This Post on Open Shelving in the Kitchen is the third in a series on our Kitchen Cabinets. You can find the first post Here.
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Previously, we had moved the upper cabinets all the way up to the ceiling so that I could utilize more vertical counter space. In the space over the sink, I decided that I wanted open shelving. I had a lot of open shelving for a long time when I lived in my apartment before I got married. I liked the convenience of just reaching for a plate, cup, or bowl without having to waste time and energy opening and closing a cupboard door. I also liked having a place to display pretty dishes, since I don’t have room for a china cabinet. In addition, I thought it would give me more space than the typical small over the sink cabinet. Here’s another Before picture, showing that small cabinet:
Here is the same space with the cabinets moved to the ceiling, and the wall painted.
So these shelves were installed just how I wanted them. They are supported mainly not by the wooden brackets, but by screwing into the cabinets on each side.
After the light was moved and the wall repaired; I painted the wall, the sides of the cabinets, and the wooden brackets* all white with hi-gloss trim finish.
I have two pantries, and one of them stayed for awhile in the corner where the fridge used to be there on the right. I have two different patterns of Contact Paper going on…. do you see them? Do they clash?…. Don’t worry– there is still a lot more transformation to come!
After about 3 and a half years of having my plates and bowls right at my fingertips, I recently moved them into nearby cupboards and put out more pretty dishes that I have collected.