Before & After: Adding Open Storage to a Small Galley Kitchen

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Mandy and Michael have a narrow but lovely galley kitchen with bright green walls and a marvelous checkerboard floor. In fact, many of you may be wondering how the photo above could possibly be a "before" shot, but it certainly is. Mandy had a dream of open shelving in their kitchen — with storage at a premium in this tiny kitchen, she had to get creative.

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When the wedding gift of a wine refrigerator made the existing bottle racks superfluous, Mandy immediately set about to create her own compact set of open shelving where the wine racks once lived. A few inexpensive IKEA brackets later and Mandy had the open display space of her dreams. We love the graphic black and white dishware against the green walls, and the fact that now the cookbook collection is front and center in the kitchen. This small project really had a big impact on this narrow kitchen, and demonstrates that a little creativity can help adapt your dream project into a realistic plan for your home.

For more information about Mandy's project, check out her blog Fabric Paper Glue.

Image: Mandy Page via Fabric Paper Glue.

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