030309counter-02.jpgWe often find that a small kitchen leaves little room for a place to sit down and eat a meal. Most folks working with a small cooking area will take a meal to the couch (and give up on incorporating kitchen seating). So when we spotted Caroline's DIY countertop bar, we had to share.

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By simply painting and installing wood shelving from IKEA, Caroline makes great use of a tiny space. Instead of having to stand in the kitchen waiting for the pasta to boil, she can plop down on a stool and enjoy a sip of tea and a magazine. Great idea for those of us who never thought a dining area was possible in a small kitchen.

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