Please share photos of small kitchens

sue_ctAugust 27, 2007

I would love to see what others have done with smallish kitchens. Would you please post photos of your kitchens for me? I am particularly interested in kitchens 14 x 16 or smaller, and/or with ceiling heights of 8' or less. It very hard using large kitchens with high ceilings for ideas when the space you have to work with is so different. If you use photobucket or a similar site, if you like, you can just copy the line under the photo called "html" and paste it into your message and the photos will show up without having to click on links. If not, links are fine. Basic information on the approximate size of the room and ceiling height would be helpful if you know it.

With so many people out there remodeling older homes or living in condos and other small places I am sure many, many people would be find it very helpful.

Thank you!

Sue

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vjrnts

Here is a floor plan of my new/old kitchen. The footprint is courtesy of 1922, except I'm not sure where the ice box would have gone; there were cabinets where we have our fridge now. Our old milk box (a box built into the outside of the house, through which a delivery man could put milk and ice straight into the ice box) is in our service porch, so that's likely where the ice box started out.

I didn't want to change the footprint, both for budgetary reasons and for historical reasons. There is an architectural "feature" we call "the column" which is noted in the drawing to the left as a pantry, laundry chute and heating duct run; it looks like empty space in the drawing, but it is absolutely not. Some people urged us to take it out, but it is the individual quirks that make this house so special; it's still there, faced with the microwave cabinet.

You can find photos of the nearly-finished project at the link below. Just click "next" to move through the finished pix without having to view the "befores" as well.

Our ceilings are 8'5" and we went all the way up with the cabinets + molding. Please ignore the green walls; I had surgery last week and the painting will have to wait. Where you see green, substitute a warm yellow/tan color wash.

Here is a link that might be useful: Our small 1922 Kitchen

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 5:06PM
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vjrnts

Try this link.

I rearranged the pictures to flow better.

Vicki

Here is a link that might be useful: New link.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 5:18PM
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hmp2z

Our kitchen is 12'10" by 13'2", so it's pretty small, though the ceilings are 9'.

I just posted these pictures on another thread, but here they are again. Here's the view with lighting, sans countertops:

And the sink & dishwasher:

And the range:

And the fridge:

Cheers!
Heather W

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 5:26PM
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ksfaustin

Sue, have you checked the Finished Kitchens Blog? There's a page that sorts the kitchens into categories - size and ceiling height are options.

Here is a link that might be useful: FKB Categories

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 5:29PM
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jeri

This is not mine but it is one of my favorite small kitchens. It is in the FKB under Small Kitchens. It belongs to luceestar.

Before Picture:

AfterÂ

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 6:17PM
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amcofar

I just couldn't resist. : )

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 7:01PM
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kailleanm

Here is a photo of the small kitchen in the condo we recently sold.

k

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 7:27PM
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jenanla

amcofar that is hilarious!!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 9:25PM
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vjrnts

amcofar, it's clearly a fake! A man doing dishes?

Yeah, right!

Disclaimer: Above comment made in attempt to make people smile, not to smear an entire sex with witless stereotypes and misanthropic rantings. Sorry. No need to get back to me with evidence that men do, indeed, do dishes. I know they do. Sorry. Really.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 9:32PM
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acoreana

Our kitchen is basically a galley...it just bumps out a bit and is open the family room. By keeping the pantry and fridge pushed over to one side, I was able to gain a bit of handy dandy counter space there, and we also got rid of the desk on one wall (the chair would've completely blocked the path to the family room) and put in cabs for more storage.

It's 15' x 8', but we added a breakfast bar to the peninsula, which adds about 2' to the kitchen on that side.

Nat

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 10:41PM
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kitchenkelly

LMAO, amcofar!!!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 10:50PM
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marthavila

These small kitchens are wonderful! All of them give me inspiration, especially Luccestar's and Acoreana's. But Amcofar's submission takes the cake. :)

Vicki, I've already complimented you on your lovely kitchen. Now, as one who is layout diagram challenged. . .where/how did you get that great diagram of yours? I'd love to have something like that to work with my own project.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 10:56PM
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sue_ct

Thank you everyone for your quick responses. I hope we get many more. I like every one and they give good examples of what can be in a small space.

Jeri, that is one of my favorites, also. What I especially find striking is that it does not follow the "light and bright colors to make small spaces look bigger" rules. Cherry cabinets with black countertops sounds very dark, yet it does not look too dark to me. Very nicely done.

Heather, I especially like your pendant lights. I will be needing one for over my sink. Do you mind sharing info about yours, like the manufacturer and model and where they might be found?

Nat, I love your kitchen and would kill for your open floor plan and high ceilings!

