Ok, here it goes. I’m attempting (key word: attempting) to put together a sort of photo tour of the bus, but I’ll be doing it room by room. I’ll try to highlight some of the things that we use and love for our tiny living space. I’ll also try to point out less obvious storage spaces and talk about why we did things the way we did. If I leave anything out or you still have unanswered questions please feel free to comment or send me an email! I’ve also tried to put in links to things that we have in our kitchen to give you ideas or a reference. Here goes nothing…
So, it’s hard to take an “all encompassing” photo of JUST the kitchen in such a small space (kind of seems contradictory haha but I just don’t have a wide enough angle lens and then when you do go any wider everything gets even more distorted than my pictures look!). The photo above shows you the entirety of the kitchen and shows where it is in relation to the other rooms of our home. It sits between the living room/dining area and the playroom/master bedroom. The kitchen is 8ft long on both sides with about 13ft of counter space.
We were able to find an RV fridge on craigslist for a killer deal so we snatched that and absolutely love it. If anyone is really really (and I mean REALLY REALLY) interested, I could probably get Scott to write a post—or at least answer any questions—about how we hooked up our fridge and what we use for ventilation/airflow.
We chose to go with a portable induction stovetop (above) and a microwave convection oven (below) instead of a gas oven and stove. We decided that we wanted more counter space vs a gas range top and we love that it’s induction! We store the induction stovetop above the fridge and can bring it down to set on either counter whenever we need to use it (huge bonus!) and I could probably talk about this stovetop for an hour or so… but I’ll spare you for now.
Our microwave convection oven has been amazing for us. I was so worried about not having a gas oven in my home because I felt like I’d never be able to bake! I did so much research on convection ovens and was still hesitant about having one, but it came time that we just needed to buy something and Scott was really pushing for a toaster oven so I took the leap and got this baby. I’m SO glad that we have this and not a toaster oven! Toaster ovens are great, but when you’re limited on space and you can’t have both I think the convection oven is much more functional, especially with a family. And yes, I cook and bake the exact same in this oven as I do in a gas oven! The only thing that I find limiting is the Broil function, but I might just need to play with it some more.
Our KitchenAid is a no brainer for us. It’s super cute and extremely functional—we’re always using it! This shelf in the kitchen is my saving grace for basically any interior decorating. Obviously you can tell that I’m not super great at interior design, but I do love decorating (especially for the different seasons!) so having this shelf to have an little extra “homey” touch just makes my heart happy. Even though it does end up collecting more junk throughout the week than I’d like… *cough cough* looks at Scott…
Let’s talk about my kitchen cabinets for a minute… So, I don’t remember if we had an original plan for the kitchen cabinets or what the original plan might have been (I knew that whatever I did I definitely wanted white cabinets), but I was looking on craigslist for other stuff for the bus and found someone who was ripping out their old kitchen cabinets and wanted to get rid of them for cheap! These cabinets were definitely not white when I got them, so I spent many many hours prepping and painting these things. We took all of these cabinet pieces and put them together in a way that by some miracle perfectly fit in the space we had allotted for the kitchen! We were able to make a box to go around the refrigerator that matched and then my dad made custom cabinets for our uppers that go along the ceiling.
If you haven’t noticed yet, I LOVE IKEA!!!!!!!!!!!! Pretty much everything in our bus is either custom made, or IKEA. Our curtain rods and curtains throughout the house are IKEA as well as this sink. More than half of the IKEA things we have on the bus we were able to find in the As-Is section too so they were 50% off! SCORE!
Fun little story: I got this wooden “M” from Harp Design Co. when I visited Waco, TX with my mom several months ago. I love Fixer Upper so much and I was so excited to have this little piece that Joanna would approve of in my home! So, I posted the above picture on my Instagram a couple weeks ago and guess who reposted it?!?! HARP DESIGN CO!! I was so surprised and felt so honored (I might have even let out a tear of happiness) that they took the time to notice me. It really made my day 🙂
Okay, so back to talking about my stovetop for an hour… Just kidding! I won’t talk for a whole hour 🙂 But seriously, having an induction cooktop with kids is amazing. Carter loves to be a part of everything and not having to worry about him catching fire or seriously burning himself while helping in the kitchen is such a huge relief! This cooktop gets two thumbs up from this mom!
And lastly (I think?) the washing machine. I had to have a washing machine in my home. I know this isn’t a priority for everyone—more power to you if it’s not—but I really pushed for a BIG washing machine. Okay, okay, it’s a normal size washing machine for a normal size home, but for a tiny living space it is quite big! It took us a long time to figure out what we were going to do for the washer and how we were going to make it work, but we found this preloved machine on craigslist and after checking it out in person I just knew it would be perfect! We chose a front loader so it wouldn’t take away from our counter space and this particular Whirlpool duet series is awesome because they are a bit more compact than a regular machine without compromising the load capabilities. I hang dry the clothes when weather permits, or I take the clothes to a laundromat to dry them and this method works great for us!
Ha, my bad.. The kitchen table is the LAST thing! Right next to the washing machine is the kitchen table. It’s an IKEA find that totally saved us and we love it! We put it on sliders so when we want it out, we just pull it out and slide it in between the couches, lift the sides up and VOILÁ we have a 5ft long table with bench seating.
So that’s my kitchen! Well, it’s what I thought to write about. It’s hard for me to think of the unique things we do in our space or how we survive living tiny because its what we do every day so it’s normal for me! If I left anything out let me know and I’d be happy to get back to you!
Don’t forget to check out the other BUS TOUR posts if you haven’t already!