Open Shelving in the Kitchen

3.24.2014

I hope y'all had a great weekend. We had stupendous weather on Saturday with a high of nearly 80 and Sunday was pretty, but much cooler. I did get a project done that I had been wanting to do for some time, but today I am sharing another project that I recently finished. If you follow me on instagram then you saw a peek of the weekend project.

Several weeks ago I told Mr. Savvy that I wanted to take down this cabinet and put up shelves. I love the look of open shelving in a kitchen and this wall is perfect for that look, but the mister said no way. What?! He pretty much lets me decorate any way I want, but sometimes he puts his two cents in. So for awhile I just let it slide until I decided to get rid of the red color I had painted inside the cabinet. You can see and read about that here. I can't believe I left it red for four years.

After painting over the red and making the inside light and bright I just decided not to put the doors back on. At first Mr. Savvy was not too happy about the doors not being on, but I told him I want to try this open look for awhile.

I love the new bright and open look of this space. 

Now, I can have fun styling the shelves. They have already been tweaked a few times.

I placed my chicken tureen on the very top.

The top shelf holds a mix of vintage and HomeGoods pitchers and my vintage creamers.

I used a mix of everyday dishes and some collected items.

My daughter gave me these cute little espresso cups from Williams Sonoma. I'm not really an espresso drinker, but they make a cute display.

I placed my favorite large ironstone pitcher on the middle shelf. This one arrived in many pieces and Mr. Savvy glued it back together. The broken parts are on the other side.

Little pops of color have been added here and there. I was just going to do all white, but you know how I love color.

One of my vintage scales sits on the bottom shelf.



A set of old Williams Sonoma rooster bowls add more color. There was a red bowl, too, but it fell one day and broke.

I placed this red tool caddy here a couple months ago and added some everyday dishes before I ever decided to change the cabinet above.

I bought this old French enamelware address sign and wasn't sure where I was going to use it and decided to attach it to the caddy. I love the way it looks.

So I may not have been able to replace this cabinet with open shelving, but this make do will work for now.

One day if I decide to add the doors back I will just grab them from storage.

Have a super week!
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61 comments:

  1. It looks wonderful....I'll let you in on a kitchen secret...if you start with one open shelf sometimes it expands to two....or three. LOL I started with one, then 2, then #1 got mirror backing, then I added glass shelves...It was a snowball effect but the light that hits it is so wonderful it's like I put a skylight in my kitchen. I look forward to seeing if your open cabinet project expands!

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  2. Dear Kim. I love that look, just wonder if you have to dust often.
    Maybe I haven't done it because I have soooo much in the cabinets.
    You gave me an incentive to redo the cabinets.
    really don't use these things but twice a year.
    Looks great. Thanks for the inspiration
    yvonne..

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  3. Love the open shelving! I know you'll have fun styling and restyling them with your pretty pieces!

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  4. :) I luv the look Kim. A few years ago, I removed a set of doors from the cabinet with my every day dishes. Lived the look so much, another set of doors went away.. now I am thinking of removing more. It's so liberating! :) Plus everything is easily accessible and so pretty.
    Enjoy tweaking.

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  5. I think it is the great solution to a "compromise"....I love it!!...I think it will also grow on Mr. Savvy too!! Great display and I know you will have fun constantly tweaking the shelves!!...

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  6. That looks great, you will have tons of fun staging these shelves and changing things out~
    Jenna

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  7. Perfect marital compromise! You get open shelving, but it's not a permanent commitment, to keep Mr. Savvy happy. :-). It's lovely!

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  8. I toyed with the idea of open shelving... then, chickened out. LOL! I love that you gave yourself an option for either AND didn't totally freak Mr. Savvy out. LOL! LOVE those little expresso cups. The Little Men love to have "hot cocoa" in some I have that are similar. blessings ~ tanna

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  9. I am soooooooooooooooo gonna copy you on this. In my new kitchen there's a cab at the end and I haven't like the looks of it since I moved in. it doesnt even have glass doors- they are solid:( ugg.. so off they come and I'll paint the inside...

    love love love how this looks..~!!!

