also get the same look on her counters using Caesar Stone or Silestone which requires zero maintenance.

I don’t think the kitchen looks that dated. The flooring wouldn’t be my choice, but you could cover a lot of it by placing a gorgeous runner down the middle.

Adding base cabinets is easy and will give you so much storage and counter surface. You can add upper cabinets too or do open shelving on either side of the pantry.

Post # 28
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Lots of good ideas already posted!  In addition to adding counter to the right wall or adding a free-standing island or butcher block, it looks like you could fit a free standing shelving/cabinet thing to the right of where the fridge goes, next to the door.

And if you want to eventually replace the cabinets, get ones that’ll go all the way to the ceiling.  You’ll probably need a step ladder, but those high shelves are perfect for storing stuff you only need to access occassionally.

Fiance and I are going to have a hell of a time with our own kitchen – yours is easy by comparison.  At least you don’t have to build counters and cabinet space around six doors, a radiator, a huge low window, and a stove chimney.  Then again, we have stupidly tall ceilings (9’8″), so we’re gonna have sky-high cabinets to deal with the lack of wall space.

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