Small kitchens - big solutions!

Small kitchens can be adorable...and work well!

OR they can be cramped, inefficient, annoying work spaces that make us want to do bad things and say ugly words.

For most of us living with a compact kitchen design, making the space bigger - or at least feel bigger - is the only way to ward off the men in white coats.

However, a good layout in a small space can mean less steps for food prep.

And - if the kitchen is open to other rooms - it becomes a cozy, inviting, friendly place where we can be with friends and family while preparing meals.

Small kitchens can be improved


  • Do you want to make your kitchen work better and feel bigger?
  • Or are you dreaming of a complete remodel to actually enlarge the space?


  • Do you love to cook?
  • Or is the microwave your most used appliance and your oven is only used for frozen pizza and Tater Tots?

Size doesn't always matter!

What works for YOU is the important thing.

This tiny wonder is cute as a button, filled with antiques, and works perfectly in its beach cottage home for a retired couple.

Come with me to the land of magical transformations....

Transform your small space with kitchen plans that show remodeling options to change the layout into one that works for you.

Make that little space look and feel larger - and work more efficiently - with heaps of design ideas to spark your imagination and enhance the space you've got!

Compact kitchen and two cooks - recipe for disaster? How to make it work for you!

A place for everything! Find more space than you knew you had with cool kitchen storage ideas.

P.S. If you're really bewildered about what to do to improve your kitchen - even after browsing through this section - I'll be glad to help! Feel free to Ask Me a Question!

Kitchen Plans for Small Spaces

Design Ideas for Compact Kitchens

Two Cooks

Kitchen Storage Ideas

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Kitchen Makeovers you can do in a weekend!

Add more storage with roll-outs! Under the sink base is an area you can use to store pots and pans.

Paint the ceiling a new color!

Buy fresh new rugs, dish towels and oven mitts.

Tile your backsplash.

Hang a pot rack.

Change out your cabinet hardware.

Paint the walls - or just one as an accent wall.

Hang a new utensil rack near the stove.

Install a wood countertop on the island.

Change out light fixtures.

Replace short wall cabinets with new, taller ones - they're cheaper than base cabs and using a different color can look great!

Decorate your soffits with framed vintage dishtowels or your kids' artwork.

Have a question about YOUR kitchen?

Feel free to Ask Me a Question!

Thinking of remodeling?

Keep a notebook or scrapbook of notes, clippings and ideas.

Kitchen magazines are expensive - look through them in the grocery checkout line. If you see pix of a kitchen you really like, buy that magazine.

Stop in at home centers and pick up any free cabinet manufacturers' catalogs.