Before & After: A Teeny-Tiny Kitchen Gets Some Serious Style

Before & After: A Teeny-Tiny Kitchen Gets Some Serious Style

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Nancy Mitchell
Feb 8, 2017
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One of the fun things about working at Apartment Therapy is seeing how much potential there is in even the smallest of spaces. At 25 square feet, this barely-there kitchen is, I think, the smallest kitchen we've ever featured in a Before & After — which makes the end results even more impressive.

A home with a 25 square-foot kitchen might sound a little insane to people from anywhere else, but in New York, you take what you can get. The owner of this Upper East Side studio didn't have the option of expanding, but she decided to make her teeny tiny kitchen into the best space it could possibly be.

The existing kitchen had a few flaws: dated cabinetry and appliances, a non-existent backsplash, which made the wall behind dingy and hard to clean, and a microwave awkwardly suspended below the cabinets. The floor tiles were dirty and broken, and even the subfloor underneath was starting to crack. The homeowner envisioned a makeover that would solve the kitchen's current issues, while injecting this small space with a little bit of style.

(Image credit: Sweeten)
(Image credit: Sweeten)

I love that the new kitchen embraces contrast, flaunting the conventional wisdom that light colors are the only solution for small spaces. The old cabinets were replaced with new white ones in a clean, Shaker style, while the glossy black subway tile backsplash adds a bit of drama.

(Image credit: Sweeten)
(Image credit: Sweeten)

The fridge and stove are sized so as not to overwhelm the kitchen, while the stainless steel finish plays up the contrast and adds a bit of shine. The microwave was moved to sit above the stove, which allows for a little more cabinet storage where the old microwave used to be — and a much more visually pleasing layout. Another win is the large-format porcelain floor tile, which fits neatly into the black-and-white theme — and ensures that cleaning will be a breeze.

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This Upper East Side homeowner found her contractor, Valentino, on Sweeten, a free online resource that connects homeowners with local design and construction experts for renovations. You can read more about the project, see more photos, and find sources on the Sweeten blog.

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