You might think the impressively low price tag ($4,200) is what makes this renovation from Parisian designers Heju so exceptional, but it’s also the size. The kitchen is nested in a chambre de bonne, Paris’s answer to worker’s housing in the top floor garret of most buildings. The rooms are typically 65 to 130 square feet; they’re impossibly small (I know because I lived in one for a year) and any semblance of a kitchen is rarely functional. But Heju solved the problem with grey and white color-blocked walls, plywood fronts on budget cabinets, Smeg appliances and more. Here is the full breakdown to replicate the look for small kitchens (and small budgets) everywhere.

Above: Architect couple Hélène Pinaud and Julien Schwartzmann of Heju created the kitchen in their 538-square-foot garret near Place de la Republic in Paris. See more from Kitchen of the Week: Two Young Paris Architects Completely Redo Their Kitchen for Under $4,300.
Their one splurge was the handmade dining table from Stattmann Neuemoebel (see below) paired with two vintage Cesca chairs they already had. For the full breakdown of costs see our post Kitchen of the Week: Two Young Paris Architects Completely Redo Their Kitchen for Under $4,300.
Above: Their one splurge was the handmade dining table from Stattmann Neuemoebel (see below) paired with two vintage Cesca chairs they already had. For the full breakdown of costs see our post Kitchen of the Week: Two Young Paris Architects Completely Redo Their Kitchen for Under $4,300.

Paint & Materials

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Above: For a similar bright, warm white see Benjamin Moore’s Simply White paint color.
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Above: For a pale grey, Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White is a similar tone to what’s used on color-blocked wall.
Hélène and Julien built the kitchen with Delinia Cabinet Units from Leroy Merlin (the French equivalent of The Home Depot) They faced the units with doors cut themselves from birch plywood. “We drilled little holes as handles and protected the doors by rolling on a matte varnish; they’re hung with basic metal hinges,&#8
Above: Hélène and Julien built the kitchen with Delinia Cabinet Units from Leroy Merlin (the French equivalent of The Home Depot) They faced the units with doors cut themselves from birch plywood. “We drilled little holes as handles and protected the doors by rolling on a matte varnish; they’re hung with basic metal hinges,” they say. Shown here is the Delinia Undercounter Drawer for Furniture; €29.90 at Leroy Merlin.

Appliances

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Above: The electric cooktop is a Smeg design available in the EU. For a US equivalent, the 31-Inch Smeg Standard Induction Cooktop (SIMU524B) is available at Martin Appliance.

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