As you may know from Instagram, we recently gave our kitchen some much-needed updates. We’ve been in our home for almost 5 years, and hadn’t touched the kitchen. Our house had just been flipped when we bought it, and since the fresh paint and brand new appliances and cabinets were tolerable, so we kept it as-is. But the light lime green walls and light sage green cabinets were wearing on me. One corner of our kitchen had actually been painted white when I did DIY shelving, but we never extended the white paint into the remainder of the kitchen. So, we haphazardly decided a few Saturdays ago that we were going to redo the kitchen that weekend.
Update the kitchen in a weekend, how hard could it be? Joe ran to the store for some paint and other supplies, while I focused on emptying the kitchen contents into the dining room. We decided we’d tear down the upper cabinets since that had been the plan all along, whenever we got around to repainting. The cabinets came down, and with them some of the walls and some of the ceiling. And our range hood, which was an under-cabinet range hood. Suddenly, we had a larger project at hand. Walls and ceiling needed repairing, which takes time. And we needed a new range hood. We’re actually still in the market for a new range hood – everything is too big for our space.
Fast forward 3 weeks…We ripped out the cabinets, repaired our damaged walls and ceiling repainted the walls, decided on and then built our open shelves, ripped out our black granite countertop and replaced it with IKEA butcher block.
Deciding on a style for our open shelves was one of the most difficult decisions. I’d pinned a million kitchen images, but when it came down to figuring out what was going to work best for us, in our 100-year-old tiny farmhouse, I had to do some serious soul searching. I decided on IKEA Ekby Valter brackets, painted the same color as our walls and the shelves, a custom color my sister made and has affectionately named “Tom Ford White” after the Tom Ford ad she color matched. The shelves themselves are simple 10″ pine boards from the hardware store. Someone coined the shelf style “modern Quaker” and I’m kinda digging that description!
Our full kitchen reveal will come soon, but we still have a few details to work through and finalize – like the range hood. So for now, here are some photos of our new open shelves. I adore having open shelves in the kitchen; they’re something I’ve wanted for almost five years. They are beautiful and they encourage me to stay minimal.
And that’s it! Five super simple, practical steps for styling your kitchen shelves. It’s not really a science – it’s an art. An art that takes practice, and depends on your household needs, your desire for your kitchen space, and your particular taste! These shelves (and all my kitchen shelves) have to be VERY practical. Though the items that I chose to display on my shelves are beautiful, they are also the items I’m using in my kitchen day in, day out. You may have a purely decorative shelf, and then functionality doesn’t have to be such a concern.
I hope this helps you with your shelf styling – PLEASE let me know if you have any questions about anything or sources for any of the items on my shelves!
Here are a few of my favorite things for including on kitchen shelves:
And some of our favorite cookbooks that made the cut:
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