As soon as we moved into our house now over a year ago, I sent my dad to Home Depot to get supplies for open shelving in our kitchen. We had a great, empty wall that was a perfect nook for some storage and I couldn’t wait to get them up on the wall. The whole project was around $125 for the wood and brackets. I went with my dad and picked out all the knottiest pine boards I could find and had him cut each section showing off all the imperfections.
Over the course of the year, my little hoarding tendencies kicked in and the shelves became a bit of a catch all for favorite props that I accumulated. Everything was just a bit disjointed and um, all my plants had died so I figured it was time for a spruce. I took EVERYTHING off the shelves and started replacing things that I find I actually use on a regular basis.
I had always wanted to set our dishes out on the shelves but I needed to clear some space to make room. So I emptied out dish cabinet and placed all our plates and bowls on the bottom shelf where we could easily access them. Next, I reconstructed our tea and coffee shelf. Above that, I placed all our dry goods and spare kitchen accessories. People always ask and yes, we do actually use what’s in the jars. I can’t stand having a pantry behind closed doors because I feel like things always get lost on the shelves. So anything I can jar and put up there will find a home nestled amongst the rest.
We really loved how everything turned out! I feel like it all looks so much more cohesive and it’s been so convenient having our dishes out in the open. Emptying the dishwasher is a breeze. Plus, I get to actually see my little collection that I’ve pieced together through the years.
There’s now a box in my dining room with spare props that need to find a new resting place, but that will come with time. I get really antsy this time of year and always rework all our storage and display units. So I’m sure as time goes on, I’ll find spots for everything.
Until next time!