Welcome back to my kitchen series!! I talked about my new sink, faucet, and butcher block counter tops in this previous post. I wanted to share how I organize my small kitchen, how I added under-cabinet lighting, and how I transformed the dresser in my kitchen to match my kitchen cabinets.
Here is a view of my new counter tops! I am so in love!!
I purchased my under cabinet lighting on Amazon. If your interested, you can take a look at them, here.
My new lights came with a magnetic strip that is attached to my cabinets with some strong adhesive stickers (similar to command hook strips) The magnetic strip stays in place, while the lights can easily be removed.
They are rechargeable!! Some lights similar to these typically operate on batteries, which have to be replaced often. I was happy to find an option that can be re-charged. They come with a USB cord that I easily connect to my computer. They need just a little while to charge, and then they can just be returned back onto the magnetic strip.
So far I really like them, and would certainly recommend them if anyone was looking. The light has 3 settings for the switch.
- On— which delivers constant light
- “G”— which is motion activated. This setting is great and saves the battery
Typically when I organize a space, I sort, purge, and re-home/return my items. After re-painting all of the inside of the cabinets, gave me the perfect opportunity to purge some items, sort, and re-home. Whenever I organize a space I also try to “shop my home” before making a purchase on containers.
I had a basket that needed a new home—– it fit perfectly in this large bottom drawer. It helped my organize some sponges.
I also had an extra-large bin that needed a new home. I decided to designate it to my cereal. It has really worked out well. Having 5 family members and not everyone eating the same cereal in the morning, we can just grab this one basket—- carry it to the table and have all the selections for cereal available.
someone wanted a picture taken too
With these cabinets being older cabinets. I do have some odd sized cabinets with odd depths/heights. Finding bins and baskets to fit my space has taken some time. I found these at target and organized multiple things throughout my kitchen. These baskets hold some pantry supplies above the stove. These cabinets are pretty tall, with adding the bins—- it makes it a little easier with grabbing things in/out when I need them.
Under the Kitchen Sink —- Trust me—– it was a big mess down here prior to re-painting everything.
These next few containers, I have actually had for a few years. I cannot rave more about them. I have them in my cabinets and in my refrigerator. They offer versatile storage and make good use of vertical space. The Container Store sells them in a few different sizes. I don’t have a pantry, so they hold a lot of my pantry supplies. The container’s with the handles sit on the top shelf that’s hard to reach, with the handle, it makes it easy to grab what I need.
I purchased some bamboo drawer organizers from Target.
In the picture below, I purchased a generic Knife docking drawer organizer. I previously had a knife block on the counter top, however, with my new butcher block counter tops, I wanted to minimize the amount of clutter.
Dresser make-over. This dresser, I’ve had since my child-hood and it is a heavy-duty solid piece of furniture, that I just can’t part with.
- remove drawers and single door
- remove old hardware
- paint the base of the dresser
- sand the top
- stain the top to match counter tops
- Add new hardware to match the rest of the kitchen
The stain didn’t absorb into the wood like it should have after everything was sanded. After an attempt at a second sanding and a second re-staining. We ended up with the dresser top looking very worn and distressed. It took me a couple of days, but I have grown to actually really love the “worn” and distressed look. My Husband and I, did everything in this kitchen, we re-tiled, installed counter tops, installed a new sink/faucet, and re-painted everything. Our “moto” throughout this whole kitchen process was, “If we screw it up, we screw it up together.”
Before we updated the kitchen. This dresser was used as a “dumping ground”. Dumping ground no more!! It has been put to work for more kitchen supply storage. My first thing I said to myself when I started cooking in here again, was “why didn’t I do this a long time ago?”
I also made a coffee station on the dresser
And, one of my favorite features of the kitchen, is my Chalkboard painted wall. Everyone really loves it. I just recently sketched out a calendar and a Weekly Planning section. I would say that my drawing on the chalkboard is a work in progress. I also have 2 little “artists” that love to get on the dresser to draw.
What’s that Metal bin, sitting on the dresser?? Well it serves as a place to sort our incoming and outgoing mail.
I placed folders in it to keep things separate and sort everything. I have them separated by
- Bills to be Paid
- One for Each Family Member
- To File and Store
Once a week —- I just transport the whole bin to my desk area for me to file and pay bills.
Just so everyone knows, I will be adding a new page to my site. It will have a full home tour with Sources for some of the items I have around my home.