Small Kitchen Remodel


I could not agree more with the saying that “kitchen is the heart of a house”. This goes for everyone, even for those whose busy lives do not allow them to often cook meals in their kitchens. It is a place where you find yourself as soon as you wake up to have your morning cup of coffee or tea. It is a place which fills a home with wonderful aromas and where memories are made. Having such an important place in a home, beside being functional, the kitchen cabinetry, the shape and size ideally should suit the taste of people who use that kitchen the most.

Well, this is not always the case, and many of us end up living in homes with old, not so functional and oddly shaped kitchens. While some of such kitchens can be saved and brought back to life with some power of DIY, there are some kitchens that are helpless, and tearing them down completely is the only thing that will work.

My old kitchen was one of those helpless ones. It was a very small, mid century kitchen with built in wooden cabinets which were painted over and over. On top of it, the long time renter has made some improvements and “decor” touches that made this kitchen even more undesirable; so the day we took the possession of the house this spring, we started tearing down the kitchen cabinets.

The kitchen area was very small, so in order to make it appear larger we removed a part of the wall that divided the living room and the kitchen. To get a better access to the backyard, we replaced the kitchen window with French doors. These changes instantly made the kitchen feel larger.

To enhance the feel of a larger space I went with white cabinets. I chose the IKEA Adele doors, and created a kitchen plan in their software. To keep the expenses down, I did not make any other structural changes so I had to work around the existing placement of kitchen cabinets. However, my challenge was how to make the kitchen functional without involving any plumbing work.

To maximize the efficiency and functionality of the kitchen, instead of a stove I decided to get a separate cook top and underneath the cook top I placed a set of drawers for my pots and pans to have them easy accessible when cooking. The dishwasher, placed next to the sink, provides the only countertop working surface in the kitchen; pretty small isn’t it?

However, despite the lack of countertop space, the placement of the kitchen cabinetry has been carefully planned, so the cooking and baking in this small kitchen proceeds quite smoothly.

Opposite to cook top and sink, I have placed high wall cabinets. One of them is a 15 inch pantry cabinet with several floating shelves. Floating shelves make an easy access to the food supplies, so it is worth paying few more dollars for this commodity. Oven and the microwave are placed on another high cabinet, and the drawer below the oven is a huge bonus. This is where I store all my baking pans. The fridge is very tightly squeezed between the oven cabinet and the wall, and we were so happy to see it fit because we thought we were short for just less than 1/8 of inch.

I played safe with the backsplash, and went with the classic subway tile. I opted for white tiling and very light grey countertop, as when pairing with white cabinets they create a uniform view and add to the feel of spaciousness.
For a pop of color I chose these icy blue cotton velvet drapes, which give the kitchen a very sharp and clean look.

Considering the size and the shape, designing this kitchen in this space without jeopardizing the functionality and appearance was a challenge in a way. Ordering and assembling the cabinets all by myself was another challenge and a tiresome and hard work.
However the project has been completed now and, considering all circumstances, I am very happy with the way my kitchen turned out.

So are you ready to see the before kitchen?
Here is my poor old, tired, hilarious, dysfunctional, neglected BEFORE kitchen:
BEFORE -Kitchen 2 Before Kitchen
And here is my new and bright, AFTER kitchen:


Have you done any kitchen update lately? I would love to hear from you.

Thanks to the following blogsites for featuring this post: Commona My House; The Dedicated House; The DIY Dreamer; The Happy Housie; Share Your Cup Thursday; The Koenig’s
Thank you for reading.


BESA GM has been nominated for a Leibster award

Even though I started my blog early this year, I effectively started blogging these last few months. Being a new in the blogland, I was pleasantly surprised when Angela at Life in Velvet nominated my blog for the Leibster award.

I am kind of embarrased that I did not know what this award was about, so after doing some research I learned that this award is given to support & recognise up & coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. To accept the nomination the nominee must play by the rules and answer some questions, discover 10 bloggers with less than 200 followers and nominate them for the award.

To accept this award the nominees, listed at the end of this post, should follow the steps outlined below:

Read my answers to the (10) questions selected by the blogger who nominated me.
Find (10) bloggers with less than 200 followers to nominate for the award.
Write a post on your blog featuring the Liebster Award.
After writting the post, comment on each nominee’s blog informing them of the nomination.

Thanks again Angela for the nomination! I accept the nomination, and the following are my answers to your questions:

Why did you start blogging?

Throughout my working career, and especially this past decade my work, at the positions I held , was so demanding that did now allow me to pursue other interests. After completing the last tour of duty at an overseas mission, I realized that now is the time to take a little break from work and enjoy all those activities that I am passionate about such as: design and decor, DIY projects, sewing, cooking and baking, knitting etc. I also wanted to share my projects with my family and friends who live scattered around the world so blogging seemed a good platform for sharing. A lot of others, outside my circle of family and friends, have found my projects inspirational and started following along, and I am grateful for that. So far it has been a lot of fun and I am enjoying it.

Most loved city and why:

I have lived in many places, but the time I lived in Vancouver BC I enjoyed the most. It is such a vibrant, ethnically diverse city with beautiful parks and beaches, warm climate during winters, and world cuisine restaurants at every corner; so, the love for this city for me is going to be eternal.

Favorite thing in your house:

My kitchen is my favorite thing in my house. It was an old, ugly and tiny kitchen which needed a complete remodel. I designed the remodel without making any big structural changes, and assembled myself all cabinets and hardware. The weirdly shaped kitchen area turned into a super functional kitchen which is now my favorite thing in my house. I will reveal the remodel in one of the posts scheduled to be coming soon.

Worst habit:

My worst habit is sighing. I sigh a lot ( and sometime quite aloud) when I am tired or stressed out, and I drive my husband crazy with my sighs. Lately, my dog started sighing too, and my husband is saying that I have been a bad influence. Sorry, doggy if this has been the case!

If you could only take one candy to a deserted island, what would it be?

It would be a caramel hazelnut candy. It has been my favorite candy since my childhood.

What is your favorite post you have written (please link)?

A Painted Wingback Chair is my favorite post. I have painted an ugly upholstered wingback chair and it turned beautiful. The project was featured in many blogs and it is generating a lot of views.

What is one interest or hobby you have that is completely different from blogging?

I love reading.

Who influences you the most?

I admire Candice Olson’s design style and I like to say that my decor style is influenced by her designs.

Describe yourself in three words:

Hardworking; decisive; honest.

Favorite holiday:

I love all holidays but Thanksgiving is my favorite

BESA GM’s Blogger Nominees


Salvaged Styles



Homemade by Hollie

Circus Berry

Katie Griffith Design




BESA GM’s Nominee Questions

1. Do you have ambitions for your blog? If so, what are they?
2. Where does your blogging inspiration come from?
3. What time of day do you write the best content for your blog?
4. Do you have a post in your blog which is worth seeing but it did not generate the expected views(please link that post if any)
5. If there was a singular wish you could have granted what would you wish for and why?
6. What is your most cherished memory?
7. What is your most common typo?
8. What is the best thing about you?
9. What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done?
10.What advice would you give a person who intends to start a blog?

Thanks to all who decide to accept the nomination.

Happy bloging.