The other day, I realized I had a problem; I am in some serious need of counter space. We have a small kitchen with practically zero prep room, outside of the kitchen table. I got tired of fighting for table space to do all my cutting and prepping on, so I decided to make a kitchen island. There was just one thing standing in my way; I didn’t have the money to go out and buy something. But, never fear! It only takes a tiny dose of outside the box thinking to come up with a solution.
What can you use to make your own kitchen prep area?
First, survey your kitchen and decide how much space you can devote to a cutting station. Consolidate your kitchens supplies to create more room, if possible. Then, go on a treasure hunt! You can use a variety of thing to provide a base for your cutting area.
Consider repurposing things like:
- a small desk
- a sturdy bookshelf
- a small entertainment center
- a mobile computer station
- a small table
It didn’t take me long to find something that I could put to use. I had an old, junky, entertainment system on wheels. It’s made of laminated plywood and it was one of a plethora of things that was in the house when we bought our property. It wasn’t in use for anything important. I just had an old printer on it that no longer works and some miscellaneous other stuff piling up on its shelves. I dug around for something to put over it, so it I could hide the mess and at least make an attempt to add a touch of decor to my kitchen.
After I found a nice spot for my new kitchen island and made sure it would fit, I went to work finding something I could use to cover up the ugly of all that junk. I was happy that it didn’t take long to find a gorgeous table cloth my mother had given to me years ago. I arranged it over the stand, using clothespins to secure the tablecloth in place. Once I was done, I found a plain, glass cutting board to use as my surface and added a cute bowl to use for vegetable scraps!
I know it’s not perfect, but it’s something, and for me, that’s worth the time I spent to put it together. Now I have a small work area and don’t have to spend half my time in the kitchen tripping over someone else or fighting for use of the kitchen table. It’s easy enough to wash the cutting boards, which I do each time I use them anyway. And if there’s a big spill, I can just toss the tablecloth in the next wash and replace it with another. I know you may not have the same items available to you, but if you just take a few minutes to do some creative, outside the box thinking, I’m sure you can come up with a workable solution for you!
Have you ever thought about using things you already have to make something that you need or want? What have you repurposed lately?