Before & After: One Smart Change to a Very Little Kitchen
When Giovanni purchased his Brooklyn condo, the kitchen had barely any cabinet space — and almost no workspace to speak of. His kitchen was just a drab row of appliances stacked next to each other, adjoining an alcove where a combination washer/dryer sat, visible to the rest of the apartment. Sure, having a washer/dryer in New York is a huge privilege, but it’s probably not one you want to look at all day — and since this is a studio apartment, with the kitchen open to the rest of the space, aesthetics are particularly important.
Giovanni envisioned a much better use of the space — a renovation that would combine the kitchen and the tiny laundry alcove, while adding much-needed storage and counter space (and maybe even a little bit of color).
The reimagined kitchen is much larger, thanks to the incorporation of what used to be the laundry nook. The new cabinets are a glossy white, which helps the windowless space feel much brighter, with stainless appliances and a grey subway tile backsplash for a bit of contrast. The countertops are black-painted butcherblock, an unusual choice that is cheaper than stone and adds a little warmth and texture.
A clever addition to the new kitchen is the breakfast bar, which helps to establish the kitchen as a distinct space (an important consideration in a studio apartment) while also providing a spot to eat, and a great deal of extra workspace. The deep blue accent wall wraps the front of the kitchen and adds a bit of color.
You’re probably wondering what became of the washer/dryer. It’s still there, neatly tucked under the breakfast bar. So the new kitchen retains all the functionality of the old — while adding a lot more counter space, and a lot more style.