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  10. Love the look Kim, I would leave it like it is and you can add the doors at any time if you decide to do so. I will be anxious to hear how well you like it after time goes by. I always wonder if the items inside get dusty fast and you have to wash them before you can use them. Keep us updated on that point.

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  11. I love the look of open shelving! This is a great alternative to removing the cabinets and putting up new shelves. This way you get the look of the open shelves and please Mr. Savvy. Great balance!

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  12. Kim, what a great look, love it! There's just something charming about open cabinets and seeing pretty dishes and such! I bet Mr. Savvy will end up loving the look too!
    Have a great day, Kim. Hope it's warming up for you, it will soon, for sure!
    Nancy

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  13. I think that looks great and is the perfect solution!!!!

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  14. Absolutely love the open cabinet! Love the red tool box as well. You always inspire me for sure!

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  15. I love it! Funny I wanted to do the same and Mike said no way too lol! MEN!

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  16. I love, love, love how the cabinet looks now! What is it with men and shelving in the kitchen? The reason I have cabinets w/out doors rather than shelves is because my husband refused. ;)

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  17. I love the open look Kim! Your cow creamers are cute and that old enamel sign looks great on the caddy.

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  18. Gorgeous weather here too (this weekend), but we are cold for a few days now. I like the look of open shelving and the open cabinets, but I wonder about the dust, etc. I know I have some pieces displayed on top of a hoosier cabinet and they get pretty dusty. Also things in my utensil crock. Not sure that I want dishes we are eating off of sitting in the open, although you could wash before using. I love your glass cabinet door though. I didn't remember the red!

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  19. I LOVE this look Kim!! You matched the inside paint color perfectly with your cabinet color.

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  20. I also opened one of my cabinets and it made such a difference that my mister wanted to open one more, but our kitchen is so small I would end up with lots of display but to place to store cooking necessities! I love your styling, the chicken tureen and the red box adorable!

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  21. It's official. You need to visit my home and advise me.
    Do a contest! Maybe I will win you for a weekend!

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  22. Really pretty Kim...I love the look of open shelving. I know Mr. RL would say the same thing as Mr. Savvy...no way...so this is the perfect compromise. And you have styled your shelves beautifully!
    XO Barbara

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  23. Kim,
    I love the open cabinet. You will have a lot of fun styling this open cabinet. Love the pops of color. Looks pretty.
    Kris

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  24. It doesn't even look like a cabinet with no doors Kim, it looks like a real shelving cabinet and I love the way you styled it!

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  25. I threw out all the doors on the cabinets in my last house. Probably should have saved them for the future buyers -- they all complained. They were not as nice as yours, and I just didn't see the point in keeping them. I did like everything open, but it did get dusty. One would be nice -- you probably change everything out periodically anyway, right?

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  26. I love this display, it is so bright and happy. Your collection reminds me of Maryland China, have you found it online yet? Their pitchers are very pretty and might make a nice addition to your collection. I love getting you posts. Beautiful house!!

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  27. Hi Kim, I love this look. It makes your space feel even larger and I did not think that was possible. I am jealous that you have storage for the doors. It looks great.

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  28. This is perfect. If you need the storage later, you can put the doors back on. I love, love the cow butter dish and the red scale! You will love styling this for holidays. I love my open cupboards.

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  29. I have done this several times. I don't have the space here...but I love that look! Pretty with the red caddy too!!

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  30. Love it! My husband is the same way........no open shelves :-(

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  31. I love open shelving and yours looks good, Kim!

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  32. I love that cabinet being open with your dishes on display. Jimmy is the same way about open shelving in the kitchen. He prefers cabinets. Must be a guy thing.

