March 4, 2015

My Apartment: Black Walls in my Small, Tiny Kitchen

Remember my post about the inspiration for my kitchen decor and the progress photos with I put the shelves up.

Well, I can finally share my kitchen decor! I’ve been yelling to the sky how apartment dwellers shouldn’t neglect their kitchens when decorating their apartments. I LOVE dealing with small spaces and although there’s not much you can do when you rent, I’m here to show you how I made my kitchen pretty – and functional.

Here’s my kitchen before:

small kitchen update in an apartment - before photos

And here’s what it looks like now:

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

I know the pic above isn’t the best. Hopefully the ones below will make up for it.  I knew I wanted to paint the back wall black and that I wanted an ivy plant in here. The ivy is holding up pretty well. **crossing fingers**

Installing these shelves was the first thing – and best thing – I did in this tiny kitchen. I know that it doesn’t seem like the shelves hold much, but it definitely helps clear up some of my cabinet space.

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

I’m so happy about this pineapple photograph I made. It still makes me smile each time I enter the kitchen. I already knew that I wanted to do black and white in the kitchen, but Miss Sasha (that’s my pineapple’s name) made me want to add some green, too. You can also see a little yellow both in the candle on the left and the teeny elephant at the bottom shelf on the right.

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor
I fell in love with these green glass tumblers from World Market. They’re handmade and so beautiful.

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

These shot glasses aren’t really fancy and I’m not big drinker, but I’m sure that they get the job done. Plus they’re black, so they match with the rest of the decor. They’re from World Market, too.

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

My his and her (lips and mustache) glasses are sooooooo adorable. The boo doesn’t use his, but I usually drink my favorite drink out of it: Ocean Spray Cranberry-Pom. These came from Burlington Coat Factory for like $2.99 a piece. I most definitely would have paid a lot more for these.

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The left side of the sink has my bowls and my little zebra. I think I got that from Burlington Coat Factory, too, and paid less than $15 for it. I also use this cute basket from Michael’s (on sale for $2.49) to hold the seasonings that we use most often.

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

I’m not sure where I got these bad boys, but I know they were super cheap. I needed containers to hold my pastas, rice, and beans and these are perfect. I was planning on labeling them somehow, but decided against it. I like them without any embellishments. I mean, we can literally see that there are beans, rice, and pasta in there, right? If you can’t see that… you need to see the eye doctor…

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

These really cute black and white baskets came from Ross. At $5.99 a basket, how could I pass them up. I usually put stuff like chips, candy, and other snacks in them.

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor
If you follow me on Instagram or my Facebook page, you have probably seen a sneak peek of the back wall with a cluster of gold-framed art pieces (including a chalkboard). I liked the way the wall looked then, but got tired of it really quick. I’m sure you’ve seen my DIY song lyrics canvas art bounced all around this blog. I think I’ve finally found it’s permanent location…

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor

small tiny apartment cute and functional decor - diy song lyrics canvas art

I’m linking to the below linky parties:
Living Well Spending Less – Thrifty Thursday
Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesdays

Pink When – Sunday Showcase

Tidy Mom – Link Party

I’d love to hear what you think! Be sure to leave me a comment below.

Till next time,



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11 responses to “My Apartment: Black Walls in my Small, Tiny Kitchen”

  1. nicole says:

    How lovely it turned out so pretty and sweet. The space is inviting and the color adds drama, great job.
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  2. […] As I’ve mentioned before, my apartment is really small and working from home makes it feel even smaller. I’m on a mission to show you guys how I make use of my small space, while working from home, storing tons of business stuff, and entertaining for family and friends – all while sharing the space with my fiance and malti-poo, Pocahontas. Last week, I revealed the small changes I made in my kitchen that really made a big impact. Check that out here. […]

  3. Just dropping by from Taryn’s linky. I LOVE your work! I do like me a black wall – I painted one in our guest room and I’m planning on more in our hallway. I also made my own Song Lyric Canvas. Great minds think alike 🙂

  4. […] I think they look even better in small spaces. Check out how I painted a wall black in my small galley kitchen to bring in depth and […]

  5. You know what, at first thought, I didn’t know if I would like black walls or not, but I LOVE how yours turned out! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again this Friday! Feel free to bring a friend 🙂

  6. […] you can remember, I revealed my tiny kitchen a few months ago. You saw my cute black and white rug that covered much of the kitchen. The size of […]

  7. I looooove the black wall and especially love that you used black in a small space. It looks fantastic. And I love that you incorporated the shelves by the sink area. So smart:)

  8. chrysis10 says:

    Thanks for this – you did a great job; plus I’m sick of all the “small kitchen apartment” makeovers with custom tile backsplashes, farmhouse sinks, and everything else most small apartment dwellers can’t do. I’ve had kitchens like this and know others who do, too.

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