Steal This Look: Guest Cottage Kitchenette by Ikea by

Issue 26 · Block Party · July 1, 2014

Steal This Look: Guest Cottage Kitchenette by Ikea

Issue 26 · Block Party · July 1, 2014

Why does the word "kitchenette" sound so retro? When we recently featured a tiny 186-square-foot summer cottage as our Outbuilding of the Week, we admired the way it relies heavily on Ikea to make modern use of every inch of space (giving houseguests an excuse to stay out of sight till after breakfast). Here's how to recreate the look:

Garage guest cottage kitchenette Ikea ; Gardenista

Above: Photograph by Nicole Franzen for Gardenista.

Furnishings first. The secret to making a 186-square-foot cottage look spacious is diminutive furniture. A 30-inch wooden Tripod Table ($199 from West Elm) seats two comfortably. Ikea's birch plywood Frosta Stool (£8 in Great Britain, but not available in the US) is a copy of the Alvar Aalto original and extremely versatile; it doubles as side table or nightstand when needed.

Garage guest cottage kitchenette Ikea ; Gardenista

Above: Photograph by Nicole Franzen for Gardenista. The back wall is covered in 4-by-8-foot Wainscot Panels ($19.75 each) from Home Depot.

Everyday restaurant ware white cups and plates ; Gardenista

Above: On the shelves, Everyday Restaurant Salad Plates ($17.99 for a set of six) and Everyday Restaurant Mugs ($17.99 for a set of six) are available from Williams-Sonoma.

  Staub green tea kettle ; Gardenista

Above: Before we get started on the fixtures, let's fix ourselves a nice pot of tea. From Staub, an Enameled Cast Iron Round Tea Kettle in basil green is $159.99 from Big Kitchen. 

  Bellocq majorelle mint tea ; Gardenista

Above: Bellocq's 3.5-ounce reusable travel caddy filled with Majorelle Mint Tea is $32 from Sundance.

  GE countertop microwave ; Gardenista

Above: Guests can boil water in the microwave and then pour it into the kettle to brew. A GE 1,200-Watt Black Countertop Microwave sits on its own recessed shelf; $179 from Lowe's. 

  Ikea Edsvik Faucet Fyndig Sink ; Gardenista

Above: Braced to deal with the plumbing? An Edsvik chrome faucet is $49.99 and a Fyndig Single Bowl Sink is $26.98; both from Ikea. They're mounted on a 1.5-inch-thick beechwood Numerär Countertop ($195 for a 73 1/4-inch length from Ikea).

  Glass soap dispenser copper spout ; Gardenista

Above: Made of recycled glass, a Copper Soap Dispenser holds 13.5 ounces; $30 from Terrain.

Fintorp dish drainer Ikea ; Gardenista  

Above: A nickel-planted Fintorp dish drainer ($14.99 from Ikea) attaches to the wall with two screws and holds a removable tray.

Steal This Look: Guest Cottage Kitchenette ; Gardenista

Above: Ikea's freestanding two-door Akurum Base Cabinet Faced With Rubrik Stainless Steel measures 30 inches wide ($245).

Are you looking for inexpensive and stylish ideas to kit out a summer guest cottage? See Steal This Look: Beach Cottage on the Dutch Coast and on Remodelista, Steal This Look: A Finnish Cottage Kitchen and Dining Room.

2014 Considered Design Awards; Gardenista



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