Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Details in the Kitchen: Part One

Getting it all Organized: Renovation Breakdown?

 Friends warned me about my kitchen design, 
not enough upper cabinets....are you crazy!!

Our kitchen renovation was something that I had thought about for several years.
I gathered inspiration pics from all my favourite mags, (hundreds I believe!)
I checked out every blog possible for ideas that would work in our home.
I considered our personal needs in a kitchen, how we use the space, what we were missing, what we would love to have,
and I went from there.
It was time to put inspiration into action!

Of course, I realized that I had to deal with some problems that have always been there,
a bad door placement to the bathroom area,
a laundry room that was hidden within that bathroom 
and a favourite "dumping" spot for the family.
Our kitchen was dark and needed natural light.
The ceramic floors were cracking, cupboards were old and beyond repair.
We only had one drawer,
and there was no, and I mean no, organization.
Take a look.....

So, for those of you planning a kitchen reno, here is a bit of thinking that went into mine and
here is a peek at how we did it...... a 10 by 12 kitchen 
and now everything has its place.

Oh....one thing...prior to putting things back from the old kitchen to the new....I adopted the word "purge' as my personal mantra.

I planned stations since our space was so small, I had to be very tight with the organization of space.
The kitchen wash-up station...sink in between, dishwasher to the right and all the dishes and pots and pans in the drawers to the left.  Easy and practical.

I know....not looking too organized? Well, I decided that I would have to have a junk drawer for all those little gadgety things that you can never find. It is amazing how much we appreciate this drawer. A little insanity amongst the sanity....but now we can find all those little bits and pieces...

These are not Ikea cupboards but I did use their kitchen drawer organizers.

Ikea has these great lid organizers...love them! My lids were basically burried somewhere in the old kitchen.

 The utensil drawers sit right next to or rather in front of the dishwasher. Easy access.

I am a bit of a silver nut...and yep, we use it...we do have SS utensils in the drawer above.

The Cooking station had to accommodate all those necessary items that you need while cooking....oils, vinegars, spices, condiments, parchment paper........

That will be in...... Part Two......(click on the image below to continue...)

A tantôt

I am linking this up:Chic on a shoestring Decorating


  1. UGH! I need to purge my kitchen SO BADLY...and yet here I am looking at your nicely organized kitchen instead.

    Good job!

  2. I am interested in the IKEA kitchen drawer organizers you used. On their website I found the plate holders but nothing for the bowls or lids. Will you provide more information so I can find what you used? Your kitchen remodel is wonderful

  3. Hi,
    I love your kitchen, it is very pretty and obviously very organized. I like that!
    I also love to find other Canadian bloggers, I live in Manitoba.
    Hugs, Cindy

  4. Thanks Ricki Jill, don't worry, it took me years to get there!
    To Anonymous, the plate holders come in different sizes and adjust, so that is what we did for the pasta bowls. The other bowls are held in place by the drawer-divider gizmo. The lid holder, which I adore, is in their kitchen section, metal and folded up. I don't think I saw it on their site either but they do have it in the store. If I remember well it was under 10$. Hope that helps. Don't hesitate to ask more questions since I really got to know the Ikea store quite well.
    Thanks Cindy. Organization was the goal. Hope you all come back, sign up under 'les suiveux' if you like. Great to find fellow Canadians!

  5. It looks great. Love Ikea! Thanks so much for linking up to my Organizing Mission Monday link party!

  6. I really like the redo! I love white cabinets and you are so organized! The hood over the stove has a very cool shape.

  7. Salut Mimi,
    The hood was the original wooden hood that came with this house. It is quite old and possibly not up to code but I loved it so much I could not replace it with something new. It felt too unique, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I have learned to be organized, it does not come naturally!

  8. Your new kitchen is just fabulous! I am going to feature you on my Flaunt it Friday features. Please stop by and grab an "I was featured" button.

  9. I love your kitchen and love that it is so well thought out. When I read your post, I thought it said "my kids were lost in my old kitchen" - fortunately it was your lids.

  10. Beautiful transformation! We're remodeling our kitchen right now. Hope I'm half as organized! lol


  11. I found you at my friend Kate's Blog--Chic on a Shoestring.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE your new kitchen!
    LOVE your mantra; "purge".
    I am having a Purge Party starting tomorrow and Mondays after that--I cordially invite you to, if you'd like to link this post, or whatever post you fancy, as long as it's about purging- I'm sure it will be an inspiration to MANY!
    It is to me!
    It's wonderful!
    Blessings to you as you make your home!

  12. Grace! That is too funny! At one point they probably were, the reno was so hectic! :)
    A special thanks to Kate for featuring my kitchen on her Flaunt it Fridays!
    And I love a purge party so I will be linking up part two with you Leslie! Roeshel, sounds like you should join us over there, I think purge was the magic in our reno. Best of luck!

  13. Purge is a great mantra. I definitely have the urge to purge too!!

    I love what you've done with your kitchen. The hardware you've chosen is perfect.

    I'm your new follower!


  14. Thank you for linking up this great post last week! {Im a lil behind, eeekk!}

    Its party time AGAIN!!! xoxokara


  15. Please forgive me- I have had a long week--I missed seeing your link up last Monday to my Purge Party. till just now.
    Thank you for coming by!!
    I do so love your kitchen and the fabulous ideas you share.
    I am going to share some of it tomorrow when I show some favorites :)
    Please have a blessed week making your home!

  16. Please forgive me- I have had a long week--I missed seeing your link up last Monday to my Purge Party. till just now.
    Thank you for coming by!!
    I do so love your kitchen and the fabulous ideas you share.
    I am going to share some of it tomorrow when I show some favorites :)
    Please have a blessed week making your home!

  17. I wondering about using IKEA organizers to retrofit my cabinets too! I'm so happy to see you got it to work with non IKEA cabinets!!!

    I was going to do it after, once they are in, because I will have the inside measurements. It will cost less than what they sell for custom cabinetry!


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