Everyone should make use of finished kitchens blog, what a treasure trove of photos! I had been there before but was not aware of the ability to narrow the search features so closely. What a big help.

Amcofar, I hate to play favorites, but I like yours best! It made me laugh out loud. I should say, though, that your kitchen appears to be in need of updating even more than mine, and it is a good thing you found this forum.

Sue

    Bookmark   August 27, 2007 at 11:35PM
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oofasis

Amcofar, I loved it! Thanks for a good laugh.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 1:03AM
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vjrnts

Vicki, I've already complimented you on your lovely kitchen. Now, as one who is layout diagram challenged. . .where/how did you get that great diagram of yours? I'd love to have something like that to work with my own project.

Oh, that's OK; you can compliment my kitchen all you like, I don't mind! :-)

As for the diagram, I scanned the one made by my GC. I'm sorry, I have no idea what software he used, except that since he's a certified KD, I have to assume that it was something massive and expensive. It's very cool, though, isn't it?

Vicki

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 8:07AM
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rmlanza

We are making our kitchen larger by taking the table out of the breakfast nook and replacing it with an island. There will be room for 3 barstools on the other side of the island (in front of the windows) and room for 2 at the peninsula bar. Our old kitchen had this wonky angle in it that cut off the floor space. It was very tiny and with 3 kids and a 100 lb dog, it just wasn't working. I'd love to have a prep sink in the island but DH didn't want to deal with the plumbing issues of getting water to that side of the kitchen. Whatever, it will be awesome for baking! I wish I could have an appliance lifter over there for my KA mixer but the only base cabinets I have without drawers are the two angled ones and I don't think they'd work with an appliance lifter. Anyone know anything about that? Here's a link to our shutterfly site with the remodel pics so far...
Robin

Here is a link that might be useful: Lanza family kitchen

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 8:49AM
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lobsterbird

Okay, clearly I haven't packed as much into my space as amcofar! Uh, I think that IS my husband doing dishes!!!

I've been sort of reserved about posting my kitchen as it was done four years ago. Found the GW when I was looking for a skinny fridge. The dimensions are 9 x 9 and under 8 ft. high but not much over 7ft. It's an 1870 farmhouse, just under 1500 sq. ft.

Tina

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 12:13AM
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vizslalover

I'm sure you've already seen mine but we're so happy with our small kitchen I thought I'd post it again for good measure ;) It's about 9'x9' with an 8' ceiling with a 4.5' by 3' alcove with an 80" ceiling (the area where the fridge and pantry are). We will eventually get around to picking a backsplash and finding a better paint color.

Here is a link that might be useful: Album with more pics (include befores)

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 12:50AM
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bayareafrancy

It's funny how so many of these kitchens, which are technically smaller than mine, seem so much bigger!

Tina: I'm so glad to see your photos, b/c I need to have something like your microwave hutch built. And I just couldn't visualize it! What kind of counters do you have?

Amcofar: While your kitchen may need some updating, I think your husband's wardrobe needs it more! Those gray bell bottoms are so out!

Here is mine (currently under construction/being restored to its 1929 glory) It's about 9 x 12. My pictures probably won't be too helpful, since my kitchen is hard to function in. We don't even have room for a fridge (it's in the garage). But somehow it works for me... I just need more counter/work space.

Francy

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 1:46AM
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sue_ct

Wow, I love these! Francy, what is your floor made of? It is gorgeous. The stove is great.

vizslalover, I love that you got such a lovely kitchen but were still able to incorporate a magnet/blackboard for your little girl!

Keep them coming, this is great!

Sue

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 2:03AM
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snookums

Now that I'm done laughing my butt off from the dollhouse picture, here is a link to mine. It is 10x11 with an 8-foot ceiling.

And no, my dh does not do dishes, at least not without a LOT of complaining and maybe 2-3 times a year tops.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kitchen pictures in kitchen album

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 7:15AM
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loves2cook4six

Here is mine:

14 x 14 but open to the family room.

Hopefully it will be finished in the next few weeks.

Here is a link that might be useful: More pictures

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 9:03AM
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bayareafrancy

Lovestocook: I was just trying to remember who had those AMAZING cabinet doors with 2 kins of wood. So cool! Wow! I'm a "vintage girl" through and through, but if I ever go contemporary, I want your kitchen!!! Can we see more of those doors? Now I really see why those scratches you posted about where so upsetting! I mean, they would always be upsetting! But your cabinets are just so over-the-top amazing!!

Sue: Thanks! The floor is the original long grain Douglas Fir subfloor. We had it refinished after removing several layers of flooring. *sigh* Nothing like old growth Douglas fir!

