We live in a fairly small one bedroom flat, but have big ambitions for what we can get from it. We’ve squeezed as much storage space out of it as we possibly can, making the most of every nook and cranny. When we think we’ve run out of space, we take a second or third look around us and suddenly become inspired when we realise there’s still some space we can utilise.
One of our most recent ideas was to take advantage of the narrow doorway through in to the kitchen from the living room. As the opening is only as wide as a doorway, we had left it bare on either side, apart from a lick of grey paint. Then Sean came up with the idea of building a recess in to the wall on one side, in to which we could fit a set of homemade shelves. These would sit back within the recess, so would not block the access to the kitchen at all.
The wall we fitted the shelves in to was only a plywood stud wall so it was relatively easy to cut the hole out of it. We had already bought several of the Droppar jars from Ikea in different sizes with the intention of placing them on these shelves, so had measured out the space we needed to fit these in. Sean then cut the wall space out with a jigsaw, and built the shelves. We then, with a little difficulty but nothing a whack with a hammer couldn’t fix, forced them in to the cut out space and fixed them in place.
I wanted to store my dry goods in the Droppar jars, and purchased these cute chalkboard labels to stick on to them. A superfine chalk pen meant I could draw the patterns around the edges of the labels and write on the contents of each jar.
This has freed up a lot of cupboard space in the kitchen. We have a lot of dry goods like lentils and rice, and the various packets and containers take up a lot of room.
On the opposite side of the doorway we decided to put a chalkboard wall in place. We bought a chalkboard paint and Sean painted a rough rectangle directly on to the wall. Around this he placed a bespoke frame, which we painted in a metallic copper colour. These chalk pens can then be used directly on to the black paint, and they easily wash off with a damp sponge. Perfect for shopping lists, to do lists, and nice little messages!
We’re so pleased with this previously unused area of the flat. It’s increased the amount of space we have in our kitchen cupboards so much, and makes it much easier to know exactly which staples we have when we’re cooking. I love the chalkboard look, both on the wall and with the labels. The labels also wash clean so if we run out of something and decide to fill the jar with something else, it doesn’t matter!
What do you think of the chalkboard look? Do you also suffer from a lack of decent storage space in your home?
My cute playsuit is the Hot Pink Floral-Print Surplice Romper from Lookbook Store, which was kindly sent to me. My ring is Henri Bendel (given to me by Sean), and my layered necklace was picked up from a little boutique while in Lanzarote.
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