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post #21 of 50
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I got it at target. I was originally going to use only blue and white, but I saw that rug and loved it, so I decided to use it as inspiration.

I still need to install some new doorknob handles, and figure out if I'm going to keep my microwave. I also want to get some more spice magnets and add some more color to the kitchen. But it's coming together how I want it to.

I'm really proud of the pot rails. I've never installed anything like that before, but it was surprisingly easy.
post #22 of 50
That looks awesome! Great use of space!
post #23 of 50
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I'm still trying to find something to put in the space beside the stove. It's about 8 inches across. Anyone know of anything I can use?
post #24 of 50
Love it! Is it feeling more functional now?
post #25 of 50
Wow! And I thought MY kitchen was tiny!
Beautiful job recreating your space!

I so need to steal some ideas from this thread. My kitchen is a mess.....truly disorganized, everything ends up in piles. I miss my previous kitchen, huge with tons of cupboards and racks.
post #26 of 50
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I know. Hubby and I moved from a three bedroom house with a huge gallary kitchen to this townhouse to save money. I love the townhouse, but I really miss the kitchen in our old house. I like this kitchen better now that I have things semi-organized. Now I just have to tackle the cabinets
post #27 of 50
At my previous apartment, this was my pantry:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/j7muse/90530286/

It fit a LOT of stuff. You could probably fit a lot in your cabinets if you use similar shaped containers (these are Lock 'n Lock containers). Also, I have gravity-feed can racks that have made my canned goods look organized, and more importantly, stay neat for well over a year now. I can always see what I have on hand.
http://www.containerstore.com/browse...4&itemIndex=24

I also use a shelf-doubler for my dishes, like this.
http://www.containerstore.com/browse...5&PRODID=60271

Lazy susans are also fantastic for cabinet storage. All my oils and vinegars are on one.

I have the Smart Spin plastic containers that were advertised on TV. While the containers themselves aren't great (in fact, they're not great at all!) they do save a lot of space in the cabinet. I wish a reputable company like Tupperware would make a space-saving stacking system like this, since the idea is great and they take up next to no space. The container sizes are fine for me for leftovers; they just crack and warp, and that sucks.
post #28 of 50
What great curtains!!
post #29 of 50
I took a picture of our current food storage, since I'm so pleased with how much fits in such a small space.

http://render2.snapfish.com/render2/.../of=50,590,442

I have one other small, narrow cabinet for dishes, and my oils and vinegars are in the cabinet over the stove.
post #30 of 50
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Originally Posted by momaste View Post
At my previous apartment, this was my pantry:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/j7muse/90530286/

It fit a LOT of stuff. You could probably fit a lot in your cabinets if you use similar shaped containers (these are Lock 'n Lock containers). Also, I have gravity-feed can racks that have made my canned goods look organized, and more importantly, stay neat for well over a year now. I can always see what I have on hand.
http://www.containerstore.com/browse...4&itemIndex=24

I also use a shelf-doubler for my dishes, like this.
http://www.containerstore.com/browse...5&PRODID=60271

Lazy susans are also fantastic for cabinet storage. All my oils and vinegars are on one.

I have the Smart Spin plastic containers that were advertised on TV. While the containers themselves aren't great (in fact, they're not great at all!) they do save a lot of space in the cabinet. I wish a reputable company like Tupperware would make a space-saving stacking system like this, since the idea is great and they take up next to no space. The container sizes are fine for me for leftovers; they just crack and warp, and that sucks.

how do those lock & lock containers work? i have some of the tupperware rectangle ones that i really like, but theyre so expensive, and the price on those lock ones looks really good, lol
post #31 of 50
LOVE the food storage, momaste!!
post #32 of 50
I've been using them very regularly for 10 months and none have broken or damaged. I love them! They don't nest, though, so empties aren't conveninently stored. I don't use them for leftovers because of that. Otherwise, I love them.
post #33 of 50
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I'm still trying to find something to put in the space beside the stove. It's about 8 inches across. Anyone know of anything I can use?
One of those pull out things they advertise for laundry rooms?
post #34 of 50
Thread Starter 
I thought about that, but the dishwasher sticks out about 1 inch and makes it where I can't pull anything out. I'm considering having my bro make a simple open cabinet where I can store cookie and muffin sheets. Otherwise I worry about canned goods and such being compromised by being that close to a heat source. I've felt the side when the oven's going. It gets pretty warm.
post #35 of 50
I am so impressed with the way you transformed your kitchen. I am new to this site and think it is so great to be able to get natural decorating advice from your own home.

