I was thinking the other day how grateful I am that I got married before there was Pinterest. I pulled sheets out of Brides magazine for my wedding planning scrapbook and I went to shop that sold wedding invitations and picked one. It was enough. I would have gone completely nuts if I’d had a Pinterest-wide set of ideas to mull over. That said, I really do love Pinterest!
One of the current trends in kitchen design is to have open shelving. Sometimes it looks amazing…
This is my kitchen Nirvana… Oh, I swoon over the rows of glass containers. ❤
The two kitchen islands with shelves full of cookbooks got me thinking that maybe I could do this with our island, but I was a little nervous.
This white kitchen is the problem. It’s awkward, like someone decided to be trendy and just took the doors off their cabinets. Maybe if she had removed the center post?
What’s the trick? This green kitchen is adorable – and I don’t know why one works and the other doesn’t. I finally decided I’d take the plunge since I was only four small screws away from open shelving on my island.
I can un-do this in 10 minutes if I decide I don’t like it.
Here’s where we started. The brown on brown – wood with wood – in our kitchen can be a little overwhelming so I keep adding black and white accessories. Note the island…
This cabinet is ideal because it’s less than 12″ deep… perfect for a bookshelf. I thought about painting the inside black but decided to do something temporary in case I regret this little project.
The tricky part was lining up the pattern. I missed aligning this spot by just a smidge and used a black Sharpie marker and the edge of my iPhone to line it back up. You can’t even tell unless you look very closely.
I was happy with the final look of the shelves…
I am not sure I love the end result. The kitchen feels visually cluttered to me now that we are looking at all the things. Maybe it’s the chevrons? Maybe I would like it better if there were big baskets on the shelves? Or if I remove all that stuff from the counters?