After weeks and weeks of house-hunting, we finally found the right house for us. It’s not perfect but it’s a blank slate, and I love a blank slate. I’m full of ideas (thanks, Offbeat Home and Pinterest addictions!) for most parts of the house.
The only place where I’m running into designer’s-block (that’s a thing, right?) is the kitchen. See, when they say “unfurnished” in Indonesia, they really mean UNfurnished. The kitchen is nothing more than two (ugly) counters and a sink. We have the appliances covered, but for cabinetry/shelving, I’m at a loss.
We don’t have an Ikea here (yet!), so cheap-o modulars aren’t really an option. I don’t even want to consider a custom cabinet build-out — that’s way too much of a financial investment for a rental. My first thought was a combination of open shelves, peg-boards, and cuphooks — but there’s the issue of creepy-crawlies. There’s also the issue of all of the unused space under the counters — and the ugly tile on the counters.
So, Homies, what do you think? Any ideas for these issues:
- DIY shelving that will let me close off at least part of it, so that the dishes don’t get creepy-crawlied?
- Clever DIY uses for all of the empty space under the counters?
- Ways to improve upon the ugly tile counters without retiling.