Rantings from Across the Street

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Creating Storage for Small Spaces April 8, 2013

When we first looked at this house, in the kitchen there was a nook…cubby…cut-out? I don’t know what you call it, but there was this space cut into the wall between the studs. There were shelves within the space and the shelves were about 6” deep.  The kitchen is pretty small and lacks cabinet space, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what this space was used for. It’s rather long, so its use wasn’t strictly as a spice cabinet – what was its purpose? The cabinet, at the time we purchased the home, had no doors on it – just an open shelving unit. Maybe it was for knick-knacks?

Much to my delight, we discovered ‘kitchy’ robin-egg blue doors in the garage that fit perfectly over this space. Not only did the doors conceal it’s awkwardness, but its great at keeping little fingers out of the goods within. Not to mention, it’s a wonderful talking point because of it’s color.

Here’s what the space looks like now, and I have to say, I LOVE IT!

Cabinet exterior

We have everything in this cabinet from spices to salad dressing to PB & J. I can put stuff for the kiddos on the bottom shelves, and the more fragile items (jars of spaghetti sauce, etc.) higher up out of the reach of little hands. It’s really been a fantastic space, and helps to free up precious cabinet storage for the larger items in our larder.

Cabinet interior

If you’ve got a small living space (or just a small kitchen, like I do), I highly suggest giving this idea some thought. It’s simply a cut out between 2 studs that has been lined with wood and had some shelves added to it. You could make it as big or as small as you need – cabinet doors are optional.

I think you’re going to love it. If you give it a try, or if you have a space like this in your home, I’d love to see pictures! Oh, and if you have any ideas on how to make the most of your small kitchen, let me know. We could use all the help we can get!


Adventures in Home Ownership March 19, 2013

Filed under: Home Ownership — kmcdonald @ 10:16 pm
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This Friday, my husband and I are buying our 3rd house. We’re pretty excited about it, but who wouldn’t be?  The house is pretty cool, kind of rustic looking with a gorgeous wrap around deck.

Our House

Pretty cool, huh?

We have a lot of plans for our new house. In fact, out of the three we will have owned, this one has the biggest “honey do” list we’ve ever had. Here are a few of the items we have on our list:

New flooring (I’m hoping for hardwood, but at this point anything new would be better than what’s in there.
Turn Around in the driveway
Chickens (dying to raise some!)
New Windows
Fresh Paint

It doesn’t look impressive, but if I listed out everything, you’d feel as overwhelmed as we do! Don’t worry, we’re going to do it over time, and really try to enjoy this house with our beautiful children. The potential here is amazing, and I see us here for a good 5 years (inside joke – we’ll be here longer than that – I’m just known for getting the moving ‘bug’ about every 5 years. I’ve been told I’m not allowed to move for a good 10 years though). Shouldn’t be a problem!

I hope you’ll stick with me through some of the trials, tribulations, and triumphs that we’ll have over the next few years. If you’re a fellow Pinterest-er, you can follow me there too. I’ve pinned a ton of ideas for the new house, along with a plethora of other things too. Come on over! You can find me at http://www.pinterest.com/azapolya.


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