My face-to-face friends and I are so busy with our jobs and children we just
have time for tea if we are lucky.

You actually inspired me to clean up my DH's office while he is away this week. Usually I just walk in and start feeling dizzy. The monitor is on a file cabinet, the keyboard is on an old nighttable I inherited from my mother...wow it is a nightmare! The electronic kekboard is plugged in with a big fat orange cord....

Argggh! I think I should start a new thread over this project.

luv to all.
post #36 of 50
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Originally Posted by skybluepink02 View Post
I thought about that, but the dishwasher sticks out about 1 inch and makes it where I can't pull anything out. I'm considering having my bro make a simple open cabinet where I can store cookie and muffin sheets. Otherwise I worry about canned goods and such being compromised by being that close to a heat source. I've felt the side when the oven's going. It gets pretty warm.

I was thinking the same thing. If he could build something simple to accommodate baking sheets and cooling racks, that would use the space well.
post #37 of 50
excellant idea! I would have something made that perfectly fits that space! (although I would probably move the stove over and fit the unit in beside the sink because I dont like a sink and stove so close.) I would have 3 shelves, one smaller one of top for a basket to put dishcloths into, and then 2 shelves with verticle dividers. the middle shelf being shorter than the bottom for cake pans and stuff, and the bottom for cookie sheets and pizza pans..

I drew a really crappy picture so you get the idea

http://pic4.picturetrail.com/VOL725/.../201857575.jpg
post #38 of 50
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Originally Posted by phoebeboston View Post

You actually inspired me to clean up my DH's office while he is away this week. Usually I just walk in and start feeling dizzy. The monitor is on a file cabinet, the keyboard is on an old nighttable I inherited from my mother...wow it is a nightmare!

Wow! I'm so excited that I inspired someone! I'm glad you enjoyed my kitchen. I'm trying to take my orgainizing one room at a time and not let myself get overwhelmed. I've set a goal date of December 16th because that's when my Gran is coming from England to visit. I hope to have everything how I want it by then. Pheobe, you're braver than I for tackling the office. I've been putting that off for absolute last. :
post #39 of 50
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Originally Posted by nym View Post
excellant idea! I would have something made that perfectly fits that space! (although I would probably move the stove over and fit the unit in beside the sink because I dont like a sink and stove so close.) I would have 3 shelves, one smaller one of top for a basket to put dishcloths into, and then 2 shelves with verticle dividers. the middle shelf being shorter than the bottom for cake pans and stuff, and the bottom for cookie sheets and pizza pans..

I drew a really crappy picture so you get the idea

http://pic4.picturetrail.com/VOL725/.../201857575.jpg

That's exactly what I have in mind. I like the idea of putting it by the sink instead of the stove as well. I don't know why I had it in my mind that I had to move the stove that way. I'm going to take your idea of putting it betweent he stove and the sink.
post #40 of 50
Oh, I know what I would recommend for your kitchen... lighting! Some local/romantic/pretty lighting here and there of different levels of brightness. It will make a big difference, and make the changes you've already made even more lovely.

ETA: This thread has got me thinking, my spices are not organized at all... I don't really want magnetic spice containers on my fridge, but maybe I could set up a magnetic sheet on the inside of my cabinet and put them in there?

How do you tell them apart when there are no labels, for those which look similar (esp the orange powders)? Oh and where do you get the magnetic spice containers?
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