Our house had a kitchen FULL of built-in cabinets when we purchased it. In a way, I was excited about that because my little cottage that I was moving out of only had 2 cabinets. I couldn’t even buy a weeks worth of groceries because I had no where to put it! However, I much prefer antique furniture to built-in cabinetry. So I was contemplating how to add some unique furniture to my kitchen. Like this inspirational island made from a beautiful antique piano, or the antique hardware display cabinet:
We actually own a display cabinet much like the one above, but ours is much too big to fit into the kitchen. I am seriously considering asking Mr. Menace to cut it down to size…..
Anyway, I did come up with an idea that wasn’t hard to implement and is working very well for me and gives some character to the room.
This area of the kitchen was the obvious choice for a makeover. We didn’t need it for a breakfast nook because our table is right through that door on the left. So I decided to remove the tall cabinet beside the fridge that houses the microwave. All it took was a screwdriver and that cabinet was GONE!
When I got this bookshelf from my mama, I intended to use it in the spare room for storage and display. She had painted it a mustard-y gold color and it worked for the room I first put it in.
But then, plans changed! After I saw this inspiration picture below, from Martha Stewart’s organizational ideas. I knew what my shelf was destined for.
So. With the tall microwave cabinet out of the room I moved in the “book shelf” against the small wall. And we put this huge butcher block table under the window and beside the fridge.
Then, as you will recall, I painted the Kitchen and Study, and I needed to paint the shelves. I considered painting it the same color as the walls so that it blended in, but I didn’t consider it for long.
And now the funnest part of all…. to style the shelves like the inspiration picture.
I am very pleased with the final look. It was such a simple update and yet it took my kitchen out of the cookie cutter category and gave it a personalized look like no other.