I spent the majority of my winter vacation (which was about 2 months ago…) relaxing. Easily 75% of the time I was emulating a sloth. With that said, Joe and I did manage to get some stuff done around the apartment. One of my favorite things was updating the kitchen!
When we moved in last year, we organized the space the best we could. It wasn’t an ideal situation – after all, we were coming from a large kitchen with never-ending counter and storage space to a tiny and awkwardly laid out kitchen… but we made due. Mostly because this was still larger than our first kitchen. Heck – the dining nook in our current apartment is bigger than our first kitchen.
This is what we were working with:
One of the things we added was the Signe Rug from IKEA. I really didn’t like standing at the sink without something under my feet – and there was no way I was about to spend a ton of money on one of those GelPro Mats. I hear wonderful things about them, but I’d rather put that money towards Joe’s tuition or buying more boxes of crumb cake mix from Trader Joe’s.
Side note: you should definitely grab a box of that crumb cake mix. It is delicious and looks very impressive when you bring it somewhere or serve it to guests… but it only takes a few minutes to mix it all up :)
We opted to get it in black and white, which I think is pretty brave since we’ve never decorated with that color combo. Truth be told – between the yellow walls and the orangey cabinets, any other colors would have looked ridiculous.
The star of the kitchen is now our Omar Shelving Unit (also from IKEA). Joe and I had been debating what we should do in this space for the entire time we’ve lived here. We tried using what we had but nothing really fit. Ultimately, we opted to get this shelving unit… and then a few months later, before 2014 started, we finally purchased it. It was painfully easy to build and makes a great impact in the space. It gives us a lot of storage space without being obtrusive.
Yes, we purchase this so we’d have a place to put our important stuff. Turns out our important stuff is tea, coffee, and fruit.
This is still a work in progress and we’re still tweaking what makes the most sense for us.
Will we finally get a microwave after being without one for the last year? Perhaps.
Will we calm down on our obvious tea addiction? I highly doubt it.
Clearly, these are not Earth-shattering changes, but they’re a step in the right direction on making our kitchen functional. It’s always tough when you rent because even though the apartment/house/whatever is where you live, it isn’t really yours. It’s one thing to paint the walls but it’s another to paint cabinets and knock down walls (which is what I’d really like to do).
Now… if you’ll excuse me… I have to put out a new roll of paper towels…
Have you made any small updates in your kitchen lately? Anything you’re dying to do (you know, if money were no issue)? Any other tea addicts out there?