The wabi-sabi cottage has the tiny kitchen typical of the era, the area, and its bungalow style. A patch job on the floor indicates that what is now a small dine-in kitchen was once two separate spaces, perhaps the kitchen and a butler’s pantry. The kitchen looks to have been redone some time near the 1960s, with simple plywood cabinet doors, a sparkle laminate counter top, and that unfortunate white-washed-esque floor to ceiling panelling. The cabinets underserve our needs, and the basement landing pantry barely holds the dog food and pet snacks.
A proper rehabilitation of the kitchen is a good way down the to-do list. So, in an effort to make the current space more functional for us in the here-and-now, we agreed to pack away the kitchen table, and I took a trip to the Swedish big blue box.
Kallax is our favorite IKEA product line, especially the hi-gloss pieces. I prefer them in spaces like the home office and dressing room/closets. in this case, when we are ready for the kitchen rehab, these Kallax can be re-purposed into the impending attic dressing room/walk-in closet.
This round went up on the caster option. The set includes a 2×2 cube and a 2×4 rectangle, both in hi-gloss white, including two door inserts, and two 2-drawer inserts.
The cubbyholes are a convenient size for a range of small kitchen appliances, as it turns out; the drawers great for hiding away their accessories.
The casters put the units to a near perfect height for the windowsill, and fit the corner well, leaving room for a concealed stack of storage bins. The hi-gloss white gives the same great contrast as the kitchen trim. I plan to tray out the drawers to keep their contents well ordered. I have this dream of applying 5S to the entirety of our home to rival Toyota. (Makes a mental note to share about the tea drawer…)
We shall see if the new setup helps our kitchen function better as we continue to organize and enjoy our wabi-sabi life.