Francy

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 1:08PM
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vizslalover

Our magnetic chalkboard is a BIG hit with DD (and her friends-they all thought it was the greatest at her 2yr B-day party and all the parents were asking about it!) and I like that I can keep dibs on her while cooking. If you have little ones and a space that might work for something like this, I highly recommend doing it! We got that chalkboard on clearance from Pottery Barn Kids but they no longer have that size (which is why it was on clearance).

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 1:29PM
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vjrnts

You can make a magnetic chalkboard a zillion different ways, any shape or size you want. You can buy magnetic paint which is gray when it goes on, and then you can paint over it with regular paint (which gives you a simple magnetic section on your wall or whereever you put it), or with chalkboard paint which you can get in green or black. You can also buy magnetic chalkboard paint if don't want a two-stage process and you do want a magnetic chalkboard. But any wall in your house can be magnetic, which is nice because none of us with stainless steel appliances can stick up anything on our refrigerators anymore!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 1:51PM
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vizslalover

We looked into the magnetic paint and found that it was actually surprisingly expensive (we paid $70 for our PBK mag. chalkboard. A gallon of the magnetic chalkboard paint we found was $99). My husband was also concerned about the future ramifications of painting a wall with magnetic paint and also that it might lead to some confusion for our 2 year old as to why she could draw on one wall but not others (even if it was a different color). He felt that the clearly delineated area of a hanging chalkboard was 'safer' in this regard (and more reversible). We were still on the fence on paint vs board when I found our clearance board for such a good price.

Paint's definitely an option though-sorry I forgot to mention it.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 2:10PM
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kailleanm

If I had to do it over again, I would go the board route. We used magnetic paint in my son's room, and it's a PITA!

It's extremely thick and hard to paint with and you have to use a lot of coats before it has much holding power. It's also textured, so if we want to get rid of it down the road, it will have to be sanded.

However, I can say it has the added feature of being invisible in the sense that the wall paint covers the magnetic paint, so it's kind of cool the way the magnets appear to hang there. It's like magic for little ones! LOL. We did it above my son's change table, and it still keeps him occupied a year later. I did another stretch under his window at his level.

The paint method works okay, but it's definitely more labour intensive than buying a ready made board. And like the PP said, the paint is not cheap. I paid $22 pint.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 2:26PM
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dcindc

Vizslalover- what are your countertops; I love them!
DC

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 5:55PM
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vizslalover

dcindc-
They are soapstone which we fabricated ourselves. They are from M.Teixeira and are the variety they call Light Vein Venata.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 6:02PM
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dcindc

Vizslalover-- I KNEW it was soapstone! I love the veining and I am really impressed that you fabricated it yourself! Unfortunately, my husband is NOT going along with the soapstone idea (too much maintenance)...Thanks!
DC

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 6:05PM
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vjrnts

I always am a little surprised when people say that soapstone is too much maintenance. Soapstone requires zero maintenance. None. Zero. Zip. Nada. Granites need to be sealed and resealed. If you don't wipe up spills on granite, you run the risk of the sealer being breached.

Soapstone? Needs nothing like that. It doesn't need sealing. You can put down a burning hot hot hot pizza stone on it. No problem. You can spill wine, vinegar, lemon juice, battery acid... name it. Won't touch it. At all.

Now, cosmetically, you probably will want to oil it. You wipe mineral oil on, and then wipe it off. Or, skip it until tomorrow or the next day. There is no necessary schedule.

There is no required maintenance with soapstone. I can completely understand it not being the look a person wants, but rejecting it because of maintenance issues? Nah. In fact one of the reasons I went for soapstone over granite is that I didn't want to worry about maintenance.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2007 at 7:19PM
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starpooh

It hasn't been updated in over a year, but checkout the picture links SunRochy's Small Kitchens blog.

Here is a link that might be useful: Small Kitchens Blog

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 2:10AM
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dcindc

Vjrnts- Thanks for the encouragement re: soapstone. You inspired me to start investigating it again. Now, I just need to find a place where I can SEE soapstone counters to decide if it's what I want to do.
DC

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 11:12AM
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bunglogrl

Mine is 11 x 14 with 8' ceilings. DH does dishes more often now that we have a dishwasher!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 12:15PM
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hazmom

Here is our kitchen

Here is a link that might be useful: Finished Kitchen Pictures

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 1:16PM
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oofasis

Hazmom, can you make your album public so we don't have to join to see your pix?

