Make Space: Get More From Your Kitchen!

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I really could use the space in this cabinet. I have jars and jars of stuff I use on the daily. I forget what I have because as you can see, it’s hidden behind more jars, and so on…

We all are trying to gain more cabinet space/counter space. How do we do that without going into debt? What if we can’t spare the room? What if we can’t add on? What if tearing out cabinets isn’t an option or adding more? How do we gain more…?

My solution was to take four inches away from my counters. What I mean by that is I built a shelf that sits on the back half of my countertop. I don’t ever recall a time when I’ve used my counters to the very back, so I knew I wouldn’t miss it. Here’s is what I did…

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Off to the scrap pile I go…

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1 x 4’s … I measured the length of the counter this shelf would sit on and cut accordingly.

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Drill holes counter sinking each one. I then used wood screws to screw it together.

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Sanding the wood before screwing it all together is much easier than doing it after, which I did…Here, I’m sanding/smoothing the screw holes as there are always burrs left over from drilling.

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Here it is!

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Turn on the lights! It fits the space just right. 

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I some gained serious space…Like whole two shelves in that cabinet! 

This was a total win-win. I’ve freed a cupboard and gained a useful shelf that makes it super easy to get to ingredients I use daily. No more pulling jars out to see what’s behind. Very convenient! I’ve prepared dishes and rolled dough on this counter and haven’t missed those four inches!

Figure out what it is YOU really need from your kitchen. Remember the blog post on the coffee cups here? Whatever your needs are, more than likely there is a way to make your kitchen space more usable for YOU. An organized kitchen that works for your lifestyle makes all the difference in creating those wonderful dishes you make with love!

I’m looking for suggestions….should I stain this shelf or whitewash it?

I hope this gives you some ideas to making your own space work for you!

Remember, if I can do it, you can do it!

Peace, Koko

If you know someone who this post would benefit, please share/follow. I so appreciate you and thank you in advance! 

 

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Simple Wall Shelf (part 2)

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I wrote a post here… about building a convenient hall shelf somewhere, anywhere; this post is showing you that I’ve added hooks.

It made the shelf even more “convenient”.  Those headphones you see pictured have been sat down and misplaced more times than I can count.  I use them all the time when vacuuming and mowing the lawn.

Okay so I mentioned that I wanted to add these dragonfly hooks that I had.  Well I did.  I had actually done them awhile back and never posted, but you know how life is…?

I really like the added detail.  It really pulls it all together.  Makes for a great spot to hang my purse or a dog leash or just nothing at all. And yes it does make me smile every time I walk past!

To everyone out there, find your smile daily.  Just look, it’s out there.  Here’s to the small joys every day! Right BV?  Peace all! Koko

It’s grass cutting day here at Chateau Koko’s place!

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Fresh cut grass. Clean edged lines. I mow my own lawn. And yes I enjoy it. I don’t see it so much as a chore but a time to reflect, soothe my thoughts, reenergize, get ideas. I get plenty of time for that, as it takes me about three hours to do most of the yard with a riding mower. I mow about every third day during this time of the year (I blame it on the rain). The grass grows crazy fast. I don’t have to break out the weed whipper every time, and I don’t always use the push mower, but I do log a ton of hours on that little beast. I laugh when I think about the riding mower because it gets more miles than my cute little sports car! Keep your fingers crossed for me that I get to buy the acres of land behind my house. If that happens you can be sure a mini horse will follow, and a couple of goats that will be dubbed Milli and Vanilli.

-Koko