The moment is here. The moment I never thought would come… we got open shelves. What!? Who am I. I honestly never knew I would be an “open shelf” person. I mean, I love them in other peoples homes, but I just never thought we would have them. When we eliminated the upper cabinets in the kitchen of course open shelves were an option, but it was just an option & not the final plan. Today it became a reality. An open shelf reality. Now of course why would I share anything that is done? The kitchen is far from done. The shelves aren’t done. Well… they could be, but I am me.. so they aren’t. Not making sense? Let me show you…
AHHHHH! Aren’t they beautiful? Jose did good. He is so good. Our open shelving idea was born from the idea of what shelving would look like in a garden shed or a greenhouse. We used some antique chippy corbels that we had lying around the house for a long time & new pieces of lumber that we stained with antique oak stain by General Finishes & it came out to be quite perfect the best reclaimed barn wood look. Jose will do a whole tutorial on our farm blog very soon on how we hung the shelves & all of the nitty gritty details. I love how it turned out.. but then I had to go and add something to the kitchen which made me change my mind….
Because I can’t just do one project at a time I went digging in our storage room today & found an old cabinet that I love. On the other side of the kitchen I added the antique cabinet that I’ve had also had for a long time & it actually used to hang in our front entryway, but for a while it had just been in storage until a light bulb went off this weekend… spice cabinet in the kitchen! Since we don’t have upper cabinets in the kitchen I thought that hanging this cabinet up on the opposite side of the window & the open shelving would be a great little useful storage solution. The cabinet has little shelves & we will be making it into a spice cabinet soon.. more on that later. The cabinet wasn’t great “before” for this spot because of how dark it was so it was a very heavy visually in contrast to the rest of the room & the balance was very off with the shelves on the other side of the window. So the only “issues” were that I had to paint it to make it less visually heavy & we have to hang it higher. The best part of a shiplap backsplash? You can test out hanging things without drilling into tile. So basically we just propped the spice cabinet up for now, but after I’m done painting it we will play around with placement more. Today I did put a couple coats of paint on the antique cabinet & guess what color I chose? Our floor color. Yup, & it worked out really well. So, I used the same porch & floor paint by Behr in the color Tapestry Beige by Benjamin Moore [read about our painted floors HERE]. I kind of doubted that this would look good on the cabinet, but I have to say I love how it looks cohesive.. & I said before but that floor paint is a chameleon paint & it looks totally different on the cabinet than the floors. Ok, so what’s the not finished part Liz? I don’t get it. Well, there is another part to this blog post…
Look at the shelving with the new cabinet.. it doesn’t look bad.. I mean, the kitchen isn’t complete and it still looks pretty good. BUT I had an epiphany today… While eating lunch at our island I was looking at those open shelves & wondering if the actual shelf part [the wood] would look better in the beige paint. Yup, I’m going to try it either way [It’s easy to pop those wood boards off & replace with some painted boards. If we hate the painted boards, we can put the stained boards back on. Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezey.] I know people freak out when I mention paint, like when I mentioned we were painting our floors [HERE], but I promise it will be ok either way & I will try to make it our same cozy little cottage farmhouse either way… Love y’all & I’m thankful to have you here through all our house changes & I hope it all inspires you through each change to love your home, go against the grain, do what you love, & be bold and brave with your home decor. Painted floors? Pretty bold & brave & I’ve never been happier.. glad I listened to my gut. Listen to your gut you guys. Ok, I’m done… now on to a poll [I’m going to try the painted shelf either way] but what do you think for our home with the spice rack on one side..
A few things to consider before you answer:
1- take in consideration that our kitchen is far from being done or fully decorated. For example the spice cabinet isn’t hanging in it’s correct place, the appliances will be changing, we will add decor… you get the point.
2- answer if you were in our home with our style.
3- we won’t be painting the corbels… we will leave them chippy white.
4- ok… I’m curious so vote below…
Corbels- antique finds
Lumber- Home Depot
Toaster – [Here]
Rug- Home goods