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August 10, 2012

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thrifty entertaining | the kitchen shelf

When entertaining in a small home or apartment, your guests will undoubtedly spend time in the kitchen…you might even put them to work. 🙂 It’s so very important to make your kitchen warm and inviting. One of my favorite ways to achieve this is to have open shelving, with gorgeous, everyday kitchen objects on display. 
My sister was inspired by a shelf at Anthropologie and decided to look for a shelf for her 600 sq ft apartment. She found the shelf and all its contents on just two trips to Unique Thrift Shop! I adore her choice of colors – reds, teals, and natural browns – and her layered styling. It reflects her personality and is now an indispensable element of her kitchen. 

Here’s the breakdown of costs:
– shelf : $15 (and she removed the doors on the top half – she can still hide things away in the bottom)
– blue bottles : $1, $2, and $3 each
– peach Fiesta Ware bowls : 6 for $3
– various serving bowls : $1.50 each
– wooden mini bowls : 4 for $1.50
– blue tea pot : $3
– blue oval bowl : $1.50
– wooden salad bowls : $2
– light blue dinner plates : 6 for $2
– red mini bowls : 6 for $3
– red patterned mugs : 4 for $6
– red ramekins : gift from friend

That’s about $30 for the contents and $15 for the shelf. Impressive!

For the final touch, she added the potted plant, some books from her living room, and a dish of freshly baked oatmeal cookies. You want to have dinner at my sister’s, right?

Hope this inspires you to go thrifting and make your kitchen extra cozy!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Rebecca

p.s. Photo taken and edited by VSCO Cam.

  1. Wow, this is SO inspiring and beautiful! We live in a little apartment with very little counterspace. But, I think we have the perfect (and only place) to put a shelf like this. Maybe this will be the weekend project?

  2. Tanja Dögg says:

    Love it! I'd like to do something like this for my home.

  3. Amanda says:

    I mean, this is amazing! Your sister did such a fabulous job! Thrift stores are the perfect place to find eclectic pieces.

  4. This is beautiful–and so artfully styled!

  5. I love this!!! I don't have a place in my kitchen for this but I am thinking about where I could put something similar. And I can't believe the price!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  6. lori says:

    Beautiful. Come spend a day at my house and help me get inspired!

  7. Jazzy Belle says:

    Wauw amazing,
    I love all the stuff, and it's sooo cheap omg!
    Love it! Nice post 😉

    Follow eachother?
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    http://www.Jazzybelleslife.com
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  8. Incredible!! That's about all I can say. And yes, totally coming over to your sister's for a snack and chat. 😉

  9. incredible and inspiring! I love the colors too!

  10. Jacqueline says:

    She's done a great job. The effect is very warm and cozy. And quite an inspiration that she did it so cheaply.

  11. Debie Grace says:

    That' a lovely arrangement. Also, a beautiful shelf! 🙂

  12. Kristin B says:

    How charming! I don't have room for an actual cabinet in my place, but I removed the doors from one of my upper cabinets for a similar look. I love being able to see dishware and little kitchen-y tidbits… adds a bit more of a lived-in and welcoming feel, I find. 🙂 Mine: http://blog.kristin-b.com/2012/04/13/apt-tour-kitchen/ 🙂

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  14. This is just beautiful!!! I'd love to have something like this in the (near) future!

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