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Post # 4
625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My kitchen in my old apartment looked a LOT like this (although not as updated). It was definitely frustrating, so I’m not trying to threadjack but I’m interested in ideas, too. Our new home will have a pretty small kitchen, too, but it’s more square than long and narrow.

I’m not sure if that orange is brighter in person, or what, but I actually like the color. Then again, I’m usually a fan of bright, happy colors.

P.S., I love your dining room!

Post # 6
625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MASPA:  Pinterest also has a lot of great DIY ideas for storage and decor. 🙂

Post # 8
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

What’s an airlite kitchen? I’ve never heard that term before.

Post # 9
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Another one who wasn’t familiar with the term Airlite for kitchens… s

So I had to look it up.  Airlite is actually a specific type of townhome… and these kitchens are the norm for them (but anyone else would clearly call this a Galley Kitchen)

In my search for the term Airlite… I came across this interesting Website on possible ways to makeover these “tight” spaces


They have some really cool suggestions (glass block wall… if a wall is a REQUIRED structural element… you always want to check on that before messing with any current walls… in that they could be load-bearing, or have utilities inside them… heating, plumbing, electrical etc)

There seems to be many other websites also that talk about remodels… GOOGLE – Airlite Kitchen

I know this isn’t your Forever House… but do KNOW and UNDERSTAND that Kitchen Renos can be amazing ways to facelift a house, and actually improve its value.  Often the money you put into the project will be worth double on the other side (so put in $ 10 K, house goes up by $ 20 K)… plus makes your home easier to sell when the time comes… AND YOU get to enjoy all the benefits of an updated Kitchen as well.

Sooo worth it.

Hope this helps,


Post # 10
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

What about taking out the window, but keeping the wall there for support issues and having a countertop that goes on both sides of where the window was for a pass through into the dining room.  You’d get more counter space and more of a feeling of connectivity into the dining room.

Post # 11
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think it’s a nice space!


If you’re going to put a whole in the wall above your sink, then you’ll lose some of that cupboard space… however, that might be the better spot to do that anyway since you can’t have a full length pantry.  A couple suggestions:

– put the window over the sink and fill in the other one so that you can have a full height pantry to give extra cupboard space and then add a small counter top with drawers underneath too.

– if you’re not sold on having the door there, then fill in the door and put a long row of drawers and a big counter over top of it and keep the windows.  If there’s room in the adjoining room, you can extend the counter top so that you have a bar, which makes the room more included in the flow even without the door. 

– OR, Ikea has a great stand-alone cupboard with two drawers and two cabinets and a butcher-block top.  You can get tons of storage in it!

Post # 12
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Are you able to install a microwave above your range?  That would free up a lot of counter space for you….


Also, is that dark red fabric drapery that is hanging on a window next to the wall the microwave is located?  I would remove that as well.  Drapes tend to close off a room and it may give the illusion of more space if the window was open and not covered in a dark fabric.


If that isn’t a  load-bearing wall, I would consider removing that wall with the faux window.  That would give the illusion of much more space– the other option would be to open up that wall a bit more and add a counter top to it, and add a couple bar stools.  It would give you some much-needed counter space.

Post # 14
855 posts
Busy bee

ikea ikea!!

honestly, the small kitchens on the ikea website are sooooo beautiful and really prove you can still have an amazing kitchen even with such a small space.

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