Kitchen Before & After: A Total Tiny Kitchen Makeover

Take a look at this kitchen. Does it look familiar? These are the same cabinets and tiny footprint familiar to thousands of New York City cooks — not to mention cooks in cramped apartments all over the world! But look again; this kitchen was completely transformed into a place that is much more functional and beautiful.

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Beautiful and amazing, right? And so much better! This renovation comes from Frances Herrera, a kitchen designer in New York City. Here are her notes on the project.

Designer's Notes

This tiny 5x8' kitchen is located in the Lower East side. Before we stepped in, the kitchen lacked function, felt crowded and cluttered. We revamped the kitchen and now it's a show stopper! I reconfigured this kitchen and used every inch of space to make it practical, functional, stylish and above all an inspiring place to cook.

I started by increasing the storage space by using 42" high Kraftmaid Cabinetry. This increased countertop and prep space and visually made the space look bigger.

I replaced the full-size appliances with compact appliances. including a 24" GE gas range, 22" LG Over the Range Microwave, 18" GE Monogram dishwasher. We kept the existing 24" LG Refrigerator.

The use of open cabinetry at the top adds visual interest and solved an issue of a air vent that could not be covered. I also added a built-in spice shelf beside the range which helps keep the space organized and spices at arm's reach. Using a monochromatic scheme of 3x6" gray ceramic subway tiles and 12x24" gray porcelain floor tile makes the space feel crisp, polished and modern.

The end result is a modern day kitchen that is low maintenance but full of style.

Time: 3 weeks
Cost: $24,000 for labor and materials

Great job, Frances — this is gorgeous!

More about the designer: Interiors by Francesca

Other New York City kitchen renovations from Frances:
Before & After: Elegant Gramercy Park Studio Kitchen
Before & After: Bright and Tiny Studio Kitchen

(Images: Frances Herrera via email)