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 2:04PM
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SusuLo

Ours is 11' x 11' with 8 ft ceilings. And my DH does this dishes! Otherwise, he wouldn't get anything to eat :)





    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 8:26PM
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sue_ct

Susulo, I love your kitchen. I must say, I have always like white, I am just not brave enough. Plus, I must confess that when I am cooking I kind get "into it" and have some clean up afterwards. No to mention running in for a cold drink when I am working in the pond or gardening. It looks so pristine, I wish I was one of those people who dirt just doesn't seem to stick to (I have a friend like that!). Anyway, it looks beautiful, and I really love the table.

Sue

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 11:41PM
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lobsterbird

Francy -- Haven't had much computer access since I'm traveling, but popped in to catch up a bit. Glad my hutch could help you visualize how to incorporate a microwave. I came up with the design and my kitchen designer thought it was a good idea. I also asked her to have a piece of trim made that could go beneath the microwave so that I could have and hide task lighting for that countertop. Our counters are Corian in the Slate pattern.

I'll be back home Wed. and look forward to checking out everyone's pictures and postings.

Tina

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 3:17PM
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basketchick

My kitchen is 12'x12' with 8' ceilings. Pretty small for me. More pictures at the link below including plans.

Here is a link that might be useful: BasketChick's 95% Finished Kitchen

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 3:35PM
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revans1

Ours is 8x16 with 8 foot ceilings:

We tried to create additional "kitchen space" by using cabinets as furniture in the dining room:

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 3:58PM
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jgarner53

Here's the link to my photos in the FKB. My kitchen is 10' x 11'6" and completely closed off from the rest of the house. We didn't want to open it up at all because we wanted to maintain the house's original 1923 character. But closing up one unused door did make room for a whole new wall of cabinets that make all the difference in storage (and counter space). Moving the stove also allowed us an extra 3 feet of continuous counter along the sink wall.

Here is a link that might be useful: Jgarner53's kitchen

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 7:42PM
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budge1

Our kitchen is 11x11 and while it is not in same league as the amazing kitchens shown so far, I wanted to show how you can cram an island into a small kitchen. Everyone says not to, but ours works great.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 8:25PM
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steve-va

[IMG]http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b223/stevebrotzman/Steves%20Painting/ford009.jpg[/IMG]

I have tried to post a few pics here but I am not sure why its not working. Can someone tell me what I need to do so the pics can be seen in the forums? What I have there on top is how I normally do it on other forums.

Thanks for the help & I can post more stuff.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 8:40PM
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jeri

Hi Steve. I see you are using PhotoBucket. You want to copy and paste the info in the "HTML Tag" field. If you did it right, preview will show the picture so you can check yourself. :-)

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 8:49PM
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vjrnts

<img src="http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b223/stevebrotzman/Steves%20Painting/ford009.jpg";>

Use the greater-than and less-than brackets, and don't forget the quotation marks.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 8:51PM
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sue_ct

vjrnts, what color are those countertops? The backsplash behind the cooktop is great. Who made the design? My favorite color of cabinets, too! Did you redo the kitchen in your colonial to this? I went your "my page" and love your house!

Sue

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 9:36PM
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barbie08075

Here is my small 14x14 galley, and a not so small picture.

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barbie08075

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 10:29PM
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oofasis

Barbie, what did you use on your backsplash and where did you find it? What's it made out of? I love it. And please tell me about your tiles - what are they and who makes them.

This is one of the "prettiest" threads in a long time. If anyone were to ask me to choose my favorite kitchen, I don't think I could do it!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 10:43PM
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steve-va

thanks so much vjrnts!

sue ct the counter-top is granite. the color of the cabinets in BM Lancaster White & the paint was Impervo Low luster alkyd . the glaze on the cabinets was a custom mix to match some of the darker areas in the granite. the glaze was brushed on & whipped off to leave color in the crevices.

the design was worked out with me, the cabinet maker & customer. no designer was involved. i do all the specialty finishes for the cabinet maker & also help with design. but all i am is a painter with a few skill at drafting & cad :) i am just trying to catch up to the world & see what else is out there so thats why i am here in these forums.

i think i will post another here since i know how now!

cherry island with antique glaze.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 10:46PM
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shibababy

hi barbie, I would love to know what color paint you have in your kitchen. Thanks!

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 11:21PM
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steve-va

take 2

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 12:51AM
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sue_ct

Wow that is a beautiful island.
"the design was worked out with me, the cabinet maker & customer"
Is this your kitchen then or one you have worked on? I love the color of the cabinets, but the lighter color of the island really brings out the wood.

Sue

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 1:57AM
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sue_ct

You have a lovely kitchen. The island is especially nice. It looks like a great surface for baking. I can see myself kneading dough or rolling out pie crust there!

