Lately I have been admiring the open shelving that I have seen in different kitchens. I just didn’t think it would work in mine. Well, Friday I found myself in a mood, and when I get in a mood, the only thing that calms my nerves is some kind of project. I was had shown Matt the picture of Home Stories A to Z’s gorgeous open cabinet display, and told him I wanted something similar. He said, “Go for it!” So, I did.
I started with just one…the one on the right. I took the cabinet doors off and sealed the holes with wood filler, then I took the shelving out. I decided to paint the shelves white and the background aqua.
I already had a sample from Lowe’s, which was more than enough paint. It took two coats on each the shelves and the inside of the cabinet. I am extremely impatient, so I dried each with a hairdryer in between coats to speed up the process.
As soon as they were dry enough, I popped the shelves back in and started dressing them up. I wanted beachy tones…white, aqua, silver and light lime green. So, I started poking around the house trying to find things that would fit my scheme.
By Saturday morning, I was itching to open the cabinet that was on the other side of the sink. The only problem was my dishes. I have been living with a mish mash of red dishes for the past few years, and they just wouldn’t do. I finally had an excuse to buy new white dishes! Let me say now, I don’t just wake up and decide to buy dishes…this is something we have been talking about for a while…or something I have been complaining about for a while. I scouted out a few stores, and found nothing I liked. A friend had told me that she saw some cute white iron stone-like dishes at Walmart, so in a last ditch effort, I tried there. You know what? They had just what I was looking for! I was a little shocked. I bought two sets of 16 for $50. Then we made a trip to Lowe’s where I spent another $3 on another paint sample to paint the left cabinet.
I love the way they turned out, and opening up those two cabinets gave our kitchen an entirely new look. It doesn’t hurt that including dishes it only cost $53 for the update!
Next week, I am painting the countertops to finish it off, and I cannot wait!