I live in a small bungalow built in 1917. This is the third part of my home tour….as I said in my first post HERE…..” I don’t have a glamorous house with soaring ceilings and a large to-die-for kitchen or anything!
Oh no ( smile ) ……..this is about a LITTLE house and TINY kitchen and how to deal with storage etc.
This little bungalow has some charm and it also has alot of things that I’d like to change and don’t like. So this will also be about constraints…. of money, time, and capability.”
Part One was the Upstairs, Part Two was the Living Room, and this is Kitchen, Dining, and Storage.
I have a tiny galley kitchen.
The way to deal with that is to have storage elsewhere.
In this view of the dining room, several of the pieces in the room help me to survive the tiny kitchen.
The tall cabinet prior to entering the kitchen holds canned goods, cereals, pasta, soups, plastic wraps and foil, etc. It has three shelves on the top, two on the bottom, and two deep drawers in the middle. When I first moved here I had a very cheap cabinet from Lowes that served the same purpose. One year with an income tax refund, I went ahead and replaced that with this good wooden piece.
The narrow green open shelved unit next to the built-in was a purchase from Pier One. It’s a junk catch-all …recipe books and magazines, a basket that holds pens and keys and the calculator, dog leashes, vitamins…what-have-you is stored here.
This hutch was another income tax refund splurge. I’d had an older piece that my grandfather had made for me but I replaced it with this, and that older piece now has its home at my niece’s apartment.
Checkbooks, papers, junk, toys, tablecloths, puzzles, craft supplies for the children…..there’s alot jammed into this hutch!
I bought this little dry sink a year or two ago. If you open the doors, tupperware and chiildrens puzzles and what-have-you will most likely tumble out. ( smile ) This is where the daily Tupperware is stored…the kind you want on hand to grab quickly to throw some leftovers in to take to the office for lunch. I do have a small cupboard below the kitchen, on the landing as you make your way down to the basement…and larger tupperware is stored there, along with crockpots, a blender, and a few other items.
The picnic basket was a bargain that I picked up at a yard sale. It held full picnic supplies too…I have a post about that HERE. I really got a bargain that day!
Back to the red hutch corner. There’s a bit of space between it and the wall and that is where the accordian file that holds bills and this years papers is stored. This little country bench is tucked in by the steam radiator and holds some toys and crayons…a bin beneath holds some toy train tracks. Often the dining room table becomes the place-to-play in the cold weather. You’ll find dog toys not only in this corner but in most corners around the house ( smile )
In Part Two of the Tour, I’d mentioned having to break up the computer desk sections to make room for the piano in the living room. Here is one of the sections tucked into the dining room. From an aesthetic viewpoint I should have a smaller desk there, but from a monetary standpoint, this one is going to stay for awhile…..
Now back to that galley kitchen! Tiny and hard to photograph….
The flooring was very old. I replaced that. The cabinet under the sink was the old metal kind and I used that for a few years and replaced it with this wooden piece from Lowe’s one year. Everything has been little by little over the years ( just a LITTLE extra money for such things each year but that’s the way it is and I am content )
With a doorway leading into the kitchen, one to the basement, and one to the back porch, space is quite limited here! This little wooden cabinet holds my daily dishes and cups, casserole dishes and mixing bowls.
Stove and microwave area: there was a door leading down to the cellar and I had it taken off so I could run up and down the steps easily.
This stove was purchased one Christmas Eve. YES on Christmas EVE my old white stove stopped working. WHAT an emergency. UGH. By the way, I’ll never buy a black stove again…it shows the dirt too much. AND when you clean it it shows the lint. Can’t win ( smile )
Well, that’s it, folks…I hope that you enjoyed the tour. If you live in a small house, I hope my small one resonates with the challenges that you face in regards to storage, etc. If you live in a large house, count your blessings ( smile )
I do like my little bungalow, though. Here’s wishing you a wonderful day in whatever home you live in!
For part two : visit HERE
For part one: visit HERE
For more information on this community of older homes and some other home pictures in the area visit HERE
For more information on kit and catalog homes see HERE
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and will be sharing with
And Share Your Cup over at Jann’s on Thursday