Ask the average person and they'll tell you more kitchen counter space is never a bad thing. For about $160, Ashley of The Gold Hive added over 10 feet of additional work surface to her existing setup, which gave her more prep space, added flexibility, and filled in some awkward visual gaps in her kitchen's current layout. If you're a renter, or just don't want to spend a bunch of money, check out her three very do-able and very affordable methods.
#1: Add a Freestanding Cabinet
For her first trick, Ashley went over to IKEA and purchased a single kitchen cabinet to just fit the spot next to her stove. Instead of mounting it to the wall, she used adjustable cabinet feet to get the height she needed, then topped it off with a basic piece of pine wood sealed with food-safe acrylic. Bonus storage is now below the additional work space.
#2: Fill an Awkward Blank Spot
Next up was adding a length of wood in between her existing countertop and the wall, which she supported with some custom made wooden cleats screwed into the wall. In a super clever move, Ashley left enough space to feed her coffee maker's power cord up behind the shelf from below. Head over to her The Gold Hive to see exactly how she did it.
#3: Hang a Traditional Shelf
If you've done everything else, and you still want more space, hang a basic shelf in a new spot in the kitchen. Ashley used this option to get her microwave off the main kitchen counter and put it in a more out-of-the-way spot. Since it's a heavier appliance she using brackets from the hardware store for more support and to prevent any bowing.
Thanks for the ideas Ashley! For all the details and more photos, head over to The Gold Hive for all the information and how-tos.