Can You Spot the Ingenious Storage Space in This Kitchen?

Can You Spot the Ingenious Storage Space in This Kitchen?

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Lisa Freedman
Oct 16, 2017
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Look down. Like, almost way down. Do you see it? Here's a hint: We'll stop tip-toeing around the answer. Get it? Eh?

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There it is! To make this 225-square-foot New York City apartment more livable and homey, Courtney Duffey and her carpenter boyfriend DIY'd a bunch of smart storage options. This pull-out toe-kick drawer under the bottom cabinets is probably the most brilliant. That space is usually just wasted! And now it's a tucked-away spot for all sorts of cleaning supplies and odds and ends.

Check out the rest of their smart ideas: This Couple Dramatically DIY'd Their Tiny Rental Kitchen & Now It's Awesome at Apartment Therapy

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Now she has a few extra cubic inches of storage, which really add up when your entire apartment is less than 250 square feet. Even better, the drawer is completely concealed when it's not open. Visitors would never even know it's there — unless Courtney shows it off (something we suggest doing!).

While we're looking at this tiny rental kitchen, there are few other things worth calling out. First, there's that floor! The couple installed vinyl peel-and-stick tiles from Mirth Studio, which cost $112 for a pack of 16 square-foot tiles. While this didn't do anything to add storage, it sure did help brighten up the room.

Next, they swapped out the old laminate countertop for a trendier wooden one, ripped out old upper cabinets in favor of open shelves, and replaced all the hardware. All together, these updates create a small kitchen that's full of big ideas.

Did you spot the hidden storage?

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