WARNING EXTREMELY PICTURE HEAVY
So I’m remodeling my kitchen and have decided to go with open shelving instead of upper cabinets.
I’ve never had open shelves before, nor have I ever known anyone with open shelves. As a result, part of me is terrified; what if I hate them, but part of me is supper excited; it’s something new, something I’ve never tried, and what if I LOVE them.
I’ve spent a lot of time on Pinterest collecting ideas and the more I look, the more excited I get. Oh the things I could do, and the fun things I could build…
But what really sold me on the open shelves are these sites:
The Cottage Market‘s 25+ Open Shelving Kitchen’s
Better Home & Gardens Decorate Your Home For Fall
Better Home & Gardens Ultimate Storage Packed Kitchens
It’s not hard to fall in love with open shelving.
So I took down my upper cabinets.
And painted the walls white, I used the left over paint from when I painted the trim in the house (pre-blogging paint job).
It’s really white, and makes the place look so much bigger.
Oh did I mention what I got to use to fill the holes in the wall?
Yes ladies and gentlemen that is in fact a spatula used for cooking or in my case applying mud to my walls. We couldn’t find the spatula used for muding so I improvised… and aside from a little extra sanding, it worked just fine. 😉
Only problem is that now you can see where the upper cabinets where as there’s a slight outline along the ceiling of the old cabinets 🙁 Guess who gets to paint the ceiling now…
Then I made my wall brackets….
I used my framing square to draw 45 degree angles on my boards (it ended up looking like a large chevron) and then proceed to cut them into squares with a diagonal line running from one corner to the other.
I also used the framing square to mark where the center of each square was.
From there I used a 4 inch Hole Saw to drill a large circle in the center of each board.
And a 2 3/4 inch Hole Saw to drill 2 smaller circles on either side of the large hole.
I discovered shortly after completing my first two that using the drill would not make for a great option. Mostly because the drill started smoking during the second square, and the battery life would be limited to two squares before recharging.
We broke out this bad boy. Hello Mr. Drill Press it’s nice to meet you. This guy was able to drill all the holes in less than an hour. There is something to be said about using the right tool for the job. Wow Thank You Mr. Drill Press.
After that it was a matter of cutting the squares into the brackets
From there, I used the router to fancy up the edges a bit…
My nephew Sam automatically volunteered to help…
After that Isaac (Sam’s twin brother) had to give it a go…
And of course their sister Ashten had to get in on the action…
Who knew that routering brackets would become a family affair focused on teaching the kids to use the router.
And with so much help, I had the fun of sanding…
My sister stole my camera…
So I stuck it in her face (see how happy she is with me 😉 )
I used the Kreg to drill some pocket holes in the top for easier instillation, and the router to put a hole on the side to hold it against the wall.
From there is was sanding and staining.
And while they dried I got to play with these two…
Then it was back to work painting and sanding.
I was going for a kind of rustic aged look.
But then I started to run in to some unplanned changes…
So now I have some more sanding, mudding, and painting to do before I can finish putting up the shelves.
But here’s a sneak peek at how it looks today…
So what do you think?
Are you a fan of open shelving?
Do you go for the rustic or the clean modern look?