Small kitchen design idea with square island

Small Kitchen Makeover

This was a very special project for us because these homeowners reached out to us after we had renovated their son’s home (Renovation Rekindle S1E1:  Narrow Minded Kitchen)!  

They had been living in their 1960’s ranch for over 20 years and were ready for a change.  The small kitchen was challenging because it lacked storage space and the center wall made the space very tight.  Our clients were looking for ways to be creative with some small kitchen design ideas to open up the space, get more storage space, and have a layout that would be more comfortable for family and holiday gatherings.

160 Baldwin Blog Images (1)

BEFORE:  When the home was originally built the front room was the home’s main living room.  At one point a larger living room was added onto the back of the house, so this room can now be converted into a dining room.  In this space the one small built-in is situated over the basement stairs, so the floor is slanted and storage is minimal.

living room conversion to dining room

AFTER:  This wall in the new dining room was converted to a buffet station with gray cabinets to match the kitchen, glass doors, a wood countertop, and oak shelves.

Bar cabinets with glass doors and wood counter top

A view showing the entire wall with a new full depth closet, painted to match the cabinets.  With the wall between the kitchen and front room gone the new accent wall is visible.  The old closet over the basement stairs was converted to a full depth closet, accessible from the kitchen.  Ideas like these in a small kitchen design add organization and much needed storage.

Small kitchen organization ideas with brushed gold sputnik chandelier and bar cabinets

BEFORE:  The old kitchen had outdated cabinets, a microwave over the range, and the wall to the right of the refrigerator is enclosing a working chimney.

Small kitchen ideas before

AFTER:  While the main “L-shape” of the kitchen remained similar to the old layout, removing the wall between the kitchen and the front room gave us enough room to add a large square island with seating on 2 sides.  The new island gave us room to house the microwave, add a trash cabinet, and additional storage.  A square island in a small kitchen is a design idea that helps to maximize seating.  Now that it’s open to the front room there is plenty of space for large dinners and gatherings. The newly vaulted kitchen ceiling also helps to make the space feel bigger. To the right of the fridge we were able to sneak in a broom closet (next to the chimney that’s behind that wall).  Even though it’s not large, adding a small closet like that is the perfect way to organize things like brooms, mops, and cleaning products in a small kitchen.

Small kitchen design ides with square island and gray cabinets. Crate and barrell Maddox black bell pendant large, brushed gold sputnik chandelier

The view from the front room looking into the kitchen. 

Small kitchen design idea with square island and Crate and Barrel Maddox black bell pendant large

Looking into the new dining room and catching a view of the bar cabinets.

Small kitchen ideas dining room with sputnik light fixture
Small kitchen with square island, bar cabinets with glass doors, Pottery Barn curved arm sconce in brass, crate and barrel maddox bell pendant
Small kitchen before
Small kitchen design after

Want to be added to our email list?
Subscribe Down Below!

Share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

Remodeling Kitchen Essentials

Remodeling Kitchen Essentials

While sharing our remodeling stories, we typically discuss the finishes like paint, tile, lighting, and the island design details. But there is a lot more that goes into remodeling a kitchen that makes the…

Read More »
12 Neutral Kitchen Backsplash Tiles!

12 Neutral Kitchen Backsplash Tiles!

I love experimenting with different shapes, sizes, and colors for backsplash tile!  But not everyone wants a bold color or large tile displayed in their kitchen for years to come.  Paul always asks, “What is a neutral color?”.  Neutral is…

Read More »
Top 10 Instagram Posts Of 2020!

Top 10 Instagram Posts Of 2020!

As the year comes to a close, we have a lot to be grateful for! Being able to share our renovation stories has been one of the highlights of the year for us. We wanted to share our top Instagram posts that…

Read More »
The Two Tone Kitchen Design Guide

The Two Tone Kitchen Design Guide

When looking to remodel your kitchen, or even just give it a DIY makeover, there are so many design selections to sort through. From paint to backsplash tile to hardware, the whole process can be very overwhelming! In this design guide, I wanted to showcase some of my no fail…

Read More »
5 Kitchen Subway Backsplash Ideas For Your Home Remodel!

5 Kitchen Subway Backsplash Ideas For Your Home Remodel!

One of the most common backsplash tiles we use in home remodels are subway tile. Its versatility with varying colors, textures, and sizes can match any design style! From traditional to ultra-modern, subway tile can elevate your backsplash game and give your friends major kitchen envy…

Read More »