Home Tour :: Kitchen

Now that we’ve lived here almost a year, I have taken pictures of our kitchen! (Remember, for these home tour posts, I tidy up! It rarely looks this neat and clean!)

This is the view of the kitchen from the living room. The kitchen is visible from the front door. In fact, as soon as you walk in, the first thing you notice is not the living room, it’s the kitchen. That serves as a bit of motivation to keep it somewhat tidy most of the time!

When we were looking at the house, we really didn’t like the kitchen. Before we even made an offer, we were thinking of ways to open it up and make it bigger and wanted to begin a mini kitchen renovation right after we moved in. Instead, we decided to give the kitchen a chance and see if we liked it before we invested money into a renovation.

After a few weeks, we realized we really liked our kitchen. It’s small but we don’t have a ton of dishes and cookware so storage really wasn’t an issue. There’s not much counter space but keeping the counters clutter free gives us plenty of prep space.

The left side of the kitchen. The small cabinet is our pantry, it looks tiny but it holds quite a bit of food. The cabinet above it contains our cups and Pyrex storage bowls.

I spend quite a bit of time here washing dishes. I actually enjoy hand washing dishes, it’s relaxing to me! My dishwasher is basically a large drying rack! (We run it every few weeks just to keep it going and also when we have company or if I’m not in the hand washing mood!)ย The drawers on the left contain silverware, kitchen gadgets, dish cloths/towels and the bottom one is Paxton’s drawer.

The right side of the kitchen is the prep and cooking space. That little bitty counter is where I do just about everything. (I suppose it’s a good thing that our first little apartment had a teeny kitchen! I learned then how to make the most of a small space.)ย The fact that John David and I can peacefully cook together in this small kitchen is quite amazing. (We had a 1 person in the kitchen rule in our apartment.)

This is probably my favorite view of the kitchen due to the chalkboard wall! We painted this a few months back and we’re having so much fun with it. This wall typically is covered in letters, numbers, names and lots of toddler scribbles. It’s always something new and different!

As you can see, the oven is very small. This was another thing we didn’t like but we’ve not had a single instance where we couldn’t fit something in there! And the cabinet above the oven holds the microwave. The unsightly microwave is hidden away and isn’t taking up precious counter space!

It’s far from the kitchen I dreamed of a few years ago but quite honestly a large kitchen would just be a huge waste of space for us since we don’t have a bunch of stuff. Our small kitchen is a wonderful kitchen.

responses to “Home Tour :: Kitchen” 12

  1. Love it!
    We use a toaster oven instead of a microwave which is also up off of the counter. Our kitchen is a galley kitchen, so traffic during meal prep is a given! I didn't like the kitchen at all when we purchased the home BUT we encountered minimalism and now have empty cabinets and wonderful counter space. There are four stacked drawers and the bottom one is for Rita ๐Ÿ™‚ It has been a lifesaver during extended kitchen time!

    Now I really love our kitchen and I must say that I think we might have to talk with "Dada" about painting a chalkboard wall for Rita and Jonah!

    So neat to hear about how others make small space cooking work!

  2. Great post! I'm loving this home tour series.
    We have a small kitchen too. We have done some renovation to add more counter space and shelves for my cookbooks but other than that the renovation has been minimal. I can't wait to see what's next on the home tour!

  3. In the picture of the corner, with the mixer and gadget crock, is that shiny black surface your stove? I was just intrigued because with the oven to the right there the stove is so unique because the oven is not right below it! I have not seen that before! For some reason I never realized that you could get a stovetop and oven separate but then why wouldn't you be able to?! Just something new to me and I thought it was neat!

    1. Yes, it's the stove! I thought I'd hate having them separate like that since it's non-traditional but I really like it! I love that the oven is up high so little boys can't get into it and I really love the flat stove top, so easy to clean!

  4. I love your little kitchen! Our kitchen is small, too, but like you said- it keeps you from accumulating a bunch of extra gadgets that you don't really need. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have just enough room for everything I use and love.__Last summer, we had some people over who have massive, brand new house. Their kitchen is probably 4 times the size of mine, and she doesn't cook. Several comments were made about the smallness of my kitchen, and at first I felt bad, but then I realized that that was silly. There is nothing wrong with a cozy kitchen, especially when it's used every day and filled with love and messy toddlers. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Great outlook! How I feel exactly about my friend who said to us, "Well eventually you are going to need a bigger house." She doesn't embrace minimalism and simplicity so that makes our outlooks as different as black and white!

  5. You are right! I love your kitchen. I think I could definitely embrace ours too if maybe I could just do the floor and walls. I love your chalkboard and we have a corner like that that I'd love to copy your idea!

  6. A few years ago we down sized to a 1300sqft 3/2 house with a small kitchen. ( our children are grown) and I REALLY love our small house. In fact 4 months ago we started the process of blueprinting a kitchen renovation that would more than double the size of the kitchen. It was fun picking out and adding this and that , however in the end something just didn't feel "right" about this so called dream kitchen. It took a while to figure it out but we just didn't need or want that giant "dream" kitchen .. we did do a small addition that added a larger informal dining area. That was all we needed…just a place to be able to sit 6-8 people during infrequent gatherings. We are so happy with the new addition and proud of ourselves for realizing just what would make us happy and adding only what we needed. More is not always better..
    I love the chalkboard wall!!!

  7. This is lovely! You're so right about how getting rid of the clutter really opens up a space! I honestly cannot work properly in other people's kitchens that are just bursting with a million gadgets, small appliances, decorations, etc. How many rolling pins, spatulas, and ladels does one family really need?!? (lol) If you cook often, all those little knick-knacks are going to get covered in grease after a while. A clutter-free kitchen is so much easier to clean and to work in.

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