Its been a while since we moved into our loft. For quite some time the kitchen was in a constant shuffle. Its one of the most used spaces and I may(ok, definitely) be particular about how things are situated. My only excuse is that I do 99% of the cooking in our home. Ha! So now that things are just right I thought it was time to share the Kitchen Tour!
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One of the best things we did when we moved in was make this kitchen island. We have shuffled the contents here and there but overall its stayed the same. And we LOVE it. This adds so much extra storage to our kitchen and our most used items are conveniently within reach.
Some of the shelves are open for storing larger items and others we’ve found containers for. We’ve used a combination of collapsible bins and magazine organizers for most everything. And lastly, we found the perfect adjustable wine storage! This took some trial and error but when this is built into a square it fits perfectly in the cubes of the expedit shelves.
We also attached this magazine rack to the far side for lid storage. I just love these things! I’ve used them for years even before we built this island. They have been discontinued at the stores(Ikea) but you can still grab similar ones on Amazon. Ive attached them to kitchen carts and even the inside of kitchen cabinets. Its honestly the best way I’ve found to keep lids organized so far.
Other easy organizing products Ive found are wood trays and chalkboard labels. The trays I’ve painted to match the rest of the decor in the kitchen. And yes, of course I used chalk paint and wax! So far these have held up really well and the wax finish cleans well with just a wet rag. The labels I found on Amazon and I use them on EVERYthing! I cut them to fit on smaller jars and use the full labels for larger canisters.
The other thing Ive added here and there is plants. I used to have the hardest time keeping ANY plants alive but something about this place is turning that right around! I think the amount of light we get in the loft is playing a big part. It may also be the plants themselves. Ive narrowed it down to a few varieties that are pretty indestructible. Generally speaking, I can keep succulents and philodendrons alive. Lets all cross our fingers that they are still alive after this is published. Ha!
So what organizing products or DIYs are you using in your kitchen? Are plants taking over your countertops too? You know Id love to hear all about it in the comments!
Kitchen storage. Is there really ever enough? In my case the answer to that has always been NO! We’ve lived in so many different spaces and even the ones with the biggest kitchens still lacked enough storage to house all my kitchen supplies. I realize I may have more than the average person (and even most foodies). But! Being a food photographer as my “day job” means my kitchen doubles as my office and all my tools, dishes, thingamabobs, etc double as my props. Do you see why the upcycled kitchen island was the first DIY we tackled upon moving into the loft? Right. When we moved across the country we decided to use Upack to move the majority of our household goods. The company drops off a container, you fill it, they drive it across the county, and eventually drop it off at your new home. Simple and super budget friendly. Only hitch is you have to pack it all yourself. Now we have moved several times in the last 10 years of making homes together but we have never packed for this big of a move and never with this kind of container. We did our best and man did we pack a LOT of junk items into that space… maybe a little too much. At least weight wise. And maybe a little too much on top of what used to be our dinning room table…
When we finally unpacked enough boxes to uncover the table we realized the wood completely split(insert super sad face). At first my mind started to wonder how we could repair it and how we could start some new woodworking projects in the middle of our new place… and then I realized that was too crazy even for us! So we pulled the legs off and I figured the top itself could make a good desk top or even just another backdrop/surface for my shoots. I quickly changed that train of thought once we unpacked another stack of kitchen boxes and realized I needed more storage and an island would be perfect in the space:
(Doesn’t that space look like it was made for a huge kitchen island?! I thought so too)
We already had a few old expedite bookcases and some metal legs from a previous configuration. So we just tipped them on their sides, attached the legs, and threw the old table top on! After a few more days of unpacking I added the lid holder to the far side and a couple magazine holders to corral those annoying water bottles which are always too tall to fit in apartment kitchen cupboards:
I also added some fabric storage bins to hide some of the less attractive items. As much as I love seeing pretty kitchens with open storage and all white plates and pottery but thats just not realistic for me. I have a huge variety of sizes, colors, and shapes and when you try to use completely open storage it just looks messy and visually cluttered. So bins for the win!
After a few days of using the island we added some rubber feet between the table top and the book cases to help with the small amount of shifting we had. We didn’t really want to attach the top with brackets or other hardware because it seemed like overkill and it would look messy. So far there haven’t been any issues with shifting but I’ll come back with an update after it gets a little more use.
So DIY project #1 for this loft is officially complete! What DIYs do you have planned for the weekend?