Nesting: A Kitchen Tour

Hi friends! Today, I am so excited to share a tour of my “closet” kitchen. We’ve lived in this apartment for almost a year (next week) and we just finalized our kitchen. We are pretty proud of how inexpensive, easy, and enjoyable this makeover was.

We did this makeover in two parts. The first part was as soon as we moved in. The kitchen was bare and lacked storage space. Peter, took a few days out in our backyard to cut, paint, and hang shelving for dishes. He also put up a few Ikea racks to hang all of our pots and big cooking utensils. I spent the first few days selling all of our vintage dishes and bought white simple and clean ones. In combination this helped create a more functional and open space for our initial needs.

With those few changes we left the kitchen as is and worked on other rooms during the year. Here’s how it looked during that time:

The cabinets and counter were dark and outdated and I realized that my personal time to complete projects was winding down as we will have our hands full with a baby soon. I spent many nights looking on Pinterest for inspiration, and let me tell you, it was the best. I saw many small kitchens like mine that were beautiful and updated with just a few little steps.

We wanted to go for a more open and clean space without going stark white. We love white, but for our kitchen, it just didn’t seem right. 1) We painted the cabinets a mist green. We had to do quite a few layers since the cabinets were so dark. We were told the primer was included in the paint already, but if I did it again I would prime with a separate primer first. 2) We purchased a bunch of mis-matched knobs from Home Depot for under a dollar each. I originally wanted to go on a thrift hunt for vintage ones, but I quickly realized I didn’t have the time nor the patience. Home Depot had plenty of vintage-esque ones to choose from for really cheap. 3) After we finished painting most of the cabinets, we tried to move on to the side of the cabinets and under the cabinets. After attempting to paint them we realized that the cabinets were not real wood and we couldn’t paint them, that’s where contact paper came in handy. Someone recommended that we should contact paper the entire kitchen instead of painting and even though I am so thankful for the advice, never do that. I had a relatively hard and stressful time doing the side and under cabinet. It might be the perfectionist in me, or the fact that contact paper can sometimes be a pain in the butt, paint instead. 

I will be back next week with some tips on how to live with and love your tiny kitchen. Thank you so much for letting me share this space! Please feel free to share, comment, or whatever you want with these pictures with proper credit, no need to ask first.

Sources: Paint- Misty Green from Home Depot| White Plates- Ikea| Rug-Vintage| Flower pot-Ikea| Knobs- Home Depot| Utensil Case- Vintage Tool Box that was painted white| Cart-Ikea| Shelf Dishes- Vintage, Antropolgie, and Ikea| Shelving- Made by Peter| Frog Sponge Holder- Amazon

5 thoughts on “Nesting: A Kitchen Tour

  • Reply Jo March 11, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I love the color. Looks great. My husband and I moved to a bigger apartment about a year ago (May 1st to be exact). Before that we lived in a small studio with a teeny tiny kitchen. As annoying as it sometimes was I have such fond memories of that kitchen now. I'm sure you feel the same about your kitchen too!

  • Reply Sarah March 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    You manage so well with a tiny kitchen – i admire you! You look beautiful in these photos and I love the pale mint colour – it looks lovely.

  • Reply Maria March 18, 2014 at 1:15 am

    It looks really great, Latonya! I really like the choice of mist green. And you and your bump look amazing!

  • Reply Penelope December 9, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Looking very beautiful. I like to have my own kitchen like yours.

  • Reply Kate Chapman August 16, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Lovely furniture ! Amazing kitchen !

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