My {Ridiculously Small} Kitchen


Welcome to my kitchen!
Now GET OUT! There’s only room for one.

Notice there are no drawers {NO DRAWERS?!?!?} or lower cabinets except under the sink and either side of the oven {which only fit baking sheets}

…with the dishwasher open

…with the fridge door open
…I’m pinched between the oven and the sink …awesome!

West Elm L shelves work perfectly for spices over the stove.

All upper cabinets are filled with food except one which holds glassware.

The coat closet in the hallway became storage for dishware, pots&pans, utensils, and everything in between. I bought a clear plastic shoe holder {20$ @ BedBath&Beyond} and used it for all the utensils. It has held up amazingly considering the weight of utensils. It’s been up for almost four years now and I just noticed a tiny hole in the butter knife section the other day.

lower closet shelves

upper closet shelves

Instead of painting the wall around the bar, I bought a couple yards of rich dark chocolate upholstery fabric {almost suede feeling} and hammered it to the base of the counter with short upholstery nails and covered the nails with a strip of vintage green hem tape. I used the selvage side at the bottom so I didn’t even have to sew a hem. #1. I hate painting. #2. It prevents shoes from marking up the wall when sitting at the bar. #3. It adds a lot of depth to the room.

When we first moved in I had no idea what I was going to do with this tiny excuse for a kitchen, but with a little creativity and an open mind, I made it our own. I’m actually quite efficient in there too.
Like Tim Gunn says …MAKE IT WORK! …and I did.



LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Wep

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    The pup looks like they are saying

    Hmm…anything in those bags for me?

  • Teal Chic

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    and you’ve made it work!!!!

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    Hope your weekend is going well!

  • ~alison

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    And it is extremely organized.

  • Becs

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    I love your blog! Nice job with your kitchen! Best, Becs

  • Maki

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    You’re using the space so wisely!
    I love West Elm – We have many stuff in our house from them:)

    Very nice kitchen and I like it!!!

  • hautepocket

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    Your kitchen looks close to mine in terms of size, but yours is SO ADORABLE. I love what you did with it, especially the bar.

  • Vanessa

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    Such awesome ideas!!

  • Liv/e in Both Senses

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    I love what you’ve done with the suede. It gives the room a real depth and luxurious look 🙂
    Love the improvisation…call it, Character x

  • KTDP

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    looks like my first apartment …. the memories …

    (indecently; no microwave? no blender ? how can one live ….. sell the cutlery and get yer self a microwave ……)

  • Rachel

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    Girl you rocked your kitchen…clever ideas…love the style and the closet…bravo!!!! You “make it work”! It has a cozy but chic feel!

  • Mama Dawg

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    That’s awesome!

    I did the same thing in my kitchen (the shoe holder for utensils).

    Here’s the link to check out mine if you want to….

  • Steph Corwin

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    wow good job! I am so impressed. Man I thought my kitchen was tiny, but I think your’s wins. No drawers?? that’s crazy!

  • Arjewtino

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    My kitchen is even smaller than that, by about 88%.

    Luckily, my girlfriend is the one who cooks so it doesn’t faze me.

  • Megan

    September 29, 2008 | Reply

    Firstly, HOLY cow on the amount of pictures on your fridge! 🙂 Secondly, I think you totally made it work, I like the kitchen!

  • MomMega

    September 30, 2008 | Reply

    Genius! You are so creative and clever! I shall never complain about my lack of cupboard space again!

  • Claire,

    September 30, 2008 | Reply

    Oh my goodness, you are clever!

  • Jessica Sutton

    October 1, 2008 | Reply

    such a smart idea with the utensils!!

    great blog 🙂

  • Katie

    October 1, 2008 | Reply

    this is a cute kitchen!! you did make is work. I do have to say your dog makes it even cuter! 🙂

  • Penny

    January 28, 2009 | Reply

    LOL,I’m so glad to see I’m not the only one with a super small kitchen.Yours actually looks really cute,and I love all the pics on the fridge.

    I don’t have any drawers either,don’t worry.

  • josephine

    November 12, 2009 | Reply

    definitely made it work! good job with that closet shoe rack idea! so creative

  • JKreids

    March 25, 2010 | Reply

    LMAO I’m not the only one who keeps pots and pans in a hall closet?! My tiny kitchen rivals this old one of yours by maybe a foot. I will surely be investing in a shoe organizer for extra storage space. So tired of opening a cabinet and it raining Tupperwear. 🙂

  • Team Romey

    January 23, 2011 | Reply

    i LOVE Tim Gunn!!!

  • tehstotehara

    February 10, 2011 | Reply

    The kitchen in my last apartment (studio) was exactly the same size. It was crazy. But it’s amazing what a little bit of organization and flexibility can do! I love the shelves sitting on the stove for the spices!

  • Anonymous

    February 12, 2013 | Reply

    ha ha ha…and i thought my kitchen was small!! Although it is probably only about 2ft longer!!!
    Like the door organiser…good idea that i might have to apply that to my kitchen! hmmm pardon the pun but food for thought hey!

  • Μαθήματα Τούρκικων

    October 1, 2014 | Reply

    still adorable bravos to you from athens!

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