Sue

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 2:12AM
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celticmoon

Here is a sneak peek at SIL Barrelhaus' nearly done gem. Many of you helped with this design struggle in April. This shows the narrowed window that allowed the SubZero to fit to the right, and the shallow pantry unit in the darker stain. Opposite is the sink run with soapstone, Shaw farm sink and glass uppers backed with beadboard. Island is moveable and expandable.

Very exciting to see it all coming together. It suits the house perfectly. She promises to post pix soon.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 2:30AM
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barbie08075

Hi shibaby & oophasis,

My backsplash is part of the Sonoma tile collection, the bronze meddalion was part of the Sonoma Estate metal collections. My husband installed it saving us $$.

The wall color is Benjamin Moore "Guesthouse". The island granite is kashmir gold which was really difficult to co-ordinate the right color gold. The kitchen
was painted twice before we got it right.

We have a 1970's track house with small chopped up rooms and 8 ft. ceilings. A huge kitchen hanging off the back would have looked stupid, this kitchen looks as though the house should have been built like this. A contractor added only 6 ft x 14ft. of space out the back of the house, the contractor said he never added such a tiny amount of space onto a home. The cost would not have differred much had we went larger but it would have been out of scale with the rest of the house.

Thanks for the kind remarks. I am partial to all these efficient small kitchens.

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deniseandspike

JGarner, I love your kitchen. Do you mind if I copy your layout? My kitchen is a little smaller than yours (9'10x11'5) and I've been trying to fit everything in without taking down the walls we've put up (after the PO took them down). We also have a 1920 or earlier home and are trying to keep period. I think by flipping your layout (my doorway is on the other side) I will be able to fit in the max amount of storage space.

De

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shibababy

Thank you barbie for the color. Your kitchen is very beautiful. I could move right in.

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bayareafrancy

Wow Vicki! You already got tired of that soapstone and redid your kitchen! I know, I know, kitchen remodel is so much fun. You were feeling jealous of all the work I have ahead of me, and so decided to get in on the fun!

;-P

(no, she didn't--was just helping someone post a photo of his kitchen.)

Francy

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 1:45PM
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basketchick

Barbie, I love your look! And the medallion is EXACTLY what I had been looking for and couldn't find. :( We ended up using smaller square ones on the diagonal throughout, but I had really wanted one for over the stove. With a microhood, it is difficult to find something that will fit and look nice. Congrats on a job well done!

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caflowerluver

Ours is 14x12 with 8'ceilings. You can go to the Finished Kitchen blog and look it up under Aatosca. Or click on this link aptosca.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 2:23PM
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fnmroberts

Linked from "My Page" are photos of our basement in which we built a Kitchen/Bar.

Only a bar sink because we have a larger sink adjacent when bigger clean-up in required.

The space is 10' x 10' including the inset for the refrigerator.

Of course no dishwasher because the space is not used for daily food prep. We have prepared for and served more than 30 people with minimal confusion.

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vjrnts

Wow Vicki! You already got tired of that soapstone and redid your kitchen! I know, I know, kitchen remodel is so much fun.

Dear, soapstone just screams July, 2007, doesn't it. So dated, so yesterday!

One does what one can to keep up, you know.

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pkirkha1

Here is ours:

    Bookmark   September 2, 2007 at 6:44PM
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steve-va

Unfortunately Sue its not my kitchen :) just one me & my carpenter buddies slapped together. Here is a vanity that I did using the same color glaze but I mixed 25% mahogany & 75% cherry (Old Masters) & both the island & vanity were made with solid cherry. Its a bit dusty but then again I am a painter & not the best photographer.

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sue_ct

Wow, that vanity is gorgeous! Traditional is more my style and I would kill for that in my bath! You do beautiful work. Do you get to know who makes the pieces? Was that one custom? Please say no and tell me where I can get it, unfinished preferably, so I can try your color recipe on it!

Sue

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 12:15AM
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andrea345

9x11 with 8' ceilings. NKBA doesn't even have a classification for kitchens that small. We actually like it b/c it's easy to get around in. The triangle is really a triangle - everything's within easy reach. However, we have had 4 cooks working in there at the same time.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 2:22AM
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sue_ct

Wow Andrea, very striking, you certainly made the most of each square foot of kitchen, both functionally and visually! Hope you don't mind:

Sue

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 3:17AM
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andrea345

Thank you, Sue. Yep, we're quite pleased about this room works even now.
-a

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 10:40AM
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steve-va

Sue this vanity was custom built. I am not sure about the rules here & what is considered advertising. The guys that made this are an Austrian family that immigrated to the USA about 35 years ago & are one of the best around in the Shenandoah valley & I work very closely with them. I am sure that there is a local cabinet maker in your area that could make this.....just show em a picture. The front legs may be a bit difficult to make but I could get those made for you.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 1:35PM
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robin_d

