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Slow but sure my beautiful farmhouse kitchen makeover and open shelving is coming along. We still have a few things to do, but I thought I’d share where we’re at so far.
So, in my last post I shared my shiplapped kitchen and how we did that. You can read all about that here. Today, I’m sharing my open shelving in my kitchen!
One of the things that still needs to be done is to add a third shelf on the left side. We got busy with other projects, so it hasn’t happened yet, but it’s in the plans!
Why instal open shelving in a farmhouse kitchen?
Because it’s beautiful, of course! I never meant to get on the whole farmhouse-kitchen-with-open-shelving train, but here I am, and I’m loving it!
- First of all, I am loving the look of all my beautiful things out on display. It makes me so happy! I didn’t realize how many pretty things I had until I started pulling things out of the drawers and putting them on the shelves.
- Second, these shelves aren’t just for looks. I actually use the canisters, pitchers, and cups, and bowls on my shelves. So having them hidden away behind a door, just isn’t practical. It’s so easy to quickly find what I need, and pull it down off the shelves.
- Third, these shelves get everything off my counter! I love the look of clear, clean countertops, so getting my copper canisters off the counter and up onto the shelves has really increased my work space on my countertops.
- Last, compared to store bought shelves, these are way cheaper! In total, we spent about $200 for these open shelves! Not bad in my book!
What materials to use for a farmhouse kitchen with open shelves
We purchased these brackets from amazon. They are very sturdy and were easy to instal. For the shelving we purchased 3 2x12x10 ft. boards. Then screwed them onto the brackets.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to do any finish work on the boards, and we had to instal them right away or risk them warping. Eventually we may stain them or sand them down, but for now they are rustic and natural, and I’m not complaining about it!
We decided to start our shelves right where the subway tiles end and the shiplap begins, and it’s the perfect distance from the countertop! It’s always hard to know just where to place shelving, but this turned out to be perfect for us. It’s high enough that I can fit things like my kitchen aid mixer and coffee maker underneath the shelves.
Then we spaced the shelves 1 ft. apart. This also has turned out to be a perfect distance. There’s plenty of room between each shelf to stack things, and all of my taller pitchers fit on the shelves perfectly.
What’s on my open shelves?
Everything beautiful! I love to collect vintage things, so I have quite a collection. Everything from copper canisters, pitchers, and pots, and my grandmas transferware, to the fiesta ware I picked out when we got married 21 years ago.
This transferware was passed on to me by my grandma. I had packed it away in my storage while we fixed up our house. After 4 years of storing my precious china, I finally found it crushed under another box! Not a thing was broken! Not even chip. It makes me so happy to see it every day out on display.
How to decorate open shelving
- Lay all your pretty pieces out on the counter so you can easily see what you want to put on your shelves.
- The next step is easy, just start! You may have some idea of where you want things, but until you start putting them out, you won’t know for sure.
- Arrange things in varying heights and shapes.
- Add a plant or two. The greenery elevates the open shelving look.
- I love having my favorite cook books at my finger tips. They also add some interest.
I hope you enjoyed this tour of my farmhouse kitchen with open shelving, and that it has given you some inspiration for your own kitchen.