Array
Makeovers

RL Makeovers: A Clean and Clutter-Free Kitchen

The designer transforms a shared space with cheerful colors and organizing solutions

Shares
Photography: Miguel Nacianceno Pictorial Direction: Gwyn Guanzon

Passion is evident in every area of Jason and  Maui Drilon's home. There's the crafts room for her crocheted creations, the balcony for his organic farming stuff, the living room for their shelves and boxes of comic books, DVDs, and toys. And the kitchen is laden with paraphernalia for their chosen specialties -- Jason is into cooking comfort food, while Maui is a whiz in baking.

Though their kitchen is sizeable, the area grew cluttered and disorganized over the years, what with their combined inventory of ingredients, cookbooks, and a multitude of utensils. To improve things, the designer had to come up with solutions that would make the area more efficient. 

After assigning a new color scheme and applying fresh coats of paint, the next step was to make sure each kitchen task -- be it cooking, baking, cleaning or washing -- can be done with minimum movement to avoid bumps and spills (this was crucial since it is just a condo kitchen). The existing kitchen storage system was also evaluated, including the adjacent small room that serves as extra storage (and soon-to-be maid's room).

Read the original article ("Kitchen Wars (No More!)") in the June 2011 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

Since the couple already has an existing island kitchen counter, the space above was used for hanging storage.  Now this area is becoming an interesting centerpiece to the kitchen as a whole.  It is being used for hanging the pots and pans, utensils, etc.

Small yet big-impact additions were also implemented. In keeping with the kitchen's new soothing color, the existing mono-block bar stools were refinished in blue paint. Also, the new lights from Philips definitely helped in brightening and giving the area a wholly fresh vibe.  

Since this couple is an advocate of organic produce, a couple of herbal potted hanging plants - peppermint and parsley, were used to frame the kitchen window.  The hanging plants make the kitchen look warmer and prettier as well!

To prevent clutter from loose papers and leaflets, the top cabinet doors were finished in cork board panels, which they can use for posting a multitude of things-reminders, food delivery flyers, food photographs, etc.

Spice racks and baskets were mounted on a wall to free up counter space and to create a neater look. Wall fans and hooks were also installed.

The couple has a lot of cookbooks and recipe clippings from magazines and food blogs. Individual bookcases were added for books and other belongings.

If your current kitchen cabinet is bursting at the seams, fret not.  Invest in storage and shelving units! Edit out kitchen gadgets and utensils that are rarely used from the cabinets, and place them in storage must-haves. Other shelving spaces were used for dry goods storage, etc.  Grouping everything really helps greatly in organizing the kitchen. 

Shares

Latest Stories

A Tiny Studio Unit Becomes A Hotel-Style Home

In another makeover marvel by Elle Uy, the decorator transforms a dark studio unit into a chic and airy space

Get the Look of Iza Calzado’s Bedroom

Give your sleeping space an easy, dainty makeover with the right pieces

5 Amazing Closet Cleaning Tips You Can Try

Achieve your dream wardrobe with these handy tricks

How To Vacuum Your Home Properly

Here’s how to avoid all the usual vacuuming mistakes. Plus, learn about a revolutionary new material that will help you bust all that dirt at home.

A Cozy and Modern Family Home in Quezon City

Works of art, beautiful fabrics, and a mix of old and new pieces bring this townhouse to life

5 Things To Never Clean With Baking Soda

This finely milled powder has its downsides, too

There's An Affordable Way To Keep Your Home Smelling Good 24/7

Say no to artificial fragrances with this three-step hack

A KonMari Reality Show Is Coming To Netflix

Will de-cluttering diva Marie Kondo's new show spark joy?

You Only Need P5,000 To Work On These Home Improvement Projects

The best part? These can increase the value of your space, too.

What's Inside The Vatican Walls?

Aside from having one of the largest collections of art in the world, the Vatican holds many other treasures

Meet The Architect Behind This Industrial-Pinoy Home

Inspired by the Bahay Kubo, this architect worked with industrial details and affordable building materials to create an inviting space

Is It Possible to Paint Over Tiles?

No one likes the sight of lackluster tiles. Know what to do with these tips from an interior designer.
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!