Mine's 12 1/2' x 14 1/2' and it's not finished yet (after a year, lol) - still needs the u/c lights, ceiling trim and the swinging door to the DR rehung, not to mention a backsplash, window coverings, etc. We'll get around to finishing it eventually. :-)

Here's the floorplan - pics are linked below.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Eventually Almost Mostly Finished Craftsman Kitchen

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 5:24PM
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jgarner53

dktrahan--

((JGarner, I love your kitchen. Do you mind if I copy your layout? ))

Not at all. :-) I'm flattered. Let me know if you'd like to see a floor plan, and I can email you a PDF with my floorplan & elevations. I worked really hard to make every inch count and make my storage efficient for my needs (just two of us).

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 7:31PM
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brutuses

steve, would you mind posting photo's of your entire red bath? I'm doing one of mine in red and like to see others. Thanks

    Bookmark   September 3, 2007 at 10:10PM
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kamla

This is not in the league of the other gorgeous kitchens at all. But, it fits into the category - 14'x14' with 8' ceilings - only never thought it small - especially when we cook lunch and dinner everyday from scratch, teenagers forever baking or trying out recipes and extensive jam/pickle making in summers and have to deal with cleaning it all up after every cooking session :-) :-).

The house was built in 1990 and we remodeled the first time in 17 years by replacing tile countertops with concrete/butcherblock, sink, stove and rather nice track lights with recessed lights because we wanted to have an open/airy look. We kept our original cabinets, the flooring, the ovens, the refrigerator and of course the layout.

One thing, I would like to mention that we first used alzak clear trim for the recessed lighting and found it very shiny and reflective for the 8' ceiling - we just used plain white trim instead, although we loved the alzak trim in the showroom.

Here is part of the kitchen, almost finished. Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 1:56AM
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sue_ct

If you have a dining area, or separate dining room it is not small. Mine is an eat in kitchen with no dining room and is not open to any other area, and for that it is small. Certainly too small to put an island in for instance, or there would be no room for a kitchen table!

Sue

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 3:16AM
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sue_ct

Very nice kitchen, by the way, the U shape gives you great counter space and looks spacious.

Sue

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 3:19AM
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kamla

Yes, we do have a separate breakfast nook as well as a dining room and maybe that is why the kitchen does not feel small. And as I said it is definitely large enough to make frequent cleaning a pain.

Sue, this thread has been great. Lots of good ideas and beautiful kitchens to look at. Look forward to seeing your finished kitchen... Good luck.

Kamla.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 3:50AM
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budge1

Sue don't dismiss that island so quickly (if you'd like one). We found many in the FKB that combined seating for 4 in a table like layout with some shelving. We used those for inspiration and built ours to meet our specific needs. We use ours for meals 3x a day and there is even room for a 5th person when one of the kids brings home a friend.

I couldn't live without our island. It is about 3ft by 5ft of clear counter space in a kitchen that would otherwise have only two small landing areas on either side of the sink.

If you look at our pictures above, you can see that we also have 3 doorways in our 11x 11 kitchen so if we can make it work (almost) anyone can.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 8:58AM
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deniseandspike

Jennifer (jgarner53),

I sent you an email yesterday with my address--I'd love to have a copy of your floor plan.

Thanks!

De

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 10:44AM
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naturalstuff

vizslalover - I have the same type of peninsula but without the cabinets on either side. Do you have support for the counter overhang there? I have a 7" overhang on both sides and the template guy told me I need supports. :(

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 12:09PM
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cooperbailey

My kitchen morphed from a 5x9 kitchen yeah no kidding, into a 14x9 kitchen when DH took out a pantry wall in our 1923 house. The frig lives in another pantry(decided not to take the wall down, wouldnt accomplish much compared to the cost) because I have always dreamed of having an eat in kitchen. The chestnut table, a family heirloom just fits. I love it that DH can sit there and chat as I fix dinner. We are totally DIY except we didn't make the cabinets or install the granite. We refinished the original pine floor. As you can see the kitchen is not yet done as we took a break this summer. More custom work will be done by DH and Moi on a hutch I am renovating. And another bottom cab that DH will build. We want to use soapstone for the hutch tops. ( thanks to Vizlover we know we can DIY it.) We will put in beadboard backsplash with tin ceiling tile behind the rangeand paint it all in a cream color. New windows still need to be custom made. I have chandeliers picked out but think we need to get everything else done first.
one pic w/out granite installed. Can't get a good perspective for pics- the wall keeps getting in my way.! But it is way bigger now than what I used for 20 some years!! I love it.
Sue




    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 3:04PM
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rachelrachel

susulo - be still my beating heart! How lovely and dramatic. What inspired you, magazines, books? Did you design yourself?

