For the last 5 years I have wanted open shelving in my kitchen. I love the way it looks, it’s clean, organized, decorative and functional. In our last house I faked it by just taking the cabinet doors off and painting the back of the cabinet, but in our new house I wanted open shelving for REAL!
This is what our kitchen looked like on the day we moved in. It has tons of potential but let’s face it, it was pretty ugly. We’ve been up to our eyeballs with projects like tearing down and building walls in the living room, installing the new wood flooring, redecorating the guest bathroom, and 1,000 little projects, so my kitchen has just sat….
But last week I went to IKEA with a friend of mine and bought shelves. I finally declared war on my ugly kitchen and decided to start the process of making it beautiful and it started with taking down the big upper cabinet and installing open shelving in the kitchen!
First we emptied everything out of the cabinet and then my husband unscrewed it from the wall. Just taking it down made the kitchen feel more open!
Now you’d think that while there was nothing on the wall that I would paint, so there’s not a big white square there, but I didn’t. I have big plans for this kitchen, and starting where the white ends, near the door, all the way to the right, over by the fridge, is going to get tiled. It’s not happening right away but I really didn’t want to bother painting something I’m just going to end up tiling, so I left it white.
Then came the shelves. These are the EKBY HEMNES shelves and corbels from IKEA, they are white, simple and perfect for my kitchen. Oh and they were only $29.99 each!
With the exception of the big white square behind them, I think the look pretty good! 🙂
After they were up I put some dishes and platters up there but they still needed to be styled.
After a quick trip to Goodwill, and pulling from a few of my own items I was able to put together a bright, summer theme for the shelves. I think I’m really going to enjoy switching out the colors for the different seasons and holidays!
I also got these new white dishes at IKEA. I’ve had the same white dishes, from Walmart, since I moved out on my own 13 years ago, so I figured it was time for some cute new ones. The little yellow dish was one of my Goodwill finds.
Using platters and dishes, that I had around the house, I layered them in the back to give depth and style to the shelves.
The white picture/bowl combo on the top shelf, and the yellow dish on the second shelf were also Goodwill scores. The yellow cake plate on the top shelf was what started the yellow inspiration. 🙂
I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. I love the openness of the shelves, I love that I can see my pretty dishes and glassware, and I love how clean and bright it is.
I can’t wait for the day I get to rip the huge, ugly backsplash off the wall and put up pretty tile, but until that day I will just look up and enjoy my shelves and all my pretty dishes.
I also ordered this light from Home Depot to put above the sink, I think it’s going to look so much better then the can light that’s up there now.
There is still so much work to do, this is ONLY the beginning, but I’m excited! Painting the cabinets is next on the list, but here’s a rundown of a few of the other things we’re going to be tackling in the kitchen.
What do you think of the new open shelves? Are you a fan of open shelving, yay or neh?