If you were following along with me on my Facebook page yesterday, you know that I dove head first into a fun DIY painting makeover project, and you all had so many questions. I’ll answer them, but you’ll have to wait just a bit.
For years, I have devoured magazines and kitchen layouts that highlight open shelves.
I’ve pondered how I can sneak them into my kitchen without losing a lot of function. I love the clean, crisp look that it gives, but in reality, I know myself and wonder if I could truly ever keep mine looking like the magazines. That’s highly doubtful, but it could be done with enough resolve.
So as I have brainstormed a low-cost, high-style backdrop for showcasing some of my pretty dishes (because I LOVE dishes), I kept leaning towards replacing one or two of my wall cabinets with shelves. Even though I have a fairly large kitchen, this is an incredibly good option for smaller kitchens to make them seem larger. Open shelves stretch the visual image and really makes a statement piece. In this picture, they painted the bead board an accent color to make the shelving and dishware stand out.
In fact, compare the last two pictures. This above picture is my kitchen, sporting my spray painted kitchen knobs and everything. Yes, completely unedited, un-staged and taken 30 seconds ago. It is a working kitchen, complete with the paint projects to prove it, but you’ll notice a distinct similarity to the picture right before it (minus all the mess).
I pondered trying to duplicate that look, which would not be difficult to do, and would be very cost effective. The only difference would be that I have nearly 10 foot tall ceilings, so I would have to brainstorm how far up to take the shelving.
Yet, practically set in for me. Those shelves are jam pack with necessities, and as much as my heart desires the beauty of the first picture, my favorite cookbooks need their right place too and no open shelf could hold all of them.
I’ve checked into glass doors, and even had them priced for our kitchen, but I got stuck at the sticker shock, and knew that wasn’t my option since my cabinets are so tall.
If I had smaller cabinets this would be my first choice. I love the fresh look of these white cabinets, but I’d just a bit more pops of color. I’d dabble with frosted glass because the colored dishes would still show through, but they also wouldn’t be as revealing.
Although my sweet friend, Melissa shared some of her tips on how to have open shelving in your kitchen without daily staging, which are great. Now if she will just come up with some tips for how to have open shelving without having to dust or clean them regularly, I’d be set.
Corner cabinets add such great personality to a kitchen as well.
This corner looks was my desire when I had my corner shelves built for my kitchen. When they came, I was sad because they were so much smaller than I desired, but this was years ago and I didn’t communicate well enough. I have learned that lesson. I still appreciate the accent that they give.
So, I decided to work with what I have and transform a huge hutch that I have been meaning to attack for years. Yes, I’ve been procrastinating since I walked my sister in law (the one with the 11 children) through her cabinet redo years ago. In fact, it was one of my first blog posts.
The dream makeover comes from a second hand hutch that I purchased 15 years ago through an ad in the paper. I remember being so thrilled with that find – a matching hutch, as well as the kitchen table that could seat up to 14 with the quality of Ethan Allen.
That wood look was loved for many years, but it’s been screaming for a make over. It’s stuffed with my tea set collection and is pushed against a white wall that still has the builder flat paint on it. I removed the the doors,and with the help of some amazing friends, have begun the process of creating an open shelf look without the traditional open shelves that I have looked at for years.
How did I procrastinate on this project for so long, when such instant satisfaction could occur in just a day. Now without help, this would have been a two day project, so thank you, thank you to my sweet friends, Trish and MJ. They are amazing.
In fact, I appreciate their talent so much that they are the ones I sought out this year to teach our painting workshop at the BEcoming Conference. You can still snag some tickets, and really, it’s a weekend you do not want to miss. You will leave encouraged, refreshed and full of inspiration.
MJ and Trish will not only be doing the break out workshop, but they will be doing the optional, hands on painting workshop where you can actually bring a piece of furniture and they will go really in-depth on how to turn your old furniture or thrift store finds into masterpieces with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
They are the genius painting dream team behind the blog Huelogy, and also share their Annie Sloan Chalk Paint expertise through painting workshops at the beautiful Interior Design Store, Total Bliss. Seriously, if you live in the Piedmont Triad of NC, Total Bliss is eye candy for the decorator’s soul. I’ve been tempted to just camp in there and absorb all the beautiful creativity. Both MJ and the owner of Total Bliss, Nancy, go to my church, and all too often, I want to corner them on Sundays and just pick their creative brains (but I’ve held off with great restraint. ;))
Ok, I told you just a sneak peek, and I know this it is mean to make you wait, but isn’t this fabulous?
I can’t even believe it’s the same piece, which I will show you in its entirety next week.. Thanks to the amazing power of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint, I didn’t have to sand or prime it, which was a huge reason I’ve put this chore off. Plus, I could paint indoors since one of its wonderful selling points is it’s eco-friendly with Low Odor, so you couldn’t even tell we were painting inside.
Just look at this beautiful blue. You know how much I love pops of color. So much so that I painted my laminate kitchen island a similar color a few years ago, and I just love it. This is her Provence Color, since I know many of you will ask, and the main hutch is painted with the Old White.
I’m off to attack the big, white wall today because once we put this beast back in place, it’s not moving for a bunch more years.
Happy painting everyone.
If you are stuck on how to infuse a new love for your home working with what you have, go grab your paint brush. I’m hooked, once again.