My kitchen is 11 x 11.5. I borrowed countertop space from the laundry/utility room as I didn't want all the small appliances taking up the limited counter space. Looking back it was such a dynamic time replacing a 1948 starter home kitchen.

Here is a link that might be useful: 11 x 11.5 Kitchen

    Bookmark   September 7, 2007 at 8:27PM
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tucgran

Robin D
Your kitchen is lovely. I like the way you have stayed true to the style of your home. I am so excited because your layout is very close to mine and it looks beautiful. I have such a hard time visualizing what a plan on paper will look like so I really appreciate your pics.
We are adding a new kitchen to a 1927 art deco bungalow in the southwest with 12 inch cabinets on the side wall for the pantry. I have been struggling (obsessing) with an island layout that hasn't felt right in the space. My KD is in the process of putting together something similar to your layout and looking at your kitchen I am convinced that this will work for us.
Has the 38" in front of the frig worked for you. Also, where is your trash, I can't seem to find it on the layout?

    Bookmark   September 9, 2007 at 1:20AM
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kitchenkelly

My small kitchen is about 13 x 12 which is good for me because I am not a big cook. I really wanted an island but it wouldn't fit!

    Bookmark   September 9, 2007 at 9:20AM
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SusuLo

Sue_Ct, don't let the pristine look fool you!! I do admit, I like a clean kitchen but DH and I are totally guilty of coming in from gardening with dirty hands and shoes (too lazy to remove them prior to coming in and I were crocs or flip flops!) to grab drinks! Plus, we have two large labs that cut corners, rubbing against the cabinets and they also slobber! But with the cabinets being white, I can easily see where the dirt is and just wipe it off with a damp sponge. So don't be afraid, be brave!!

And what a great thread! It so nice to see that there are so many beautiful small kitchens out there! I don't feel so alone :)

RachelRachel, Are you sure youÂre speaking of my kitchen?!! Wow, thanks! But it looks like we have similar tastes for b&w!! Yours looks great and that backsplash is very cool! For your kitchen only being a bit bigger than mine, it looks huge! Our house is a starter home as well and it was built in 1936. So what inspired me? Well, a lot of magazines (I have a binder loaded up with stuff), this forum with all the beautiful kitchens and a good friend of mineÂs beautiful white kitchen. I hated our "old" kitchen, but since we donÂt plan on staying in this house for a long time (at least I weÂre hope not, too small), we wanted to update it just enough to make it nice and functional w/out spending a ton of money. So we moved our back door to an adjacent wall so we could add a dw (we had an old ugly portable one), we added a window, added two new cabinets and the rest of the cabinets are the originals so we just changed the doors and hardware. IÂve always liked the shaker style, so thatÂs how I ended up with the cabinet doors, plus it sort of matched the old built-in ironing board door! And since the cabinets had been a cream color, we figured weÂd just go with white, as our kitchen is on the back of the house and is somewhat on the dark side so I wanted it bright. Plus IÂve always liked white cabinets with dark counter tops. I think even if we had ripped out everything, I still may have gone for white. Although IÂve seen some really nice distressed black and espresso colored cabinets that IÂm really starting to like and wished I had done. But thatÂll be my next kitchen! HereÂs what my ("OLD") kitchen used to look like.



    Bookmark   September 9, 2007 at 11:12AM
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gibby2015

Boy - some of these "small kitchens" look big to me. Here's the galley end of my kitchen - which is 7 feet wide. Since we converted the former dining space into part of the kitchen I guess my kitchen no longer qualifies as "small" - it's now basically a 24 foot long galley....

    Bookmark   September 9, 2007 at 7:26PM
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robin_d

Tucgran,

Thank you for your kind words - some day we may actually get around to finishing it! :-)

The clearance between the peninsula and fridge has not been a problem. It's a FD fridge, so the doors aren't wide. Granted, if someone is standing in front of the fridge they need to step aside to allow someone else through, but it hasn't been a problem. My #1 priority was to be able to cook without others getting in my way. With this plan my DS and DH can get to the fridge, sink, microwave, dishwasher, dishes etc. without entering the "cooking zone" - the cabs around the range and to the left of the sink hold "ingredients" and cookware - no ready-to-eat stuff. There's plenty of room for "helpers" without them getting in my way, and I'm no longer alone in the kitchen while everyone else visits in another room - the seating at the peninsula took care of that. It's really been an excellent solution for the way we live in this one-cook household.

