As you may have gathered from previous posts, I spend a lot of time (thinking about and not actually) redoing my kitchen. Don’t worry I do have plans very soon to post about it. And, although the kitchen is very small and narrow I love spending time in there preheating the oven to 450, unboxing a frozen pizza and then sitting at my dining table while it cooks to perfection #glamlife. Jason (my BF) did take me to a cooking class a few weeks back and we had so much fun but if you quizzed me right now on how we made that souffle, I would most likely fail. I did however score very high on the how fast can you shove it in your mouth and then burn your tongue on it cus it hasn’t cooled properly. What can I say, I am good at eating, not so much at the waiting or cooking part. But, just because you may not be the next Martha Stewart doesn’t mean you can’t act like one. So here are my tips for navigating the fine line between barefoot contessa and just plain barefoot.
1. Open Shelves
These are key to making people think you know what you are doing in your life. Open shelves mean beautiful things, and beautiful things means that you have your life together enough to afford nicer things. Cabinets can be restrictive, and they may not be the perfect fit for some of your bigger pots and pans. Instead, use open shelving to display all your fancy cookware and supplies in decanters. Installing shelves from the countertops to the ceiling makes good use of the space you have without encroaching on the countertop, so you have plenty of space to work your culinary magic – or baffle them with your BS.
2. Wall Mounted Kitchen Storage
Another way to make good use of your wall space is to put up rails with hooks to hang up your pots, pans, and other utensils. TBH I have done this in my kitchen to hang my pretty pots that I have yet to use, and it has been insanely practical for all those times when I reach up to grab my sauce pan to melt some butter. JK who am I kidding I don’t even have any butter in my fridge. But, for smaller sized kitchens with little to no cabinet space like mine the wall mounted storage trick is pretty dang practical and makes use of some great vertical space.
3. Fancy Hardware
You may have noticed that the faucets (or taps if we are trying to sound fancy) in professional kitchens aren’t like the taps in your kitchen. Well 1) that is because they are professional kitchens, and you are a lowly human that can’t cook and 2)because most people get intimidated by swapping out hardware and plumbing fixtures. But, it can easily be done yourself (or by calling a plumber) and can quickly change the entire look of your kitchen. Not to mention they typically are a lot more useful than your dingy old faucet that came with your house. Fancy taps (Check out Tap Warehouse for kitchen taps) and hardware aren’t going to contribute to the quality of the food, but they will contribute to the quality of your appearance, which we all know we need at the end of the day.
4. Light It Up
You can’t work like a five-star chef if you can’t see your kitchen properly. And even if your kitchen is well-lit, there are some blind spots that not even your light fixtures can reach then again that might be a good thing so that your visitors don’t spot your flaws. The solution to bringing enough ample light in to your kitchen to make it look fancy and all professional like can be as simple as adding some LED strips under your bottom shelf so you can see what the hell you are doing when you are trying to chop up your carrots. Sadly we can’t eat baby carrots for the rest of our lives.
5. Clear The Countertop
I have about -.3467 square feet of counter space – which is no joke. So my countertops really can’t have anything on them, but in general clearing your kitchen countertops and filling them with only the fancy artisanal soaps and wooden spoons are sure to make your guests think you know what you are doing. So clear off all the garbage and PLEASE decant that dawn soap you have on the counter and throw whatever you don’t need on a daily basis up in your cabinets. You can make more use of your corner cabinets by installing a two-tiered units, which will allow you to retrieve items in the back without pulling out every single box of Mac and Cheese just to find out that your cinnamon toast crunch was actually in the other cabinet all along. Life is hard people… I get it.
Last but certainly not least, if all else fails then go and grab yourself some fresh flowers, a pretty vase and throw that in your kitchen. Even if you are a slob the flowers will fool your friends into thinking you aren’t a total hopeless disaster.