Engineer Your "Vertical" Space: Tiny Kitchen DIY Shelf Storage Idea

3 Materials
5 Hours

Loving to cook and having a tiny kitchen can sometimes seem like 2 things that don't go together, but there's ways to make every single cubic inch of that small kitchen work harder for you. Here's the perfect example - my friend and her boyfriend love to cook and they have an aromatic olive oil collection that rivals most gourmet food stores or restaurants. There wasn't any space for the olive oil bottles in any of the cupboards, so they ended up staying on top of the small kitchen cart. Not ideal since there is also very little counter space in this kitchen that can be better used for something else. The solution? Going vertical!

Definitely not the best way to be storing all this olive oil!

There was a small narrow wall in the kitchen that was the only space that could work to store the olive oil bottles. But to make that happen, it would require some DIY'ing to make a custom shelving unit that would fit the narrow wall, contour the outlet and thermostat and be as thin as possible to not stick out off the wall to much.  

 Luckily, the olive oil bottles were just a hair under 2.5" in diameter, so small enough to fit on a 1"x3". To clear the thermostat that was right at the edge of the wall, I had to make a cut out but other than that all the pieces were the same length to fit the width of the wall.

I didn't have all my tools or supplies and I couldn't counter sink the screw heads and cover them with wood filler, as I usually do. Instead, I used what I had on hand: some white nail polish. The screws are still visible but now they blend in and I like the more rustic look it gives the shelving unit!

Such a small easy project and yet it completely transformed the kitchen and not only made it more functional but also more beautiful.

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  • Janis Janis on Oct 03, 2019

    Why do you have so much Olive Oil?

  • Brisa Burgher Brisa Burgher on Oct 03, 2021

    Why you storage so much oil????

    I gues in the future you will storage something else 😀, and your kitchen will still look beautiful.


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