In my bored moments, I redesign the tiny space I live in, as
if it was mine, instead of a rental. The kitchen is where I’d start, I think,
or the bathroom. The kitchen is too small and ugly, not very convenient and,
like most American apartments no matter what size, it has full-sized, energy-sucking
appliances and not enough storage. I dream of a/ more storage, b/ useful,
energy-star, small appliances, and c/ adding a washer-dryer space. My current kitchen is incredibly bland and useless.
First change, color. I’d like a red kitchen—and by RED I mean red bell pepper RED.
The color would go on the walls.
Solid on the walls, and in part of the glass-tile mosaic above the counter. Like this one’s beigy tiles.
But I’m thinking primary red, blue, yellow, with white and green mixed in.
Second change, cabinets. I like seeing what’s inside—adds light, the illusion of increased space, and visual patterns. So windowed cabinets, all painted white. These would be above the counter, below the counter, and on the island. Probably not incredibly smart for the knee-high doors on the island, but we'd cope.
Third change, the island. Which right now is too small for
real storage and too high for work. I say, lower the height, add depth, and top
it with Corian, like the countertop. Let’s stop pretending we can eat at the
island, which I never do and can’t do, given the dining room table. Look at all these great colors, and it is relatively inexpensive and hardworking. Forget granite. Black or white (of which there are about 6 shades...)?
Fourth change: size-appropriate appliances. I salivate at the thought. By this, I mean a countertop-high refrigerator—without a freezer; microwave/convection oven combo; double-burner insert or sit-ontop. I rarely cook anything huge for me (single, hey!) but do use the oven space and the current mini-microwave. And a 4.4 cubic ft. countertop refrigerator will eliminate overbuying groceries—you can only store 2-4 days of stuff, and no freezer for loading up.
But lots of counterspace for coffeemaker, rice-cooker, slow-cooker,
toaster, etc. that I don’t have now. I want a toaster! I can't decide whether white, black, or stainless appliances would be best... I suspect white or black, I'm not really a stainless kind of girl. And white would add a lot of light to a dim corner.
Fifth change: stow washer-dryer combo in current space where
refrigerator stands, adding storage above for laundry and kitchen. A dream come true! A ventless combo
machine means it will fit and use what is now useless space… oh, wait, the big
ol’ energy sucking fridge is there. Above these would go storage space for laundry stuff, as well as storage space for dining linens (tablecloths, napkins) and cleaning supplies. And whatever. This would increase my counterspace by about 100%, storage space by 50%, and reduce annoyance by 500%. And give me a good place to cook as well as visit with guests. Guests? Novel idea!
And call me crazy, but I want a chandelier for lighting. A small one, since the kitchen is small, but something fairly traditional, not modern. Perhaps it is the transplanted Texan in my but like a tiara for my wedding day, I want chandeliers everywhere. This one's okay.
Yes, I have put a lot of thought into this. Too much?