Friday, February 19, 2016

Open shelving in kitchen

Today I'm sharing the shelves I just hung up in my kitchen.

open kitchen shelves, diy shelves, open shelving, kitchen shelves, dish shelves

About a year or so ago, I decided that our kitchen needed more storage.  
Being the tool loving girl that I am, I thought I could build a little storage shelf.
And I did build it.

While I liked the open shelving storage, I didn't like that the piece I made.
It wasn't exactly square and it was rather bulky.
In other words, it drove me crazy and 
I couldn't wait to do something different this space.

When I saw shelves that one of the girls of Lolly Jane did, 
I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do.  

So I took the large and bulky shelf of mine down, took it apart, and was 
able to reuse some of the wood.

You can see here in this photo of my new shelves that I didn't even fill in the nail holes or 
fix the stain on the reclaimed wood.
I just sanded the wood really well to age it.

I bought the corbels at Home Depot.  
They came unfinished so I painted them white.  
Then I sanded them really heavily, especially along the edges.
Then I brushed some stain on.  I let it sit for just a moment and wiped it off with a rag.
After everything was dry, I attached the reclaimed wood to the corbels.

I'm not going to lie, hanging them was not very fun.  
I was home alone so just picture me standing on a chair, 
trying to get the shelves level as I marked where the holes needed to be. 
It was quite the balancing act.  

Luckily, I was able to get one side of the corbel screwed into a stud, 
so I only used wall anchors on the right side of each one.
They are very sturdy!

I styled the shelves with cake plates, vintage scales, a silver platter,
white dishes that we use every day and my trusty blue tooth speaker  
(the black rectangle in the photos).

I love how the shelves turned out.
They are visually lighter than the shelf that was there before.

The shelves are also a little higher so I'm able to use the top of my trash cabinet 
for fresh flowers and fruit storage (in my re purposed craft storage tower)


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  2. This looks so fabulous, I love the chunky corbels!

  3. Super cute, I like it! Thank you for sharing!

  4. They look great - love the open shelf look - thank you for sharing with Pin Worthy Wednesday

  5. Great way to display items you love!


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