Posted in Small Kitchens, Small Space Design, Style Notes

Making the Most of a Small Kitchen

So you have a small kitchen. Now what? What to do when expanding is not an option?
Take a look at these two kitchens and look at the solutions these owners came up with.
The first picture shows a small kitchen remodel without knocking down a wall.

(Image: Andre Rothblatt) Credit: Apartment Therapy,
the kitchen above (designed by Andre Rothblatt)

Upper wall cabinets are gone. Open shelving to the left. Drama in the hood, wall pot rack accents stainless steel counters, warmth and appeal provided by the Boos Chopping Block, red stools and Black and White floor. Full length subway tile running bond behind the stove. Busy? Never. Charming? Of course!

This second kitchen below knocked down the partition wall.
Brought to you via Funky Junk Interiors

Before: A typical isolated kitchen with dated details.

And the after…
The partition wall was non load bearing and came down. The typical single kitchen window was replaced with three single hung windows providing a flood of light and making the space appear larger. Read all the details at Funky Junk Interiors. Here is a great use of unconventional materials: metal top on the island and laminate tops on the perimeter. Check out more photos at Funky Junk. Amazing transformation. Great job, on a small budget!

Style Notes on a Budget:

  • Paint Cabinets and remove the doors.
  • Use white tile. It is less expensive without adding deco inserts and liners. Subway tiles add authentic classic look.
  • Order cabinets with Recessed 1/4″ panel doors to keep the cost down.
  • Order cabinets in Hickory, Oak or Alder to keep cost down.



Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

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