After my moaning and groaning back in January about not having a good shelf solution for the weird, awkward cabinet-less corner of our rental kitchen, I pretty much promptly went out and solved our problem and then fully neglected to blog about it. Here’s what we were dealing with – a strange space that wasn’t doing much good.
We tried living with the rolling cart island from our old kitchen as a countertop extension for awhile. Not too bad but the lower shelf was broken during the move and so it’s not so functional anymore for storage. We’ve actually tried a few other things out in the kitchen – like the tulip table when we very first moved in (hard to believe that was six months ago!). It filled the little corner well and was a nice place for breakfast but ultimately it was needed for the dining room. Next we tried the “beer pong” dining room table that also once lived in our old house. It felt a little too low to the ground and didn’t offer any storage either.
But now with a little help from Ikea and a little Frankensteining of our furniture, we now have a layout that’s working pretty well. First the Ikea part: This guy (the Fabrikor) has been holding our meager liquor supply for a few months now and has blended in well with the kitchen. And literally, that’s why I picked it, to blend in well. I really hate our bland beige yellow wall color but this house is a rental and I just can’t bring myself to paint the whole slam-damn thing. So this beige-y tan metal cabinet is a great chameleon with the wall and calls less attention to the dingy paint color than a nice fresh white cabinet would. And since it’s all metal, when we move on to our next house, I’ll just spray paint that baby and leave the beige behind. Having glass on the front and sides is great right next to the window. It fills the space but still lets a lot of light through.
Now on to the Frankensteining – we took the base from the metal rolling cart and married it up with the wood top from our old, old, old dining table. Yep, that’s an extra and ginormous bag of dog food hanging out there. Sorry Pope, we have dogs not kids. Now the table/cart is a much better size and scale. I’ve been on the lookout for a few barstools to add around it too but no rush. JT picked out the poster actually but I rather like it for our crazy vegan kitchen. So that’s what’s been happening in our kitchen. What about yours? I caught LizardMan checking the kitchen out too the other day. He’s cute and I like the blue streaks on his belly but I hope he just keeps checking things out from the outside the house . . . .
Love that new cabinet! Can’t wait until STL gets its IKEA. 15-ish months and counting!
IKEA really does have some of the best storage systems around. I’m very happy with my Expedit and rolling cart and cabinets, and I love your solution too. The Fabrikor has a great shape and looks good in your corner. Putting your table top on the base of the rolling cart was genius, and your Meat Is Murder poster really is perfect for a vegan kitchen.