The Telegram (St. John's)

Storage strategy: hang loose

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Dear Debbie;

Our rental has a small kitchen with very little counter space. Not sure where to put everything. Any ideas for storing utensils and small pots? It’s our first kitchen so we don’t have a lot of stuff yet. Thanks, Camilla

Dear Camilla;

Thinking outside the box will often solve your problems as it did with two small kitchen spaces shown here.

A visit to a hardware store or building center will get you started. The idea is to discover alternate uses for everyday items. The corrugated galvanized panels seemed like a novel idea for a backsplash. It’s modern and easy to clean, and as it is galvanized it won’t rust. Have them cut a piece to size at the building store. Then, wearing gloves, sand down the sharp edges. It is held in place with cement screws and washers.

We were now ready to take care of storage needs. Metal shelves were mounted over the shiny backsplash. Pots, pans and strainers hang from S-hooks. It is lovely to have a large window in the kitchen, bright and cheerful. But it took up much needed storage space. We hung chains in front of the window, added more S-hooks and there was lots more room for utensils.

Bold shades of paint were chosen to produce a punchy, youthful atmosphere. The window frame and old countertop­s were painted a lively russet, then finished with a coat of high gloss varnish. The uniformity of the blue/mauve walls and cabinets unite all the metal. Even though dark colours are thought to make a space appear smaller, they add so much character that the size becomes irrelevant.

In another small kitchen, there was also a shortage of cabinets for storage. Working with the existing Cottage theme, I had an idea, and we went on the hunt for an old window frame. This long, thin storm window frame was filled with mirror instead of glass, a favourite accessory in country decorating. I used a simple antique technique to freshen up the frame. Loose or flaky bits of old paint were sanded off the wood. A rough coat of white paint was applied and let dry. A thin coat of brown paint was brushed over the frame and rubbed back with a soft cloth while still wet. Dark paint is left behind in the cracks and crevices, highlighti­ng these imperfecti­ons. Once refinished, the frame was hung on its side. S-hooks were screwed in to hold a row of utensils. The mirror reflects light, and adds depth to the room.

This is an easy solution that can be moved to another home or room. Also works in a hallway for hats and mitts.

 ??  ?? A repurposed storm window makes a decorative hanging place for utensils.
A repurposed storm window makes a decorative hanging place for utensils.

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