Making the Most of a Small Kitchen

Home blogger Julie Blanner's kitchen renovation

Making the most of a small kitchen with these easy do-it-yourself ideas!

It’s hard to believe, but in our new home, we have so much storage that I’m actually contemplating removing cabinets. Just months ago, that seemed like a distant dream. In our last home, we had minimal countertop & cabinet space. My grandmother always said “waste not want not”, & with a few easy alterations, we didn’t. We made the most of our small kitchen, even finding extra cabinet space! Today, I’m sharing all of those tips & tricks, many of which can be done in just a few minutes.

Rethink your needs. We did not need a convection oven. Replacing it would have been too expensive & I use the microwave to soften butter in a pinch. It was hardly worth the coveted countertop space. Same with the toaster. The solution? Create an appliance cabinet to hide appliances without compromising countertops. Read more about the appliance garage here.

hiding your kitchen appliances with a diy appliance garage

Another particularly happy feature that I am desperately missing in our new home is a trash chute! Does your kitchen share a wall with the garage? If so, it’s a candidate for this life saver. In three years, we never had to take out the kitchen trash. Jealous? Well, you can laugh at us now.

a vintage champagne holder doubles as a utensil holder in this functional kitchen from

Of course one of the best things you can do in a small kitchen is assess your cabinet space. Determine what you need & what hasn’t been used in years. Here are my tips for organizing your cabinets.

simple tips to organize your kitchen cabinets in minutes

Oh, and that pesky under the kitchen sink area? I have a solution for that too!

easy organization tips for that pesky under the sink space

Don’t forget to add storage to your cabinet doors as well.

adding additional storage in your kitchen

Still want more kitchen organization tips? I have a few additional here.

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Creative ideas to organize your kitchen

What are your favorite ideas for adding space to a small kitchen?


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  • Jana Miller says:

    I’m with you! I keep my counters as clutter free as possible!

  • Camille says:

    The trash chute is GENIUS!!!! If only I had a garage on the other side of my kitchen. So clever!

  • Love the white cabinets Julie! So which I could use this colour for the cabinets in my home but maintenance is such a problem. Do you have any tips on maintaining the whites in our homes?

    • Julie says:

      My philosophy is that in the kitchen, you want to keep it clean rather than disguise any “dirt”. A white kitchen helps you keep it clean. I used a semi-gloss on the cabinets which wipe easily, when needed!

  • S.Lynn says:

    I moved from a 20×20 kitchen with island and peninsula to a 10×10 kitchen but at least it has a walk-in pantry. We ordered a cabinet depth frig to save space. I plan on removing the small-ish kitchen window and putting in a larger one. Then taking out the cabinets between the window and the door and putting in open shelving. Will keep the toaster, blender and canning supplies in the pantry but I have to have my coveted Kitchenaide mixer on the counter. I put my cutting boards in a stand-up folder file in chrome. Have added spice racks on the inside of the cabinet doors. And since it’s just 2 of us we’ve really cut down on dishes. Used to have setting for 12, now keep 6 (for company-hah). Living out in the sticks we don’t get too much company.

    • Julie says:

      I love the idea of using a file folder for cutting boards, very creative! It’s rewarding to find unique ways to make your kitchen function for you!

  • Awesome! Great transformation. After reading your article and got some awesome ideas, I’m now ready to transform our small kitchen into an awesome one. Thanks for the inspirations.

  • Sarah says:

    Love your kitchen!

    What countertop and colour is that?

  • fadiyah says:

    what awesome kitchen design . . . small kitchen with white wall painting and interior is just amazing and looks more spacious

  • Trina says:

    I like your kitchen.

  • Thomas Beckham says:

    Wow….what a beautiful kitchen. White colour of kitchen – this particular choice is timeless, it never goes out of style and will be as popular today as it is in early twenty’s. Plus it is so neat and clean and looks royal. Thanks for the share 🙂

  • Landscaping says:

    These are all incredible thoughts! A layer of paint as opposed to supplanting whole cupboards is truly helpful and monetarily so shrewd!

  • Landscaping says:

    These are all great ideas! A coat of paint instead of replacing entire cabinets is really beneficial and financially so smart!

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