With the machines concealed by hinged cabinet doors, guests have no idea that whites are a‐soaking and laundry is a‐drying in this San Francisco kitchen. A nearby kitchen table can be used for folding, a trick I often utilize. This space‐saving solution, a stackable unit, is especially handy for city dwellers, where square footage tends to be limited.
Perhaps you want your newly renovated kitchen to blend with your older home, or maybe that antiqued feel is your favorite. Either way, distressing your cabinets is a perfect way to achieve a worn‐in look effectively and efficiently.
Designate a kitchen stand‐in. Eating out all the time gets tiresome, not to mention the strain it can put on your budget. And no matter how much takeout you bring home, you'll still need a spot to make school lunches, pour a bowl of cereal or brew coffee. Set up a temporary kitchen somewhere that's out of the way of construction. If you're lucky enough to have a morning kitchen or a guesthouse, you can turn that into food‐prep central. Or outfit a corner of the basement, garage or workroom with a few portable tables, standalone shelves, storage crates and folding chairs.