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Adjacent to the kitchen, a built-in office nook looks out onto the backyard, keeping the kids under their mother's close watch. At left, an inset steel panel provides a place to show off artwork.

Planked Refrigerator | Vertical, not horizontal, planks cover the refrigerator, making it unobtrusive but not hidden. |

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  • Courtney Durrance

    Lol. Hopefully the instructions are clear enough to follow on sangria Saturdays.

Chic Seats | Dingy paint and fabric kept these caned chairs from a bright future. Fiery red lacquer and new chinoiserie upholstery put them back in the seating game. |

Mod China Cabinet | A pale gray lacquer (Dovetail;, paired with crisp white trim and a graphic papered interior (Zebras;, wakes up a faded but handsomely proportioned cabinet. |

  • Steph Lee

    Can IOU believe. Jimmy made me one like this in 1972!!!! Susie is now enjoying it after my Mother used it for many years.

Neutral Treasures | Highlight a neutral collection by painting the interior of glass-doored cabinets in a contrasting color. |

Creative Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Unique Materials | You can create cabinet door inserts using unique materials like louvered panels, hole caning, patterned tin, or wire grating. |

Creative Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

Multiple Bedside Shelves | A second shelf for reading materials leaves more space for a wide based lamp and keeps the top of the bedside table clutter free. |

Smart Storage Solutions

Suspended Shelves | Open backed shelves are great for small kitchens. Install them in front of windows for extra storage while still allowing light to come in. |

Smart Storage Solutions

Create an Ironing Station | Keep all ironing supplies in one convenient place. Many big box stores carry stow-away ironing board systems that can be easily hidden behind a cabinet door or over-the-door iron and board hangers that are designed to hold any style of ironing board. |

Smart Storage Solutions

Disappearing Act | Hide utilitarian features by choosing a cabinet with a pullout waste bin and adding an outlet to the back of a cabinet for the microwave. |

Smart Storage Solutions
  • Del Sykes

    Good idea for hiding a microwave - in a larder cupboard

Open Pantry Shelves | Using baskets and buckets to store dry food items help keep an open pantry looking neat and functional. |

Smart Storage Solutions

Corner Shelves | Corner shelves can be an efficient use of a sometimes awkward space. The brackets supporting these shelves are local architectural salvage pieces that add character to the kitchen. |

Smart Storage Solutions

Pull-Out Pantry | A pull-out pantry component can help take advantage of an awkward slender space. |

Smart Storage Solutions

Hidden Cutting Board | A slide out cutting board cleverly adds work surface to a kitchen. |

Smart Storage Solutions

Functional Foyer | Just because an entryway is used, doesn’t mean it has to look cluttered or drab. These bright shades hide away bins of shoes and toys while adding a nice pop of color. |

Smart Storage Solutions

Paper Towel Cubby | For a discrete and convenient paper towel roll location, remove a drawer and install a paper towel holder in its place. |

Smart Storage Solutions

Budget-Savvy Solution: Overhead Shelves | Made from leftover lumber, they provide extra storage in the mudroom, taking advantage of typically wasted space. |

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