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Open Shelving Reveal

22 May 2012 36 Comments

The open shelving in the kitchen is finally done!  For now at least.  This area strikes me as one that will be constantly evolving with the seasons and my mood.  For now, I’m digging the rustic farmhouse look – I think that’s illustrated pretty well in how I styled the shelves and the intentional distressing of the shelves themselves.  I can’t believe how much this wall has changed since we moved in six months ago.  I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.  Let me remind you of what we were working with when we moved in – wallpaper, borders, a mobile dishwasher, blue trim and a very awkward run of upper cabinets.November 2011 584 And here we are today.  The dresser I refinished to serve as a coffee station takes the place of the dishwasher, the wallpaper and blue trim are history and my open shelving is my  new pride and joy.  I know our plan was to fully gut and renovate the kitchen in a year or so but I’m actually starting to like this one.  I might be able to live with it for a few more years.  Take a peek and let me know what you think.  Warning:  I have included a ridiculous number of pictures.  It’s like these shelves are a new baby.May 2012 003May 2012 168May 2012 172

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  • Melanie@MailboxJourney said:

    Diana, I think it looks fantastic! You’re really good at placing things for photos as well – the way you did everything looks great – and the way you organized things – like the silverware is awesome. I really love the slight distressing of the shelves too!

  • Kelly @ Corner of Main said:

    It looks so cute! I love what you put in there, and that gray dresser is awesome. This looks like it is out of magazine; great job! You must be so happy!!

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thank you so much Kelly and Melanie! I am really happy with how they turned out.

  • Debbie @ My Little Mess said:

    I love it! With the gray dresser underneath it looks like something out of a magazine.

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thanks so much Debbie. What a compliment!

  • Whitney @ Drab to Fab Design said:

    These look absolutely amazing!! You styled them so beautifully, Diana!! I love what you’ve done with the glass jars and the touch of rustic as well. I’d be so proud if I was you too!

  • Girl (author) said:

    Hey Whitney! Thank you so much. I’m pretty proud of them. This kitchen has come a long way and has cost me next to nothing really.

  • Shelley said:

    I can’t believe the difference (it looks great)..I may be the only one who has a slightly different opinion on the amount of items you currently have stored on the open shelves..I keep seeing it almost like an elevated bookshelf and think some of it should be pared down so it’s not so full (on display)..for exampe: is it for dishes, cooking items (the roaster and the crockpot), your milk glass collection (which I love how you have out)? I really don’t want you to think I’m being negative or harsh because I honestly do believe it looks great.

  • Gabbi said:

    Wow, I can’t believe how you transformed that area! You did such a wonderful job! I love everything, especially how you styled it! :)

  • Lindsay @ Me, Ed and Pea said:

    OMG!!! This is absolutely beautiful! Looks like a magazine. I love the way you arranged everything. Sometimes people go overboard arranging open shelving so that it looks like a bookcase in the living room instead of something that goes in the kitchen. Yours is just right :)

  • Girl (author) said:

    Hey Shelly, I don’t think you’re being negative or harsh at all. Everyone has their own opinion and if I didn’t want to hear yours I wouldn’t post what I’ve done for you to see it. I honestly wanted to fill the shelves with items that we use fairly regularly. That is why I included the plates, bowls, pasta strainers, glasses and utensiles, coffee items, the mixing bowls and the baking dishes. Just these items looked a little too utilitarian and not warm enough for my taste so I filled it up with things that I want to look at everyday – my brass watering can, my milk glass collection etc. The fruit was to add a bit of colour and get some of the clutter off of my countertops. I wanted the shelving to house as much as possible since I don’t have that much cabinet space and had to make the decision to convert to open shelving worth it in terms of storage. That is why I chose to include my pie plates, the dutch oven and the large pot – these are items that were taking up room in my cupboards that I believe are pretty enough and go with my style enough to be out in the open. I hope this answers your question. I value your opinion and hope you never hold back. I know it might be a bit busier than some people would like but for me it’s just busy enough to be interesting.

  • Girl (author) said:

    Hey Gabbi and Lindsay, Thanks so much for the compliments! I’m glad you like it!

  • Amanda said:

    I love how this looks! You did a great job. Can we see some more pictures of the dresser?

  • Girl (author) said:

    Hi Amanda! Thanks so much for popping by! You can see more pictures of the dresser if you go to …
    Or select the “kitchen” category on the drop down menu in the side bar. I hope that helps!

  • kate said:

    Love it! Congrats on finishing another project!

  • Amy@BuffaloRoam said:

    LOVE! Love every detail. You really did a wonderful job. I now it was a big ol pain in the booty, but aren’t you glad you did it?! You can just sit back and enjoy it forever now…

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thank You Kate! I’m happy to cross another off my list!

    Hey Amy! You’re right – It was a big pain in the rear end but It was totally worth it. I’m a little bit in love. I find myself staring at it all the time now. Haha.


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  • Elisa said:

    I can’t believe the difference! Looks amazing!

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thank You Elisa!!

  • Kristin C. said:

    I love the concept of open shelving! I think I’m going to try just a small wall in my kitchen instead of the whole kitchen to see how it looks =) Thanks for sharing

    Visiting from DIY Show Off

  • Girl (author) said:

    Hi Kristin! Thanks for stopping by! I only did one section of uppers because, like you I need some closed storage as well. I’m sure you’ll love how fun it is to style and restyle a small portion of your favourite items.

  • Pam said:

    Wow, it looks amazing! I love the update and love how you’ve added the cabinet below. What a transformation.

    Well done!


  • Girl (author) said:

    Hi Pam! Thanks so much for dropping in on us! I’m so glad you like what we’ve done with the kitchen so far!

  • Shannon Fox said:

    I love it! I recently lost some doors in my kitchen too. And I don’t plan on finding them for some time ;) Off to look at more posts, you have me kitchen curious now =)

  • Jocie@TheBetterHalf said:

    wow, love the open shelves. I’m not sure i would have the guts to do that, although then i would be forced to keep them organized and looking pretty! lol! :)

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  • Jocie@TheBetterHalf said:

    Thanks so much for linking up. Feel free to grab a button and share with your readers! :)

  • annabelvita said:

    I lovelovelove this! I think it looks great with a mixture of the everyday and the beautiful. I’d love to see how it evolves over time, too!

  • andrea said:

    You are so super organized. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to pull off open shelving. Too many plastic kids’ plates in there!

  • Heather said:

    It looks amazing!! Just pinned your project. :)

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thank you so much Heather!

  • Tisha @ Delectable Home said:

    Amazing! I love the dresser & coffee station below – the whole wall is completely transformed. Great vision!

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thank you so much Tisha! And thank you for dropping in on us!

  • Linda @ it all started with paint said:

    Just love how it looks … so I pinned it! Oh, and tweeted too!



  • Debbie said:

    Oh Wow!! I love it!! And the dresser you did over goes perfect underneath the shelves! Great job…can’t wait to see the rest of the kitchen done over too.
    Saw you at Pin the Tail party
    Debbie :)

  • Girl (author) said:

    Thanks so much for the shout out Linda!!!

    Hi Debbie! Thanks for dropping by! I can’t wait to see the rest of the kitchen done over either. Slowly but surely!


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