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  33. I really like the look of open shelving, and your little pops of color are perfect. I had to laugh because my husband is the same...lets me do what I want, but once in awhile is adamant about something that I give in to for just a bit. :-)
    Mary Alice

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  34. Great compromise on open shelves. I took my doors off a set and love it. These look beautiful Kim. Love the styling!!

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  35. Happy Monday Kim, I love the look of your cabinet and all your white Ironstone. So very pretty-I could never have open shelves in my house-they would be too messy or mismatched. I love all your design choices.
    Have a great day!
    Hugs,
    Noreen

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  36. What a great compromise! It looks really good! My husband gets that way sometimes, too!

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  37. Looks great Kim - perfect alternative to open shelving. Love how you styled it - so pretty!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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  38. Last years kitchen remodel I left all the doors off of the upper cabinets. I then covered the back wall of each cabinet with bead board, love it.

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  39. I love open shelving! Men are so funny when they decide to "put their foot down". yeah right! :)

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  40. I love this Kim! I love open shelving! My husband walked in early one day from work (which he never does) and I was in the middle of painting the insides of my shelves black and the doors were off! The look on his face was priceless!! Needless to say, they're still that way and we love it!!! This is fabulous!!~~Angela

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  41. Looks wonderful Kim! Mr. Savvy sounds just like Mr. Front Porch!:) He is giving me grief over what I want to do with the bedroom ceiling.

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  42. Looks great Kim and I love the way you accessorized your open cabinet!

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  43. Wow, this looks great! I love open cabinets and shelving. I love the styling on your shelving too! Men can be so funny! I'm sure this will grow on Mr. Savvy!

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  44. I love it all.

    I would love to have open shelving, but I don't see that happening. My next choice is to replace the existing cabinet doors with glass. That is a dream for a summer project.

    Great job on your cabinet.

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  45. I also took some doors off my kitchen cabinets and painted the backs a different color. It looks so lovely in your kitchen. Makes a fun change and love the rooster bowls!

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  46. I think it looks every bit as good as totally open shelving. It serves the same purpose but really ties nicely into your kitchen. Love the few pops of color here and there. xo Diana

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  47. I love the compromise! I have a tall cabinet at the end of a wall that was intended to be used as a pantry (think 1960's birch cabinets). When I took the doors off to paint the cabinets antique white, I fell in love with the way that tall cupboard looks without the door. It's almost like having a bookcase to style in my kitchen! I enjoy reading your blog and I greatly appreciate the inspiration you provide.

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  48. Hi Kimmie! I love how your open cabinet looks. The white on the background does make your pretties pop! Now this is what I do when Mr. Precious doesn't agree with me - I just punch him in the stomach! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia;)

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  49. I love it open! Isn't it funny what our husbands decide to speak up about? Mine usually lets me have free reign but every now and then he pipes up with a strong opinion and it's often about things I would least expect him to care about!

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  50. Kim,
    Your open cabinet is way better than open shelving. It has wonderful molding and raised panels on the sides. Plus, you can always put the doors back on as you said. Yes, waaaaay better than open shelving.

    Judith

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  51. I like how we can see all your pretty dishes. And I think I prefer the look of open cabinets than the one of open shelves... I think it's a lot easier to wrok with on an everyday basis.

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  52. Love your open shelving Kim and the red caddy with the enamelware address sign too!

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  53. I love open shelving too. Th scow/rooster theme here is charming.

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  54. LOVE your new open cabinet Kim! And you decorated it perfectly.Love your ironstone collection...it's looking very French......<3
    xx
    Anne

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  55. I love that open cupboard and how you have it styled. The white is gorgeous and it has just enough pops of color.

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  56. I think that is a great alternative to open shelving! Of course it gives you a new place to style and that makes us all happy:)

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  57. This is so cute. I really love the enamel number plaque on the front of the wood box!

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  58. Would love to know the color of your upper kitchen cabinets, thanks. Love love your home, thanks for your inspiration

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    1. SueAnn, those were professionally painted. I know they did a white base and then used a stain to glaze and wiped that off and then they were sealed.

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