This photo made me chuckle when I saw it. It's a serious coffee geek who devotes an entire countertop to two coffee grinders and a giant espresso machine. But I'm also not passing judgement: I'm sure many of us have our own version of this. What's it for you? Your KitchenAid mixer that takes up all available space by the stove? Your toaster oven that necessitated buying a separate workspace cart? How much space are you willing to give up for your favorite tools and appliances?
This kitchen is (you guessed it) a Swedish kitchen. How is it that the Swedes know just how to do that breezy-beautiful kitchen look? Take these floor tiles, for example. They're clearly Moroccan influenced, but in understated pastel tones that fit with the streamlined country-ish style of the rest of the kitchen.
There's one big thing I've been meaning to do ever since we moved to this new apartment four months ago: paint the kitchen. My kitchen has cherry-stained cabinets, dark granite countertops, light birch wood floors, and the walls were painted a sage-y green. It was like this when we moved in, and the longer I lived with it, the more I was desperate for a change.
Day 7: Tuesday, October 8 Assignment: Special project
This is where it gets really fun: it's Special Project time! Your special project is about improving the functionality of your space, with a slight eye toward the aesthetic. I've seen people repaint their kitchens, strip wallpaper, replace faucets, and create new systems for storing knives or compost. Some Special Projects take an hour or two, some take longer — have you ever painted a small room and thought you could finish in one evening?! — so just get started today, don't stay up all night.
Almost everything in this Vermont farmhouse kitchen is salvaged, including (and perhaps most especially) the Tibetan altar which sits in the center of the room and serves as the kitchen island. Very unusual, and visually striking, but begs the question: would you feel comfortable using an antique religious piece as furniture in your kitchen?
This is an oldie but a goodie. A few years ago Abbey from Aesthetic Outburst made over her farmhouse dining room, which was covered in an awful muddy green color. But with the help of some paint, a thorough cleaning, a new stain on the hardwood floors, and a few great thrifted finds, this room is practically unrecognizable now. See the lovely 'after' photo below:
Q: I just moved to a new apartment in Montreal. I love everything about the apartment except for the kitchen. It is a big kitchen with lots of potential, but I am very confused about what could I do to make it look better. I would love if you could give me some color ideas for the cabinets, or other things I could do in my new kitchen. Thank you!
For The Kitchn Cure this year we asked those who are participating to share their progress on social media using the #kitchncure hashtag. Here are some examples of the hard work you've all been putting into the assignments –– and if you haven't started yet, maybe this will inspire you!