Brittany's New Bright White Portland Kitchen

Small Cool Kitchens 2010 - Own Division

Who cooks here? Brittany, her husband Michael, and their Boston terrier Rufus Jay
Location: Portland, OR
Owned or rented? Owned
Kitchen size: 108 square feet

What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? The cabinets were stained "cordovan" color (which completely clashed with the floor), so we just painted them white. This contest's timing was perfect because we'd already started the painting process. The before photo was taken last week, so we're just getting used to our bright new kitchen. (continued)

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What challenge have you overcome in your kitchen? (continued)
We also changed out the light fixture above the sink, added the stainless steel backsplashes, and hung the pot rack after moving in. Next might be curtains.

What's the story of your kitchen?
Our house was built in 1907, but the kitchen was remodeled right before we bought it in 2008. It is actually quite a big space, but much of it isn't useful because there are four doorways, two windows, and a fridge the size of an elephant. We had to hang our pot rack in front of the window because there wasn't any other spot, but we have a non-view of the neighbor's house so we don't mind blocking it.

What is your favorite meal to cook here?
Meal? Can dessert be a meal? We cook almost every night, but my favorite is baking desserts. This weekend will be Faith's adaptation of the strawberry, mascarpone, and ganache tart with the toasted oatmeal crust.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.