One thing I should mention though - we installed doorstops on the hinges of the doors and bumpers on the floor to keep the doors from opening far enough to bang into the pantry wall cabinets.

My trash is in a freestanding can under the sink. We may add a pullout for it, but having the can "loose" under there isn't a problem. I wanted storage more than I wanted a dedicated trash cabinet.

Here is a link that might be useful: My Eventually Almost Mostly Finished Budget Craftsman Kitchen

    Bookmark   September 10, 2007 at 1:45PM
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evan_nj

Our kitchen is 11 x 16. Pictures and details are on the finished kitchens blog under evan_nj.

The most interesting thing about our small kitchen was that we chose to not run the cabinets flush to the windows and doorways but rather hold them back 4 inches or so to have a color contrast. Made the space look a lot bigger, somewhat to our surprise.

Other big discovery was that extra deep counters and cabinets are fantastic. 11 feet is not wide enough for an island so we took advantage of the extra width by making one wall extra deep (27 lower, 15 upper). If I had that choice in small kitchen, I would go for extra depth. It is a fantastic improvement on usability.

Here is a link that might be useful: finished kitchens blog

    Bookmark   September 10, 2007 at 2:01PM
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bloominwhereplanted

kitchenkelly - Please do share what color green you used in your kitchen - it's gorgeous! Thanks - bloomin...

    Bookmark   September 10, 2007 at 3:27PM
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kitchenkelly

bloominwhereplanted, doesn't surprise me that you are a green fan. The paint is Moss by Devine. I really like the color and the paint. Goes on like yogurt. I know Hirshfields carries it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Devine Paint

    Bookmark   September 10, 2007 at 8:31PM
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bloominwhereplanted

Thanks for the paint color, Kelly! I've never heard of Devine paint, or Hirshfields for that matter! Must be a west coast thing...? sigh... I'll have to see if I can find something close in Benjamin Moore - I'm looking at Dry Sage or Saybrook Sage right now...

Sorry for the hijack -- back to your previously scheduled program: Small Yet Beautiful Kitchens!!

bloomin...

    Bookmark   September 10, 2007 at 10:14PM
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barb59

Here's my contemporary kitchen. The long wall is 12'. I think the ceilings are 8'.

Here is a link that might be useful: small contemporary kitchen

    Bookmark   September 11, 2007 at 12:28AM
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lobsterbird

Already posted pictures of the small kitchen in my older home, but I thought it might be fun to show these pics, too. We have a condo with a very small kitchen -- I don't know its measurements but it feels about the same size as my 9 x9 kitchen at home. It's sorely lacking in storage. We did an economical sprucing of the room, keeping the original white wood-grained formica cabinets and formica countertops ("butcher block" pattern) but changed the hinges and knobs. Other improvements were new appliances from the local Sears' scratch & dent place, tile floor, and wallpaper. Wallpapers are closeouts that we got a great price on. There wasn't enough of the blue paper to to do the whole room, so we found a yellow that coordinated. Curtains haven't been changed yet. We have a retro thing going on in the place, so it's just a fun kitchen. Nothing like the beautiful renovations shown on this thread, but thought I'd include it for variety.

I've enjoyed seeing all the wonderful kitchens here. I agree with the poster who said this is one of the prettiest threads. I think I actually prefer a smaller kitchen!

Tina

    Bookmark   September 11, 2007 at 1:36AM
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sue_ct

A very bright and cheerful little kitchen! I bet it makes you smile when you go in to make your coffee in the morning! Thanks for sharing, its nice to see such a variety, there is something for everyone.

Sue

    Bookmark   September 11, 2007 at 4:18AM
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amsunshine

Here's mine: Early 50's house with galley kitchen, open on both ends, 13 X 8 feet and 8 foot ceilings. It's hard to get a good photo because of the small size and galley layout, but here goes:

    Bookmark   September 12, 2007 at 12:13AM
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sue_ct

Bump.

Hope everyone doesn't think its too tachy to bump my own thread, but so many people contributed such great kitchens to this thread, I thought others just starting small kitchens might find it useful.

My own cabinets go in next week.

Thank you, everyone!

Sue

    Bookmark   November 8, 2007 at 1:15PM
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lmhall2000

Here's an angled shot...we opened a previously galley kitchen to the great room...now it's an L shaped with island...much easier flow on our larger family...

Tara

    Bookmark   November 8, 2007 at 2:42PM
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sienne_c

I think this thread was started before I finished my kitchen. It's 8 x 10.

Here is a link that might be useful: Finished kitchen photos

    Bookmark   November 8, 2007 at 5:40PM
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