QOTD: Thoughts on Hidden Paneled Refrigerators…

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I have never been one to gravitate toward concealed refrigerators mainly because nicer top of the line ones are quite beautiful. I’ve shared this sentiment in the past on my post about my trip to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. Though this post is filled nicely designed paneled fridges, I may be in the minority as a designer who prefers seeing the real thing especially in a kitchen where there is already so much cabinetry. What are your thoughts?

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Tuesday’s Tips: ways to make small kitchen more functional…

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Oops. Scheduled thispost for today instead of tomorrow. Your tips are a day early

Placing a tiny table with two stools tucked under can give you that eat-in kitchen feel. If you live solo, don’t feel as id you need to purchase a 4 seat table set. Buy what you need. If you only need seating for one, get one seat.

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You may have a free wall in a galley kitchen where you could squeeze in an industrial bookshelf without taking much floor space. Store appliances, cookbooks and things that don’t fit in a cabinet. The key is color coding or leaving out the things you use daily, often and items that ate visually beautiful. So use that crystal bowl wedding gift as a fruit bowl instead of it staying in a big box taking valuable space and collecting dust. Free up counters for food prep by keeping your toaster and coffee maker here…

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Walls are your friends in small spaces. Use them to your advantage like magnetic knife racks instead of typical knife blocks. Rods with hooks can hang mixing utensils etc…

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A wall hung collapsible table can be your key to more surface space when need be…

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Even if you don’t have room for a table, buy a stool that is a comfortable height to sit and dine at the counter. Do you burn something the moment you walk away to sit down and watch tv in the living room or end up with clumpy oatmeal because standing idle at the stove is boring? A stool at the stove can prevent that, rest your feet and allow you to take a quick read of a magazine while you wait for dinner…
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It’s possible to sometimes fit small rolling islands in a small kitchen. They can be used for storage, added surface for food prep or in some cases, seating. Place them along the tile at the edge of the kitchen to separate rooms if the kitchen has an open L shaped floor plan.

{Images via BHG, the Kitchnthe Glitter Guide}

Tuesday’s Tips: get more counter and floor space with these hidden storage ideas

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Get more counter space by hiding essentials in a pull out drawer. Instead of housing in jars, you can pull out and easily scoop corn meal, flour etc…
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A ventilated drawer to store non refrigerated foods like onions are great space savers too instead of large baskets on the floor or counter…
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Decorating with sparkling water bottles with pretty labels for bar carts or kitchens…

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Recently I purchased a few glass bottles of water with pretty packaging from World Market. Usually you see them on counters in staged kitchens or bar carts. I put mine on the counter as they are pretty sizeable. My pic is at the end but in the mean time, enjoy the pretty green bottles everywhere else…

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I am a sucker for pretty packaging and a few cans of sodas or bottles of beverages are a great inexpensive way to add color to a kitchen or bar cart.
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Vintage kitchen menu DIY inspirations

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When I saw this on Fabric Paper Glue I immediately thought about recreating this for my kitchen. I currently don’t have any art in my galley styled kitch so this would be cute and simple.

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Love to see menus at weddings in chalkboard or windowpanes….
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Vintage menu signage adds some fun to a kitchen. It reminds me of grits and eggs and country eating like at Cracker Barrel.
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Framing vintage prints in a clean frame with a mat can keep the look more modern. Which is why I passed up the window pane glass frame at the Goodwill. I didn’t want too country of a look for my menu which is why I love how clean the one in my inspiration looks. So since it’s going yo be really cold this weekend, I should be able to share how thia turned out come Monday. Stay tuned. Are you tackling any home projects this wknd? Do share!

{Images via wedding chicks, DIY bride & pinterest}